Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BLM Announces Interim Supplementary Rules for California Desert

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released interim final supplementary rules for public lands managed by the California Desert District. The rules clarify and simplify guidelines for visitors to public lands within the BLM California Desert District.
The eight common sense rules were developed in coordination with the Desert Advisory Council and recreation user groups. They are designed to enhance the safety of visitors, protect public health, protect natural resources, and improve recreation experiences and opportunities.
The rules include restrictions on people riding in truck beds; burning metal such as nails in firewood; glass containers; public nudity and the use of metal or wooden stakes. The rules also address saving camping spaces in open off-highway vehicle areas, require people to keep trash picked up at their campsites and impose limitations on camping at Competition Hill at Dumont Dunes.
Proposed penalties for violating could include a fine of $1,000 or no more than 12 months in prison, or both. The deadline for comments is July 26.
Even though these supplementary rules go into effect immediately, the BLM is seeking public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered during a 30-day comment period that will end July 26, 2010. Publication of final supplementary rules will occur after all public comments are considered.
Information on the rules is available in the BLM California Desert District Office as well as all BLM field offices in Barstow, El Centro, Moreno Valley, Needles, Palm Springs/South Coast and Ridgecrest, and at other visitor areas throughout the Desert District. The rules can also be viewed online at www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/cdd_supplementary.html.
Comments can be submitted by mail or delivered to BLM California Desert District Office, Attn: Lynnette Elser, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, California 92553. Comments can also be emailed to lelser@blm.gov.

For further information, contact Lynnette Elser at (951) 697-5233 or by email to lelser@blm.gov.

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national (non-profit) trail-saving group that represents over 600,000 recreationists nationwide The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is beginning. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-258-3742 http://www.sharetrails.org

UTVUnderground.com Glamis Full Moon Night Run

June 28, 2010 Glamis, CA - UTVUnderground.com members headed out to Glamis Sand Dunes this past weekend for the annual Glamis Full Moon Summer Night Run.  20 + UTV's of all makes and models.  There were multiple Rotax powered Yamaha Rhinos, 1 Turbo RZR, a couple highly modified and built Kawasaki Teryx's, a highly modified Arctic Cat Prowler 1000, and one serious R1 powered Rhino buggy built by UTVUnderground member Stetler.  There were a host of other vehicles from mild to wild including the Polaris RZR4 Robby Gordon Edition that I took out with me.

We arrived in Glamis, CA just before sunset on Saturday June 26th and congregated just behind the Glamis Beach Store.  Once everyone was there we took off for our first run through the baby dunes to Oldsmobile Hill where we gathered on top and took in the amazing weather.  The riding continued long into the night and into the early morning hours.

I was super thrilled with how the Polaris RZR 4 performed in what could have been the softest sand I have ever ridden in.  We aired down the stock Maxxis Big Horn tires, put the RZR 4 in AWD and ran it with no major issues!   The RZR 4 has Muzzys Dual Exhaust and a Digi-Tune Power Programmer so that helps in producing some extra power in that soft sand!

In all the weather was uber perfect and the riding was just as good.  None of the guys who come to the Glamis Full Moon Summer Night Run are rookies.  They are all fast and looking to extend their desert season just one more night!!!! 

Keep posted to the UTVUnderground Trips and Group Rides Section for more upcoming group rides and trip reports. 

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Volunteer Help needed for ASA booth at Orange County Fair

An exceptional opportunity has been afforded the American Sand Association to exhibit at this year’s Orange County Fair and we need volunteer help. The days we’ll have a booth at the fair are Wednesday, July 28th through Sunday, August 1st 2010.

The hours for the Fair will be Wednesday – Friday from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Set up will be on Monday and Tuesday July 26th and 27th and tear down and move out must be by 10:00 a.m. Monday August 2nd.

The ASA raffle car will be there and we need help selling raffle car tickets and promoting the ASA.

More info at www.asasand.org

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mark Your Calendars For Sandfest 2010 June 29-July 4

Sandfest 2010
  • SXS Obstacle course and races
  • Sand Car Challenge
  • ATV/MC Grand Prix & Sand Cross
  • Quad Drags
  • Poker Run
  • Family/Kid Events: Treasure hunt, barrel racing, adult/kid relays
  • Hospitality tent (Must be over 21)
  • Big screen showing a drive in movie Thursday and UFC 116 on Saturday
  • Sand Dune Slip-n-slide drags
  • Industry Auction
  • Vendor Row/Food Court
  • Live bands or DJ music every night!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rancho/PBS RD-4 High Performance Transaxl

The highly sought after PBS RD-4 is now being made available exclusively through Rancho Performance Transaxles. Designed as an extremely cost effective, high performance transaxle for use in off road and sand cars each RD-4 is custom built to order. The RD-4’s unique H-pattern cable shifter makes them easily adapted to mid or rear engine cars by simply selecting the appropriate cable length and routing. The RD-4 main case is precision cast and machined from the strongest aircraft quality A356 aluminum. Shaft centers are a full 85 mm apart allowing for the use of substantially larger bearings and gear sets and the rugged reverse gears feature a larger diameter 3-piece design.

Output flanges are available for 930 and 934/935 CV joints with heavy duty Dana 60 differential. Gear placement remains standard as are the durable 9310 chromoly steel 6-lug dog rings . 18-spline input shaft is machined from 300 M steel.

Internal shifter mechanism incorporates a reverse lockout feature which prevents selecting both reverse and a forward gear simultaneously. Putting the gearbox in neutral with the 4 speed selector allows reverse to be engaged with the separate lever. When reverse is disengaged the forward gears may be engaged in any order. When in any forward gear reverse may not be engaged. Rancho supplies new RD-4s with a shift handle and separate cable operated reverse shift lever assembly. As applications vary greatly, cables are not included. Rancho’s PBS RD-4 provides exceptional strength, reliability and durability for the all around dirt/sand enthusiast and it does it for just $7995.00! Complete details and ordering information are available by calling 714-680-6737. Be sure to visit the Rancho Site at www.ranchotransaxles.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

NEW HIGH-BACK PROWLER SUSPENSION SEAT FROM ARCTIC CAT

Thief River Falls, Minn. (June 1, 2010) – Built with an integrated high-strength, carbon-spring steel suspension system, the new High-Back Suspension Seat from Arctic Cat maximizes riding comfort for Prowler occupants. Taller and plusher than the stock bucket seats, this unit also features mildew-resistant, high-grade carbon fiber black and silver vinyl with double-stitched seams for extra durability. Sold individually, each seat bolts directly to the chassis in just minutes for a perfect fit. Fits all 2006-’10 Prowler models. The High-Back Suspension Seat is $349.95 U.S./$416.95 Canada.

The High-Back Suspension Seat is available now at most Arctic Cat dealerships.

For additional information on Arctic Cat Arcticwear clothing and accessories, see your local Arctic Cat dealer or visit www.arcticcat.com. To find a dealer near you, call 1-800-3-ARCTIC.

Off-road rights advocate to be inducted into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the third member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2010: BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) founder Clark Collins. Collins, known for his tireless work on behalf of motorcyclists to keep trails open and build regional
and national coalitions among all trail users, will be among the legends of motorcycling honored at the 2010 induction ceremony at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas on Nov. 19.
"Clark Collins represents an area that is so vitally important to all riders -- motorcyclists' rights -- and he is a fitting inductee into the Hall of Fame," said Jack Penton, AMA director of operations and a Hall of Famer himself. "Collins' advocacy work is the reason why so many trails remain open today, and why motorcyclists across the country are better organized to protect the future of motorcycling."

In 1987, Collins created the BRC, which is a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting responsible recreational access to public lands and waters. He served as executive director of the organization until his retirement in 2004.

Collins formed the BRC after he was told by then Idaho Governor John Evans that recreationists were not politically significant, and implied that federal Wilderness was more important than responsible recreational access to public lands. In the years since, Clark and the BRC have come to be nationally recognized by public land agencies as authorities on responsible motorized recreation.

Today, Collins continues to serve the off-road recreation community in Idaho as president of the Idaho State ATV Association. "Clark is a testament to one person's belief in a cause truly making a difference," says the Motorcycle Industry Council's Kathy Van Kleeck, who is also chairwoman of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Leadership/Rights Committee. "Clark grew the BlueRibbon Coalition from a germ of an idea
into the nation's largest coalition of off-road access advocates, recognized across the country as an outspoken grassroots voice on behalf of off-highway vehicle recreation.

