I am considering buying a 550 Polaris but have heard that they are real dogs for top end.I am now riding a 98 xc 600 and realize that the 550 fan will not have as much power but I have more than i need now.Will the 550 do 90-95 mph with stock gearing?
I would agree you will miss the power. I wnet from an XLt to a ss550 . I had mine up to 90 but i was on the lake with about an inch of snow, and it took a long time! Usually 75-80 tops. But it is light which has it's good points.
I have a 91 liquid 500 and it'll do 90 on semi-smooth field. Only way i'd go with the 550 fan is if it was alot lighter than my sled. I do alot of ditch banging and i hate to muscle my sled around.
Just my $.02
Your long track sleds are typically slower, but 65 is really slow. My brothers 01 550 is quick with a top end of 85. If lake speed is what you want, avoid the fan cooled sleds. If trail riding at lower speeds (55-65) is what you are after, they are great sleds.
Thanks for all the opinions, I am not after alot of speed(usaly run 50-60 mph) but if I run into slush(jikes!!!!) and sometimes I do when we go into a camp I want enough power to get me up through it without bogging down.
Now that Im nearing 40, I have slowed down, (way down) and now ride the old dependable indy trails. Mine will top out at 80mph. and I usually average 45-50 on trails. I have ridden my buddies 550 and its great for a fan. More than enough power for what Im after. And also very reliable sled. The indy 500's are great too. A very good all around liquid sled.
Thanks for the info,I've gone past 40 skidded into 50 and better slow down or I may not last to 60. I think I will see if I can get a good deal in a couple weeks on a 550 or maybe 500xc( or maybe a 500 rev)
I may just be getting old but I think most sleds are just way to fast. My sled will go 80 instantly and it's not at half throttle. I too thought of getting a new Supersport for the suspension. It would be hard to ride with all the other 700's when you hit the lake. I can remember when 340 was a fast sled and 60 MPH was tops. I had just as much fun then when everyone was going the same speed, and trails didn't seem so rough.
I agree with you totally ,it used to be more fun because if you messed up there was more chance that you were not going to kill yourself, the only problem with a smaller sled is trying to keep up on the open lakes, it is more fun to work a light sled in the trails then just get on a lake and whoever has the most HP (and money) has the fastest sled
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