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2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 Quick Thoughts

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We’ve finally taken possession of the 2011 Polaris RZR XP 900. This UTV has been the hottest topic in side-by-sides and takes sport performance to a whole new level. A completely new engine, new transmission, trailing-link rear suspension and incredible ground clearance and wheel travel make this machine more like a mini trophy truck. Check out the 2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 First Look article for full details and specs.

Our unit was shipped to and prepped by our local Polaris dealer and was fresh out of the crate. It needed to be broken in before heading do the dunes so we packed it out to our local trails for a 50-mile introductory spin. After racking up just over three hours of run time in an afternoon, the XP proved eye-opening as well as displaying some interesting characteristics. Next we headed to the Oregon Dunes for two days but were cut short a bit as tsunami warnings from the Japan and Hawaii quakes kept the sand closed off. We’ll break them down with a full review, photos and video, but I just wanted to share some quick thoughts about this awesome ride. Pardon the photo quality, I was just busting out my phone for Motorcycle USA Facebook updates.

Approach angle on the XP is great for getting up and over nasty obstacles. Ample suspension travel lets it twist as well.The XP isnt much for standard dirt bike  quad and UTV trails. It has more in common with a Jeep.At 64 inches wide  the XP 900 simply isnt a trail machine. Its great at straddling ruts  and has the engine and suspension to get by on too-small trails  but the challenge is getting on or off of those trails at access points like this.
2011 RZR XP 900 DIRT NOTES:
- If you don’t know how to drift, you will soon with the XP. Slow-speed steering is weak, get on the gas to turn.
- Tires are surprisingly poor, especially in just a few inches of snow
- Cruises easily at 30-35, and then has almost a turbo boost rush
- Heel cup feels deeper than other RZRs, requires effort to get at full throttle
- Glove box is awesome, additional storage under driver’s seat
- Quick-access panels make air filter and oil check very simple
- Mud protection much better than RZR 4
- Normal operating temperature while moving was around 178 degrees
- 50 miles on 4.6 gallons of fuel


















Shooting photos with Outlaw Photography at the Oregon Dunes.This is what makes the XP so special. Trailing link suspension is derived from off-road racing vehicles.The XP is designed to go fast  and the open dunes are a great place for it. The stock tires work much better in the sand than they do on dirt.
RZR XP 900 DUNE NOTES:
- Tires are great in sand – ran 8 lbs rear and 10 lbs front without problem
- 80% in 2WD, dune riding on stock RZR 4 tires is 100% AWD
- AWD is noisy and rough
- Computer is handy with engine temp and rpm gauge used most often
- Adjusting front suspension preload was easy, rear springs wouldn’t move – will try again in the shop
- Extremely agile despite width
- Short wheelbase and strong engine allow steering with rear
- Suspension is phenomenal in whoops
- So much potential for trouble, needs harnesses
- Lights are great
- Normal operating temperatures while moving was around 195 degrees
- 50 miles on full tank (fuel light started flashing at 46)


 
Post Tags: 2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 Review, UTV, ATV
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