I just bought a 2011 Red Sportsman Touring 550 EPS. I have been an avid ATV rider all my life and a loyal customer of another import brand of ATV's, MC's, and UTV's to which I thought I'd never stray.
I liked the 2 up rider option. I never found a negative review and got a lucky chance on a really good deal.
The power, handling and premier suspension are all above acclaim. I never thought EPS was appropriate until I've had a chance to use it hands on and it is fantastic for trails, bumps and prolonged riding.
The only improvement I would maybe make is the flip side of the high kind of soft suspension travel. It makes the quad feel top heavy, borderline unstable when on steep grades because of the plush suspension.
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ATV Disclaimer & Safety Information
Riding an ATV can be dangerous. To ensure your safety proper protective gear should always be worn. Remember to always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Never ride on paved surfaces or public roads. Never carry passengers unless the ATV is specifically engineered to accommodate them. Riding at excessive speeds or engaging in stunt riding is extremely dangerous. Be extremely careful on difficult or unknown terrain. Never ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Many ATV’s are recommended only for highly experienced riders 16 years and older. Please make sure that you are riding an ATV that is age appropriate. Riders younger than 16 years of age should always be supervised by an adult. We recommend that all ATV riders take an approved ATV training course and read their vehicle owner's manual thoroughly. When riding your ATV always stay on established trails in approved areas. Keep your riding areas clean and respect the rights of others. Always obtain permission before riding on private lands, and obey all the laws and regulations governing your riding areas.