His ability to organize motorized vehicle enthusiasts gave voice to a new movement of political activism, and made OHV riders politically significant." Collins said he's humbled to be inducted into the AMA
Motorcycle Hall of Fame. "I was really excited last year for Mona Ehnes being inducted as a rights representative, and I'm amazed to be inducted," he said. "Looking at all the people in the Hall of Fame, I feel really honored to be on that list. A lot of the Hall of Famers got in for their skill in going fast on motorcycles, and I'm excited to see that folks like Mona and me, who have been involved in the advocacy role, get recognized as well. We're not used to getting trophies, and we don't get to stand up and be recognized for going fast, so this is really great."

Collins joins previously announced members of the AMA Hall of Fame Class of 2010: championship team owner Mitch Payton and AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde. More inductees will be announced soon.

The Class of 2010 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 19 as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. In addition to the induction ceremony, the weekend includes the 2010 AMA Concours d'Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 20, featuring some of the country's most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. The AMA Racing Championship Banquet closes out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 21, where AMA Racing amateur champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2010
accomplishments.

The event will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility's expansive ballrooms will
provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain to be memorable for the 2010 inductees, champions, families, friends and fans. More information is available online at RedRockLasVegas.com.

Lodging reservations can be made now at AmericanMotorcyclist.com/Accommodations.
An announcement regarding ticket information will be made in mid-June.
Located on the park-like campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made lasting contributions to protecting and promoting the motorcycle lifestyle. Its members include those who have excelled in racing, road- and off-road riding, pushed
the envelope in motorcycle design, engineering and safety, and championed the rights of riders in both the halls of government and the court of public opinion.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Committee includes nine members in addition to the chairman. There are eight committees, each representing a different aspect of motorcycling.
More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs,  promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA  Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com

DRAGONFIRE RACING TEAMS UP WITH MTA FOR DISTRIBUTION

MESA, Arizona, June 11, 2010 - DragonFire Racing is pleased to announce that its product line is now carried and distributed through MTA Distributing.  DragonFire's light bars, seat belts, windshields, long travel suspension, exhaust and wheels are several premier products carried through MTA.  Also included are several of DragonFire Racing's new 2010 products, including their new rugged offroad gauges and gauge pods, hood scoops, youth seat belts and several new engine components.
MTA will distribute the DragonFire Racing line through their network of four warehouses, located in California, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Ohio.  MTA is recognized as a premier sales force in the Powersports Industry.
DragonFire Racing's President, Todd Romano, claimed "DragonFire Racing line is a great complement to the current sales focus of MTA and the growing opportunity in UTV and SXS accessories."
Ty Davis, Sales Manager at MTA, stated that MTA is "proud to announce the arrival of DragonFire.  Having one of the premier leaders in the UTV offroad market is a huge plus."
For more information on MTA Distributing and their addition of the DragonFire Racing line, contact your MTA Sales Representative, or visit MTA's website, www.MTADistributing.com,
Complete information on DragonFire Racing's products are available on DragonFire Racing's website, www.DragonFireRacing.com.  DragonFire's Product Experts can be reached at 866-926-6169.
Join DragonFire Racing in the winner's circle; Run with the race components proven on the toughest tracks on earth.
DragonFire Racing, based in Mesa, Arizona, is the leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket racing, performance, and utility parts for ATVs and UTVs.  DragonFire Racing products are available at dealerships worldwide.  For more information, visit www.dragonfireracing.com.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

2011 Eclipse RV Manufacturers LFS27 Attitude toy hauler virtual review

Ridgecrest, California - Toy Hauler Adventures released its first ever virtual toy hauler trailer review this week. The review consisted of three YouTube videos and a written evaluation with photographs by our Chief Editor and Founder, Terry Gluckman.

The analysis was of a 2011 Eclipse RV Manufacturers LFS27 Attitude toy hauler.

The videos were hosted by Jerri Manthey, of Survivor fame. The virtual tour has the toy hauler community raving about the idea of seeing prospective trailers they wish to evaluate in person with the help of the video’s and review.

Toy Hauler Adventures would like to thank Eclipse RV and Tim Cassaro, Eclipse RV Sales Manager for having the foresight in believing that an independent virtual tour was a great way to show case their products.

Toy Hauler Adventures will continue our video trailer reviews in the future and have plans for virtual tours of production facilities to showcase to buyers how their trailers are constructed. There is also some after market products that will be included with video coverage of the install and functionality of trailer upgrades and repairs.



The full virtual review is available at www.toyhauleradventures.com

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Can-Am 2011 DS 450 Family

The Can-Am® DS 450™, DS 450™ X mx and DS 450™ X xc return for the 2011 model year lineup to offer unparalleled performance wherever the rider needs it. From the roughest woods-racing courses and motocross tracks of the east, to the wideopen desert expanses of the west, the Can-Am DS 450 features performance for any sport 450-class rider. With an ultralight chassis featuring the groundbreaking no-weld, aluminum ALTEC frame and a potent Rotax® engine, the Can-Am DS 450 has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any 450-class sport ATV*. The DS 450 model continues to maintain the benchmark for performance, handling and control – both on the track and on the trail.

2011 Can-Am DS 450 family highlights
  • Rotax 450 EFI engine
  • ALTEC aluminum frame
  • R-type double A-arm front suspension
  • KYB‡ HPG piggyback shocks
  • R-Type rear swing arm suspension
  • Wilwood‡ braking systems
Can-Am DS 450 features and benefits


Rotax 450 EFI engine // This engine features top-end DNA from the Rotax V990 which powers the
Aprilia‡ RSV 1000 R sportbike while the crankcase, clutch and transmission are specifically designed for the rigors of off-road riding. Its free-flow design – with the largest piston bore, intake valves and throttle body of the segment – delivers awesome power and great potential for performance tuning. A sophisticated EFI system with superfast micro-controller optimizes performance at every rpm, compensating for both temperature and altitude; throttle response is instant.

ALTEC aluminum frame // Aerospace-grade aluminum in dual-pyramidal design is exceptionally
strong and lightweight. Unique aluminum lock-bolt fastening system eliminates the need for welds.
Strength comes from a computer-optimized design rather than heavier or added materials. The pyramidal structure has been proven on BRP’s Ski-Doo® REV™ and REV-XP™ platforms.

Race-inspired radiator grill // Inspired from feedback from our racing teams, the Can-Am DS 450
features a scalloped radiator grill that keeps the radiator free of mud and debris.

R-type double A-arm front suspension // The R-Type forged aluminum double A-arm front
suspension delivers razor-sharp handling, remarkable bump absorption, and confident tracking. The
radical design with inverted dual-piston caliper – on the inside of the disc – enables placement of the
ball-joints and kingpin axis deep inside the wheel for reduced scrub and steering kickback, as well as
self-correcting behavior under hard braking. All this in a lightweight package with less unsprung weight than competitive designs for a better ride and improved control.

KYB HPG piggyback shocks // Aluminum-bodied shocks with compression and rebound adjustment and threaded pre-load adjustment. Features 9.5-inches (24 cm) of travel in front, 10.2 inches (26 cm) in rear. Lightweight, capable and adjustable.

R-Type rear swing arm suspension // Lightweight design dramatically reduces unsprung weight for
quick response, exceptional traction capability and less rider fatigue. Cast-aluminum swingarm with risingrate linkage, hollow chromoly 4140 rear axle, extended-reach aluminum hubs and aluminum chain sprocket.

Wilwood braking systems // Inverted dual-piston calipers – mounted inside front rotors – enable
unique knuckle / spindle / A-arm design. Front and rear rotors’ wave shape is computer-designed for
exceptional cooling.

Performance wheels and tires // Specifically-designed ITP Holeshot SR tires to get maximum
performance from the DS 450 EFI. The rims are lightweight, yet durable, because of aluminum
construction with rolled bead.

