with my 2008 the active decent control works great. it is only activated when in 4wd, it literally crawls down hills without the use of any brakes. i want to add that the sportsman is 1 up on the foreman because they come with disc brakes vs the foreman with drums. everyone has their opinions on polaris. i personally like them.
I'm glad to see they added that in that model year, I did some research on them as I haven't looked at them much in years. You can imagine the old system of just having electronic brake assist to the rear tires only on a slippery steep downhill,with one lever braking on top of it.(hairy)
I see that the new xp 550 versions took a cue from Honda, and turned the engines sideways to narrow up the machine some(they were always wide before), and finally added dual a-arms to the front of the machine.. At least there trying to improve on them still, and 40hp on that model also.
It's hard to compare those two 500 models though, because to me their in a different class, even though the engine sizes are the same. One is a pure utility, and the Polaris is an irs sport/utility machine.
I guess it would come down to what you need it for the most, the Polaris would be a smoother, faster all around machine, but the verdict is still out on the newest Foreman 500, if were talking about the 2012 model as to how it works out.
I agree it should have disc brakes, and some type of locker to be a better all around machine.(All the Honda's should)
All the dealers are still sitting on 1 and 2 yr. old new machines in this economy, and I would probably look at those for the best deal if you can find one that you like, and a good dealer sometimes makes our decision easier.
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