The revised Polaris Scrambler 500 gets taken for a spin in order to find out what the updated model can do. Read the full story in our 2010 Polaris Scrambler 500 ATV Review.
- Selectable 4WD gives this ATV extra versatililty.
- Having fun is what ATV riding is all about, and the Scrambler is plenty good at that.
- When the throttle is chopped, the engine braking is darn near perfect in its application. It is far less noticeable than the artificially induced braking.
- Just what exactly is the Scrambler 500? Soft ergos and 4WD indicate utility, but aggressive bodywork and suspension lean toward the sport side of ATV performance.
- The rear brake pedal is raised so high above the floorboards that your boot fits underneath it more comfortably than operating it!
- So although we headed into this test more than a little perplexed at what exactly what purpose the Scrambler served, after just a few hours on the trails we didn’t really care about where it fit.
- Although the big 4-stroke has ample power for everyone but the most power-hungry riders, its delivery could be more responsive at throttle tip-in.
- The front struts have been modified to allow for separate front spindles and the springs have been changed front and rear to soften the ride and lower the Scrambler a little over half an inch.
- Up front are struts rather than A-arms, but the headlight, bodywork and chassis were subject to much-needed revisions for 2010.
- From a distance the Scrambler looks kind of like a sport quad with its sharp-angled and trimmed fenders sitting high above the small diameter tires.
- Polaris offers accessories like trailer hitches and racks for the Scrambler and it only makes the purpose more obscure.
- Amazingly enough, even with the list of revisions, the 2010 Scrambler is still remarkably similar to the old model it replaces. But that’s not necessarily bad.
- Quit thinking about it and swing a leg over the new 500 to enjoy its capabilities..
- The bodywork does not provide protection for the rider.
- The addition of 4WD gives added traction in rough corners, but 600 pounds is a lot of weight to handle regardless.
- A chain drive, disc brake and solid axle out back are light and sporty.