still the vehicle of choice if you are
into sliding it sideways around
every turn and is number one for
thrill seekers wanting to pop the
clutch and ride with the front tires
pointing straight up at the sky.
Jumps, whoops and off-camber
trails are also easily tackled on a
lighter, more stable sport quad. If
you see yourself as an aggressive
rider like this, the Raptor 700 or any
one of the modern-day 450s would
be a great fit. Just stay out of the
mud. And remember, for sand-dune
riding, it’s hard to find anything bet-
ter than a Yamaha Raptor.
We have always liked sport 4x4s for
trail riding. The nastier the terrain,
the better. One thing that bugs us is
that manufacturers like Polaris and
Can-Am just throw more power at
the class lately rather than refine
their machines. Polaris did make
huge leaps when they went from the
Scrambler 500 to the 850. However,
we would rather see a motor like the
570 in a little more compact chassis,
with added features like onboard air,
If you’re looking for the ultimate trail
quad, the choices may be greater than
you thought. Sport 4x4s like the
Polaris Scrambler and Can-Am
Renegade can be just as fun on the
trails as a 450 or 700 .
GPS units and storage before bigger
The Scrambler 850 is great, though.
Both of our test riders (young and old)
during this shoot were much happier
riding the Scrambler than the Raptor.
It’s a lot easier to ride, more comfortable and just as fast in just about
every situation except when you consider price. It’s still not our dream trail
machine. That one does not yet exist.
But until it does, we are more than
happy to put many more miles on the
Polaris Scrambler 850. ;