What do you get when you build an ATV around a superbike-derived 1000cc V-Twin engine? The answer is: A Handful. While we totally love the Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT for all of its merits this is no toy.
Are you looking for the biggest, baddest most technologically advanced multi-purpose ATV of all time? Well then step right up and don’t be shy ladies and gentlemen because the folks from Can-Am have brought us the Outlander 1000 XT. This ATV is built around a fuel-injected 976cc V-Twin tucked inside a state of the art chassis and wrapped in ultra-trick angular body work.
We used and abused our XT for three months, effectively smashing every piece of it in some way, shape or form and using it to do things that no 900-pound ATV should ever be subjected to. We climbed insane hills, rolled it on insane hills, navigated gnarly off-camber ruts and trails, dragged fallen timber (not logs but full blown trees) off trails. We even subjected the 1000 XT to a little endurocross just to say we did it.
Through it all we kept looking at this bad-ass ATV and asking ourselves what more can it do? The answer seemed to be anything we want. It has a 1300-pound towing capacity and the XT comes equipped with a 3000-pound Warn winch. It is one of the most well-equipped working man do-it-all ATVs we have ever seen. The high-end XT package comes with Can-Am’s composite construction LinQ rack system which allows for easy installation of OEM LinQ accessory luggage, additional racks, seats and whatever else you can source from the extensive Can-Am catalog. It has a beefed up electrical system to support all its accessories, plus brush guards front and rear, hand guards, trick wheels, Carlisle tires, excellent water protection, bright LED lights and an array of controls that are well laid out on its high-tech cockpit. Plus it has a standard trunk compartment that is capable of holding a lot of stuff necessary to survive a hard day at work or play.
At 900-pounds and 90 horsepower this is a serious machine that can do anything you ask of it but it requires a degree of self-control and a little respect.
The Outlander 1000 XT is the flagship of the Can-AM ATV line-up for good reason. It’s fast, fun and offers something for everyone. Sure, we would like it to have a right-side brake lever, because only having one on the left is weird by our standards. Sure, it could not weigh almost 900 pounds but it does. And does anyone need a 90-horsepower utility ATV? Who cares? We had so much fun riding this thing that we’re just glad Canada is on board with the bigger is better plan. The Outlander XT is a load of fun and is an easy selection for ATV of the year because it sets the bar so high. The only way the competition beats this beast is to incorporate Transformer-like technology that will allow it to morph into a snowmobile or Jet Ski. Like we said at the beginning, if you are looking for the most multi-purpose, over the top ATV on the market today then look no further than the Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT.
Motorcycle USA Best of 2012 Awards
Rider of the Year 2012: Max Biaggi
Manufacturer of the Year 2012: KTM
Best Cruiser 2012: Ducati Diavel
Best Sportbike 2012: BMW S1000RR
Best Street Bike 2012: Triumph Speed Triple R
Best Touring Motorcycle 2012: BMW K1600 GTL
Best Adventure Motorcycle 2012: Triumph Tiger Explorer
Best Enduro 2012: Beta 450 RR
Best Dual Sport 2012: Kawasaki KLR650
Best Motocross Motorcycle 2012: Kawasaki KX450F
Best ATV 2012: Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT
Best UTV 2012: Polaris RZR XP4 900
Motorcycle of the Year 2012: Kawasaki ZX-14R