Power is sent to the wheels through a CVT sub-transmission featuring high, low, park, neutral and reverse as well as a Visco-Lok front differential. You can shift from 2WD to 4WD thanks to a switch near the right handlebar. Aside from the slow engagement of the clutch, this CVT does a good job overall and allows impressive top speed.
|You can shift from 2WD to 4WD thanks to a switch near the right handlebar.|
Unlike the dual MacPherson strut front suspension of 400-cc and 500-cc models, the 650 MAX uses a double wishbone setup like the 800. This type of suspension offers more wheel travel and a greater approach angle in corners. The firmer settings make up for the added weight of the passenger, which reduces body roll and, unfortunately, ride comfort during solo rides.
As for the brakes, the Outlander 650 MAX features two inboard hydraulic discs up front and a single inboard hydraulic disc in the back (mounted on the shaft connecting the engine to the differential). They are controlled by a single lever on the left handlebar, which makes riding easier. This highly effective braking system, combined with aggressive Carlisle tires, allows ultra-quick stops in the sand and even on gravel. On a negative note, the ill-designed rear brake pedal requires higher than normal efforts. Extreme rigidity
The chassis of the Outlander MAX is based on an extended variant of the famous SST platform. This unique architecture includes a full-length center skid plate that offers better frame protection when riding over rough terrain. Largely made of aluminum to keep the weight at a reasonable level, the chassis is extremely rigid for improved riding precision and exceptional stability.
Thusly equipped, the Outlander can attack corners at will. It glides over obstacles in a very natural motion. Handling is always predictacle and control is never in jeopardy, regardless of trail conditions. As for jumps, the 650 MAX is surprisingly easy to maneuver in the air, landing surefootedly like a smaller, sportier ATV. Of course, you have to keep in mind that this beast weighs 321 kilos -- be careful or it'll make you pay. Still, the Outlander 650 MAX offers tons of fun, with or without a passenger.
|The chassis of the Outlander MAX is based on an extended variant of the famous SST platform. |