DS 450
Standard package features:
  • Rotax 4-TEC 449 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke
    -DOHC 4-valve head
    -97 x 60.8 mm bore and stroke
    -EFI with 46-mm throttle body, 16-bit CPU with 32-MHz clock speed
  • Electric start
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Chain drive with rigid axle
  • No weld, ALTEC twin pyramidal aluminum frame
  • R-type forged aluminum double A-arm front suspension
  • KYB HPG aluminum piggyback front shocks with compression, rebound and preload adjustments and 9.5 inches (241 mm) of travel
  • R-type cast-aluminum swingarm rear suspension
  • KYB HPG aluminum piggyback rear shock with compression, rebound and preload adjustments and 10.5 inches (267 mm) of travel
  • ITP Holeshot SR front and rear tires
  • Polished aluminum wheels
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$9,349 CA

DS 450 X mx
All the standard DS 450 features, PLUS:
  • + 2-inch double A-arms with adjustable caster and camber give a 50-inch front stance
  • Kashima-coated KYB HPG C40 aluminum piggyback front shocks with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and 10.7 inches (272 mm) of travel
  • Kashima-coated KYB HPG C46 aluminum remote reservoir rear shock with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments, and 10.7 inches (272 mm) of travel
  • 7-inch (179 mm) factory-set ride height (175-lb rider)
  • Adjustable-width hollow rear axle (from 46 inches [1.17 m] to 50 inches [1.27 m] by increments of 0.5 inch [12.7 mm] per spacer)
  • 20x6-10 ITP QuadCross MX PRO front tires
  • 18x10-8 ITP QuadCross MX PRO rear tires
  • Black aluminum ITP 10x5 T-9 GP front wheels
  • Black aluminum ITP 8x8 T-9 Trac-lock rear wheels
  • Extra-strength extended 1-inch (25.4 mm) steering stem with anti-vibe mounts
  • Aluminum nerf bars with removable netted heel guards
  • Aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebar with square pad
  • Aluminum front bumper, number plate ready
  • X package seat cover
  • X mx race graphics
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$11,099 CA

DS 450 X xc
All the standard DS 450 features, PLUS:
  • R-type forged aluminum double A-arms with adjustable caster
  • KYB HPG C36 aluminum piggyback front shocks with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and 9.6 inches (245 mm) of travel
  • KYB HPG C40 aluminum piggyback rear shock with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and 10.5 inches (267 mm) of travel
  • 7.5-inch (190 mm) factory-set ride height (175-lb rider)
  • Adjustable-width hollow rear axle (from 46 inches [1.17 m] to 50 inches [1.27 m] by increments of 0.5 inch [12.7 mm] per spacer)
  • Extra-strength extended 1-inch (25.4 mm) steering stem with anti-vibe mounts
  • 21x7-10 ITP Holeshot GNCC 6-ply front tires
  • 20x10-9 ITP Holeshot GNCC 6-ply rear tires
  • Black aluminum ITP 10x5 T-9 Trac-lock front wheels
  • Black aluminum ITP 9x8 T-9 Trac-lock rear wheels
  • 3-mm full aluminum chassis skid plate
  • 5-mm full aluminum swing arm skid plate
  • Aluminum nerf bars with removable aluminum heel guards
  • Aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebar with square pad
  • Aluminum front bumper, number plate ready
  • Handlebar wind deflectors
  • X package seat cover
  • X xc race graphics
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$10,749 CA

2011 Can-Am DS 450 Model Home

More 2011 Can-Am Models:
Manufacturer Info:
Can-Am, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
www.can-am.brp.com or www.brp.com

Comment Deadline Extended for the Imperial Sand Dunes Draft Recreation Area Management Plan

After the ASA Info Meeting on May 15, 2010 in La Habra, CA it became clear to us that the public comment period was far too short to provide an opportunity for interested parties to be informed of the Draft Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Man­agement Plan (DRAMP) existence, procure a copy, digest the material, and return comments. The release of the DRAMP at the end of the traditional dune visitation season also made communication more problematic.
Therefore ASA requested a 120 day extension to the public comment period for the Imperial Sand Dunes DRAMP.  On June 8, 2010 the BLM announced that is extend­ing the public comment period for the Draft Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Man­agement Plan and En­vironmental Impact Statement, for 45 days, giving the public until Aug. 9 to provide input on the plan. Teri Raml, BLM Desert District manager said the BLM had received a number of requests for additional time to comment. “Given the complexity of this plan and the broad public interest in its out­come, we decided an extension of the original 90-day comment period was warranted,” she said.
The ASA Board of Directors and its consultants will use this extension to finalize comments and inform its membership with sufficient notice to allow for effective consideration.  In the mean time we strongly encourage everyone to obtain a copy of the DRAMP by visiting the BLM website at              http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro/recreation/ohvs/isdra/dunesinfo/docs/isdramp.html
Also, please review the information provided at the May 15, 2010 LaHabra meeting. You may view the ASA comments at  http://files.americansandassociation.org/files/2010%20RAMP/

New QUIKFILL 11 Gallon Dump Jug from PU-Products

PU-Products LLC is pleased to announce the introduction of the 11 gallon dump jug, the QUIKFILL, for on and off road racing applications as well as boat racers. The QUIKFILL jug is made in America.
The PU-Products QUIKFILL jug is made of # 2 HDPE plastic and is safe for all types of fuels, oils and long term storage of drinking water. The jug is 3 feet tall and 12 inches square. It features a full length breathing tube for fast transfer of liquids. A billet aluminum vent cap is included.

A one inch diameter by fourteen inch long hose mounted on a billet aluminum cap is available as option.

The QUIKFILL jug is designed to empty 11 gallons of liquid in less than one minute when equipped with an oversized hose.The QUIKFILL jug was marketed by another company, and has not been available for over a year. PU-Products is adding the QUIKFILL jug to their already extensive line of five gallon jugs and jug holding accessories for trucks, trailers and off road vehicles.

While not sanctioned by NASCAR, the QUIKFILL jug is used extensively by off road racers and off speed boat racers across the country. The square design makes them difficult to tip over. A variety of holders are available to keep them secure in vehicles, trailers and boats, including the PU-Products Baja Rax, which will secure one of two jugs in a variety of locations.

The PU-Products QUIKFILL jug is also safe for drinking water, due to the fact that # 2 HDPE plastic is the same material used in plastic milk containers. The QUIKFILL jugs may be used for emergency water storage, leaving the water fresh tasting after extended periods.

PU-Products,LLC is committed to manufacturing and marketing the finest quality products available and the QUIKFILL jug is a long overdue and welcome addition to our product lines.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: WWW.PU-PRODUCTS.COM OR CALL 619-334-1913 PST.

Six New Battery Mounts Released for Odyssey Extreme Batteries

Benson, AZ ‐ May 24, 2010 ‐‐ Artec Industries LLC, manufacturer of aftermarket battery mounting systems, has recently released its new line of Odyssey battery mounts. These new products are designed to support the increasing popularity of Odyssey brand batteries. The initial release of this product line includes six mounts that support the PC680, PC920, PC1200, PC1500, PC2150 series batteries with more models to be supported in the near future. These mounts were designed to safely secure the batteries, preventing vibration and premature wear that sometimes occurs in severe usage situations such as in off‐road and marine applications.
"Research showed that many Odyssey customers did not have aftermarket support for mounting their batteries," says Art Nuttall, President of Artec Industries. "These new mounts give those customers a lightweight, yet very strong mount for their batteries instead of some of the makeshift options that they were relying on."

The Odyssey mounts are the newest addition to Artec Industries comprehensive lineup of battery mounting systems which includes the most selection of Optima battery mounts in the industry. All mounts are available in 10 gauge cold roll steel with out a finish or finished in powder coat, or zinc plating, as well as in stainless steel and aluminum for select models. Artec's battery mounting solutions are used for a variety of applications including 4x4, hot rod, racing, car audio, marine and even daily drivers.

Located in southern Arizona, Artec Industries manufactures aftermarket components for the automotive, marine, and construction industries. Artec’s professional design team has years of experience in extreme automotive applications, 4x4, boating and racing. Their fully equipped production floor is capable of taking a project from design to full scale manufacturing all in‐house.

For additional information, please visit www.artecwelding.com. The Odyssey batteries mounts are currently available for purchase.

