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Avid snowmobiler and biker, joined looking for a trail machine to be used mostly locally in MN.
I've never had anyone to ride with and due to that hadn't considered owning a machine. That being said, I recently have a new neighbor and friend that has a Sportsman 850. His riding buddies have similar large 4wd machines. I'd like to buy a machine to ride with them, but when I asked about a 2wd machine their comment was that their machines were like couches on rough trails and that I'd get beat to hell on a 2wd machine. I would never buy a couch on wheels, but want something that is FUN. A quick bit of research and I realized why they reacted that way. My assumption was that most 2wd machines would be IRS...but that is not the case. My search led me here and to the Poo 525 IRS as they are the only real 2wd IRS options. The Poo looks like a smaller machine, has the nearly one off KTM motor, and I suspect it won't age as well as the bigger 700XX.
So why do I think I want a 2wd machine? I want to mimic the fun I have on my snowmobile. I ride a modified snocross machine that is at home clearing road approaches and pounding the ditch. Lofting the skis/front wheels and getting the machine to fly is high on my priority list. I can't see that being easy on an 800lb machine. I am too old to be too extreme, but as playful as possible is my goal. Since I am in my mid-40's I am pretty sure that starting out on a SRA machine will just make me sore and take some of the fun out. I've been reading threads on here religiously for the past week and think I understand the mods that will take to make me happy. I have zero problems wrenching and customizing the machine. My sled has had every bolt/rivet removed/changed/modified to fit my riding style. Just here to learn and then share if I go down the road of the 700xx. One other caveat, I am 6'6" and 210lbs. Many of the sport quads feel too small for me...I haven't yet seen a 700xx in person, but if it fits and you guys don't talk me out of it I suspect it is the path I will take.
Looking forward to interacting with you all.