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2006 Predator Troy Lee Designs and Predator 500
Riders Engage Handling, Suspension and Power to Lead on Track and Trail

Predator 500Polaris Predators have won a combined seven industry awards in the last three years and 2006 aims to continue that streak. The Predator 500 Troy Lee Designs Edition and the Predator 500 hit the market last year with enhanced performance features for track and trail. Both of these Predator models return this year, with all the enhancements riders loved in 2005. Improved suspension, ergonomics and acceleration combine to deliver top performance and clear advantages, from start to finish.

On both Predator models, the ignition is calibrated to allow the powerful 500 engine to rev higher, enabling riders to get quicker acceleration from the start. Because the Predator models are geared for maximum torque delivery, riders produce an additional burst of acceleration from the close-ratio gearing. That roll-on acceleration is available on demand, without downshifting.

Improved suspension, ergonomics and specialized equipment yield a superior performance throughout the ride. The Predator 500 originally entered the market in 2003 as the toughest machine on the trail. Its reputation was quickly established when riders demonstrated the best-in-class handling, suspension and power of these machines.

That world-class performance extends to the track, where riders take full advantage of the proven Predator 500 engine power, responsive steering, anti-dive and anti-squat suspension. No other sport ATV offers riders such an impressive ride and great experience on the trails and on the track.

The Predator 500 models track true and consistent in every trail or track situation, including turns, bumps and stutter sections. The Polaris Rider Optimized (PRO) steering system allows the rider to stay on the throttle and confidently stay in control, rather than having to ease up. This system uses a Polaris-exclusive linkage to position the steering arm pivot points, virtually eliminating bump steering and delivering incredibly responsive steering.

As with the PRO steering, the front suspension allows the Predator 500 rider to stay on the gas in corners instead of backing off to let the quad resettle and hook up again. To deliver this performance, the Anti-Dive Front Suspension minimizes dive and inside rear wheel lift when the rider is braking in corners. An Anti-Squat Rear Suspension reduces front wheel lift during acceleration, allowing the power to fully propel the quad rather than into unintentional wheel lift.

This suspension system is sophisticated enough to cater to the sport quad rider. Twin clickers on the rear shock enable the rider to customize the ride and performance of the machine by choosing from 17 compression adjustments and 25 rebound positions. The dual A-arm front suspension has rebuildable and revalvable FOX gas shocks and 10 inches of travel. The rear suspension also has a rebuildable and revalvable FOX gas shock and 11 inches of travel.

All of these features mean riders get the full benefit of the outstanding acceleration and top-end power of the Polaris 500 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine. This engine has dual-overhead cams, 4 valves and a 42mm carburetor. It has a pulse fuel pump that provides consistent fuel flow in all conditions.

The increased rev limiter allows the engine to rev higher before the rider needs to shift the 5-speed transmission. Riders get a better feel for the machine’s power and can accelerate faster when they rev higher before changing gears. A premium ratchet type shift mechanism introduced just last year reduces shift effort, improves shift feel, makes it easier to find neutral and increases durability. These sport quads also have the added convenience of reverse to back off trailers and away from obstacles.

A 2005 seat redesign, relocation of the handlebars and extension of the steering post gives the Predator 500 a more comfortable and natural-feeling riding position.

The seat has more foam padding and it places riders farther back with the ability to easily slide ahead and ride aggressively. The taller steering post positions the handlebars closer to the rider to provide a more relaxed and in-control riding position for long, fun days on the trails.

The Predator 500 has an LED taillight that provides higher visibility and more durability than a standard taillight.

Predator Troy Lee DesignsPredator 500 Troy Lee Designs Edition
The Predator 500 Troy Lee Designs edition is a true high-performance machine with factory-installed premium performance equipment, such as Maxxis radial tires, Douglas® rims and FOX® shocks. The combination of the premium shocks, tires and the Predator’s close-ratio gears give the Troy Lee Designs edition a distinctly different and more performance-oriented ride. Here’s how:

  • Front FOX Podium X shocks have remote reservoirs and compression adjustability so riders can really dial in the Predator’s ride and handling.
  • Premium Maxxis Razr radial tires are standard all-round on the Troy Lee edition. These radials soak up bumps yet deliver aggressive traction with the extreme lug pattern.

Predator 500
The Predator 500 also has premium features, including:

  • stainless steel braided brake lines,
  • a chromoly axle with limited lifetime guarantee,
  • Maxxis Razr PR tires and
  • Douglas aluminum rims with rolled-edge construction for impressive strength and durability.

