View Full Version : Can-Am Atv question

03-18-2011, 12:11 AM
I am looking at getting a new fourwheeler. i have always had polaris fourwheeler's but i am looking at the can-am atv's. what are you guys thought on them? does anyone own them?

03-18-2011, 01:34 AM
I've owned both Polaris & Can Ams. Currently 2 polaris & 3 can Ams. Love both, but have had less problems with the polaris's. As far as ride, power,etc. They are both great machines. In the 800's both have great low end torque but the polaris seems smoother.

03-18-2011, 06:16 AM
my in-laws bought two Can Ams two years ago and love them ... no issues

03-18-2011, 02:16 PM
Never ridden a can am. Ridden every Japanese brand plus Polaris. I have owned two Hondas and a Suzuki.

You will never beat a Honda for long term reliability and low maintenance. Polaris were always the most problematic. Polaris' do ride very cushy and have lots of features but that comfort and complexity comes at a price.

I will say that we are harder than most on our bikes and many people may never have any issues out of their Polaris quads.

03-18-2011, 03:10 PM
Know 3 people w/ Can Am's. 2 - 800's 1 - 400? One of the 800's probably has 2500mi at least on it with no real issues. They've been reliable afaik.

03-19-2011, 06:52 AM
For some reason I can't pm with my IPhone. Would you mind posting your email. I work in the industry, have ridden every product available, and will give you an unbiased opinion to get you headed in the right direction.

03-19-2011, 09:50 AM
Thanks everyone for the replies , doing a test ride on a Can AM today , have already tested the Polaris 850. Thanks Epnault, PM sent

03-19-2011, 09:58 AM
I cant view PM either with my IPhone Sorry

If you want to give me a call at the office on Monday we can chat. My name is Eric. 651-408-7562

03-19-2011, 02:35 PM
EPNAULT will steer ya right! I've bounced a ton of Q's off of him. I am about a year out from buying a wheeler yet but I want to have a leg up for when I can buy.

My in-laws have a pair of Sportsman 800's that we use for hunting, scouting and trail riding. I have zero complaints and we've had zero issues (aside from a 1" cut in a front tire when I goosed it a little more than necessary) in 4 or 5 years of use.

03-19-2011, 10:54 PM
Thanks Epnault, Here is an e-mail address [email protected] Rode the Can Am 800 Outlander today was very impressed with the power it had, unbelieveable. Still have not ruled out the Polaris. Both are good machines

03-20-2011, 07:55 AM
Magnum-just sent you an email.

Corey-glad you like your Polaris. Me and the boys did our first waterskiing of the season yesterday at the last ski hill weekend over a huge puddle. Man it has been a long winter here.

03-20-2011, 08:39 AM
Last night I pulled out the CanAm 800 outlander '09 & road around . Yep it's still my favorite! The Polaris was fun, but CanAm was funner. The CanAm engine brake/back shifting in the clutch was a little stiff. Every time I left off the gas the machine almost stops and pushes you forward. But it is a blast to ride!