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!