Can-Am X-Team DS 450 Racer Support Program

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Support Offers At Least $3,000 In Benefits, 75% Parts Discount, Factory Race Tips And More

Amateur racers who ride the Can-Am™ DS 450™ EFI ATV now have unprecedented access to factory racing support thanks to the 2009 Can-Am X-Team DS 450 Racer Support Program. No matter the race series and no matter the class, amateur DS 450 racers can apply through any authorized Can-Am dealer and receive factory support upon racer approval.

“This is just one of the ways Can-Am is standing behind its racers,” says Bernard Guy, Director of Marketing, Can-Am ATVs. “We proved last season the DS 450 is competitive at the professional level and now we want to extend support to everyone who chooses to race a DS 450. We feel if someone who is considering a race ATV brand, this program makes it an easy decision; race a DS 450 and you will have the factory standing behind you.”

A racer who is approved, and purchases a DS 450 in the program timeframe, will receive a one-year Can-Am X-Team Membership card with unique racer ID giving access to a $1,000 racer discount on any new or unused 2008 DS 450 or a $500 on any new or unused 2009 model and a $1,000 X-Team Racer parts account.

The approved racer will also receive a FREE X-Team Stage 1 Racing kit (up to a $1,000 value). This kit (Racing Engine Control Module, Motoworks SR4 aluminum slip-on silencer, and other factory-developed racing items) brings the crank horsepower of the DS 450 to 50 hp – an improvement of 11 percent on stock – while considerably increasing low end torque.

Approved racers will also receive a significant discount on specific Can-Am X-Team Performance Packages. Four performance packages are available to further customize the DS 450 (other than X mx and X xc models) to specific racing applications, and they are offered at an unbelievable 75 percent off MSRP to approved racers.

From KYB shock packages to 50-inch widening kits; these performance packages have been race-tested with winning results:

MX 50″

This kit contains +2″ MX (motocross) racing A-arms, caster and camber adjustable by 1° increments, with extended tie-rods and brake lines, as well as a racing-specific hollow rear axle adjustable from 46″ to 50″ by 1″ increments. ($1,400 retail value; $349.98 racer price)

MX 50″ KYB Shock

Consists of a pair of KYB HPG C40 aluminum piggyback front shocks and one KYB HPG C46 aluminum remote reservoir rear shock. Shocks are Kashima-coated for lower friction, with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and come complete with racing spring set-up. Mated with the MX 50″ package, this kit provides 10.7″ of travel and an optimal 7″ ride height for MX racing. ($2,300 retail value; $574.98 racer price)

XC 46″ KYB Shock

Package consists of a pair of KYB HPG C36 aluminum piggyback front shocks and one KYB HPG C40 aluminum piggyback rear shock. Shocks come with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and complete with racing spring set-up. Mated with the standard DS 46″ width, this kit provides 9.6″ of front travel, 10.5″ of rear travel and an optimal 7.5″ ride height for XC (cross-country) racing. ($1,500 retail value; $374.98 racer price)

Steering stem and handlebars

Package includes an extra-strength extended 1″ steering stem with anti-vibe mounts and an aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebars with square pad. This package is recommended for racing with all 2008 and 2009 DS 450 standard and 2008 DS 450 X package models. ($300 retail value; $74.98 racer price)

Moreover, racers will not only have access to more than 1 million dollars in race contingency in 11 national and regional racing series, but approved X-Team racers winning a class championship will be featured on advertising in the pages of ATV Insider magazine and on many racing websites. This can launch a career and get sponsors to notice!

Last but not least, X-Team racers will be notified by the Can-Am Racing department if important racing tips become available during the 2009 season.

Full details of the program and more race information can be found at or

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