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Alright, I watched a pretty good review on there with video and a write up, and have also been reading in different places about this subject.

All Im hearing is how it would b great for women and beginners..... I guess I really don't understand that statement.

A little background on me... I have had many units over the years.. .
Sportsman 800
Scramblers
Ranger
rhino
gator
Polaris 6X6
and one of the first RZR's my dealer got

I still have my RZR build date of 12-2007... I have about 1700 miles on it now, I really don't ride it much, just once or twice a year we go to Colorado and Moab and ride... we ride for 7 to 10 days and that's it... wait til the next year.
I know my rzr is old, but after 8000 in upgrades to get it like I want, I just cant see replacing it.. it is set up perfect for the beating and banging of the Colorado Rockies.

Now that being said, this Polaris ACE looks like a awesome machine... something I will have very soon, I just don't understand why everyone says perfect for women and beginners... I am experienced and a seasoned rider, and I just cant wait to get my hands on one... yes, it could use a little more HP... BUT with our style of riding, we are most always in low range and probably not averaging over 5 MPH on our riding trips... for example last year we covered 295 miles and put 30 hours on the machines doing it.. lots of technical trails, rock climbing and rough terrain.. Speed is not needed or wanted.

My point is, this seems like a perfect trail vehicle, as long as the low end power is there it seems like a perfect machine.. there are times when I am single and don't have a passenger, and being in the middle of the machine would be great for off camber riding.

So PLEASE, someone tell me why anyone would market this machine for beginners and women... when this seems like a perfect trail machine for us single guys out there.. for the Dunes, this would not be good but for trail riding, I hope its Just the ticket :)
 

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I think it comes down to the sit in cockpit, roll cage, seat belt and car like controls that make it appear far more user/novice friendly. Ive been riding hardcore offroad and snowmobiling since the early 70's, including 10 year MX career and 6 years racing stock cars. And bought my first atv(Quadracer500) in 1988. So lots of experience for me. I think there is a little more of the woman/beginner marketing push coming from some of the demo riders and journalists that attended the Polaris Demo prior to release. Or so it appears from what I have read online. Possibly Polaris pushed that during the demo day, but I don't really see much of that on their website. I really feel that there is far too much hating and uninformed ignorance on the cc size of the new engine. Too many guys with displacement envy I guess.

As stated, Im no beginner. And I like the ACE concept and want one. But age and wisdom tells me, to be patient and have a wait and see attitude. Let a few thousand other guinea pigs drop $7500+ on this before dropping my own. Knowing what I have available for trails here in New England, I want to get reports first hand and maybe get the opportunity to try one of these out myself...on a real trail and not just in the parking lot at a dealer.
 

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LOL... well you are way more patient than me.... I would love to wait and see what happens... but I don't think I can... even though I don't ride a whole lot... I just gotta have one.. I think the way some of the reports I have seen on the engine, it should have plenty of power for me... its all about comfort for me.. spending 5 to 8 hours a day on a machine.. comfort is #1 capability is #2 and I really think this unit will fit the bill.... Polaris should have just called it a 500 HO and no one would have thought anything of it :)
 

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I have had 18 Polaris in 14 years 2 6-wheelers, 5 Sportsmans (850XP currently) 4 Rzrs and 7 Rangers and this ACE is tops on the list when it comes to the Blast Factor…This Ace will keep up with just about any thing all day…this is a perfect trail machine…very stable no body roll.
 

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I have had 18 Polaris in 14 years 2 6-wheelers, 5 Sportsmans (850XP currently) 4 Rzrs and 7 Rangers and this ACE is tops on the list when it comes to the Blast Factor…This Ace will keep up with just about any thing all day…this is a perfect trail machine…very stable no body roll.
Wow. How about that for affirmation! Another very nice thing about ACE is it should run for a week on a tank of gas.
 

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image.jpg Just got home with mine a while ago. Way too soon to say anything about its performance because...
1- I live in a residential neighborhood, and it's full of snow, I will touch on 1 snow point later.
2- I don't have a windshield yet, and it's too damn cold
3- I'm in a foul mood from my serviced polaris I picked up after a couple months at dealer. It runs worse than before I took it to them.
4- I need to be on some trails, not buzzing in front of the neighbors houses having them peek through the curtains.

Ok-I did buzz it around the block a couple times and like I said.. Very cold but fun. I got on it a couple times and looked at speedo doing 45 in a 25 and snow covered.. Right away I said enough of that. Maybe later I will bundle up and hit some back roads.

After pulling into the driveway I sat there and wondered if it would go through the 16" of snow that's in my yard. (The same snow I drove my lifted jeep rubicon through and thought was awesome) I put it in low and it just crawled through it.. I was impressed.

I have never owned a side by side, so the gas pedal takes some nudging to get it to speed.. But I was also wearing snow boots, so it was hard to feel.

I have attached a pic from a polaris ace brochure that I got at the dealer, and you can see where the " beginner" or good unit for "older" ..

Over all so far, so great! image.jpg
 

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I hadn't seen that brochure yet Vankemp. So it looks like Popo is pushing the ACE to at least a beginner market.....But not leaving anyone else out either,,lol. Looks like a winner. Ive been intrigued by it ever since I first caught wind of it a couple weeks ago. I fall into the last bullet point of Older/Experienced riders looking for easy in/out. I was an avid snowmobiler and ATV rider but after a lifetime of disabling injuries acquired in the pursuit of fun and adventure, I've had to quit. But the ACE looks like maybe I can get back in the trail riding game again.
 

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I hadn't seen that brochure yet Vankemp. So it looks like Popo is pushing the ACE to at least a beginner market.....But not leaving anyone else out either,,lol. Looks like a winner. Ive been intrigued by it ever since I first caught wind of it a couple weeks ago. I fall into the last bullet point of Older/Experienced riders looking for easy in/out. I was an avid snowmobiler and ATV rider but after a lifetime of disabling injuries acquired in the pursuit of fun and adventure, I've had to quit. But the ACE looks like maybe I can get back in the trail riding game again.
Yes.. if they are reading some of the good reviews here from those that do NOT fall in those catagories, I bet they might regreat having this brochure in circulation.

I guess I would fall into the comfort over speed catagory too.. (that was my denial way of saying the older person catagory..lol)
 

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The ACE will easily run thru 16 inches of snow no problem..Polaris is going targeting a market that has been touched ! The young, female and the old a BRILLIANT marketing scheme. Few women like riding with their husbands can you imagine what a drag that would be riding with your husband and most mothers would never let their child on an ATV without being worried to death ! Until now a women can have her own machine and be in control of her destiny! My wife loves driving by herself! And for the children, roll cage, nets, seat belts , stable machine and a helmet….AW much safer for the kids….Bingo we have a winner!
 

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Hey guys new here. I understand Polaris marketing to the demographic they have to get new riders or previous riders who had an accident and want something safer without buying a sxs. My girlfriend had a serious quad rollover last summer and hasn't been on her quad or sled yet. Still apprehensive a bit. I showed her this and she was really excited and wants one.

As for myself I just started quadding and sledding 3 years ago and took to it very quickly. I like to ride hard and fast and really put my machines through their paces. When I saw this I thought it looked awesome and a ton of fun. See I'm not terribly interested in a sxs yet but I love the seat cage and cockpit style of riding. I figure as soon as they put a larger engine into it (hopefully the 850) and switch out the front struts for a standard a-arm and shock set up myself and MANY others will buy them. Interested to see what the other manufacturers do to respond to this bold move by Polaris.
 
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