Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
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Interesting the 570 Ranger was brought up. It's really kind of 1/2 between the RZR and the Pioneer.
Specs say its nearly the same size, but somehow that doesn't translate, as the Ranger is noticeably smaller...which i like, but you may not.
Believe it or not, my Choice was between the RZR 570 or the Pioneer ( i wanted 4 seats, but didn't necessarily need them ). So in doing research, i have been regular over at the RZR forums, and have been for a year and a half, and what I've seen says the 570 is better than the 800. Early ones had a crank recall, and maybe the machine tig mentioned was a missed by this, but they seem to hold up very well. A few valve train issues. Alba racing can give you the real scoop on the 570. At any rate, the CVT is clearly better on the 570.
Anyway, i test drove a 570 Ranger a few times now, and i thought it was a pretty nice machine. I get flak for saying it, but it rides better, steers lighter, and is quieter than a Pioneer. The last 2 are due to the rear engine, the 1st is likely due to the lower capacities ( payload ). I won't even go into power. Yes it has struts, but unless you are going road-racing or are going for a lot of lift it really doesn't matter.
Considering where i ride and the issues i have had, if i had to do it again, it would choose this machine...unless someone comes out with something in the next few months. The one issue is durability...and we all know the rep Polaris has....but it seems there are plenty of happy owners out there that have had no issues.
The Teryx is nice, but the new ones are really a Teryx4 with the rear seats replaced with a bed with a price to match, and are even bigger than a Pioneer. The 2014 had belt issues but they may have been solved, but do research. IMO, Kawasaki is the least durable Japanese machine. Still probably better than a Can-am or PoPo, though.
Last edited by DG Rider; 07-17-2014 at 07:31 PM.