What’s Better, A Grizzly or A Sportsman?

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Dear Motorhead:

I really enjoy reading your magazine – it is very informative and well written.

I am thinking of buying a Polaris Sportsman XP 550 eps – however I have heard that this machine has to be fixed more than the Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI Auto 4×4 EPS. I have read your excellent article. However, does the Polaris require more maintenance?

I appreciate your honesty.


Dear Barry:

Thanks for your email!

Okay, think about what you are asking! Your question is virtually impossible to answer. Are Yamaha’s reliable and trouble free? Yes, they likely lead the industry in this area of comparison/performance.

Is the Polaris XP platform reliable? Yes, and Polaris leads the industry in ride and handling performance. You have to decide based on the dealer you’ll be using and other criteria.

I’ve heard from owners of both brands who have had both good and bad experiences. However, you are choosing from two of the best models in the 550 segment. In other words, you can’t go wrong.

Hope this helps,

Motorhead Mark

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