WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
Dual A-arms front and rear with
piggyback reservoir Fox Podium X
shocks all around. A rear swaybar limits
body roll. The shocks have adjustable
compression damping and spring
preload. There are 9 inches of travel up
front and 10. 25 inches in the rear.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
Incredibly well, especially considering
the Scrambler 1000’s speed and
weight. The ride is remarkably fluid,
even on punishing, rocky terrain. The
Polaris has a firm, agile feel that’s fitting
for such a fast sport 4x4. It stays nicely
composed on choppy ground and
has plenty of bottoming resistance for
jumps. The 745-pound machine is no
450 in the air, but it launches and lands
more gracefully than you’d expect.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
Surprisingly well, especially since
this much motor would challenge
any ATV chassis. When you consider
that the Scrambler 1000 weighs as
much as a big-bore 4x4 ATV and is
more powerful than many UTVs that
are twice as heavy, you get a sense
of the machine’s feel. You notice the
Scrambler’s weight, but the massive
power jets the thing along like it weighs
nothing. The power also lets you steer
with the throttle and float the front end
over ruts and other obstacles in ways
that just aren’t possible with normal
quads. Smart weight distribution, a
slim midsection, roomy ergonomics,
capable suspension and power steering
make the Scrambler impressively agile
and controllable. It corners like a big
pro football player who can change
directions quicker than should be
possible. There’s some body roll, but it
doesn’t hinder the machine’s handling.
All things considered, this machine
handles more like a modern muscle car
than a supercar, because supercars
are usually super light as well as super
HOW IS IT FOR MUD AND ROCKS?
With huge reserves of power, one
of the most effective 4WD systems,
power steering and 11. 5 inches of
ground clearance, the Scrambler 1000
is a natural for mud. Thanks to the
power steering, you hardly notice any
extra steering effort when the automatic
locking front differential engages, but
you will feel the Scrambler find traction
in slick terrain. The Carlisle all-terrain
tires have fairly deep, open tread,
so they grip better than some more
conservative original-equipment tires in
soft terrain. The 1000 has more than
enough muscle to turn bigger tires
Massive power makes wheelies
easy anywhere the 1000 can find
traction. There’s so much muscle
that the Scrambler can spin the
tires furiously and still pull the
front end up.
you’d normally just ride around. An
unexciting, flat, straight section of trail
can suddenly be a blast. Just roll on the
throttle to feel the rush of acceleration.
As rowdy as the Scrambler can be, it’s
impressively refined. It’s fun just to hear
the throaty dual exhausts sound off, but
the inline twin is turbine smooth, even
at high revs.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with an
automatic locking front differential.
When you select 4WD, the Polaris’
speed-sensitive, automatic, locking
front differential locks any time the rear
wheels rotate faster than the fronts.
It’s an effective system that gives
the Scrambler traction that riders of
two-wheel-drive sport quads can only
dream of. Four-wheel drive helps the
Scrambler convert more of its power
into acceleration, but the big machine
has no trouble spinning all four tires
when it’s pulling hard.
WHAT’S THE TRANSMISSION LIKE?
It’s a fully automatic, belt-type,
continuously variable transmission
like most 4x4 ATVs have. Unlike
some Polaris 4x4s, however, it also
has engine braking. The shift lever is
different from those on most Polaris
models, but it has a similar notchy
The Scrambler’s longitudinal engine puts the
transmission behind the engine rather than
beside it, so the machine is slim and sporty.
Like the Scrambler 850, the 1000’s battery,
brake fluid, and fuses are accessible under
the front cowl.