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So there I was, sitting here minding my own business trying to do my job when out of the blue I get a call from my Commander salesguy. (No mine hasnt arrived yet).
But here in Sparks, NV we have a motocycle event called "Street Vibrations" and it seems that the big Can Am truck will be here starting tomorrow morning showing off the Commanders. So I get the invite to go down and drive their course.:dance:
I'll check it out to see if the infamous tranny "clunk" is still there and report back to Xelvic.
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Well I tried to download my pics of the Commander ride today. Guess I am not computer literate so here is a link to Flicker. I hope that works :furious:
Anyway, they gave me an "original prototype" that had been used in the Canadian test drives. Now, that being said, it did have the "plugs" in the front roll cage corner supports which I thought were newer and which do not show up in their promotional brochures. As you can tell from the photos (hopefully) this 1000XT also had what appears to be the upgraded, Fox Racing Shox HPG on the front axles. The light rack also had a BP LED light bar.
The passenger seat does not adjust.
The transmission clunk that has been discussed was definitely present in this particular machine... it was very, very present as a matter of fact. The factory rep said that Can Am was aware of the issue and assured me that the issue had been addressed and fixed and that I have nothing to worry about with my new model which should arrive soon, maybe November at the latest :confused:
I had a small patch of asphalt to drive on so I really cannot come close to telling you how it performed. Easy to put in and out of 4wd while on the fly. Could not really get the feel of a difference between the "Sport" and non-sport mode as I was relegated to a relatively slow speed. I can tell you that the "Low" gear is definitely low and the engine does a fine job of braking.
I did several "jackrabbit" starts in 4wd, 2wd, "Sport" and in "Low" gear and the tourqe is indeed impressive.
The steering is very responsive but I gotta tell you, even though I was on an asphalt surface, backing it up and turning was not all that different from a 4-wheeler when it came to resistance. I found it interesting that the factory rep told me that while CanAm has the technology for power steering as per their Spyder motocycles, they believed their Quick ratio 10.2:1 steering allieviated the need for power steering. This will certainly be something left up to each individual driver.
One thing I have not really seen written about was the reverse override switch. Apparently this disengages the low range speed limiter and allows the Command to go much faster in reverse (apparently to give RZRs a sporting chance when racing them?).
The exaust is fairly tame and could use some souping up IMO.
Anyway, keep in mind that I am just and old autocross/time trials car race guy and certainly not as accomplished or experienced as everyone else here. I am probably just as excited as most of us to get mine now..especially after seeing and driving one in a limited fashion.
I hope you can get the pics but if not, let me know.









http://www.flickr.com/photos/1000xt/
 

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Thanx for the writeup!....

don't let the low range fool you for one minute either....my 800 will tach up to 4000 and I'm only going a few MPH.....but I've had the Rhino to 35 MPH in low @ 6800 RPM.....low will save your belt tremendously, so don't shy away from using it in short drags, hill climbs, turning a very slow, cautious 180* U-turn....low has a lot of uses besides rock crawling......:)

BTW, I will apoligize in advance (may be too late already?:unsure:), but I don't want some of the new family members thinking that LBR is a know-it-all and :redcarded: me in their own minds....it's just I've had the great experience of our Rotax 800 in a SxS for 1 1/2 years and have pretty much become one with it.....clutching, engine work, Muzzy's race exaust and Dolbeck tuner.....what a fantastic SxS that is hitting the market......Lance
 

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That's weird that they have the X shocks on an XT model. Also, from what I hear the production models still have the grabby clutch. The rep told me the same thing, which means they are just blowing smoke up our butts.
 

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That's weird that they have the X shocks on an XT model. Also, from what I hear the production models still have the grabby clutch. The rep told me the same thing, which means they are just blowing smoke up our butts.
We were told the production models will still have the grabby clutch when they receive it too.....then the dealer will install the upgraded parts at the dealership for us, perhaps later on if not right then, along with any accessories we would like that they won't have in stock right away....Lance
 

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That's weird that they have the X shocks on an XT model. Also, from what I hear the production models still have the grabby clutch. The rep told me the same thing, which means they are just blowing smoke up our butts.
Yeah, the factory rep was very specific about those Fox shocks in the front of the 1000XT. She said that they had added the shocks in the front and had the rear shocks on order. She was very clear that the Fox shocks on the 1000XT I rode were not stock on the 1000XT
 

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We were told the production models will still have the grabby clutch when they receive it too.....then the dealer will install the upgraded parts at the dealership for us, perhaps later on if not right then, along with any accessories we would like that they won't have in stock right away....Lance
I dont know if I want to buy something now with the promise that it will be fixed in the future.
 

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We were told the production models will still have the grabby clutch when they receive it too.....then the dealer will install the upgraded parts at the dealership for us, perhaps later on if not right then, along with any accessories we would like that they won't have in stock right away....Lance
Hmmmm, that sounds suspicious to me. I haven't heard that anywhere in any of the forums. I hope he's right and not full of :poop:. They haven't shown any changes on the parts diagram like they did with the cooling system.
 

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1000xt wrote "The transmission clunk that has been discussed was definitely present in this particular machine... it was very, very present as a matter of fact. The factory rep said that Can Am was aware of the issue and assured me that the issue had been addressed and fixed and that I have nothing to worry about with my new model which should arrive soon, maybe November at the latest"

And this is what our salesman said also...so the ones that are being delivered in Nov. may already have the new part installed already and the ones that have or soon to be shipped will have the part waiting to install when they arrive at dealerships...Barbara
 
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