Motorcycle USA tests the 2009 Can-Am Outlander and Outlander MAX ATVs in multiple displacement options during two days of trail riding in West Virginia. Read the full story in our 2009 Can-Am Outlander Max ATV Review.
- The MAX is shorter, lighter and narrower than most UTVs.
- The Outlander MAX 800R EFI motor is perfectly suited to hauling two people.
- Multi-function digital LCD gauge : speedometer, tachometer (bar graph RPM, bottom bar numerical RPM), odometer, trip & hour meter, diagnostic center, gear position, engine hour meter, 4x4 indicator, temperature and engine lights, fuel gauge, auto shut off after 15 minutes.
- The capacity to carry two riders isn't just for side-by-sides.
- Comments from our passenger revealed that the ergonomics were very natural.
- The MAX frame is lengthened in order to make room for a second person which makes for a wheelbase that is eight inches longer than the standard Outlander.
- ATV companies are promoting passenger riding, but only on models like the Outlander MAX 800R EFI which are specifically designed to accommodate two-up riding.
- The MAX is especially geared towards recreation, because who, in all honesty, needs back support and handholds to ride doubles around the ranch?
- Riding ATVs can be more enjoyable when you can share it with someone.
- CVT, sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse, standard engine braking.
- Suspension proved to be very comfortable and surprisingly nimble.
- Both riders are in front of the rear axle to keep steering and handling characteristics on par.
- Looking at the ATV market, Can-Am figured out that these four-wheel enthusiasts actually like doing this stuff together, sometimes as a couple. That’s when designers came up with the MAX concept.
- One of the only drawbacks we noticed about having the passenger seat is that the raised bump hits the driver’s butt if riding solo.