Can Am quad bikes?

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
On my fourth. The first (650 Max) was only traded in to get one (500) with power steering. That was a fantastic bike, traded in at 4yr old as it’s the one machine that NEEDS to work here in the winter.
I traded it in for a 570 Pro, and regretted it from the start as it must have been built on a Friday afternoon.:( As a result, I traded that in before the warranty ran out, getting the current 650 Pro a year ago. I can’t fault the current one at all.

Local dealer service has always been good, but surely that’s down to the individual dealer, rather than anything to do with the brand of bike? :scratchhead:
 

abitdaft

Member
Location
Scotland
Had the Outlander Pro 570, initially thought it was the bees knees and then problems became obvious, The braking system, the throttle, the transmission were all awful, however a very stable bike. Had mine for a couple of months and changed it for a Suzuki king Quad which I have yet to find fault with.
 

vinnie123

Member
Location
dorset
On my second one now and find them great, half dozen mates got them locally and give them some hammer and they take it .

I like the fact you can get comprehensive parts diagrams online and order parts 24/7
 

Drillman

Member
Mixed Farmer
@sherg @Ross121 @Hilly @neilo @Downton_shep ? @loads of others I can't think of @Drillman was is you who had trouble with the dealer
Yes we had issues with the dealer we got ours from, supposedly road registered but due to dealer going bust and owing HMRC non of the paperwork would go through.

We managed to sort it ourselves in the end but was a lot of hassle. Talking to other dealers in the area I’m informed that any quads of similar vintage to ours are just exported when part exchanged as trying to road register them is virtually impossible and there’s quite a few out there.

As for the quad itself it’s 3 year old and been totally and utterly faultless.

would I buy another, No. on the basis there isn’t a local dealer anymore.

current one will stay till it becomes too unreliable, dies altogether or gets nicked.
 

P.O.T

Member
We demoed one of course I was looking at the 450 but they sent a 570 with power steering etc. So wasn't exactly the best demo. I really didn't like no right hand brake. The 570 seemed a good bike though. 👍
 

capfits

Member
Bit marmite.
Personally we have had a few operator likes it. I hate the bills, UJ failures,belt failure,and frame cracking.
Suspension is soft and comfortable, but brings its own issues on sidings....
Early days on a yamaha which seems a bit more equivalent, otherwise Honda.
 

Happy

Member
Location
Scotland
On second one. No reliability issues in 7 years.
Worst thing is the low, high, reverse, neutral, park shift lever. Often not overly keen to move to where you want it without rocking bike back and forth a bit to get it to click in to position.

I’m in Scotland though, maybe the ones in England don’t do this;)
 
On second one. No reliability issues in 7 years.
Worst thing is the low, high, reverse, neutral, park shift lever. Often not overly keen to move to where you want it without rocking bike back and forth a bit to get it to click in to position.

I’m in Scotland though, maybe the ones in England don’t do this;)

Mine was like it to begin with. Year on its much better.
As a aside what might you pay for service.
I’m getting mine done every 6 months.
They call in to collect and drop off again few hours later. Paying around £100 inc vat. I didn’t think it was too bad but apart from filters oil and a bit of grease I don’t suppose it costs them a lot.
 

Bluetree

Member
Livestock Farmer
We've had three here, 1st was a 500, brilliant bike, 2nd was OK. The 3rd was absolute crap, changed at 20 months old having had 2 wheel bearings, a couple of bushes, 2 drive shafts, oil leak on the rear diff, brakes, and an intermittent misfire/starting problem. Gone to a suzuki 500 now, just over 2 years old doing the same job and no problems at all, not even considering changing it yet. The can am was a lovely bike to drive but I wouldn't keep one out of warranty as a workhorse.
 
Why would that be Roy, emmisions problems or low sales? Or are 2 wheelers more popular?

Government requirements for roll bars / ROPS etc that the manufactures don’t agree with.
Lots of issues here with quad related deaths, especially with children or old people.

Quads were hugely popular here & there are stories of larger places just buying up as many as they can before supply stops
 

Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
I had one and at 3 years old started to go wrong, the four wheel drive went in the end and could be £50 to fix or £1200 they said but wouldn't know until the started.
My mate is a salesman and was desperate for me to have a Suzuki off him and took the cam am in exchange (he said if you don't tell me what is wrong then I don't know). I use a hell of a lot less fuel now and it feels better built.
 

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