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Hello Everyone! Just purchased a 2012 Commander 1000 XT in Pure Magnesium Metallic last Friday. Spent the day Saturday riding in the mountains here is Wyoming. Great machine, love the ride and the handling. Already almost due for my first service, 95 miles on it.

I’m a member of our local Search & Rescue team here in the county. So I spend a lot of time on two track trails all over the mountains. I normally pull one of our rescue trailers with me most of the time. It’s an aluminum body carrier 58” wide. Room for one patient and a medic to ride along with the patient. Fairly light, about 200 lbs. So I thought this would be the perfect machine for that purpose.

The wife and I also travel as often as possible in our motorhome. Always tow a vehicle with us for local travels. We now tow either my Lexus LX 460 or a Ford Ranger with two Yamaha Vino Scooters in the rear. Now will have to trade in the Ford Range for a full size Pickup to be able to bring my new toy along. So I will be using the commander for local road use almost as much as mountain trail riding. Have lots of question and I know I will be able to learn a lot from here.

So, thanks in advance for all the help I know I will receive.
 

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Welcome Jay,
I really like the look of your new toy. If your using it for search and rescue, sounds like a tax right off to me. :)

You may have already read the EPS (Electronic Power Steering) is a very nice thing to have if you are doing a lot of driving. But it is pricey at $700 but well worth it. Also the 2" wheel spacers made it feel a lot stabler. But great machine right out of the box.

Hey I just got the Garmin Montana 650t GPS from the Can Am dealer and I can not get the Garmin web site to allow me to buy the BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription. I have been on the phone way to much with Garmin and they have no idea why it won't work and I suspect that the GPS's Can Am got are not the the main Garmin system. So the question I have for you is have you been able to subscribe to BirdsEye with your GPS?

Oh Congrats on the Commander, you will be loving it.
 

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Thanks all for the welcome.

Bryan, I've got the XT, so it didn't include the Garmin 650 GPS. I was very disappointed when I read your review on the 650. I was planning to get one. I have been a very loyal user of Garmin products for over 15 years. I'm an instructor for out Search & Rescue Team and one of the classes I teach is GPS. I own 2 - Garmin 360 Nuvi's, 1 - Garmin 760 Nuvi, 2 - different versions of the Garmin E-Trax and I also use the Garmin Mobil PC in the computer that I have mounted in my motor-home. I've been wanting to get a new unit (I don't have enough of the now lol) with color map and 24 K Topo and I was thinking the 650 would be the answer since it's waterproof and able to flush mount in the Commander. But I guess I will have to go back and do some more research first. So over the next few weeks I will see what I can learn about some of their other units for this use and will report when I do.

Thanks again and I read this every day, just don't always have the time to post a lot. It's that too many toys and not enough free time problem again.

Michael, see your Moosejaw link, I use them a lot for our climbing equipment gear, great company.
 

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Don't give up on the Garmin 650t just yet. I was on the phone again today about the issues and wile they still have no idea why I can not get any kind of supscription service Drew in tech support was very helpful and I will try out some of the stuff he was telling me like press harder to keep form getting the thumbtack all the time and he told me the differnt maps like topo will allow at least a arrow to show direction wile viewing the map and navagating to a locataion. I will let you know when I get a chance to try it out with maps installed next week.
 

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Hiya Jay ...welcome to CT! ....

...sent with TapaTalk...please excuse brevity & no smileys
 

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Best GPS on the market for a commander........... lowrance HDS-5 Baja
 
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