Polaris release heavy duty Sportsman 500 H.D ATV

By: Carene Chong

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According to Polaris, its best-selling Sportsman 500 H.O ATV has been redesigned to include heavy duty features to cater to harsh Australian conditions.

Polaris release heavy duty Sportsman 500 H.D ATV
The popular Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O is now a H.D, featuring new and improved features to cater to unique Australian conditions.

The 500 H.O will now become a H.D and will come complete with greasible/sealed ball joints, sealed driveshaft splines and sealed suspension bushings to provide increased durability in harsh conditions and provide easier ongoing maintenance.

The redesign was a direct result of a visit by Polaris Industries USA management and engineers to Australia and New Zealand in late 2012 in which they spent countless hours with dealers and users researching the usage of ATVs in the unique Australian conditions.

Polaris Industries Australia and New Zealand Country Manager Brad Wolstenholme says the visit showed Polaris USA’s commitment to not only understanding the Australian market but also delivering products specifically catered to Australian conditions.

"As our American parent company, Polaris takes the Australian market very seriously and has demonstrated a willingness to make the necessary investments in research and development to make a great product even better suited to the Australian market."

All character and features of the traditional Sportsman 500 will remain, including the 498cc high output, liquid cooled engine, On Demand True All Wheel Drive, 28.6 cm ground clearance, a combined front/rear rack capacity of over 120 kg and a towing capacity of 555kg.

The radiator is also mounted 3 inches higher in the chassis and angled rearward to provide greater protection from mud and debris.

"Our conditions are known to be some of the harshest in the world, whether that be hilly, wet, dry, hot or simply rough," says Wolstenholme.

"These changes will enable this legendary model to again up the ante to remain one of the most suitable models for Australian farms on a number of levels, including its versatility across a variety of applications whilst also offering user friendly servicing and maintenance."

For more information or to book a test ride with your local dealer, visit Polaris Australia’s website.

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