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  1. Joe

    Joe Limited User

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    Hi all,
    I know I'm probably going to get drawn an quartered for this but does anyone here have any experience with sport side by sides .
    I'm thinking of picking one up for the wife and I to use since she really hasn't wanted to dirtbike since her misadventure with a tree .
    I thought about quads but think we would get more use out of the side by side so any possible help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks Joe
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    Price of a new car, but fun, not as smooth as you think, still beat you up pretty good in there. But all in the way you travel.
  3. Joe

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    I have ridden a lot of ATVs and she had a few goes at those but she decided she would rather have a cage around her after she treed the quad .
    Its why I'm looking at a nice long travel suspension side by side more on the sport side then the utility side .
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    I saw lots of nice looking side by sides at the snowmobile show last weekend. Looks like they would be fun to try!
  5. Joe

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    I don't really what to spend the 30 grand for a new one yet till I know if we will get the use out of it . There is a lot more trails available to ride . I was up in Fenelon Falls ad seen them driving all over the place.
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    We bought a new Honda 500 for the farm this year. It is more utility than sport, so I am not answering your question.

    It is a great vehicle for running around the farm. I can easily scare the %$^& out of my wife or mother with the terrain it will go through and to a lesser extent, speed. The wife's speed limiter kicks in well before the limits of the Honda are reached :)

    I would say that if it gets your wife out with you, a side by side is a good way to go, but if you are riding solo, an ATV is better and a bike, of course is much better.
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    Thanks For the info ,
    I'm probably never going to have it out by myself . That's what the dirtbikes are for . I am not a fan of quads really and its why we thought we would give the side by side a try.
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    Joe

    Stay with the sport type ones, much more plush suspension and smoother transmission. Don't get anything that is belt drive, not fun, bucks and lurches. The Polaris Razor is a good example and Can Am makes also makes good sport models.

    There is the Kawartha ATV Club which has a trail network, I think there may also be a Hailiburton club. There are a lot of them in the Ganny these days.
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    Based on what I've been hearing in my travels;
    The ATV clubs are not happy about all the SxS's showing up on the trails. There is a lot of talk about getting them either removed from certain areas, or heavily restricted.
    The sport ones do look like a lot of fun, but they belong in the desert, or an open field somewhere. The utility ones should be used for just that. SxS's really don't fit in well in places like the Ganny; too big, too fast and too wide for many existing trails. None of the user groups want them in the Ganny.
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    No one is ever happy when someone new shows up to the riding area but the reality is side by sides aren't going away soon . I will agree they are big fast and wide but to be honest with the way I see a lot of people driving on the bigger areas they are no more dangerous than anything else . All the side by sides I have come across the riders were actually riding within the rules on the fire roads.

    I'm more buying this for up the burnt river area as when I was up there they seemed to be very accepting of large atvs and side by sides . We went for lunch and there was a few different groups stopping for some shopping and lunch
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    ATV guys don,t want us on what they believe to be "thier" trails either!

    I think they may have to get used to SXS,s though, last time at the Hatfield McCoys in WV SXS,s were starting to out numbering atvs.
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    My buddy is Polaris dealer and he tells me that SXS have been outselling ATVs for 2-3 years now at his shop.
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    The are defiantly on the increase. They are a bit pricey but when you consider the price of 2 bikes & insurance , plates & maintained I'm not sure there is a huge difference . Lots of states allow them to be road legal. I can see one in my future. A lot of retired people park their toy hauler and truck and use their side by side for everything from trips to Walmart to riding jeep trails.
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    I would love to try one out before I consider purchasing one. I enjoy dual sporting back roads and trails up north/east but it's lonely. I really want to bring my kids to see all the nature and wilderness offroad, but it's hard if they don't ride. So for me I think it'd be great to have one of these to load them up and do some camping trips.
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    I love getting out on the dirtbike and my rapid transit for the street but as we all are getting a little older and the wife has treed both her dirtbike and quad we decided to give the side by side a try since there is a lot more access to different areas .
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    Yes I was thinking of one of those after the test purchase. I didn't want to go all in on 30 grand unless I know I'm going to get the use out of it . It's going to be either that one or the can am maverick x3 turbo if I pull the trigger on the new one.
    The one thing I will do is take it out to the Ganny and let all those who I have ridden with have a go at trying it because its always fun trying new toys.
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    I have some limited experience on my old man's Razr 900. I don't know all the specs but his has a track narrow enough to fit most places an ATV will. He's a member of at least one trail club, I'm pretty sure Norfolk County. I've ridden (driven?) on that trail with him on the Razr and it's pretty SxS friendly. He often goes to Gopher Dunes which has a couple long forest trails, although it's a pay-per-day place ($25/rider). He loves the Razr and his wife has been out in it quite often. They're quick, easy and fun to drive...but as everyone has said, expensive. They're also deceivingly heavy so no loading it in the bed of a 1/2 ton pickup....
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    I looked at the razors but gun shy of polaris . There quality is on the low side from what everyone is telling me . Yes they are big and fast and expensive but its like everything . Most of us have at least 10 to 15gs in bikes and accessories .
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    My brother in law has a Maverick, had it for 4 years now. It's a ton of fun. It's also heavy, getting stuck sucks. With the maverick in particular it has a wide wheelbase and doesn't always fit through atv trails. His does not have power steering, big mistake in technical trails.
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