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Old August 28th, 2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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my wife wants the new can am ds250 automatic quad. shifting at all is an issue for her so the selection is limited to only a few models that are fully automatic. we alreay have a large 4x4 automatic but she wants a small displacement and small size quad for the trails.

any feed back on can am overall or even this specific model?
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Old August 28th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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Not a huge fan. Hard to keep up with all the name changes. Have you looked at a rancher AT? You need to go to Town & Country ( corner of 127 & 12) I will not buy from any where else. they have none of those hidden fees. every thing is tax and title. Ask for Kevin P.

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Old August 28th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #3
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Can Am makes nice stuff (now in Mexico) - pricey but nice.

Take a look at a Polaris Trail Boss. Utility quad features (proven 330cc engine, Polaris CVT automatic) with pseudo sport quad styling.

I got my wife a Polaris Hawkeye (now a Sportsman 300). Utility ATV comfort, available 4x4, CVT auto trans and smallish, light easy handling.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 10:31 PM   #4
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Can Am makes nice stuff (now in Mexico) - pricey but nice.

Take a look at a Polaris Trail Boss. Utility quad features (proven 330cc engine, Polaris CVT automatic) with pseudo sport quad styling.

I got my wife a Polaris Hawkeye (now a Sportsman 300). Utility ATV comfort, available 4x4, CVT auto trans and smallish, light easy handling.
thanks.

my wife likes the can am ds250 and the artic cat dvx250 so those are the choices i have. she has sat on and tried almost everything. im not a polaris fan so that is out of the question.

i need no utility features just a small cvt sport quad. we already have an artic cat 400 4x4. its just too big for the small trails.

so artic cat or can am is i guess my real question?
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Old August 29th, 2008, 01:53 PM   #5
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The new can am = bombadier, correct?? If so I would think they would be good stuff.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 02:30 PM   #6
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Can Am makes a pretty good quad....I wouldn't hesitate to buy one because of quality issues.

Another option for a fairly small non utility fully auto quad is the Yamaha Wolverine 350. In 06, they redesigned the wolverine and they now have two models...the 350 2wd, and the 450 4wd...both good quads, and perfect for a new rider. You should be able to find a used 06 or newer wolverine 350 for next to nothing, the new ones are cheap too... so if you want new, they wont break the bank.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 02:49 PM   #7
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I have a 06 Can-Am outlander 400 I love it handling is nice engine has plenty of power, the auto is nice and quick no lag when you tap the gas. I would buy another one with out hesitating at all. mileage also isn't bad I get around 75 miles on a full tank. Tank size is 4.75 gallons I think, some were around there.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #8
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yuk i was not happy with the ride or overall quality of machine. IMO i like the yamaha kodiac for a utillity quad good machine. polaris uses a belt driven trans again yuk no luck there either
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #9
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yuk i was not happy with the ride or overall quality of machine. IMO i like the yamaha kodiac for a utillity quad good machine. polaris uses a belt driven trans again yuk no luck there either
The only big bore utility that you can buy anymore without the belt drive is the Honda Rincon, everything else (yamaha, arctic cat, suzuki, etc. ) comes with a CVT. You can still get the clutchless manual in a few of the smaller machines like the yamaha big bear 400, but it is becoming pretty rare.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:25 PM   #10
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he is not looking for a big bore
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Old August 29th, 2008, 08:22 PM   #11
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Yeah, I got that...I was just saying that the clutchless manual like the old kodi's are pretty much dying out. Its coming down to CVT or full manual. I know there are a few still, and honda is one of the big producers of them...but there aren't a whole lot to be found.
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Old September 1st, 2008, 06:59 PM   #12
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I just bought a Can Am Outlander 800 over the weekend and it rides and handles like no bike I've ever driven. My brother is a mechanic at a dealership and he highly recommended the Can Am. They have very few problems with them. I have a friend that had bad luck with an Arctic Cat but he rode it pretty hard so I wouldn't necessarily say it was a bad bike. Based on what my brother has told me I'd stay away from the Polaris. He said its very rare to get one in for routine maintenance that doesn't have wheel bearing issues.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 01:03 AM   #13
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well i have abused the crap out of my artic cat 400 and at is still a sweet machine.

i bought the can-am ds250 for the wife and its actually a pretty quick machine for what it is. great handling, good suspension, good tires compared to alot of crap out there, and over all real easy for her to ride. we rode trails all weekend with a total of 112 miles. gas consumption was amazing but i have no real numbers either. out of the 7 atvs i own its the second best on milage i figure and the first is my sons tt50.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 06:18 AM   #14
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I just bought a Can Am Outlander 800 over the weekend and it rides and handles like no bike I've ever driven.
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