Riding the Dunes with the new Can-Am Commander 1000 X

By Brian Bush, www.UTVForums.net

One of the more exciting phone calls I’ve ever received was the one from a representative of BRP in April asking if I’d be interested in testing “a new Can-Am product”. They wouldn’t tell me anything more than we were to meet in Brawley California, and have a testing session in Glamis. The crew that was coming to the session had never stepped foot in Glamis before, so I was asked to lead the team to a remote camp area and show them around. I was delighted! We’ve known for some time that BRP was going to be coming out with a UTV and I knew what this was all about! I was so excited that I lost sleep day dreaming about what this machine was going to be like. Having prior knowledge of Can-Am products, I had a really good feeling what I was about to learn about would likely change the UTV game as we know it!
I set out to Brawley the night before we were to meet on a Thursday morning at 6:00am. After meeting the crew for an introduction and breakfast, we hit the road to Glamis. I took them to get passes, and then to a private campground where we would have some privacy. While they were unloading, I was in such suspense that I wanted it to last. I wanted the overall package of what they were about to present to be a total surprise, so I went back to my truck and geared up for the day.
I walked up to the Can-Am rig about the time they were rolling the Commander X out of the trailer! The machine had a disguise similar to what you might see a new automobile wearing while out testing. The first things I noticed were its yellow trimmings. Sticking out like a sore thumb under the disguised UTV were 12” beadlock wheels with yellow lock rings! These are the same wheels we’re used to seeing on the Renegade. Looking up from the wheels and Maxis Bighorn tires, I see that they’re sporting matching yellow springs on Fox piggy back shocks. Looking down from there, what’s this, trailing arms? No way! In the first few minutes of looking at this machine, I knew that BRP had done their homework, and this was going to be an epic day!
Looking around the rear wheel wells I noticed that this UTV has one rear disk brake mounted on one wheel. “We’ve got a live rear end”. This, the trailing arms, the visco-lock front diff, the Renegade beadlocks……… WAIT! “What’s under the hood”? Could it be the V-Twin Rotax 800cc engine currently used in the Outlander, Renegade’s, and the Rhino ? I had to know and I had to know immediately. I asked one of the crew members if we could remove the hood and take a look. He obliged and began pulling the cowl off. Yup! I guessed it! There sat an 800cc V-Twin Rotax. WAIT! “How big is it”? What graced my ears right then and there sealed the deal that the Commander was going to be a performer. “It’s a 1000cc’s”, replied a Can-Am rep. I was giddy with excitement. I had no question that what I was about to drive was going to be the most exciting UTV ever to come out of a manufacturer! For those who don’t know, I’m a big Rotax fan. The 800cc V-Twin has been swapped into Yamaha Rhino’s for years, and they’ve proven to be extremely reliable, while being one of the fastest naturally aspirated UTV’s ever.
“Is this thing gassed up? When can I drive it”? Oh wait. I should probably check out the interior and body styling first. The Commander X that I was looking at was still wearing it’s disguise. I was told they would remove it for me for a few minutes only, and the cover would have to go back on for our ride.
I jumped into the driver’s seat and began to get a feel for the interior. The first thing I noticed was the yellow trimmed seats. “These are good looking and very comfortable”, I thought. The seating position was also very comforting. I felt low to the ground with good pedal position, and a great overall feel! The digital gauge readout is behind the steering wheel, and it moves up and down with the Commander’s tilt steering. Nice touch BRP. The instrumentation and dash layout, along with the full center console has the look and feel of a sports car. The console houses 2 cup holders, a sporty passenger grab handle, and the shifter. The Can-Am also has very nice side nets. I normally find side nets to be hard to use and annoying. Not these. The front of the side net has a frame of sorts and a buckle similar to a seatbelt. The latch is stationary on the frame making securing the net almost effortless. Again, nice touch BRP!
“Alright, let’s get a look at this thing”! I took a few steps back as the covers were being removed. Once the front cover was removed I saw a style that I was familiar with and love. The projector headlights and buckets looks just like a Renegade. The styling is like nothing we’ve seen on a UTV. It looks fast! The yellow and black hood opens accessing the radiator, overflow tank, and the neatly tucked away air box. Looking down the sides I notice factory nerf bars, or rock sliders. Moving onto the back I notice the styling in the rear is also different that what we’re used to seeing. Again, it looks sporty, but something’s different? Upon further inspection I see that the bed tilts! “Awesome, we have a true sport-utility here”! The bed looks big and useful. In the bottom of the bed there is what I would call a false floor. When you pull it up you’ll find a ton more storage space underneath. This area can also be accessed from the rear of the bed, under the tailgate.
Time to drive it! We geared up and put the first two Commanders to ever ride in Glamis to work! I strapped in, turned the key on, and pushed the start button on the dash. I immediately heard a sound I’m familiar with. The smooth rumble of the Rotax V-Twin under my right foot! I checked the shifter for gear selection. Shifting from park to high, I noticed the shifting is very smooth and the clutch is silent. The throttle response is quick utilizing drive by wire technology.
I took my time idling the machine through the flats and into the virgin dunes. There was not a track out there on this particular Thursday! The dunes were extremely soft, and the transitions were sharp. Being used to a long travel UTV, I was a bit nervous at first. Leading the group into the dunes I pushed the 4wd button and started making some lines. The first thing I noticed was the performance of the suspension. Transitions were smoother and more stable than I’m used to in a stock width machine. The Fox shocks and trailing arm suspension soaked up the g-out ‘s with ease. Once we hit part of sand highway I was able to get a feel for how it would work in the whoops. I turned down Sand Highway and let her rip! The acceleration was amazing. I was doing 50 in no time and headed towards some gnarly whoops. Instead of slowing down, I let them have it. 50+ MPH, and straight as an arrow over some of the larger whoops you’ll see in the dunes.
I took the Can-Am reps up and over to the Osborn Overlook. The Commander did awesome in the big dunes. It was incredibly fast through the bowls, and went over the sharp razorbacks with ease. The power and acceleration is amazing! Standing on the gas in this machine is a rush to say the least. I’ve driven every stock UTV out there, and this one is the fastest by far! We stopped to take a break and check out the view. Getting out of the Commander and trying to explain my built up excitement to 3 people who speak very little English was interesting. The language barrier took a bit of getting used to, but I think everyone knew how I felt by the size of the ridiculous smile on my face! One of the gentlemen spoke English and he took note of nearly everything I had to say about the UTV. After a short break, I suggested that we head down to the sand drags to open this thing up and see just how fast it would go in the sand. We took a spirited ride over to the drags and I took a few laps to get a feel for the bumps. I found a line with no bumps and let her rip. The car accelerated up to 50 in what felt like no time and kept pulling all the way up to 65mph. I think it had a couple more in it. It will likely be in the 70mph range with a set of paddles or on hard pack.
On our drive back to camp I decided we couldn’t leave without taking the guys to Oldsmobile Hill. There, I could also get a feel for the Commanders hill climbing performance. We weaved our way through the dunes and over to Olds. When we got to the bottom, the Can-Am boys were a bit taken by it. They asked me if I was seriously going to climb it. I said, “Of course I am! I’m not passing up this opportunity” I buckled in and took a medium pace through the whoops and then stood on it! Going up the right side of the hill felt very fast and instead of slowing down over the top, it maintained most of its speed. I then took it over to the not so steep side where everyone gets their speed numbers from. This time I hammered it through the bumps and stood in it as hard as I could. I was shocked to look down at the gauges and see that I was going 50mph over the top of the hill. This UTV means business!
It dawned on me that we used to have fun driving UTV’s 35mph down the drags only a few years ago. The same UTV’s were lucky to even get over the top of the hill, let alone at 50mph! This sport has progressed so far in 4 years that I cannot even vision what it could be like in 4 more. These things might have wings and we can fly them to the dunes!
My overall experience testing the Commander X was unbelievable. Having had some experience with Can-Am products in the past, I expected something nice that would definitely have some horsepower under the hood. What I saw and drove was a great looking machine that’s been so well thought out, I couldn’t find any one thing I didn’t like about it. I was asked what I did not like about it, and I honestly had to take a moment to go back over the unit one more time. All I could come up with was, “well, I guess the muffler could look sportier”. I believe that what I drove that day is going to be the UTV that sets the pace in today’s UTV market. This is what the people have asked for, and they got it. I did some thinking about all the major complaints from UTV owners and by the looks and performance of the new Commander, BRP did some thinking to.

