2017 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Quick Ride Review
2017 Sportsman 1000 XP EPS- Quick Ride Review
At a glance, it is easy to notice the Xtreme Sport Sportsman models have had a facelift, coupled with a power upgrade on the 1000 model to the tune of 90 horsepower, making it the “King Of The Hill” in the utility ATV market. I am a fan of the new aggressive look with hard lines on the Sportsman 1000 and 850 ATVs. The new “look” offers better sight-lines, steel reinforced racks, dual zone sculpted seat, LED tail lights, and integrated storage in both the front and rear. There is even a built-in cup/mobile phone holder, which is nice considering the instrument cluster offers bluetooth connectivity with your phone. Riding the XP 1000 offers up the value of hi-arch front and rear a-arms for greater ground clearance across the width of the ATV. The dual-zone seat is extremely cushy and, because of its new shape, eliminates the frustration of sliding forward on the seat found on the previous generation Sportsmans. The ride itself is as plush as ever for all day comfort, and is able to eat trail obstacles for breakfast without letting the rider know about it. Power is just ridiculous in the most exhilarating way, with the rear tires breaking loose with a little throttle input.
There is an industry exclusive 3-mode throttle control system with Performance, Standard, and Work modes that adjust how the throttle responds to the driver. With the throttle being a drive-by-wire system, these settings change the amount of input required for the machine to respond. In performance mode, every adjustment of the throttle is felt in the Sportsman’s response. Riding with this setting makes your hair stand up as the Sportsman dances to your every whim. The Standard mode is great for most riding situations since it makes the throttle not as sensitive to changes of say bumps on the trail. Work mode makes the throttle response smooth even if your thumb bounces on the throttle. The Sportsman XP 1000 is a comfortable and smooth ride that is also fun because of how much power there is to play with. The only misstep in my mind comes with the steering, specifically the EPS. It is too light. The front end feels somewhat “twitchy” because the EPS is so strong at all speeds even though it is variable. Couple that with the fact the handlebars have been moved backward just a bit, and the front end seems to be at the mercy of the trail more than it should be.