Outlander 1000 XT vs. 850 XP - Not the usual question...
Ok, I have narrowed my decision to these two. I have ridden both around the parking lot at a dealer. It will be used for 50% hunting and 50% trail riding with minimal intentional mud bogging. Where I hunt occasional holes are unavoidable.
Power - Outty, no surprise. I like the low end grunt (could be more of a clutching difference than engine difference though)
Turning radius - Outty was tighter but would lift the inside back tire and was more tippy.
Ride - Riding over a parking curb they were both smooth, slight edge to Polaris. When I shifted the XP into reverse, it died and had to re-crank. Not sure what that was about. XP shifted smooth, I had to hump the Outty once to get into reverse.
Overall - I liked the Can-am better, but cost $2K more. If I add bumpers, winch, handguards, extra 6 mo. warranty to the XP the difference is only about $600-$800 and not enough to make my decision.
Where I hunt I am restricted to a 25" tall tire. The only 25" tire available in a 14" rim is the ITP Terracross. With the 12" wheel on the Outty there are much better selections. Since I will have to use 25" tire and I am not keen on switching wheels and tires between hunting / trail riding, I plan to run one setup year round.
Here is the question: Which do you think will go through the mud better, the XP with more ground clearance and a non-mud tire. Or the Outty with a less ground clearance (1" according to spec's) and a set of Mud Lites or Maxxis Zillas?
I appreciate your time and thoughts.