Well, for the 2003 year
I decided to try something different for my
riding and casual racing season. I reluctantly
sold my 2000 Honda 400EX for the Polaris Predator
you see above. I did break two of my rules
when getting a new quad... Staying with Yamaha
or Honda and buying a first year model. Usually,
the first year of anything has it's problems,
and smart buyers usually wait until the next
model year before plunking down the cash.
This was the case for Honda's 400EX, Yamaha's
Raptor and Suzuki/Kawasaki's 400 with it's
On paper the Polaris is very impressive.
Braided steel brake lines, scalloped and vented
front brake rotors, heavy-duty axle and chain,
water cooling with a heat activated cooling
fan, a wide aggressive stance and a high-revving
4-stroke powerplant. I already has many of
the aftermarket items I want and Polaris has
quite a selection of Pure Polaris accessories
to keep things interesting. It's even pre-wired
for a tether kill switch showing Polaris is
serious about the Predator's intentions.
At the time of this writing I have only had
about 4-hours of seat time on the Predator
but I figured I would give my early, first
impressions of my experiences I have had so
far and how it compares to other quads I have
I went to my local Polaris dealership to
purchase my quad and was happy to find out
Polaris has a 6-month, same as cash deal going
on. Even though I had saved enough to purchase
it I decided to go with the 6-month plan in
case anything else came up that I needed quick
cash. Andy, at Team
Polaris, was extremely helpful in setting
me up and after an hour or so wait I was loading
up my new Predator in my truck and off I went
looking for a place to unload and ride.
OK, enough of this boring stuff... I know
you really just want to know my impressions
of how this quad stacks up so I guess I'll
get right to it. I am judging this quad from
my previous quads I have owned and my buddy's
2002 Yamaha Raptor and 2004 Yamaha YFZ 450.
These are just my opinions and nothing more
so others may disagree. For most of my review
I will be comparing it to the 400EX.