over shock absorbers. The rear of the
machine utilizes independent rear
suspension that provides 9. 5 inches of
travel through dual A-arms and preload-adjustable shocks.
The shocks of the Sportsman 570 SP
are set up to ride smoothly and comfortably over chop, rocks and rough
trails. They don’t handle hard hits that
well, but that isn’t what this machine is
designed for. The IRS system smooths
out the ride while sitting or standing.
You won’t be hitting desert whoop
sections at high speeds with this
machine; believe us, we tried. Ground
clearance is a healthy 11. 5 inches,
which helps the Polaris crawl over
rocks or roots without many hang-ups.
STEERING THE RIGHT WAY
If you have ever ridden an ATV
with electronic power steering, then
you know how nice it is to have. You
get less worn out on long trail rides
and can control the machine easier.
Fortunately, even though it doesn’t
need it, the Polaris Sportsman 570
SP comes with EPS, and the system
automatically adjusts for how you are
riding the machine. Another plus for
the Sportsman is that it is comfortable
to ride. The handlebars have a nice,
rewarding sweep that accommodates
riding while sitting down comfortably.
The seat is plush and couch-like, yet
it allows you the ability to shift around
on it for cornering. The thumb throttle
is wide and easy to operate so it won’t
wear your digits out during long rides.
The gear shifter is down near your right
knee and is smooth when shifting.
The brakes on the Polaris are strong
yet smooth. The front end utilizes
hydraulic disc brakes on each corner
while the rear end of the 570 has a
single hydraulic disc brake to help slow
the machine down. The single handbrake lever controls the front and rear
brakes at the same time, while the foot
brake only activates the rear brake. A
lot of 4x4 machines are coming with
this braking option, and we haven’t
totally embraced it yet. We like having
control of the front and rear brakes to
be separate, but the combo hand lever
The front storage bin is large. It is a 6-gallon bin, and the front
cargo rack can hold up to 90 pounds.
The single hand lever
that operates both the
front and rear brake
works well. Stopping
power feels even, and
the rear brake pedal is
available if you don’t
need all-around braking.
The controls of the Polaris Sportsman 570 SP are easy and
comfortable to use. Everything you need to operate is easily