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2012 TWO-UP ATV BUYER'S GUIDE

 
(10/26/2011)
 
 
ARCTIC CAT TRV 1000 GT/
TRV 1000 CRUISER ($12,999/$13,899)
This is the big ’Cat. The TRV line differs from the other Arctic Cats with longer wheelbases, beefed-up suspension and plush passenger accommodations surrounding the big V-twin motor. The GT version comes with power steering. Then there’s the Cruiser edition, which really ups the comfort level with a windscreen, winch and lockable touring case.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 850 H.O. EPS ($10,999)
Polaris seems to understand that it’s all about passenger comfort in the two-up market. The passenger seat has an additional inch of travel and cushy, thick handholds. The Touring model has power steering, and like all Polaris ATVs with the 850 motor, it gets a larger airbox and new throttle bodies for 2012 that give it more power down low.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 800R MAX/800R MAX XT-P ($10,299/$13,699)
The core of the Outlander 800R MAX is the same 71-horsepower Rotax V-twin motor that powers the Outlander and Renegade 800R. The Max uses the first-generation SST frame, but has a longer wheelbase. The layout allows the passenger to sit above the operator with unrestricted vision. The XT-P includes power steering and air shocks.
CF MOTO X8 (TBA)
We just tested the CF Moto X8 in the December issue and came away impressed. The motor is strikingly similar to the Rotax mill that powers the big Can-Ams. The power and handling are excellent. It comes standard with a winch, aluminum wheels and high-end tires. It is not available with power steering. You get a lot for the money.
ARCTIC CAT TRV 700 GT/TRV 700 CRUISER (TBA)
Arctic Cat offers its big two-up models with power steering and the rest of the GT trim, so aluminum wheels and automotive-style paint are standard equipment. For really going to town with your passenger, you can have the Cruiser with its windscreen/fairing combo, a lockable touring trunk and, our personal favorite, heated handgrips.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX 650/MAX XT-P ($9449/$12,849)
Can-Am’s 650 MAX two-up quad features the first-generation SST chassis with trailing-arm rear suspension and dual A-arms up front. The passenger compartment folds up for more storage space when you can’t find someone to ride with you. The XT-P is more sporty and includes air suspension and power steering. An XT package comes with a BRP winch.
   CF MOTOX6/X5 (TBA)
CF Moto has a very affordable two-up package available with either a 593cc motor (the X6) or a 493cc motor (the X5). Both have liquid-cooled, four-valve motors with Bosch fuel injection. They come standard with winches and 12-inch aluminum wheels. The two-up models have a shared seat for passenger and operator, but with separate handholds.
ARCTIC CAT TRV 550i GT/TRV 550i CRUISER ($8499)
The 550 Arctic Cat has the same power-steering chassis as the bigger two-up models, but at the core is a single-cylinder motor. The two-up ’Cats have longer wheelbases to go with passenger footrests, handholds and seating. The Cruiser edition (shown) has a windscreen and fairing, travel trunk, 3000-pound winch and heated hand grips.
 POLARIS SPORTSMAN X2 550 ($8999)
This is the most utility-oriented of the two-up models in the Polaris line. The 500-pound dump box transforms into a passenger seat when the work is done. It has the same single-cylinder motor as the Touring 550 and the single-rider 550. The wheelbase is 4 inches longer than the standard 550. The X2 isn’t offered in a power-steering version.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 550 EPS ($9299)
The EFI system has been altered on the 550cc single-cylinder motor this year to idle at a lower rpm for smoother operation. Power steering and 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels are standard. Like the Touring 850, the 550 version has a very cushy rear seat with an inch of travel. It has dual cup holders, so you don’t have to wipe your soda bottle before you share.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500 MAX/ 500XT MAX (8649/$10,149)
The Rotax V-twin motor in the Can-Am 500 is rated at over 40 horsepower and is similar in design and layout to the big 1000cc and 800cc motors in the BRP line. The two-up 500 has a longer wheelbase and a convertible passenger compartment. The XT version gives you power steering, a BRP winch and other upgrades.
POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 500 H.O. ($7399)
This is the two-up machine in the Polaris “value line.” Like all the Sportsman models in that group, it has a massive, integrated front-storage compartment this year. It has a slightly smaller motor than the 550 and MacPherson strut front suspension instead of dual A-arms. It doesn’t have power steering, but is priced almost $2000 less than the premium version.
ARCTIC CAT TRV 450i/TRV 450i GT ($7899/$8999)
This is the only Arctic Cat two-up model offered in a “standard” configuration. That means you can get it without power steering, without upgraded wheels and with standard injection-molded finish. You can add all those features if you wish in the GT edition, but the 450 does not come in the Arctic Cat Cruiser trim with the high-end add-ons.
CAN-AM OUTLANDER MAX 400/MAX 400 XT ($7649/$8699)
Can-Am’s entry-level, passenger-carrying quad is the 400 MAX. It’s based on a 32-horsepower, single-cylinder Rotax motor in a time-proven chassis. It has a long wheelbase and what Can-Am calls “stadium seating,” which places the passenger high enough to see over the driver. The XT version costs $1050 more, offering power steering, a winch and more goodies.
 
 


 


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