Polaris Ranger RZR 170 (2011) $3,999

Polaris Ranger RZR 170 (2011)

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What do you get when you combine the best-selling line of youth ATVs with the hottest side-by-side available? Introducing the new, youth RANGER RZR 170! For youth riders 12 and up, the youth RANGER RZR 170 has a four-stroke, air-cooled, 169cc engine with electric start and an automatic transmission. Styled similar to its adult counterpart, the side-by-side has a sporty, aggressive look and holds a driver and passenger for double the fun. Along with being an ultra-cool ride for kids, the youth RANGER RZR 170 includes all the safety features found on Polaris’ youth line up and more; a removable ignition key, electronic throttle safety control, daytime running lights, side nets, full cab frame, 3 point seat belts, color coded foot controls, parking brake, hydraulic disc brakes, and speed controls to enable adults to set a maximum speed control limit. All Polaris Youth ATVs purchased from an authorized dealer come with a high-visibility whip flag, speed limiter and safety video. Accompanied with the Youth models is a DOT-approved helmet (2 helmets for the Ranger RZR 170) to teach kids the importance to wearing the proper safety gear.
2011 Polaris RZR 170 | Price: $3,999| Displacement: 169cc | Horsepower: N/A | Drivetrain: 2WD | Suspension: A-Arm 5″ | Color: Red

The 2011 RANGER RZR® 170 is the world’s first Youth Side-By-Side Vehicle. Styled after the adult RANGER RZR®, it has a parent-adjustable speed limiter and many other safety features. Includes two youth helmets. No operators 12 years old and under. Key features are:

  • 169cc 4-Stroke Engine
  • Automatic PTV Transmission With Reverse
  • Bucket Seats With 3-Point Seat Belts
  • Accessory Big-Wheel Kit* Available
  • * for operators age 14 or older with adult supervision or operators age 16 or older
  • Ergonomics Adjustable steering wheel and drivers seat
  • Safety Bucket seats with 3 point seat belts, full cab frame, standard side nets, parent adjustable speed limiter, four disc brakes, color coded pedals, daytime running lights, single rear stop lamp, and safety flag. Purchase includes two helmets and instructional Polaris Rider Training DVD.
  • Transmission Automatic PVT transmission with reverse
  • Engine: 169 cc 4-stroke engine with two wheel drive and electric start
  • Engine Type 4-Stroke Single Cylinder
    Displacement 169cc
    Fuel System Carbureted
    Cooling Fan
    Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT F/N/R; O-ring Chain
    Drive System 2WD
    Front Suspension Single A-Arm with 5″ (12.7 cm) Travel
    Rear Suspension Swingarm Dual Shocks with 5″ (12.7 cm) Travel
    Front/Rear Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc
    Parking Brake Hand-Actuated
    Front Tires / Model 19 x 7-8 Duro
    Rear Tires / Model 20 x 10-9 Duro
    Wheels Stamped Steel
    Wheelbase 65″ (165.1 cm)
    Dry Weight 500 lb (226 kg)
    Overall Vehicle Size (LxWxH) 85 x 48 x 55″ (215.9 x 121.9 x 139.7 cm)
    Ground Clearance 6″ (15.2 cm)
    Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal (9.5 L)
    Lighting Dual Front Running Lights; Single Rear Brakelight/Taillight
    Instrumentation N/R Light

    Who says Side-by-Sides are just for adults?

    I just purchased the Polaris Ranger RZR 170 Side-by-Side for my daughter. Now that we’ve had the machine for a week, I figured I would give you guys the low down on this little bugger.

    How I Justify the Purchase I’ll admit, while walking out the door I got a little uneasy about what I had just done. I asked myself, who in their right mind would spend five grand on a toy during these tough times?

    Add in the three year warranty, freight, prep and taxes and my total came to $5,000. I had to stop thinking of this and find a way to justify the money I just spent. I came up with an explanation that has allowed me to completely forget about the price. It starts with safety. Not only one but two of my precious little children are secure within the roll cage, safety nets and seat belts. It ends with the question, is my daughter worth it? Absolutely!  

    Seen here is the RZR 170’s single A-arm, adjustable front shock and hydraulic disc brake.

    First Dibs Before I let anyone drive the machine I wanted to determine the likeliness of a roll over, at least that’s what I told everyone so I could have first dibs.

    I was happy to learn that the weight limit is 300 pounds. I could actually drive my wife around in the little RZR, something I didn’t expect before the purchase. At 5’-8” I’m a little cramped. In fact, getting my left leg in required some meditation and a bit of Yoga, but my 5’-1” wife had no problems or complaints, she quickly popped right in like she was getting in a car.

    The owner’s manual said that it will go 15 mph from the factory but it felt more like 2 mph! I could walk faster, so two minutes after driving it – out came the throttle safety screw. Polaris says the four-stroke, air-cooled, 169cc engine with electric start and an automatic transmission will top out at 25 mph, honestly when you get that throttle regulator screw all the way out it feels as if speeds are much faster than that. I was impressed with how much torque the little four-stroke engine was able to make.

    After allowing the engine to work to its full capability I was able give the RZR 170 a good test while my kids, Cessie and Ace impatiently waited their turn on the trail. After weaving my way through off camber root-infested trails and high speed fields with 90 degree turns, all the fears I had earlier of a rollover were instantly gone. The machine didn’t push or tip once! Instead the wheels were planted firmly even when I turned as quick and sharp as I could. The more I drove it the more fun I had. Before long I was breaking the rear end loose and power-sliding through turns effortlessly. What a blast! The experience reminded me of my recent police training in a Crown Victoria cruiser. Like the cop-car, the RZR felt sure-footed and well balanced. 

    Polaris did well in the stability and handling department. The RZR 170 performed well above my expectations.

    Cessie’s Turn Now that I drove the machine and learned how incredibly stable it is, I felt way more comfortable letting my little girl take her first drive in her new car.

    Money well spent, I thought to myself as she whizzed by with a big grin on her face. It was obvious she was having a complete blast and loved her new Polaris. After a few hours I was amazed at what a good driver she was. She pounded it through the rough stuff with help from the RZR’s 5 inch front and rear suspension, jumped it, roosted through turns and skidded it sideways with its four wheel hydraulic disc brakes. The suspension soaked up all she could give the little RZR, and believe me she gave it hell! It was certainly the best late Christmas present she ever received.

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