After patiently waiting months for delivery of our Can-Am Commander 1000 XT, we finally got the call it was in! Our good friend Denny Robinson took delivery of a 1000 XT one day earlier so we loaded our two brand spanking new 1000’s onto our flatbed trailer and headed for Sand Mountain Nevada for a shake down cruise. Sand Mountain is located in the Nevada high desert east of Fallon on Highway 50, infamously referred to as “The Loneliest Road in America”. A great testing ground for UTV’s, Sand Mountain’s 600 ft tall Comp Hill is as tough a UTV performance test as can be found. The soft sand of its tall steep face rejects climbing attempts from all but the most powerful of UTV’s, while the surrounding deserts provide miles of washes, technical sections and fast fire roads.
Our overall first impression of the new Commander 1000 can be summed up in one word and that word is WOW! There is no question in our mind that Can-Am has raised the bar in just about every area of UTV performance, comfort and style. While those who frequent 50 inch trail limits will still be happy with the Polaris RZR, all others should take a serious look at Can-Am’s lineup. As an aftermarket UTV parts manufacturer we’re pretty excited about the platform Can-Am has provided us and rest assured Factory UTV is hard at work on UHMW undercarriage protection, 5 point restraint systems, long travel suspension and the list goes on...
We predict Can-Am has a winner on its hands that will force the other OEM’s back to the drawing board. That’s the natural progression of the motor sports industry and we the buying public are the beneficiaries of that progress. Very nice first effort Can-Am, now have you got any recommendations for wiping these smiles off our faces?