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We got a little break in the weather today, only 27 degrees vs 5 yesterday. Anyways I took my Polaris 550 Sportsman and The new Ace out to play a bit.

Although Im no expert, I would jump on these back and forth to see what noticable differences I would notice and here are a couple.

When going 40mph on each, the Ace does not "feel" the speed the same way -- probably because of the different riding dynamics? This is one of the most significant differene i noticed between the two units --

I maxed out 50mph on the Ace in a qtr mile run on pavement, while i peaked at 57mph on the 550.

The lack of roll that many have spoken to is a certain difference - -The 550 was much looser on the rear end which would enable a fish tail much easier than the Ace.

The 550 has power steering, the Ace does not, but is not needed. Not needed at all! Very stable, and drives straighter than my Jeep going down the road. Very impressive handeling at all speeds.


The suspension/ride quality was a bit stiffer on the 550, and the Ace was like "floating" over any "normal" bumps. Very good ride qualities. I did hit my helmet on the roll cage while hitting an unexpected huge bump (ice hidden under a big snow pile)

Starting -- The Ace starts faster and is quieter.

Clawing through the snow -- The Ace went slightly more places than the 550, and had to tow the 550 out of one situation my wife got into -- snow was way too deep (about 3 feet.. lol)

The Ace is getting better nods from the family/friends, and neighbors on its "coolness" factor.

Two different riding styles that will certainly enhance our riding this summer for sure! It will be a nice mix up having the two units. I cant ait to get out in some warm weather on the trails with ths Ace.

We both feel VERY satisfied with the initial riding experience, even though it was cold as heck!

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Thanks for your little review. I like how you said how the speed "feels" different. People don't believe me when I say a sportsman 500 will accelerate about the same as a RZR 570/800. A rzr 800 does actually feel quicker but it's not. That's because you are sitting closer to the ground in the RZR versus the atv. And I'm sure the same thing applies with the ace. Most or maybe all of the reviews on the ace ,that I have seen ,have all said the same thing that the "feel " of it is totally different in speed and the ride in general. The same thing can be said about the rzr when it first came out too back in 08.


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When the Ace gets broke in your will get a few more MPH out of her and when you change to light aluminum wheels…Good write up…I think we are all impressed with this ACE… The Blast Factor is where its out.I need fender flares in the snow and mud but they are spendy
 

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When the Ace gets broke in your will get a few more MPH out of her and when you change to light aluminum wheels…Good write up…I think we are all impressed with this ACE… The Blast Factor is where its out.I need fender flares in the snow and mud but they are spendy
yes indeed. I just took a nice ( but cold) night ride. I'm finding that the more I ride it, the more the fun factor goes up. I really like this gem, and I wondered about the mph after break in... I didn't know if that really happened??
 

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HA! I was thinking the same thing.

ACE top speed,,,, everybody is reporting 52mph. Wonder if it has a limiter on it ? Strange that all are getting the same results regardless of rider weight, windshields, accessories, conditions, etc.
funny you said that, I was thinking the same thing. In fact I was playing with the display panel and I came across one function that I did not understand-- it had reset increments of 5, 10,15, and so on and it goes up to 100-- So I wondered for a short moment that maybe this was a limiter setting... Lol until I read the manual to find out it is a service reset for hours before next service.
 

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I think it has a limiter on it because it starts to stutter…miss..miss..you will see a little more performance out of a Polaris machine around the 200 mile mark…dealer said that is the sweet spot.
 
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