For rough trail rides without a lot of whoops, we prefer riding an IRS-equipped 4x4
versus a sport quad sometimes. With the added help of power steering, you don’t
get tired from sitting and standing all day and from getting jarred from side to side.
❏ What do you have when you take
a smooth-riding utility chassis and
stuff it with one of the fastest CVT-equipped ATV engines on the planet?
A tool that not only helps you get the
work chores done in a hurry, but it
can take you out on the trails and
thrill you as if you were on a sport
quad. Sure, the machine is heavy
at 822 pounds dry, not including the
5. 25 gallons of gas it can hold, and it’s
pricey, starting at $11,999. However, if
you excel in the company of excess,
the Polaris Sportsman 1000 might be
right up your alley.
The engine is a 952cc, SOHC,
water-cooled, fuel-injected twin. It sits
right between the rider’s legs, providing a good balance to the well-sus-pended chassis. A-arms are found on
all four corners, providing 9 inches
of travel up front and 10. 25 inches
The center handlebar pod on most
Polaris ATVs now comes with an ana-log/digital display that also doubles
as a diagnostic center. It’s nice being
able to figure out a problem with the
machine without having to visit the
Under this front rack there’s storage big enough for a water
bottle or a sack lunch. We like the Polaris accessory box,
which more than triples the usable space.
Polaris basically invented the modern ATV IRS (Independent Rear Suspension). This
Sportsman has the latest version and is super plush and very capable on the trails.
The Sportsman XP 1000 comes equipped with a winch, premium wheels and painted black, white or camo fenders. The LE
model comes with a larger front storage box and bumpers.