2017 Arctic Cat Alterra 500 TRV
Nice machineBy Steve White (I am an Owner) on Apr 25, 2020
I have had the 500 for 3 years now and think I can give a honest review. Price with the comparables was at least 3k cheaper. I ride with all different brands and it never fails to keep up with them. I have had issues with exhaust heat shield breaking. The dealer replaced it twice and it broke again. ... The only fix was to wrap the exhaust with heat tape which now has extreme heat on my left leg when operating at low speeds. The rear brake is terrible. It is only on one wheel and does not stop you. I have a continuous clicking in the back brake which the dealer informed me they can't fix it. It is a very stable machine even when riding double in off camber. I would recommend drive belt replacement after 200 hours. Mine disintegrated at 220 hours leaving me stranded. They class this machine as a 500 but it's not even a 450. The power is adequate when riding single but when doubling climbing steep hills you will want more power. I would rate this machine 7 out of 10.
DispointedBy Paul Fitzgerald (I am an Owner) on Jan 26, 2020
I am disappointed in the performance of the bike and sales team for arctic cat. I purchased the alterra trv 500 in the spring of 2016 which is the legal 2 up. I was offered the upgrade of bigger tires for a reasonable price which I took. 2 years later I purchased a plow for the bike from the same ... dealer. In 2019 I noticed the bike burning oil with 1800 kms. Took it back to the dealer and was advised there was water in the air filter box. I will admit I was in deep water 2 years ago but there is a drain hole in the bottom of the air filter box so I do not understand why there should have been water remaining in the air filter box. This bike is stored inside at all times or have a cover. Long story short, rebuilt the top end. As I was picking up the bike from the dealer an employee brought the bike to me and had a mechanic inspect it as the drive was not working right. This is when I am advised the centrifugal clutch is starting to go. Upon further conversation I am now advised this clutch is smaller then the 700 and because I was plowing ( only for 1 yr) had bigger tires, this was the reason which this clutch is failing. Not sure why I was not advised to not add these upgrades due to the capability of the bike not being able to accommodate these upgrades. Loved the bike with a great ride financially broke and disappointed.