Growing up in a competitive, testosterone-filled neighborhood meant that I had to be faster or smarter than the kid next door. We raced our bicycles down the Strickland Drive and then our motorcycles up hills behind the power lines. This time in my life taught me that if I wanted to be successful, I needed to be one step in front of my competition. It seems the masterminds at BRP have had the same experiences at one time or another, hence the wonderfully excessive 2012 Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT.
When BRP released the Can-Am Commander 1000 with its massive engine for model year 2011 I thought the Outlander may have a new thumper between the fenders in the next few years. This didn't take as long as we had conceived because the very next year we were surprised with the all-new G2 SST chassis and an industry shattering 976cc Rotax powerplant in the Outlander model line.
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