Predator Troy Lee Design Edition and Predator 500
Standard on both the Predator 500 Troy Lee Design Edition and the Predator 500 are:

  • Polaris Rider Optimized (PRO) steering system;
  • Anti-Dive Front Suspension to minimize dive and inside rear wheel lift when the rider is braking in corners;
  • Anti-Squat Rear Suspension to reduce front wheel lift during acceleration;
  • Twin clickers on the rear shock enable the rider to choose from eight compression adjustments and 36 rebound positions;
  • Dual A-arm front suspension with rebuildable and revalvable FOX gas shocks and 10 inches of travel;
  • Rear suspension with rebuildable and revalvable FOX gas shock and 11 inches of travel;
  • Polaris 500 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine with dual-overhead cams, 4 valves and a 42mm carburetor;
  • Pulse fuel pump that provides consistent fuel flow in all conditions;
  • Increased rev limiter;
  • Premium ratchet type shift mechanism to reduce shift effort, improve shift feel, make it easier to find neutral and increases durability;
  • 52 O-ring chain 5-speed manual transmission with reverse;
  • Hydraulic disc brakes in front and rear;
  • 3.25 gallon fuel capacity;
  • A 2005 seat with more foam padding and it places riders farther back with the ability to easily slide ahead and ride aggressively;
  • Taller steering post to position the handlebars closer to the rider;
  • LED taillight that provides higher visibility and more durability than a standard taillight.

Predator 500The 2006 Predator 500 is Red/Black.

The 2006 Predator 500 Troy Lee Designs is White/Black. This edition features styling and graphics from Troy Lee Designs, whose namesake founder and owner is a long-time racer and performance rider. Troy Lee Designs has grown to become recognized as the premier custom helmet paint shop in the world, and is the place “The World’s Fastest Racers” go when only the best will do.

Predator 500 SPECIFICATIONS
Engine
Engine Type 4-stroke DOHC
Displacement 499 cc
Carburetion Mikuni 42mm BSR
Cooling Liquid
Starting Electric
Drivetrain
Final Drive 520 O-ring chain
Transmission 5-speed (reverse)
Drive System Manual clutch / Manual shift
Suspension
Front Suspension Dual A-arm with 10in / 25.4cm travel
Rear Suspension Non-link Swing-arm with 11in / 27.9cm travel
Brakes
Front/Rear Brakes Front: dual hydraulic disc (hand) Rear: hydraulic disc (foot)
Tires
Front Tires Maxxis Razr PR; 21 x 7-10; Douglas Polished Aluminum Rims in/cm
Rear Tires Maxxis Razr PR; 20 x 11-9; Douglas Polished Aluminum Rims in/cm
Dimensions/Capacities
Wheelbase 50.5/128.3 in/cm
Turning Radius (inside tire) 67/170.2 in/cm
Dry Weight 415/188.2 lbs/kg
Length/Width/Height 71.5/47.5/45, 181.6/120.6/114.3 in/cm
Seat Height 32/81.3 in/cm
Fuel Capacity 3.25/12.3 U.S. gallons/L
Ground Clearance 4.5/11.4 in/cm
Instrumentation/Features
Gear Indicator Neutral / Reverse
Warning Lights High Temp
Colors
Colors Red
MSRP
MSRP (US$) 6199 MSRP (US$)
MSRP (CAN$) 8999 MSRP (CAN$)


Predator TLD SPECIFICATIONS
Engine
Engine Type 4-stroke DOHC
Displacement 499 cc
Carburetion Mikuni 42mm BSR
Cooling Liquid
Starting Electric
Drivetrain
Final Drive 520 O-ring chain
Transmission 5-speed (reverse)
Drive System Manual clutch / Manual shift
Suspension
Front Suspension Dual A-arm with 10in / 25.4cm travel
Rear Suspension Non-link Swing-arm with 11in / 27.9cm travel
Brakes
Front/Rear Brakes Front: dual hydraulic disc (hand) Rear: hydraulic disc (foot)
Tires
Front Tires Maxxis Razr PR; 21 x 7-10; Douglas Polished Aluminum Rims in/cm
Rear Tires Maxxis Razr PR; 20 x 11-9; Douglas Polished Aluminum Rims in/cm
Dimensions/Capacities
Wheelbase 50.5/128.3 in/cm
Turning Radius (inside tire) 67/170.2 in/cm
Dry Weight 415/188.2 lbs/kg
Length/Width/Height 71.5/47.5/45, 181.6/120.6/114.3 in/cm
Seat Height 32/81.3 in/cm
Fuel Capacity 3.25/12.3 U.S. gallons/L
Ground Clearance 4.5/11.4 in/cm
Instrumentation/Features
Gear Indicator Neutral / Reverse
Warning Lights High Temp
Colors
Colors White
MSRP
MSRP (US$) 6499 MSRP (US$)
MSRP (CAN$) 9399 MSRP (CAN$)


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