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#1 (permalink) Old 09-07-2013, 12:19 AM
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Pioneer vs Viking

Picked up my camo EPS viking today and they had a pioneer in the back they just finished putting together.
I was so torn on what to get at first when I started researching the two new 2014 models when they were announced. I was only going to look at Honda and Yamaha. Polaris never had a chance in my life again, kawasaki looked nice but i didn't like their belt design while Can-am I have heard horror stories of getting parts.
Both bikes Im sure will make a lot of people happy but to me the Honda was smaller inside. I'm 6'6 240 lbs, so a little room to move is nice. I also compared the rear differentials and Honda was noticeable smaller, looked light weight. I liked the four seat idea of Honda. But also liked metal skid plate on most of the bottom and the rear engine is going to make maintance a breeze. The little bit of extra top speed might also come in handy as well.
I have owned a Honda rincon and a grizzly and to me these are as different as those atvs are.
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Ive only owned Yamaha atvs, uptil i sold my last one, a 2002 Big Bear 400 2wd. Thats when i wanted a sxs, the Rhino was to small, so i desided to give Polaris a try, that was a big mistake, but anyways, that was my first and will be the last Polaris i ever get. Now back to Yamaha, and couldnt be more happy. Congrads on your Camo Viking, your gonna love it. I bet the EPS is nice too.

Ive got a 2011 CanAm Outlander 800 XT-P, thats awesome, never gave me a problem.

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I drove my daughters this morning to the hunting camp in Mississippi and put about 30 miles on it today. I am totally impressed of how smooth this thing rides and steers. I kept the speeds low to break it in. We have some steep hills there and I really liked the engine brake. I can see how this will save the brakes. Very easy to descend hills with this feature.
I can definitely say I made the right decision, this thing is perfect for me.
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I drove my daughters this morning to the hunting camp in Mississippi and put about 30 miles on it today. I am totally impressed of how smooth this thing rides and steers. I kept the speeds low to break it in. We have some steep hills there and I really liked the engine brake. I can see how this will save the brakes. Very easy to descend hills with this feature.
I can definitely say I made the right decision, this thing is perfect for me.

Glad to hear it, im really enjoying mine aswell, it does ride really nice, and i dont have EPS, but its easy to steer though.
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best thing to do is just play around in both of them and get a feel for which one you like more.

in terms of capability they are both capable. both will be reliable.
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Glad to hear from bosssmannn that he is contented with his Yamaha Viking. I agree with him. It really looks great and perfect. Yes, I think, he made the right decision for choosing that.
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I was at a dealer last weekend that sells both. He has sold three Vikings and 0 Pioneers. He's not real sure why but he did say that his Honda rep isn't very happy about it. lol
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Guess its the same deal with the Big Red Honda SxS, guy i talked to many times that worked at the honda shop that was part of the Polaris dealer where i got a ranger couple years ago, that i sold last year. He said basically they couln't give them away, nobody wanted them.

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Just from my own experience, I tested both the Pioneer and the Viking several times before my purchase. This is my first SxS and I was not brand loyal. While the Pioneer does have some neat ideas and I thought was well built...IMO, the Viking really stands out head and shoulders over the Pioneer.
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It was my first SxS also. Was strongly looking at the new JD gator RSX. JD's wanna-be RZR. Also looked at the pioneer. The Pioneer was 3rd on my list. Not a fan of Polaris and their CVT. Friends have the pioneer, felt like I was driving a cabover truck. They got it for the 4 seater option and have always been a honda family. I own 1 honda atv and it's been good.

Viking won out for looks, comfort, ultramatic clutch, steel dump bed, price, 3 full seats in front, grab bar, reliability from the Rhino brand.

No regrets so far. Only trouble is the shift linkage, but will take it in for it's first oil change soon and it will be adjusted under warranty
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