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Old 08-19-2019, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, this hasnt been brought up yet this year.

I am looking to get my girlfriend a newer sled as she is currently riding an older formula 380F and can only ride about 50 miles a day before her back starts to hurt. She is 5'10" 150lbs.

In your opinion what would be the best sled to look at for her in the $1,000 price range? Ideally I will be looking for a 500, 550f, or 600. Electric start would be ideal but is not necessary as I will always be riding with her. I am looking for the best trail riding sled, so suspension, handling, and reliability are key. I have found a couple of 500 XCSP's in decent shape along with one F5. There are a couple of vectors in the ball park as well.

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Old 08-19-2019, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Polaris edge xc500 should be at the top of the list. I've got one I'll sell ya.
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For under 1k and for trail riding only : anything in the Twin Spar chassis.
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Alright, this hasnt been brought up yet this year.

I am looking to get my girlfriend a newer sled as she is currently riding an older formula 380F and can only ride about 50 miles a day before her back starts to hurt. She is 5'10" 150lbs.

In your opinion what would be the best sled to look at for her in the $1,000 price range? Ideally I will be looking for a 500, 550f, or 600. Electric start would be ideal but is not necessary as I will always be riding with her. I am looking for the best trail riding sled, so suspension, handling, and reliability are key. I have found a couple of 500 XCSP's in decent shape along with one F5. There are a couple of vectors in the ball park as well.

Please enlighten me on you infinite knowledge!!!
If her back hurts after 50 miles either
A) you need to slow down
B) you need to find better trails even if it means trailering
C) she needs a rider forward chassis
D) all of the above
It will be tough to find a good rider forward sled for a $1000.00, but they've been around since 2003 so not impossible. XC's were great sleds in their day but not a rider forward chassis. Vector not even in the ball park for her IMO, first gen Rev chassis were a little rough for people with longer legs so she might not like that and I personally am not a Cat fan so I cant recommend an F5. The question I would ask is what are YOU riding and is she trying to run with you and the boys or are and her going out cruising?
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I absolutely love our 2004 XC500 SP, since softening up the suspension and studding the track. However, my wife prefers the 2002 Classic Touring more. I think it's mainly a problem with darting, because the Classic Touring uses "dually" carbides, which don't dart at all.

For Polaris, 2002 marks the beginning of the PERC push-button reverse that was licensed from Ski Doo. Our Classic Touring has it, and I think that was the only model for that year.

If Polaris, for $1,000-1,200 you're probably looking at a 1999 XC 500 SP, with electric start and mechanical reverse. I'd probably pony up a bit more than that and look for a 2003-2005 Classic (the single seat version), especially if they have the M-10 rear skid.

Classics of that period look like an XC, but they're the cushy trail version. They have PERC reverse and electric start standard. Suspension setup is softer than an XC, but trail performance would be comparable. You're probably looking at $1,500 as the bottom dollar for any 2003-2005 Polaris, regardless of model or engine.

Edit: After reading billp's post above, I should add that my wife and I got a chance to demo some 2020 Arctic Cats this last spring and both of us had an epiphany. I found out how nice rider-forward sleds are to ride, and how little effort it took to ride through rough trails compared to what I'm used to. She found out that she can run 75mph with everyone else (riding our XC 500 SP, she rarely does 30). We can't afford two new sleds, but I know if I buy myself something, she's the one who's going to be riding it.
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I absolutely love our 2004 XC500 SP, since softening up the suspension and studding the track. However, my wife prefers the 2002 Classic Touring more. I think it's mainly a problem with darting, because the Classic Touring uses "dually" carbides, which don't dart at all.

For Polaris, 2002 marks the beginning of the PERC push-button reverse that was licensed from Ski Doo. Our Classic Touring has it, and I think that was the only model for that year.

If Polaris, for $1,000-1,200 you're probably looking at a 1999 XC 500 SP, with electric start and mechanical reverse. I'd probably pony up a bit more than that and look for a 2003-2005 Classic (the single seat version), especially if they have the M-10 rear skid.

Classics of that period look like an XC, but they're the cushy trail version. They have PERC reverse and electric start standard. Suspension setup is softer than an XC, but trail performance would be comparable. You're probably looking at $1,500 as the bottom dollar for any 2003-2005 Polaris, regardless of model or engine.
I would agree with everything p51mstg said
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Her back aggravates her ? Don't hit the trails after 10:00AM on Saturdays ! LOL.

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Polaris edge xc500 should be at the top of the list. I've got one I'll sell ya.
Family member just sold one with M10 for near that. Great sleds !
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I would buy what YOU want to ride for $1000 and when she rides give her your sled and set it up for her. My wife always has the "nicer" sled in our family. Sure I ride it most of the time, but ANYTHING to make her more comfortable is what you want.
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For 1K your in a bind, but there are options. You mentioned your ladies back starts to hurt after 50 miles, so rear suspension should be your #1 priority.
I'm never usually one to recommend a trailing arm sled, but the last few years of the trailing arm machines aren't terrible, or around 2000-2003ish. For example Ski-Doo went to the SC10-II in 2000 and its a better riding rear suspension then the original SC10 and the older ones made in the mid to late 90's also partly because the 2000-2003 sleds usually have better shocks as well.
But in all honesty I would try and find a F5 or Sabercat 500 with around 3K-5k in decent shape with someone is asking around 1200-1700 for it, and offer $1000 cash. Money talks.

Something like this for example: https://vermont.craigslist.org/snw/d...927927057.html
I am sure there are some good examples of 03/04 newer chassis Polaris/Ski-Doo 500/600's for cheap as well, I'm just not as familiar with them.
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