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First Ride: 2009 Polaris Outlaw ATVs525 IRS, 525 S, 450 MXR all get upgrades


The 2009 Polaris Press Launch took all of us in the off road media by surprise. First they showed us one all-new and one majorly-upgraded side-x-side, then major news from the Sportsman Utility ATV family. By the time Polaris came to show us the Outlaw sport offerings, we were pretty sure there couldn’t be anything newer than maybe a color change or some new graphics. Ho big is Polaris’s R&D budget anyway? But for the fourth time in an hour, the folks from Minnesota surprised us with a host of updates and an entirely new look to the Outlaw line of sport ATVs.


Left: 2009 Polaris Outlaw - Right: 2008 Polaris Outlaw
Same Models, New and Improved

For 2009 the Outlaw line is still comprised of three models: the straight-axle 450MXR, straight-axle 525S and Independent Rear Suspension 525IRS. Both the 450 and 525 engines are built for Polaris by KTM. The choices of rear suspension and engines give the Outlaw machines an appeal to a broad range of riders all the way from MX racers to recreational trail riders. The big news for this coming model year is that Polaris reduced the weight across the lineup, changed the bodywork and headlight, changed the steering system, and lowered the center of gravity.

Make-Over
Aesthetically the new Outlaws are completely different than before. The bodywork has been completely redesigned to be narrower and lower at the front. The old two headlight design with large front fenders that has been around since the Predator days, is replaced with a much cleaner-looking single headlight bodywork. The bodywork is race-inspired with more compact fenders and a slimmer seat. One of our complaints with the old Outlaw and Predator was how flimsy the front fenders were - they would flap like wings when you went over bumps so we are not sad to see the plastics replaced for 09. The new single headlight design is much lower than the previous design, placing the headlight just in front of the shocks. This saves weight and makes the quad "look" lighter.

At first impression, the Outlaws appear to have a taller steering post, but it turns out the steering post is the same height as before. The bodywork is that much lower on the front, so the steering post sticks up and looks taller.
Another nice change is new common 8mm fasteners that hold on the plastics, allowing the owner to strip down the machine using only one tool. And throw in an adjustable front brake lever on all Outlaw models.

On A Diet
Aside from re-vamping the looks, Polaris also took almost seven pounds off of the overall weight. The weight savings was achieved by replacing the old steel front bumper with an aluminum bumper, the steel and plastic heel pockets have been replaced with welded aluminum, and removing 47 fasteners has further reduced weight.
Low Rider
Polaris has really stepped up its race team in recent years, signing top riders like Doug Eichner, Daryl Rath, Brock Lyons and Dana Creech. Undoubtedly these factory riders have played a big part in the changes to the '09 Outlaws. According to Polaris, the racers were telling them they wanted the seat height as low as possible. So on the 450MXR, the shock body itself has been cut-down, effectively lowering the seat height - even if only a fraction.


Weight (lbs) Seat Height (inches) Price
2008 2009 Difference 2008 2009 Difference 2008 2009

450 MXR 365 359 -6 32 31.3 -0.7 $7,199 $7,399
525 S 375 369 -6 32 31.3 -0.7 $7,199 $7,399
525 IRS 395 389 -6 32 31.3 -0.7 $7,399 $7,699
 

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I've always wanted to ride one of the Polaris Outlaws myself. If I ever got a sport quad it would be a toss up between the Outlaw and the Honda 700.
 

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I don't care for the new look Outlaw but would love to have an '08 525 IRS
HANDS DOWN!

Jim
 

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I've got one, and LOVE it. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
KTM = Drool! :)
 

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Welcome to the site Deadman.:)
 
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