Seems my comments responding to a reader/viewer question about purchasing a Can-Am 1000 XT Outlander or a Yamaha Grizzly 700 have been met with some concern. I’ll attempt to clarify what I meant.
First, the question was exceptionally odd. The questions we receive about which ATV is better typically revolve around comparisons of remotely comparable models.
Usually a question of this nature will always stay in the confines of a particular class, like for example a 500 class ATV or maybe if price allows a 450 buyer will ask about a 450 vs a 500. However comparing a 700 to a 1000 based solely on MSRP is just plain strange.
So, is the Yamaha Grizzly a good 700 class ride? Absolutely and both DirtTrax Television and Magazine are on record saying the 700 Grizz is an outstanding Big Bore ride with legendary Yamaha reliability, great performance in the 700 class and incredible resale.
Is the Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT a good ride? Yes and we again are on record giving this ATV huge props for outstanding performance and equipment level.
Are these two comparable? Well, I can promise you this – you’ll never see a shootout between an Outlander 1000 and a 700 Grizzly on DirtTrax Television or in DirtTrax Magazine. Just the gigantic disparity in MSRP precludes such a comparison notwithstanding the issues relating to engine size.
Next time we get an out-of-balance “which-ATV-should-I-buy” question I’ll turn it back on the reader/viewer to re-state the question so there’s no confusion.
Hope this clarifies things.
Motorhead Mark Lester