HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
Thrilling but controllable. The 900’s
solid low-end and midrange snap
makes it easy to exit turns sideways
and roosting if you want to, and the
engine pulls hard on top when you
need serious speed for long straights.
The 900 is just as willing to finesse its
way through tight, technical trails. We
took the 900 into terrain where nature
had almost completely reclaimed
the trail, and the RZR was content
to pick its way through with us. New
transmission ratios let you run low
New seat belt mounts keep the shoulder
belts from being a pain in the neck.
spring preload-adjustable shocks.
The shocks don’t have damping
adjustments or reservoirs, but these
extras aren’t critical for most riders at
the lower speeds used on tight trails.
The 900 Trail’s 10 inches of front and
rear travel is a welcome step up from
the RZR 800’s 9 inches of front travel
and 9. 5 in the rear. Front and rear sway
bars keep the narrow 900 flat in the
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s right on target for trail riding.
Trail riding is full of challenges for
suspension. Rocks, stumps, ruts
and G-outs do their best to kill your
comfort and knock you off your line.
With fairly basic hardware, Polaris has
equipped the RZR with a very effective
suspension package for woods riding.
The suspension is compliant on small
impacts, and there’s enough travel
to handle hard hits and big bumps
at high speeds. The 900 Trail can
also take jumps in stride, unless you
get too crazy. If the terrain you ride
is loaded with rocks and roots, you’ll
want to consider the 900 EPS Trail
more seriously. The bump-dampening
effect of the power steering is almost as
helpful as the reduced steering effort.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It corners like a roller coaster.
The combination of power and
compactness, with the stability of front
and rear sway bars, lets the 900 Trail
dart through tight woods with amazing
agility. It’s also impressively planted on
its wheels. We always ease into sliding
50-inch-wide machines with caution,
but the RZR drifts around turns very
The new RZR 900 Trail is
more than a RZR 800 with
more power. It’s a whole
new vehicle with a new
chassis that brings better
suspension and handling.
range out to 40 mph, so you can leave
the machine in low for nearly all woods-riding conditions.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
The new 900 Trail has the traditional
Polaris system, selectable 2WD/4WD
with an automatic-locking front
differential, but the new system reacts
more quickly than before.
WHAT HAS IT GOT FOR SUSPENSION?
Double A-arms front and rear, with
The 900’s 875cc, 75-horsepower, double-overhead-cam, eight-valve inline twin makes
40 percent more horsepower than the RZR
800’s two-valve-per-cylinder pushrod twin.