I agree with part of what your saying but I when I bought my first SxS I bought a Kawi instead of the Rzr. I did that because kawi was a better built machine and it was slower. And yes the Kawi was underpowered the day I bought it. Somethings are easier to improve with mods but not fit & finish. I was a little hesitant about the Can-Am but after buying it and opening it up for inspection, the quality of engineering is impressive. I dont agree with everything they did but alot of the design items they got right. From what I have seen with the Rzr's, it is just the opposite. They went cheap on most things and got only a few things right. IMO. However this is a new car, so time will tell us if its better or not.
I would say that is a fairly accurate statement but I believe Can-am has better engineering as a whole design package.No doubt they went on the cheap with the interior. I believe that was a strategic move on their part to maximize profit as most riders are more concerned with performance and agility over a stylish interior. At the end of the day it's a fancy atv. They're bought to ride and have fun on. The low center of gravity seating and amazing handling is where polaris nailed it and is the reason rzr dominates sxs sales. Can am has captured the 'I want to look good crowd' with a great looking interior, good cab space, the best seats put in a sxs. Really just depends on what you're looking for in a machine. Both companies make a machine that'll put a smile on your face after a fun day of riding and really that's all it's about for most of us.
Hope you like the looks of the new rear box on the XP1000....You'll spend plenty of time staring at it.Well Hell let me add to the war here. I took possesion of my new Wildcat "X" on Saterday. Now I have a LT Commander and an Arctic cat however still will not buy a Polaris lol.
3000 miles and you never replaced a wheel bearing or brake pads or a-arm bushings? Those were the exact reasons I got rid of my XP900. Every week it was something wore out.I know guys who wouldn't drive a can am over a rzr if it were half the price. IMO the can am interior and overall design and looks of the rides are superior. As far as on the trail goes I prefer the rzr as it just performs. I owned an 09 rzr I put over 3000 miles on and never replaced a single part on. Changed the oil and other than that, I drove the shit out of it. Was it a great looking machine inside? Not really but it'd climb a wall and never left me stranded. I love the mav as well but I'm certain of one thing. It's going to cost me more in maintence than my rzr ever did and that's ok I like it's styling and I can live with it's faults. I'll be checking out the new XP1000 for sure as the fact is this is the first time that polaris has had to leapfrog anyone for top dog status for a very long time and I'm sure they nailed it. Guys like bulldog who are dead set on on manufacturer are fools. I'll bounce back and forth based on who's in the lead and if we're being honest with ourselves how long has polaris not been in the lead in the sxs market. Been very brief stints as everyone else has played catch up since 2007. I think the fact that more people have purchased rzr's over that time than all other sxs's combined speaks CLEARLY to that point. I understated that by a mile. It's PROOF they set the standard.
there back in the game they said starting with there new Viking and going to bring a new sxs out every year for the next 5 years they said !! we will seeI've been meaning to ask. I am a Yamaha guy. Why in the hell do they not get in the sport market? They have some solid motors they could drop in one.
3000 miles and you never replaced a wheel bearing or brake pads or a-arm bushings? Those were the exact reasons I got rid of my XP900. Every week it was something wore out.
Going to disagree with the function part being top dog from the beginning. Visco lock blows and polaris awd system was and is far superior. The new qe has fixed that but you said from the beginning. I agree with most of what you said.engineering dept, form fit and function, can am has been top dog since day 1 of sxs when they jumped in to the market. pop had no completion to speak of until a few short years back, so of course they would be top dog by default, the commander was best in its class (UTILITY) and still hung with then xp 900 pretty darn good which was sport. mavericks are leaping out of the dealerships, ive seen it. heck they 9 that come into so Nevada did not last 1 day, max, forget it, 8 more weeks to buy local. when we got our max we stopped at the oregan dunes/beaches for 3 nights, I wished I had a dime for every single person who stopped and looked, asked questions, come out of the café and there is 15 people around it talking. I tried to join my family for 20 minutes one day inside eating and could not get away from questions and lookers. it was nuts, in a good way of course.
if you notice the big sxs areas, dunes, etc. where a few short years back you may be the only person with a canam, and 100 other machines, now is chopped hard, its not one sided, and will continue to climb in time, as most cant buy a new machine every 2-4 years, so that factor remains, look at the dunes and trails in say 5 years. expect a full mix