The fly-by-wire thumb throttle gives way to another major advancement—programmable power delivery. The rider is now given the choice of selecting between three different modes; work, standard and performance, with power output increasing respectively with each setting. While we appreciate the standard setting for most things, and the performance setting for unleashing 100% of the ponies when needed, the power delivery of the work mode is particularly handy for steep, technical terrain, where grabbing too much throttle can often spell disaster. As with past year’s models, the XP 1000’s electronic power steering is magic on the trail. It’s a huge asset in combating rider fatigue, reducing handlebar feedback and increasing rider control in everything from fast-paced to slow and technical terrain. Now so spoiled, it’s hard to imagine life without it.
Other notable changes include super-bright LED taillights, digital instrumentation with built-in Bluetooth connectivity and totally redesigned storage racks. Both racks are reinforced with a steel substructure, which give you 240-lb capacity out back and 120 lbs. up front. Tie-down points for gear are abundant, which is a nice change from the older chassis. You’ll find built-in storage (6-gallons total) under the front rack and under a smaller hatch in the rear rack. As with previous models, the racks are fully compatible with the Polaris line of Lock & Ride accessories for work, hunt and play. Redesigned plastics are finished in a scratch resistant automotive-style paint—the 2017 model tested here wears the “Stealth Black” color.
In the end, awesome power, great suspension, top-notch rider comfort/control, useful storage solutions and a homerun in the styling department are all labels we’ll confidently stick on the new Sportsman XP 1000.
Check one out in person at your nearest Polaris dealer ($11,999 to $13,999) or for more information, contact Polaris, Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 765-2747; Web: www.polaris.com