New guy from Maine Here...
I just about pulled the trigger on a '13 500 midsize when the dealer mentioned that they just came out with the 800 in the same chassis. Great.
I sold my X2 500 a couple months ago as my girlfriend wants a more comfrotable ride and I need more utility for the farm. I als really want to be able to haul it in my truck occasionally and it needs to fit on tight woods trails.
We do everything from 100 mile/day rides on dirt logging roads, camping trips, ice
g, farm work, tight woods trails, etc so I was excited to learn about the midsize Ranger. I had the same 500 EFI in my X2 and it was flawless with good power and outstanding fuel economy...well over 20 and in many cases 25+.
So, with great reviews I had decided on the 500 with the only concern being the 20% of the time that we like to cruise at 40-45mph on dirt logging roads. My 500 x2 would criuse at 45 just fine, but the RPMs were up there and I don't want to have the little ranger pegged the whole time. So along comes the Ranger 800 and now I'm not sure. The price is not of concern...getting the right machine is.
What I want: To be able to cruise at 45 with a full cab enclosure, have the power to turn tracks that I will eventually buy.
Two concerns with the 800 are fuel economy and reliability. The 500 is argueably the best motor polaris has ever made & it's hard to overlook that.
Thanks for reading all this...again, cost is not a concern at this point and I have made up my mind with the midsize chassis...what are your thoughts; 500 or 800?