Specifications:
2011 Can-Am Commander 1000 Family

Thanks to Jon Crowley of www.UTVGuide.net for putting in a good word for me, and Can-Am for making this opportunity possible!
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Can-Am Announces Pricing for the Commander 800 and Commander 1000

SAY GOODBYE TO THE SIDE-BY-SIDE AS YOU KNOW IT.
The new Can-Am Commander is taking the side-by-side to a place it’s never been. Featuring industry-leading power and fuel mileage, pinpoint handling, rider-focused features and an ergonomically advanced interior that’s built around you. The result is a ride you need to experience to believe.

Commander 800R package features:
  • Rotax 800R EFI engine, 71 hp
    • The most powerful in its class
    • Best power-to-weight ratio in its segment
    • Best fuel efficiency in the industry
  • Intelligent Throttle Control (iTCTM)
  • Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry
  • Torsional Trailing Arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension with external sway bar
  • Visco-Lok† auto-locking front differential
  • Adjustable driver seat and tilt steering
  • Industry-exclusive Dual-LevelTM cargo box
  • 2-inch diameter ROPS-approved cage
  • Quick-attach side nets
  • 240-watt lighting
  • 650-watt magneto
  • 10-gallon gas tank
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$11,699 US

The Commander 800 XT™ package offers all the standard Commander 800 features, PLUS:
  • 4,000-pound [1,814 kg] winch with roller fairlead, wired remote control and integrated remote storage
  • 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires
  • 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • Analog/digital gauge
  • Heavy-duty front bumper
  • Rugged bed rails
  • Mudguards
  • Custom steering wheel with brushed aluminum center piece
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$13,199 US (Yellow), $13,799 US (Camo)

Commander 1000 Standard package features:
  • Rotax 1000R EFI engine, 85 hp
  • The most powerful in the side-by-side industry
  • Best power-to-weight ratio in its segment
  • Best fuel efficiency in the industry
  • Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC)
  • Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry
  • Torsional Trailing Arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension with external sway bar
  • Visco-Lok† auto-locking front differential
  • Adjustable driver seat and tilt steering
  • Industry-exclusive Dual-levelTM cargo box
  • 2-inch diameter ROPS-approved cage
  • Quick-attach side nets
  • 240-watt lighting
  • 650-watt magneto
  • 10-gallon gas tank
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$12,799 US

The Commander 1000 XT™ package offers all the standard Commander 1000 features, PLUS:
  • 4,000-pound [1,814 kg] winch with roller fairlead, wired remote control and integrated remote storage
  • 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels
  • Maxxis Bighorn∞ 2.0 tires
  • Heavy-duty front bumper
  • Rugged bed rails
  • Mudguards
  • Analog / digital gauge
  • Custom steering wheel with brushed aluminum center piece
  • Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$14,299 US (Yellow), $14,299 US (Red), $14,899 US (Camo)

The Commander 1000 X™ package offers all the standard Commander 1000 features, PLUS:
  • Front and rear Fox Racing Shox∞ HPG piggyback shocks with dual speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments
  • Front sway bar
  • 12-inch aluminum beadlock wheels
  • Maxxis Bighorn∞ 2.0 tires
  • Rock sliders
  • Heavy-duty front bumper
  • Analog/digital gauge
  • Custom steering wheel with brushed aluminum center piece
  • X-package seat trim and graphics
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$14,699 US

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Can-Am Unveils Commander 800R UTV

BRP brings Can-Am DNA to the side-by-side market by introducing the 2011 Can-Am Commander™ line-up. The five model line-up with two engine options delivers on the Can-Am promise of cutting-edge design, meaningful innovation and a focus on convenience, maximum value and more usability for the consumer.

This very unique side-by-side family has been designed to bring a new level of power, handling and user-focused features to the industry. Power comes from two engine options: a powerful Rotax 800 V-Twin EFI engine, and now a Rotax 1000 V-Twin EFI engine. This gives the Commander the most power and best fuel efficiency in the industry. For example, the Commander 1000 is 39 percent more fuel efficient than its class competitor.

"BRP continues to set the pace in product innovations. Capitalizing on the Can-Am brand growth momentum, we are entering in a new business segment with the Commander, which completes our product offering for on and off-road customers," said José Boisjoli, president and chief executive officer.

The Can-Am Commander line reflects BRP’s commitment to offering the side-by-side customer a machine that does not force the rider to compromise performance for functionality. Innovative features like the Dual-Level cargo box, TTI rear suspension, anti-dive front-end geometry and more, throttle-by-wire through its Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™) system, a 2-inch diameter rollover protection system (ROPS-approved), the most fuel capacity in the industry (38 liters or 10 gallons); and the most cockpit storage of any other side-by-side. Combined with the most powerful and fuel-efficient engines in the industry, this means the Can-Am Commander is immediately the vehicle of choice for the side-by-side customer.

"When we started to design the vehicle, we were determined to offer consumers a vehicle that would meet our Can-Am brand promise of delivering an exceptional riding experience. This focus on the customer also means our dealer network will have a vehicle that will raise industry standards and re-shape market dynamics as we know them today," added Boisjoli.

The entire Can-Am Commander line consists of the following models: Commander 800 EFI, Commander 800 EFI XT, Commander 1000 EFI, Commander 1000 EFI XT and Commander 1000 EFI X. With its XT and X packages, BRP, through its Can-Am brand continues the tradition of bringing unprecedented value through its factory-built packages.

BRP also previewed its 2011 Can-Am Commander accessories line-up and off-road riding collections with a large assortment of the most sought-after accessories developed simultaneously with the new vehicles. The 50 accessories currently available offer total integration in form and function as well as the best riding experience.

Those who are interested in a demo ride of the Can-Am Commander line of side-by-side vehicles will be able to do so on the Can-Am Ride Says It All Tour. For more information on the tour and a list of tour stop locations, please visit www.trycan-am.com.

With the addition of the Can-Am Commander line of side-by-side vehicles, BRP is poised to address just about any need for the passionate off-road enthusiast and for consumers looking for more from the side-by-side experience. For details on the complete 2011 Can-Am off-road line-up and more information on each specific model, visit www.can-am.brp.com.

2011 Can-Am Commander 800R Family

In 2011, BRP completes its side-by-side lineup with the Can-Am® Commander™ 800R and Commander 800R XT™. As with the Commander 1000 family, BRP’s Can-Am engineers and designers worked hard to create a side-by-side vehicle that sets a new industry benchmark in performance, handling, comfort and convenience.

Each model features the powerful 71-HP Rotax® 800 EFI V-Twin powerplant, which is only bested in power by the Rotax 1000 EFI V-Twin engine, meaning the Commander 800R is the most powerful* side-by-side under 1000 cc. Each of the Commander 800R models brings a host of innovative features to the industry, like: Dual-Level™ cargo bed; throttle-by-wire Intelligent Throttle Control system (iTC™), a 2-inch diameter, high-strength steel cage that is ROPS approved; Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension design, removable, free-standing full-bolster driver and passenger seats; a driver seat that requires no tools to adjust; quick-attach side nets and more. The Commander 800R line also features sleek styling with a strong Can-Am DNA presence.


2011 Commander 800R Family Highlights
  • 71 HP Rotax 800 EFI V-Twin engine
  • Industry-leading fuel mileage
  • Dual-level cargo box
  • Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC)
  • Visco-Lok front differential
  • TTI rear suspension
  • Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry
  • 2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage
  • 1 928 cubic inches (31.6 litres) cockpit storage
  • 240-watt lighting
  • Quick-attach side nets
  • 10-gallon (38 litres) gas tank
  • Standard & Performance D.E.S.S.™ Keys (w/ an optional third work key)
  • 3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch
  • 11-inch (35 cm) of total ground clearance
  • 214mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers
  • 26-inch Carlisle‡ Black Rock radial tires on 12” wheels (base model)
  • 1,500 lbs (680 kg) towing capacity
  • 2-inch rear hitch receiver
  • Comfort seats with sit-in fore / aft driver adjustment
  • Adjustable-tilt steering
  • Passenger handhold and grab bar
  • Dual cup holders
  • 650-watt magneto
  • Easy-to-use maintenance centre
  • Base model available in yellow 


Can-Am Commander 800R XT Package Includes
  • 4,000-pound winch
  • 26-inch Maxxis‡ Bighorn 2.0 tires
  • 14-inch Cast aluminum wheels
  • Analog/digital gauge
  • Heavy-duty front bumper
  • Rugged bed rails
  • Mud guards
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Available in yellow or an industry-exclusive NEXT‡ G-1 Vista camouflage. 

