Predator 500 & Predator 500 Troy Lee
The Ultimate Combination of Power, Handling & Suspension
Sport quad riders who demand a machine that’s trail tough and
track-ready have a tough choice for 2005. Do they ride the
Predator 500 or the Predator 500 Troy Lee Designs Edition?
models have an improved suspension, deliver better acceleration
and provide riders with a new ergonomics package for greater
comfort and a better ride experience.
Both Predator 500s offer
riders the added convenience of reverse and their ignition has
been recalibrated to allow the powerful engine to rev higher and
serve up quicker acceleration – exactly what aggressive riders
are looking for on the trail or on the track.
The 2005 Troy Lee
Edition is a true high-performance machine with
factory-installed premium performance equipment. Just fire the
engine and prepare to enjoy a new level of sport quad riding.
The Troy Lee Designs model has new premium front and rear
shocks, new high-performance radial tires and new gearing that
dramatically improves roll-on acceleration.
An Award-Winning Combination
The award-winning Predator 500
earned its reputation as a world-class sport quad with its
best-in-class combination of handling, suspension and power.
Among sport quads, it is the toughest trail machine. It’s also
ready to deliver the best on-track performance straight out of
the box with its powerful engine, responsive steering, anti-dive
and anti-squat suspension designs and tough premium features.
other sport ATV offers such impressive integrated components
that provide riders with a great experience on the trails and on
The incredibly responsive handling is provided by the
PRO (Polaris Rider Optimized) Steering System, which uses a
Polaris-exclusive linkage to position the steering arms’ pivot
point so bump steer is virtually eliminated. The Predator 500
tracks true and consistent in every trail or track situation,
including turns, bumps and stutter sections. PRO steering lets a
rider stay on the throttle and confidently stay in control
rather than having to ease up.
The steering and sophisticated
suspension complement one another. Anti-Dive Front Suspension
minimizes dive and inside rear wheel lift when the machine is
under braking in corners. As with the PRO steering, the front
suspension’s performance allows a Predator 500 rider to stay on
the gas in corners instead of backing off to let the quad
resettle and hook up again.
The Anti-Squat Rear Suspension
reduces front wheel lift during acceleration so power is used to
propel the quad rather than for unintentional wheel lift.
dual A-arm front suspension has rebuildable and revalvable FOX®
gas shocks and 10 inches of travel. The rear suspension has 11
inches of travel and also has a rebuildable and revalvable
adjustable FOX gas shock. The rear shock has twin clickers so
rider can dial in his or her ride by choosing from among eight
compression adjustment positions and 36 rebound positions.
Sophisticated? Yes, but the suspension is also built
Polaris-tough, so it can endure anything the roughest trail or
toughest track can dish out and still deliver outstanding
The third element comprising the Predator “Sweet
Spot” is the power of the liquid-cooled Polaris 500 engine. It
delivers outstanding acceleration and its broad powerband
provides impressive top-end power. This liquid-cooled, 4-stroke
engine has dual overhead cams, 4 valves and a 42mm carburetor.
It’s lightweight and it has a pulse fuel pump that provides a
consistent fuel flow in all conditions.
For 2005, an increased
rev limiter allows the engine to rev higher before the rider
needs to shift the 5-gear transmission. This allows riders to
tap into the Predator’s power and improved acceleration. Riders
get a better feel for the machine’s power and can rev higher
before changing gears.
The Predator 500 also has a new premium
ratchet type shift mechanism that reduces shift effort, improves
shift feel, increases durability and makes it easier to find
Handling, suspension and power. The Predator 500 offers
an unbeatable combination of the three to provide riders with
the most memorable sport quad riding experience.
New Ergonomics and Reverse
With its redesigned-for-2005
ergonomics, the Predator 500 provides riders with a more
comfortable and natural-feeling riding position. The riding
position has been improved through a seat redesign, relocation
of the handlebars and extension of the steering post.
has more foam padding and it has been reconfigured so riders are
positioned farther back with the ability to slide ahead easily
when riding aggressively. This works in concert with the 1-inch
taller steering post, which positions the handlebars slightly
closer to the rider. The result is a more relaxed and in-control
riding position in all conditions as well as greater seat
comfort for long, fun days on the trails.
The Predator 500 also
now has the convenience of reverse, making it easier to back out
of garages and off trailers and easier to back away from
Premium Predator 500 Features
For 2005 the Predator gets a
new LED taillight that provides higher visibility and more
durability than a standard taillight. The Predator 500 also has
premium features such as stainless steel braided brake lines, a chromoly axle, Maxxis Razr PR tires and Douglas® aluminum rims
with rolled-edge construction for impressive strength and
Add it all up and riders get great value and it
makes Predator the toughest, high-performance ATV on the trail
or the track.
The 2005 Predator 500 is bright red with black and
Predator 500 Troy Lee Designs Edition
The 2005 Troy Lee
Designs version of the Predator is loaded with premium
performance equipment and has new gear ratios that improve
roll-on acceleration. With the new gearing, riders do not need
to downshift to get a sure burst of acceleration. That boost is
there on-demand from the throttle because the machine is geared
for maximum torque delivery.
The gears work in harmony with the
ignition’s higher rev limit to unleash dramatically better
acceleration from the 500 engine.
The Troy Lee Designs model
also has aluminum shocks, front and rear, and the front shocks
have remote reservoirs and compression adjustability so riders
can really dial in the Predator’s ride and handling. Maxxis Razr
radial tires are standard all around. These radials deliver a
much-improved ride as they soak up bumps, yet they still deliver
aggressive traction from their extreme lug pattern.
combination of the new shocks, new tires and close ratio gears
results in a distinctly different and more performance-oriented
ride on the Predator 500 Troy Lee Designs edition.
edition quad features styling and graphics from Troy Lee
Designs, whose namesake founder and owner is a long-time racer
and performance rider known for his incredible paint jobs. The
2005 Predator 500 Troy Lee Designs edition is orange with black
and silver trim.