Huge full-coverage floorboards are
found on all 4x4s these days. They offer
great splash protection and a solid
place to plant your boots.
In a drag race, these two machines were dead even time and time again. The
Scrambler 850 would pull the lead over the Raptor 700 at about the 60-mph mark.
Polaris was the first company to use a
good-working independent rear suspension (IRS) system on an ATV. It has
improved even more over the years and
provides great handling and good
One of the best features about riding a
big 4x4 machine is that there are a few
places to store and carry items with
you. We wish the Scrambler had more
than this little box and the pointed rack
that we removed.
The handlebars on most sport quads are left a bit sparse as far as features go.
Yamaha does equip their top-of-the-line Raptor with a speedo and instrument gauge.
This Scrambler comes stock with handguards, which we love. We added a set of
Fasst Co. Flexx handlebars to this rig to soften its ride even more.
single-cylinder, manual-shifting, five-speed, chain-driven mill that produces 45 horsepower. Measuring 422
pounds, the power-to-weight ratio is
nearly identical at just under 10
pounds to each horsepower.
GET ON AND RIDE
We could talk about numbers all
day, but that’s not very fun. For this
story we want to concentrate more on
seat-of-the-pants feel. To do this, we
took the two machines on several
trail loops and small tracks and came
up with some surprising conclusions.
We didn’t race around the loops, we
actually ran at a comfortable speed
more typical of a fast paced trail ride.
We didn’t abuse the machines for all-
out speed. Our pace was consistent
and comfortable on both machines.
We left out the obvious dune and
mud/4x4 areas. While the Scrambler