Hopefully this will give some insight to how the Polaris 900 RMK rides for those who may be looking at purchasing one. This you could say is a bias opinion since I own one however let me try and give some credit to my opinion. I like many have been riding sleds from the time I could walk. I’ve road everything from a 1986 Arctic Cat Pantera 440 to El Tiger 6000 to my 900 RMK and almost everything in between. I’ve had the opportunity more recently to ride several different brands for longer than a 5 min period. I’ve had a full days ride on a Rev 800 151 Summit, 900 King Cat, 900 M1 (of course not much different there), 800 RMK edge chassis, RX 1 (stock), two years of riding an M7, as well as a lot of 600s and other small sleds for at least a full day if not longer. I have had some time on other sleds but I feel that a 5 minute jaunt around the mountain isn’t long enough to get a good feel for what the sled can really do. Hopefully with my experience on many different sleds you can feel that I will be able to give an accurate description of how the 2005 900 RMK rides compared to other sleds that are out there.
WOW! After riding a King Cat for a year and then Dropping down to the M7 I was missing that low-end grunt that the 900′s put out. This engine has just as much low-end torque as the 900 Suzuki engine puts out. I, like many others have said, take the M chassis and put the 900 engine in it and you’ll have the sled of my dreams. This is about as close as you can get. All the power and a similar chassis. Very easy to maneuver in 1+ of powder. Very similar ride to the Rev and M chassis with some of its own unique feel.
Impression After 6 Rides
I made the right decision, that’s about all I have to say. No, there is more but that is truly how I feel. I was debating between 3 sleds for purchase this year. The M8, M1000 and 900 RMK. Several unimportant factors came in to play before the purchase, mainly came down to I didn’t think the M8 could hang with the 900, and the M1000 was over priced. After riding it in several different types of snow conditions and with several different sleds it was definitely the best choice. This sled will definitely catch you by surprise in more than one way. It will surprise you on how far it will go in the deep snow, the sled just keeps pulling and pulling. At the same time I have come to learn that it will easily go where it wants to go if your not paying attention. I’ve gone thru an A-arm, both sides of the belly pan, one side panel, and the stirrup due to this factor. What it comes down to for me is I start to relax and think that like the M7 I can just stand on the side of the sled and no matter how the snow is in front of me its going to ride on that side. Not the case. Twice I’ve been side hilling and it is going very well, I start to relax, then I cross another track, next thing I know the sled is pointed down hill and I’m trying to dodge trees. If I had not relaxed I would have been fine. What I feel it comes down to after contemplating the incidents is that the slightest shift in weight and this sled is going to change directs almost instantly. Where as the other sleds I’ve rode have some forgiveness to them when it comes to that. Once you get an M series on side it’s going to stay on that side unless something significantly changes.
Compared to other Sleds
Keep in mind I have not actually put these sleds side by side to run, but have rode each for an extended period of time and I’m comparing my experiences to the best of my knowledge.
900 RMK to 900 King Cat
Engine to Engine- this would be a boxing match that would go for a long time. Both engines feel to have very similar power levels. Same engine in the same chassis, the winner would be decided by rider ability, and set up of clutch and other various items. However take a stock 900 RMK and stock 900 King Cat and put them side by side. The 900 RMK will come out on top most of the time. Mainly due to chassis design. The IQ chassis is superior to the 1M chassis the King Cat was in. There will be times the King Cat will inch ahead of the RMK but usually not for long.
900 RMK to M7
Really there isn’t the question of who will win, but which is the more fun to ride. Even though the 900 RMK carves very easily and climbs very aggressively I will have to say that the M7 is still more fun to ride. The balance that Arctic Cat has with the M series is amazing and really is a blast to ride. However the 900 RMK will out do the M7 in all aspects on the hill, in the trees and in the Powder. There’s just now replacement for displacement.
900 RMK to 800 Summit
This is probably my most bias opinion. In short the 900 RMK would be my pick of the Ski-Doo. Ski-Doo does have a strong engine, they were the first with the rider forward design, their 16″ wide track does give them an advantage, however I just plain do not like how the handle. I have never been more tired after a ride in my life than after I rode an 800 Summit for an entire day. I guess if I wanted to get back into shape I would purchase a Ski-Doo. I know that many feel differently and I think that they are a great sled. In a straight out climb the 900 RMK would take the 800 Summit. As for who would out run who, that’s probably a toss up. The REV chassis is a fast chassis and could probably take the 900 4 out of 5 times. Big thing is for me to keep the Summit carving or side hilling I’ve constantly have to be pulling the sled in that direction rather than just a little shift in weight.
I’ve found that from riding with several different people over the years that my buddy and I have a unique riding style that many don’t enjoy. Some say it is too extreme where as you talk to the guys from Thunderstruck and other movies that have $25,000 sleds and just point them up anything and who cares what happens as long as it looks good on film, we aren’t extreme enough. I enjoy really technical climbs through trees where a change in direction is required immediately and picking a line sometimes happens in an instant. At the same time I enjoy just carving through deep powder in open bowls. Then as most men, I have to step up to the challenge and see who can put the high mark on the hill. If it takes more than 5 miles of trail to get to the backcountry or a place to at least get off and play for a bit then it isn’t worth it. So if you have a similar riding style and are looking to step up to a newer sled, you wouldn’t be disappointed with a 900 RMK. Hope this helps those who had some questions. Feel free to comment and ask question, or just plain disagree with my opinion.