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Old 04-13-2015, 03:47 AM   #21 (permalink)
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the 1200 regardless of top end loves to have lots and lots of studs to start to see the full potential..

to the OP, the 900 is a great choice, you say 85-90 is your admitted top speeds, the 900 will do that, it wont have the big yank at 80 like the 1200, but it does everything better than the 1200 other than go faster in a boring straight line....
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:21 PM   #22 (permalink)
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the 1200 regardless of top end loves to have lots and lots of studs to start to see the full potential..

to the OP, the 900 is a great choice, you say 85-90 is your admitted top speeds, the 900 will do that, it wont have the big yank at 80 like the 1200, but it does everything better than the 1200 other than go faster in a boring straight line....
do I like to see triple digits? Yep but it's not for long where I ride. I just figured save 1000, way better fuel mileage, lighter for off trail all while only sacrificing 15 mph or so. No brainier. I'm young and like speed but you have to really step back and think about where and how you ride instead of going of bar room bragging rights.

Thanks for all the input everyone these forums helped a ton in answering my questions. Can't totally trust a dealer they have money to make!
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:06 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I don't have a 900 Ace.....yet, but I ride with my neighbor who has one. I do have a 13' 1200 Renegade and a 600 Ace. I love my 1200 because of the big bang it has off the bottom end and midrange. But.....where we ride, we rarely run above 70mph unless we line em up on a straightaway to race. I found myself choosing to ride our 600 Ace more often this year. It runs up to 60 pretty quickly and is a ball to ride in the tighter trails where we ride. Plus the fact that the darn thing gets 24 mpg anytime in any conditions is a bonus. What I save in gas at the pump pays for my lunch or dinner.
The 900 is quite quick, but it's no 1200 by any means. We also have a Cat 1100 N/A. The cat drives away from the 900 pretty easily after about 50 mph. Pretty much the same as the 1200 drives away from the Cat LOL!
The 900 may not be the fastest, but it's a great trail sled.
I think you made the right choice for your type of riding.
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:28 AM   #24 (permalink)
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you will be happy with the 900
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:49 AM   #25 (permalink)
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The most popular and fast sleds of the 1990's all had around the same power level as the 900 ACE does.

We thought Polaris XLT's and ZR 580's were hot sleds. However because of the four stroke torque, the 900 is much more fun to ride.


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do I like to see triple digits? Yep but it's not for long where I ride. I just figured save 1000, way better fuel mileage, lighter for off trail all while only sacrificing 15 mph or so. No brainier. I'm young and like speed but you have to really step back and think about where and how you ride instead of going of bar room bragging rights.

Thanks for all the input everyone these forums helped a ton in answering my questions. Can't totally trust a dealer they have money to make!
So, have you had the chance to try out your new 900 yet?
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:30 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Just tried it out this past weekend.. 110 miles on a good trial with twists and turns.

Power was impressive and the 90 HP tag on the motor is deceiving. I felt Standard mode was good for prolonged cruising and sport mode was awesome for field or woods riding, didn't find it "jerky" at all. Eco is for loading the trailer.

Couple issues. I broke the nozzle on my Linq fuel can but thats because i didnt read the instructions and twisted it the wrong way.. oops.

Secondly because it was the first ride I had neglected to account for sag and didn't have my suspension dialed in. Made up for it with the coupler blocks in the rear somewhat but need to adjust the rear springs as soon as I have a free moment.

35 miles in we stopped and I opened the side panels just to make sure all was well. The engine was way cooler than I expected. So cool that I could actualyl rest my hand on the clutches only to feel them luke warm. The 35 miles included many sharps corners where I came onto it engaging high and low rpms frequently. This just shows me the airflow and design are on point. I predict excelent belt life.

I'm 6'2, 200 with gear and the sled was comfortable, warm, and didn't coat my back with powder like my previous sled had. The ergos were good and I liked the placement of things on the handlebars. 200 MPH speedo is annoying but thats an old argument.

Overall very impressed. Wont rocket you accross a lake but I kept up with a 600 Poo and a turbo cat with NO issues on the normal trails. First 100 miles nad still got rouglhy 17 mpg, expect that to rise hopefully.

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Old 01-05-2016, 10:57 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Glad you're happy with it! At your weight youll need rear spring at either 2 or 3 or maybe one at 2 and the other 3. I think my ski shocks around 2 but mine is a 1200 and adjust steering with centre spring.
At 17 you're doing ok, with my 1200 i usually get around 13 mpg.
Enjoy the sled! If you need more info you're better off going tondoo talk.
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