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I dont actually own a snowmobile nor have I really ever been on one by myself but I am very curious and have heard nothing but good things about polaris so I thought this would be the best place to come to learn more about them.

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I own a 93 Ski-doo Safari Deluxe. It's a peice of crap compared to my father's machine, which is a '98 Polaris Tran Sport 440.

To note about his machine:

Very quiet on normal trail riding (30-40mph) and only slightly louder on higher speeds (up around 60mph)

Very comfortable ride, due to the long track

Starts very easily

Nice looking

Steers much better than my Safari

Floats much better in snow than my safari

Wayyyyyyyyyyy more power .. or so it seems. When you squat it to the bar, it responds quickly (though some here will laugh at the thought of a 440 fan responding quickly)!!

It's not fast .. with a top speed of about 65mph .. but it's quick. Besides that .. it's a utility sled, and not meant for racing.

That's my take on the only polaris I've ever ridden .. I've ridden that one for about 300 - 400 miles.
 

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The snowmobiles today are so much more comfortable to ride than the ones from years ago that it is unbelievable. Every snowmobile company makes good snowmobiles, a.k.a., sleds. It all depends on what you are looking for and how much you want to spend. Polaris is the largest snowmobile manufactuer out there today and they have a snowmobile that will fit just about anyone. What did you have in mind that you wanted to learn? Just give us an idea about what you want to know and we will tell you. Oh yeah, welcome to the forum!


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I dont really know i mean ive been to lots of the website but im not really seeing any prices! Im not looking for anything to powerful or big really ( Im really small!!) but something that is easy to ride and not worth a million dollars in case heaven forbid.... I really suck!!!

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Well first off, are you in canada or the Us (or other). That could change the meaning of prices for ya. A new sled can run you anywhere from about 4 grand all the way up to about 20 grand (american). You can, however, find a ton of great slightly used sleds out on the market now because of the bad snow years. For a first sled I would say a great budget to stay around would be about 2 grand.

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INTENDED is right, you would be able to find some good buys for between 2-3 grand. you just have to be choosey on what your looking at. and if you find something you like, post here again, and us members will be more than happy to give you advice on the sled. i bought my 93 polaris xlt sp for $1250 u.s. which i didnt think was too out of line, it booked at 1800 u.s. and it had a few things i fixed, but didnt cost me much. it is a very good running sled. i found my sled at this site....http://www.sledcity.com
in the classified section, im sure their is listings on there that would be close to you, and remember, you have all spring and summer to decide, wether a new sled/or used would be better.....WELCOME TO THE FORUM!

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Welcome aboard Intensity. Nice to see another western canuck join on board. Just to let you know my girl friend bought a '92 Arctic Cat EXT 550. Good all around sled that she still has not out grown but she still needs help when it comes to getting it unstuck. We paid about $2800 for that one right around Christmas time a couple years back.

I would think something in a 500 or 550 would be an excellent start. Do you ride trail? With boyfriend/husband? Like to climb mountains? etc. These are all questions you need to know the answer to before anyone can recommend sled choices.

Good luck!

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Hi there, Love the user name you picked. Its one of those ones that make you go Hmmm. LOL. I have had around twenty polaris machines. and while other brands are as good in some respects I have always felt Polaris was the easiest to work on and repair if needed. You will find lots of good people and advice here.Hope you take the next step and get a sled. Dont go to small of a sled. I suggest somthing in the middle. They only go as fast as you tell them to.
 

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I think that a Supersport would make a good sled if you plan on driving on trails. I think it is a good sled for people trying to get into the sport.

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I think it is really important to identify where you will ride and who you will ride with. I assume you will want to trail ride and maybe you live near a lake or two. If you have some open stretches, it won't take you long to "outgrow" a smaller engined machine. Many 440's are designed to be race-oriented so they are quick and light, and more geared to somewhat experienced riders. I think the supersport is a good choice (550 fan cooled), but I would probably lean toward a liquid cooled 500. A late model Polaris Indy 500 would be the sled that I would highly recommend.
Good luck and welcome to the forum!

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Welcome to the forums!

If you are just getting into the sport, I would either go for a 1996 or newer Polaris Indy Trail, or a Polaris Indy 440 Liquid (not XCR) or a Polaris Indy 500 Liquid. The 550 supersport is also a nice machine.

They are all good enough to go at least 75 MPH, and have good suspensions, and they have some power to play with a bit. To get the feel of the sport.

I see you live in Canada, so go to http://www.canadatrader.com and look at the sleds there, they give a very good idea as to what they are worth. If you need a hand for searching (not sure what year to look for or whatever) I'm sure someone here will be willing to help you out.


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BTW, there are people here with all riding levels from beginners to what some would consider professional. So we find that this is a good place to learn about the sport.

People on this board have everything from super high performance 800's that go 120 mph to little quick 440 race machines, to 340 sleds that they use to just cruise around. So someone will be sure to lead you in the right direction.


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i would say a 440, 500, or a 550 would be a good sled for you, not the biggest machine out, but something that you would not be able to handle,,, most of us can be contacted here via pm, or or a few of us can be contacted via msn messenger

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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Originally posted by xltman:

i would say a 440, 500, or a 550 would be a good sled for you, not the biggest machine out, but something that you would not be able to handle,,, most of us can be contacted here via pm, or or a few of us can be contacted via msn messenger

1993 xlt sp 580
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Some also have contacts like AOL, Yahoo and ICQ in our profiles.


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How small is small. If your not very strong you might want to consider a sled with reverse. I am strong enough, but like Air conditioning in cars, once youve had it its hard to do with out. Call me spoiled. I dont mind.
 

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small as in 5`4" and 120lb soakin wet!!! not to mention havent been on a sled in ten years!!!! Your advise has been great so far and I will definetly take it all into consideration and please keep it coming!!!!! Thanx, Intensity!!! (sorry havent thought of anything cool to say!)
 

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What kind of riding would you be doing? Mountain? Deep Powder? Trails? Lakes? Around your house fifty million times? (my personal choice)

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I hope I dont offend you but, 5'-4" 120lbs soaking wet . is cool. :) And we dont care if what people say is cool or not. Pretty good bunch of people on this site. Just be yourself is my advice.



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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Originally posted by hotrod:

I hope I dont offend you but, 5'-4" 120lbs soaking wet . is cool. [/quote]

Why would this offend her?
Just wondering. What he said is true though.

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She sounds like a nice young lady and I didnt want her to think I was some kind of perv. But I wanted her to know that I thought that size for a girl is right on.
 
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