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zr500 or arctic cougar 550

Postby greenman » August 14th, 2001, 3:45 pm

hi i am looking for a nice trail sled for my wife, she likes the speed of my zr 600 but has a hard time starting it, so the cougar (used 1998)has electric start and reverse and the zr 500 is stock. prices are the same.how is the performance of the cougar?how about the ride?i would like a sled that still goes well and is user friendly.let me know your opinions!!!i want to ride lots of miles without hearing about it!!!!!

both sleds are 1998 models.i have heard of the thumb getting sore.i wish we had snow!!!!i may have to just start her machine and buy the zr!!!thanks for your opinions.......

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zr500 or arctic cougar 550

Postby ArcticEd » August 14th, 2001, 5:00 pm

What year is the 500? general condition of both sleds? The zr5 will be faster without a doubt, but The 550 in the Cougar is a pretty stout motor, they're pretty much bulletproof, and the es & reverse are pretty much what the doctor ordered. I wouldnt hesitate to but a 98 Cougar deluxe for my wife, if the sled was in nice shape.
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zr500 or arctic cougar 550

Postby ZR500PA » August 14th, 2001, 9:10 pm

The cougar will Ride softer and the clutching wont rip her off the back, and better gas milage.
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zr500 or arctic cougar 550

Postby zr500 » August 14th, 2001, 9:16 pm

Have to agree couldn't go wrong with the cougar...it's gonna have the softer suspension,plus a few less ponies than the 500...but like you said..its for trail riding,and don't want any complaints from your mrs.
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zr500 or arctic cougar 550

Postby Mainecat » August 14th, 2001, 10:31 pm

Beware of the Cougar throttle. My wife had a 96 and after a few miles her thumb killed her. We all tried it and agreed! I got a Cruisemate flipper and it was better. Only kept it a year and sold it. Everyone that I saw driving one had the same problem. My wife drove my old 97 ZR for 2 seasons and loved it.
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zr500 or arctic cougar 550

Postby County Cat » August 17th, 2001, 10:05 pm

Hi Greenman.
I agree with the other's, go with the Cougar. My wife has a 97 Cougar with the bullet proof 550. Not a speed demon, but gives a real comfortable ride, easy on gas and oil, easy to maintain. I put on an electric start and reverse for her, which makes it a real dandy sled for the ladies. My only other suggestion is to put in 96 trail studs and a good set of trail runners, and a nice pair of plastic skis. The ZR is also a great sled, but the ride is harsh and the clutching much more agressive. Good luck and happy riding this winter
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