Can-Am Commander 800 Family Features and Benefits


Rotax® 800 V-Twin EFI engine // The liquid-cooled, single overhead cam Rotax 800 V-Twin EFI power plant has four valves per cylinder and is fed by a 46mm throttle body and two VDO Siemens‡ fuel injectors.
Total power output of the engine is 71 HP, meaning the Commander 800R is the most powerful* side-by-side under 1000 cc. The sophisticated electronic fuel injection system automatically keeps the engine’s performance at its peak, regardless of temperature or altitude. The progressive throttle ensures power is manageable whether in precise rock crawling or opening it up on the straights.


Industry-leading fuel milage // Not only is the Rotax 800 V-Twin EFI engine the most powerful under 1000 cc, it also has class-leading fuel mileage. Meaning you can stay on the trails longer.


Dual-Level cargo box // BRP’s Can-Am Commander 800R features the industry’s first cargo box with two levels separated by a removable, water-resistant panel. It offers the possibility to have an upper and a lower bed with an independent tailgate. Carrying capacity of the box is 600 lbs. total capacity. (400 lbs. upper, 200 lbs. lower) and has the most volume capacity in the market. The tilt-assist dump-box can be easily activated from both sides. The Commander’s box is constructed of high-strength, anti-rust and anti-dent composite. Easily removable tail gates (upper and lower), no-tools needed with single latch, truck-like, upper and lower tail gate with four tie down hooks located in corners. There are also integrated vertical grooves for plywood dividers and the Can-Am Commander also comes with an optional trunk lock as an accessory to secure the lower level.



Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) // New throttle-by-wire system that works in conjunction with the 54mm Bosch‡ throttle body to product smooth throttle delivery even if one’s foot is bouncing due to the terrain. The iTC system detects unwanted bounces and filters the input, resulting in more throttle accuracy, especially at low speed. This system also reduces the number of moving parts in the vehicle; has no cables to adjust, lubricate, or replace; and the system has an increased life span.


Visco-Lok front differential // Progressively transfers power from a slipping front wheel to the gripping one – automatically with no buttons to push or levers to pull. Plus, there’s no wheel hop or driveline wind-up so the system is totally transparent to the driver and extremely easy to steer. Can lock up to 100% with no rev or speed limiter. The Can-Am Commander is the only side-by-side vehicle in the industry with a progressively locking front differential requiring no additional switches to flip and engage the locking mechanism. Simply put it in four-wheel drive and ride, the differential will begin to lock only when you need it allowing you to steer easily in challenging conditions.


Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension // Inspired from the world of toplevel, off-road trophy trucks, this trailing arm design provides excellent control and stability, especially in rough terrain by eliminating scrub. Wheels move rearward as they move up and down producing a smoother ride than the competition, and the side-by-side does not waver down the trail. Plus, TTI has up to 75 percent fewer parts than competitive designs and significantly decreases tire wear. The rear end features 10 inches (25 cm) of travel and the largest diameter rear, five-way preload-adjustable gas shocks in the industry 36mm (1.4 inches) for overall durability and better resistance to fading.



Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry // Double A-arm suspension design features up front dive-control geometry, which works to eliminate diving under heavy braking and rough terrain. By controlling vehicle dive, the Can-Am Commander handling is more precise in all situations and terrain types. The front end features 10 inches of travel (25 cm) and the largest diameter front, five-way preload-adjustable gas shocks in the industry (36mm or 1.4 inches) for overall durability and better resistance to fading.


2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage // The Can-Am Commander family of side-by-side vehicles feature a two-inch-diameter, high-strength steel cage that is fully approved using the Roll-over Protective Structures (ROPS) industry standard.



1,928 cubic inches (31.6 litres) cockpit storage // The Can-Am Commander 800R family features the most cockpit storage in the industry with almost 2,000 cubic inches of storage in three separate compartments. The glove box features 1,050 cubic inches of storage that can be divided into separate sections. In the center console, easily accessible by both the driver and passenger, features 79 cubic inches. Finally, there are 799 cubic inches of storage under the fully adjustable driver’s seat.



240-watt lighting system // The Can-Am Commander 800R family of side-by-side vehicles features the industry’s best lighting system at 240 watts. Dual left and right automotive-style projectors run at 120 watts in low beam and 240 watts in high-beam mode.



Quick-attach side nets // Side nets on both the passenger and driver side are easy to open and close with one-hand and one-click. It was specifically designed to keep a clear field of vision for driver and passenger.



10-gallon (38 litres) gas tank // Largest gas tank in the side-by-side industry for maximum range out on the trail and at the work site. Total capacity is 11 percent more than the nearest competitor.



NORMAL & Performance D.E.S.S. Keys (w/ an optional third work key) // The industry’s first standard anti-theft device. Electronic code in key must match code in ECU to start. The Commander 800 family comes with two different keys. One is the normal key, which limits top speed to 44 mph (70 km/h).
The second key is the performance key which has no limitation on speed or power. An optional third work key is available for purchase and limits top speed to 25 mph (40 km/h) for use on work sites.



3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch // Three-point seatbelt features anti-cinch design for added comfort. Speed limitation feature if driver’s seatbelt is not fastened properly.


11 inches of total ground clearance // 11 inches (35cm) of total ground clearance for maximum performance in challenging terrain. Sag is built into the suspension, allowing the system to work in its travel “sweet spot”.


214mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers // Front and rear outboard disc brakes with 214mm discs and twin-piston calipers.



1,500 lbs (680 kg) towing capacity // The Can-Am Commander 800R family features 1,500 lbs. of towing capacity allowing the user to tow heavy loads.


2-inch rear hitch receiver // The rear of the vehicle features a standard two-inch hitch receiver allowing for a standard vehicle towing bar and ball to be used with the Commander 800R family.



Comfort seats with sit-in fore / aft driver adjustment // Both driver and passenger sit in seats designed to give maximum comfort and refine the side-by-side experience. Full bolster seats provide lumbar and shoulder support, and provide comfort in aggressive riding situations. Both seats are designed to allow easy entry and exit of the machine. The driver seat is also adjustable fore and aft without the need of tools; it is an automotive-style adjustment for 6.3 inches (16 cm) of total adjustment.



Removable, free-standing seats // Both seats are removable and free-standing allowing them to be used outside the vehicle. Set them up around the campfire at the end of a long day of riding and enjoy the evening in comfort.


Adjustable tilt steering // The steering wheel is adjustable for a total range of 30.5 degrees without the need of tools. The gauge also pivots with the steering wheel for maximum visibility.



Passenger handhold and grab bar // Ergonomically designed passenger handholds are located immediately in front of the passenger and to their left-hand side. The passenger grab bar in front of the seat features ergonomically correct bends for multiple and comfortable hand positions. The left-hand grip bar on the center console provides the passenger an additional handhold located in a convenient and comfortable position when required.



Dual cup holders // Two cup holders in the center console feature rubber flaps for off-road use.



650-watt magneto // The Commander 800R has the largest magneto in the industry, a full 30-percent more than its nearest competitor. This means the electrical system can dedicate up to 300 free watts to power accessories like extra lighting, GPS systems, radios, speakers and more.




Easy-to-use maintenance centre // Easily accessible and out of the elements under the hood, a centralized maintenance area allows access to the airbox, radiator and coolant overflow. Fuses and relays are also easily accessible. 

Base color option // The Commander 800R base model is available in a signature yellow color.


