Saturday, December 15, 2007

Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS long term review

Off-Road.com has provided their experience after putting the IRS (independent rear suspension) version of the Outlaw through the paces for a year now. Some of the key feedback

  • tends to push you into and out of the corners
  • big benefit of the IRS is the additional clearance (obvious)
  • will not track as straight as a non IRS equipped ATV in whooped out areas (obvious)
  • most riders find the transmission notchy
  • very hard to put in neutral
  • power band is very wide and friendly unlike the old Outlaw 500
  • overall reliability was respectable with one failure (front wheel bearing that destroyed the hub at the same time)

The conclusion - racers, even amateurs, would do well to look elsewhere, but for those seeking a performance-oriented machine for the trails, the Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS should be a finalist.