The Polaris Outlaw 525IRS is an evolution of the sport ATV that pioneered independent rear suspension - the Predator. Now with a hot rod KTM engine and first class suspension, Polaris keeps making improvements to the model. Let's check 'em out.
But first - here's a video test of a 525 IRS model. Watch this if you like, and then we'll tell you what's different about the new ones.
The new Polaris Outlaw 525IRS sports 10 inch rear wheels that improve ground clearance and stability on the trail. Most of the other changes fall into the category of tweaks. The revised steering will make the most difference where performance is concerned.
A broad power band, good suspension and brakes, decent wheels and tires, and good ergonomics all work together to make rough trails seem smooth.
A recall was issued for 2006 - 2008 Polaris Outlaw 525IRS models. A retention bolt can come loose causing the rear wheels to lock up, which poses a risk of serious injury to the rider. Check with your dealer if you haven't already.
Probably not the best choice if your main goal is racing. When you start to hustle it, the extra weight can hurt and it tends to push in and out of tight corners compared to a straight axle.
Not many negative comments from owners we interviewed. A few mentioned the plastic and the bolts which have been changed on the 2009 model.
"If you're looking for the perfect ATV, this is it. My son and I have been riding for many years and I can tell you this is the best machine bar none. We have the Polaris Outlaw 525IRS. It has great suspension and great power and speed. I very rarely write reviews, however I think if you're looking for your next ATV, trust me, this is it. I love it."
"The quad itself is the best trail riding quad I've ever ridden, that includes 4x4's! It also has high ground clearance so I don't have to dodge obstacles in the trail, I just cruise over them."
"Now my tiff with the Outlaw is that the body panel mounting brackets are crap. They use plastic mounts and metal screws. They strip and at high rates of speed they pop out." (2008 model)
"I bought this bike wanting something that could take anything I could throw at it. The Polaris Outlaw 525IRS is probably the best woods and "anything you want it to do" bike."
The Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS would be on just about anyone's list that wanted a performance ATV for trail riding and maybe even cross-country racing. We think some of the problems mentioned for racing may be caused by the rear suspension not being dialed in.
So while the 525 IRS wouldn't be our first choice for racing (specifically motocross) some time spent at the rear can improve things a lot. The same trails that would beat you up and rag you out on a straight axle ATV barely seem challenging on the Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS.
So if you like to ride rough terrain all day and can't afford a masseuse afterward - we suggest you take a look at this Outlaw.
|Model Year||2009 - 2011|
|Dimensions / Capacities|
|Length||71.5 in. (181.6 cm)|
|Height||45 in. (114.3 cm)|
|Width||47.5 in. (120.7 cm)|
|Weight||389 lbs. (176.5 kg)|
|Ground Clearance||11 in. (27.9 cm)|
|Wheelbase||50.5 in. (128.3 cm)|
|Seat Height||32 in. (81.3 cm)|
|Fuel Capacity||3 gal. (11.4 l)|
|Type||4-stroke KTM racing|
|Carburetion||Keihin 39 mm FCR|
|Transmission||5-speed with reverse / Hydraulic Clutch|
|Final Drive||520 O-ring chain|
|BRAKES / WHEELS / TIRES / SUSPENSION|
|Brakes||Front: Dual hyraulic disc with dual piston calipers|
|Parking:Lockable Hand Lever|
|Tires||Front: Maxxis RAZR-R radial; 21 x 7-10|
|Rear: Maxxis RAZR-R radial; 20 x 10-10|
|Suspension||Front:Dual A-arm; 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel|
|Rear:PRO IRS; 10 in. (25.4 cm) travel|
|Lighting||Dual Hi/Low Beam (55w/60w); Single Rear Brakelight/Taillight|
|Instrumentation||N/R Light, Hi-Temp Light|
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