Can-Am Commander 1000 Specifications:
Commander 800R

ENGINE
Type 799.9cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve (4-valve/cyl)
Bore & Stroke 91 x 61,5 mm
Fuel System iTC with EFI and 54mm Throttle Body, 2 Siemens VDO injectors
Starting System Electric
Transmission CVT, sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse.
Drive Train Selectable 2WD/4WD shaft driven with Visco-lok† front differential
CHASSIS
Frame Steel Frame
Cage type 2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage
Steering wheel adjustment Adjustable tilt steering
Front Suspension Type/Shocks Double A-arm with dive-control geometry / Motion control shocks
Front Suspension Travel 10 in (254 mm)
Rear Suspension Type/Shocks Torsional Trailing arm Independant (TTI) with external sway Motion control shocks
Rear Suspension Travel 10 in (254 mm)
Front Brakes Dual 214mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Rear Brake Single 214mm ventilated disc brake with hydraulic twin-piston caliper
Tires/Front Carlisle Black Rock - 27 x 9 x 12 in
Tires/Rear Carlisle Black Rock - 27 x 9 x 12 in
Wheels Steel
DIMENSIONS
L x W x H (in) 118,3 x 58,6 x 72 in
Wheelbase 75,8 in (1,924 mm)
Ground Clearance 11 in (279 mm)
Dry Weight 1287 lbs (584 kg)
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs (680 kg)
Cargo Box Capacity Total: 600 lbs (272 kg)
Upper: 400 lbs (181 kg)
Lower: 200 lbs (91 kg)
Cockpit Storage Glove Box: 4,5 gal (17,2L)
Under driver seat: 3,5 gal (13,1L)
Fuel Capacity 10 US gal (37.8L)
FEATURES
Instrumentation Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, sport mode, seat belt and 4x4 indicator, diagnostics, clock, auto shut off
Anti-theft System D.E.S.S. (Digital Encoded Security System)
Electrical Prewired for winch
Lighting 4 60-watt projectors with tail lights/brake light
DC Outlet Lighter type in console, standard connector in the back (15A)
Color(s) Available Yellow

More Detailed Information:
Manufacturer Info:

Can-Am, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
www.can-am.brp.com or www.brp.com

Can-Am Introduces Commnader 1000 and its Industry Leading Power to the Side-By-Side Market

BRP brings Can-Am DNA to the side-by-side market by introducing the 2011 Can-Am Commander™ line-up. The five model line-up with two engine options delivers on the Can-Am promise of cutting-edge design, meaningful innovation and a focus on convenience, maximum value and more usability for the consumer.

This very unique side-by-side family has been designed to bring a new level of power, handling and user-focused features to the industry. Power comes from two engine options: a powerful Rotax 800 V-Twin EFI engine, and now a Rotax 1000 V-Twin EFI engine. This gives the Commander the most power and best fuel efficiency in the industry. For example, the Commander 1000 is 39 percent more fuel efficient than its class competitor.

"BRP continues to set the pace in product innovations. Capitalizing on the Can-Am brand growth momentum, we are entering in a new business segment with the Commander, which completes our product offering for on and off-road customers," said José Boisjoli, president and chief executive officer.

The Can-Am Commander line reflects BRP’s commitment to offering the side-by-side customer a machine that does not force the rider to compromise performance for functionality. Innovative features like the Dual-Level cargo box, TTI rear suspension, anti-dive front-end geometry and more, throttle-by-wire through its Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC™) system, a 2-inch diameter rollover protection system (ROPS-approved), the most fuel capacity in the industry (38 liters or 10 gallons); and the most cockpit storage of any other side-by-side. Combined with the most powerful and fuel-efficient engines in the industry, this means the Can-Am Commander is immediately the vehicle of choice for the side-by-side customer.

"When we started to design the vehicle, we were determined to offer consumers a vehicle that would meet our Can-Am brand promise of delivering an exceptional riding experience. This focus on the customer also means our dealer network will have a vehicle that will raise industry standards and re-shape market dynamics as we know them today," added Boisjoli.

The entire Can-Am Commander line consists of the following models: Commander 800 EFI, Commander 800 EFI XT, Commander 1000 EFI, Commander 1000 EFI XT and Commander 1000 EFI X. With its XT and X packages, BRP, through its Can-Am brand continues the tradition of bringing unprecedented value through its factory-built packages.

BRP also previewed its 2011 Can-Am Commander accessories line-up and off-road riding collections with a large assortment of the most sought-after accessories developed simultaneously with the new vehicles. The 50 accessories currently available offer total integration in form and function as well as the best riding experience.

Those who are interested in a demo ride of the Can-Am Commander line of side-by-side vehicles will be able to do so on the Can-Am Ride Says It All Tour. For more information on the tour and a list of tour stop locations, please visit www.trycan-am.com.

With the addition of the Can-Am Commander line of side-by-side vehicles, BRP is poised to address just about any need for the passionate off-road enthusiast and for consumers looking for more from the side-by-side experience. For details on the complete 2011 Can-Am off-road line-up and more information on each specific model, visit www.can-am.brp.com.

Features and Benefits

2011 Can-Am Commander 1000 Family

BRP enters the side-by-side market with the Can-Am® Commander™ 1000, Commander 1000 XT™ and the Commander 1000 X™. Can-Am engineers and designers worked hard to create a side-by-side vehicle that sets a new industry benchmark in performance, handling, comfort and convenience.
Each model features the most powerful* engine in the side-by-side industry with the 85 HP Rotax® 1000 EFI V-Twin powerplant and brings a host of innovative features to the industry, like: Dual-Level™ cargo bed; throttle-by-wire Intelligent Throttle Control system (iTC™), a 2-inch diameter, high-strength steel cage that is ROPS approved; Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension design, removable, free-standing full-bolster driver and passenger seats; a driver seat that requires no tools to adjust; quick-attach side nets and more. The Commander 1000 line also features sleek styling with a strong Can-Am DNA presence.


2011 Can-Am Commander 1000 Family Highlights

  • 85 HP Rotax 1000 EFI V-Twin engine
  • Industry-leading fuel mileage
  • Dual-level cargo box
  • Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC)
  • Visco-Lok front differential
  • TTI rear suspension
  • Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry
  • 2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage
  • 1,928 cubic inches (31.6 litres) cockpit storage
  • 240-watt lighting
  • Quick-attach side nets
  • 10-gallon (38 litres) gas tank
  • Normal & Performance D.E.S.S.™ Keys (w/ an optional third work key)
  • 3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch
  • 11-inch (35 cm) of total ground clearance
  • 214mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers
  • 26-inch Carlisle‡ Black Rock radial tires on 12” wheels (base model)
  • 1,500 lbs. (680 kg) towing capacity
  • 2-inch rear hitch receiver
  • Comfort seats with sit-in fore / aft driver adjustment
  • Adjustable-tilt steering
  • Passenger handhold and grab bar
  • Dual cup holders
  • 650-watt magneto
  • Easy-to-use maintenance centre
  • Base model available in yellow

Can-Am Commander 1000 XT Package Includes

  • 4,000-pound winch
  • 26-inch Maxxis‡ Bighorn 2.0 tires
  • 14-inch Cast aluminum wheels
  • Analog/digital gauge
  • Heavy-duty front bumper
  • Rugged bed rails
  • Mud guards
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Available in Red, Yellow and an optional industry-exclusive NEXT

Can-Am Commander 1000 X Package Includes

  • Fully adjustable front and rear Fox Racing Shox‡ HPG piggyback shocks
  • Front sway bar
  • 12-inch aluminum beadlock wheels
  • 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires
  • Analog/digital gauge
  • Heavy-duty front bumper
  • Rock sliders
  • Leather steering wheel
  • X-package seat trim and graphics
  • Available in black with yellow accents
Can-Am Commander 1000 Family Features and Benefits
 
Rotax® 1000 V-Twin engine // Newly developed for this project, the Rotax 1000 80º V-twin is the most powerful side-by-side engine in the industry* with 85 HP. The liquid-cooled, single overhead cam power plant features four valves per cylinder and is fed by a 54mm Bosch‡ throttle body and two VDO Seimens‡ fuel injectors. The sophisticated electronic fuel injection system automatically keeps the engine’s performance at its peak, regardless of temperature or altitude.
 
Industry-leading fuel milage // Not only is the Rotax 1000 V-Twin EFI engine the most powerful engine in the side-by-side industry, it also has class-leading fuel mileage. Meaning you can stay on the trails longer.
 
Dual-Level cargo box // BRP’s Can-Am Commander 1000 features the industry’s first cargo box with two levels separated by a removable, water-resistant panel. It offers the possibility to have an upper and a lower bed with an independent tailgate. Carrying capacity of the box is 600 lbs. total capacity. (400 lbs. upper, 200 lbs. lower) and has the most volume capacity in the market. The tilt-assist dump-box can be easily activated from both sides. The Commander’s box is constructed of high-strength, anti-rust and anti-dent composite. Easily removable tail gates (upper and lower), no-tools needed with single latch, truck-like, upper and lower tail gate with four tie down hooks located in corners. There are also integrated vertical grooves for plywood dividers and the Can-Am Commander also comes with an optional trunk lock as an accessory to secure the lower level.
 
Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) // New throttle-by-wire system that works in conjunction with the 54mm Bosch‡ throttle body to product smooth throttle delivery even if one’s foot is bouncing due to the terrain. The iTC system detects unwanted bounces and filters the input, resulting in more throttle accuracy, especially at low speed. This system also reduces the number of moving parts in the vehicle; has no cables to adjust, lubricate, or replace; and the system has an increased life span.
 
Visco-Lok front differential // Progressively transfers power from a slipping front wheel to the gripping one – automatically with no buttons to push or levers to pull. Plus, there’s no wheel hop or driveline wind-up so the system is totally transparent to the driver and extremely easy to steer. Can lock up to 100% with no rev or speed limiter. The Can-Am Commander is the only side-by-side vehicle in the industry with a progressively locking front differential requiring no additional switches to flip and engage the locking mechanism. Simply put it in four-wheel drive and ride, the differential will begin to lock only when you need it allowing you to steer easily in challenging conditions.
 
Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) rear suspension // Inspired from the world of toplevel, off-road trophy trucks, this trailing arm design provides excellent control and stability, especially in rough terrain by eliminating scrub. Wheels move rearward as they move up and down producing a smoother ride than the competition, and the side-by-side does not waver down the trail. Plus, TTI has up to 75 percent fewer parts than competitive designs and significantly decreases tire wear. The rear end features 10 inches (25 cm) of travel and the largest diameter rear, five-way preload-adjustable gas shocks in the industry 36mm (1.4 inches) for overall durability and better resistance to fading.
 
Double A-arm front suspension with dive-control geometry // Double A-arm suspension design features up front dive-control geometry, which works to eliminate diving under heavy braking and rough terrain. By controlling vehicle dive, the Can-Am Commander handling is more precise in all situations and terrain types. The front end features 10 inches of travel (25 cm) and the largest diameter front, five-way preload-adjustable gas shocks in the industry (36mm or 1.4 inches) for overall durability and better resistance to fading.
 
2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage // The Can-Am Commander family of side-by-side vehicles feature a two-inch-diameter, high-strength steel cage that is fully approved using the Roll-over Protective Structures (ROPS) industry standard.
 
1,928 cubic inches (31.6 litres) cockpit storage // The Can-Am Commander 1000 family features the most cockpit storage in the industry with almost 2,000 cubic inches of storage in three separate compartments. The glove box features 1,050 cubic inches of storage that can be divided into separate sections. In the center console, easily accessible by both the driver and passenger, features 79 cubic inches. Finally, there are 799 cubic inches of storage under the fully adjustable driver’s seat.

240-watt lighting system // The Can-Am Commander 1000 family of side-by-side vehicles features the industry’s best lighting system at 240 watts. Dual left and right automotive-style projectors run at 120 watts in low beam and 240 watts in high-beam mode.

Quick-attach side nets // Side nets on both the passenger and driver side are easy to open and close with one-hand and one-click. It was specifically designed to keep a clear field of vision for driver and passenger.

10-gallon (38 litres) gas tank // Largest gas tank in the side-by-side industry for maximum range out on the trail and at the work site. Total capacity is 11 percent more than the nearest competitor.
 
NORMAL & Performance D.E.S.S. Keys (w/ an optional third work key) // The industry’s first standard anti-theft device. Electronic code in key must match code in ECU to start. The Commander 800 family comes with two different keys. One is the normal key, which limits top speed to 44 mph (70 km/h).
The second key is the performance key which has no limitation on speed or power. An optional third work key is available for purchase and limits top speed to 25 mph (40 km/h) for use on work sites.
3-point seatbelts with anti-cinch // Three-point seatbelt features anti-cinch design for added comfort. Speed limitation feature if driver’s seatbelt is not fastened properly.
 
11 inches of total ground clearance // 11 inches (35cm) of total ground clearance for maximum performance in challenging terrain. Sag is built into the suspension, allowing the system to work in its travel “sweet spot”.
 
214mm disc brakes with twin-piston calipers // Front and rear outboard disc brakes with 214mm discs and twin-piston calipers.
 
1,500 lbs (680 kg) towing capacity // The Can-Am Commander 1000 family features 1,500 lbs. of towing capacity allowing the user to tow heavy loads.
 
2-inch rear hitch receiver // The rear of the vehicle features a standard two-inch hitch receiver allowing for a standard vehicle towing bar and ball to be used with the Commander 1000 family.
 
Comfort seats with sit-in fore / aft driver adjustment // Both driver and passenger sit in seats designed to give maximum comfort and refine the side-by-side experience. Full bolster seats provide lumbar and shoulder support, and provide comfort in aggressive riding situations. Both seats are designed to allow easy entry and exit of the machine. The driver seat is also adjustable fore and aft without the need of tools; it is an automotive-style adjustment for 6.3 inches (16 cm) of total adjustment.
 
Removable, free-standing seats // Both seats are removable and free-standing allowing them to be used outside the vehicle. Set them up around the campfire at the end of a long day of riding and enjoy the evening in comfort.
 
Adjustable tilt steering // The steering wheel is adjustable for a total range of 30.5 degrees without the need of tools. The gauge also pivots with the steering wheel for maximum visibility.
 
Passenger handhold and grab bar // Ergonomically designed passenger handholds are located immediately in front of the passenger and to their left-hand side. The passenger grab bar in front of the seat features ergonomically correct bends for multiple and comfortable hand positions. The left-hand grip bar on the center console provides the passenger an additional handhold located in a convenient and comfortable position when required.
 
Dual cup holders // Two cup holders in the center console feature rubber flaps for off-road use.
 
650-watt magneto // The Commander 1000 has the largest magneto in the industry, a full 30-percent more than its nearest competitor. This means the electrical system can dedicate up to 300 free watts to power accessories like extra lighting, GPS systems, radios, speakers and more.
 
Easy-to-use maintenance centre // Easily accessible and out of the elements under the hood, a centralized maintenance area allows access to the airbox, radiator and coolant overflow. Fuses and relays are also easily accessible.
 
Base color option // The Commander 1000 base model is available in a signature yellow color.


Can-Am Commander 1000 Specifications:
Commander 1000

ENGINE
Type 976cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve (4-valve/cyl)
Bore & Stroke 91 x 75 mm
Fuel System iTC with EFI and 54mm Throttle Body, 2 Siemens VDO injectors
Starting System Electric
Transmission CVT, sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse.
Drive Train Selectable 2WD/4WD shaft driven with Visco-lok† front differential
CHASSIS
Frame Steel Frame
Cage type 2-inch diameter, high strength steel, ROPS-approved cage
Steering wheel adjustment Adjustable tilt steering
Front Suspension Type/Shocks Double A-arm with dive-control geometry / Motion control shocks
Front Suspension Travel 10 in (254 mm)
Rear Suspension Type/Shocks Torsional Trailing arm Independant (TTI) with external sway Motion control shocks
Rear Suspension Travel 10 in (254 mm)
Front Brakes Dual 214mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers
Rear Brake Single 214mm ventilated disc brake with hydraulic twin-piston caliper
Tires/Front Carlisle Black Rock - 27 x 9 x 12 in
Tires/Rear Carlisle Black Rock - 27 x 9 x 12 in
Wheels Steel
DIMENSIONS
L x W x H (in) 118,3 x 58,6 x 72 in
Wheelbase 75,8 in (1,924 mm)
Ground Clearance 11 in (279 mm)
Dry Weight 1287 lbs (584 kg)
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs (680 kg)
Cargo Box Capacity Total: 600 lbs (272 kg)
Upper: 400 lbs (181 kg)
Lower: 200 lbs (91 kg)
Cockpit Storage Glove Box: 4,5 gal (17,2L)
Under driver seat: 3,5 gal (13,1L)
Fuel Capacity 10 US gal (37.8L)
FEATURES
Instrumentation Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, fuel, gear position, sport mode, seat belt and 4x4 indicator, diagnostics, clock, auto shut off
Anti-theft System D.E.S.S. (Digital Encoded Security System)
Electrical Prewired for winch
Lighting 4 60-watt projectors with tail lights/brake light
DC Outlet Lighter type in console, standard connector in the back (15A)
Color(s) Available Red
Yellow
Camouflage


Can-Am Commander 1000 Video

More Detailed Information:
Manufacturer Info:
Can-Am, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
www.can-am.brp.com or www.brp.com