General has a 81-inch wheelbase, and
the extra weight slows down handling
somewhat, but it feels a lot like the RZR
S in tight turns. It’s definitely more agile
than its recreation-utility competition,
as the suspension and steering
components are from the RZR, as is
the close-ratio front diff.
HOW ABOUT THE SUSPENSION?
It’s in a class all its own. Polaris
tuned the Base/Premium twin-tube
HPG shocks to provide a very plush
ride on rocks, roots and ruts, and we
experienced all on the 45-mile USFS
ride. Travel is 12.25 inches in front and
13. 2 inches in back, and they’re well-
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
balanced for crisp handling. They also
firm up well for big water bars, but we
did bottom the front occasionally. The
Deluxe General’s Fox Podium X 2.0
QS3 shocks are also well-tuned for a
plush ride on trail junk and bottoming
resistance when set on the softest of
three selections. Faster driving and/
or heavier loads calls for going to the
middle or even stiffest settings. The
Fox shocks also have ring-type preload
adjustment, while the HPGs have five-
RZR S 1000-strong. Like the RZR,
WHERE IS THE GENERAL 1000 HAPPIEST?
the General 1000 EPS has four-wheel
hydraulic calipers with dual-bore fronts
and single-piston rears squeezing
large perforated rotors. Brake lines are
braided stainless steel for a good feel at
the pedal, and engine braking and the
aggressive Dirt Commander tires also
help whoa it down quickly, even in mud
On planet Earth. Working or playing,
the General 1000 EPS is extremely
capable and powerful, and the
new cabin and half-doors keep the
occupants dry and clean in snow and
mud. It’s a great rock crawler, mud
machine, woods weapon and explorer,
with a great combination of power and
agility, and it’s equally capable on the
worksite, farm or ranch.
Track is the same as the 60-inch RZR S 1000, but the doors flare
out for more elbow room in the General’s cab and a 62.5-inch overall
width. Front and rear torsion bars fight body roll. Seating position is in
between a RZR and Ranger XP.
Rear travel is 13. 2 inches, and the new frame narrows at the back
for rolled IRS rear suspension. The bed holds 600 pounds of cargo
and tilts with gas assist, and the General tows 1500 pounds via a
2-inch receiver. Rear 27x11-14 GBC Dirt Commanders help put 100
horsepower to the ground.