Can-Am Outlander Max 650 XT ATV
This Can-Am ATV is not only good-looking, its power, reliability and comfort ensure it has earned its place on the farm
- Two-person carry capacity
- Comfortable seat
- Two power steering modes
- Microchip key security system
- Heavy-duty winch
- Stainless steel braided brake lines
- Informative dash
- Rotax engine reliability
- Plenty of power
Can-Am started from humble beginnings in 1937, when Joseph-Armand Bombardier patented a tracked snowmobile design. Until 2006 Can-Am was known as Bombardier. All Cam-Am ATVs are produced in Canada with industry acclaimed Rotax engines from Austria.
Engineering and appearance
The Can-Am ATV range starts from 400cc up to 800cc, and all have EFI electronic injection. All XT model designations have power steering and a winch, and all models with MAX designations have two seats.
The Outlander MAX 650 XT is not your average ATV. Having dual seats, the 1499mm wheelbase Outlander MAX 650 XT chassis is 204mm longer than the single seat Outlander 500 XT, although the frame dimensions are otherwise the same.
The quick-remove pillion seat is very comfortable (if desired, a waterproof toolbox can take its place).
Our test Can-Am was fitted with a heavy-duty 1361kg BRP XL3000 electric winch.
A feature you’ll like is the encoded anti-theft digital security system, and key. Your Can-Am won’t start unless you have the correct coded microchipped key. Upon purchase, the dealer will put your name in the system and whenever the ATV is started, your name comes up on the digital dash in bold lettering.
Performance and handling
In the paddock I was able to power-up almost any time I wanted, or needed, such was the stability level of the chassis and suspension package.
The 216mm double wishbone "A" arm front and 229mm rear suspension travel kept the Can-Am planted at all times, meaning I could either ride at the same speed and be safer, or ride faster.
The dual mode Dynamic Power Steering has two options, each easily adjustable by pressing a handlebar button for four seconds. You can even change it while riding. If you prefer a lighter steering setting then this ATV is perfect.
The brakes worked well for a brand-new ATV, requiring only one finger on the left handlebar lever to bring the 326kg Outlander MAX 650 XT to a quick stop.
Can-Am has two in-board front discs but only one rear disc, mounted on the rear drivetrain. A great feature is the use of braided brake lines, which won’t wear out and last a lot longer than reinforced rubber brake lines.
The suspension worked very well and I believe was on a par with the Polaris and Yamaha ATVs.
The Austrian-built 649cc Rotax V-twin engine boasts a top reputation and a very healthy 60hp. It has a pretty good spread of power, particularly in the higher rev range thanks to its four valves per cylinder, where most other farm ATVs would run out of puff.
The power it makes is very linear, meaning I couldn’t detect any sudden increase in power in the middle of the rev range. For farm use I’d prefer to see a bit more low-end grunt, since most farmers spend their time ticking along at less than 20kmh.
All the same, the Outlander MAX 650 XT responded well when I tested the engine and CTV transmission’s ability to handle a steep hill start. Even when I tried it in high ratio and 4WD, the Can-Am simply pulled away several times without any engine hesitation.
I’m sure this was when the EFI electronically controlled injection system came into its own as, whatever the conditions, rpm, ground speed, etc, the MAX 650 XT engine responded perfectly at all times.
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Engine type 649.6cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve (4-valve/cyl)
Bore x stroke 82 x 62mm
Transmission CVT, sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse. Standard engine braking.
L x W x H 2387 x 1168 x 1143mm
Seat height 877mm
Ground clearance 305mm
Dry weight 326kg
Fuel capacity 16.3L