The last few months with the 2016 Can Am Renegade X mr 1000r have been time well spent. Once again, we utilized the trail system and epic mud pits at Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (www.aoaatrails.com) near Shamokin, PA to expose the X mr to the challenging muck it was specifically designed to conquer.
Normally, I grab one of my skilled and trusted riding friends to accompany me out on the trails. We typically put time on the test machines, discuss our thoughts on the performance and handling, and of course…shoot a metric ton of action photography documenting the day. This time, however, I enlisted the help of my longtime pal, professional ATV racer, and off-road racing celebrity of sorts Chris Borich. This guy just so happens to be a six time pro GNCC national champion and the winningest ATV racer of all time! After spending the day wheeling the X mr with Borich, I believe we have an excellent evaluation in store.
|2016 Can-Am Renegade X mr 1000R Highlights:|
Like every performance machine, the heart of the beast is always the engine, and the Renegade X mr 1000R is no different. Like their whole model line, Can Am relies on their stellar liquid-cooled, twin cylinder Rotax, of course. On the top-of-the-line Renegade X mr 1000R, it’s the 976cc version of the trusty Rotax that’s utilized. The engine cranks out 89HP in this tune, and is designed for bottom end grunt, rather than top speed.
Fuel injection makes throttle response crisp and the engine responds effortlessly. The intake for the engine is very unique. Instead of pulling air from under the bodywork like a normal ATV, the X mr pulls it through a snorkel mounted high and up front, just like Mr. T’s mohawk! In addition to combustion air, the CVT intake and exhaust is also directed through the snorkel. Keeping the snorkel high helps keep the intake and CVT dry, even when negotiating deep water.
Unlike the Can Am Outlander X mr models, designers chose to keep the Renegade X mr radiator located in the normal location. Although this doesn’t provide the same amount of protection, the decision was likely due to the lack of frontal real estate on the Renegade.
The CVT transmission on the Renegade X mr operates the same way that all of Can Am’s ATV’s do. Shifting from Park, through High, Low, Neutral, and Reverse is done with the same right-hand-mounted shifter as all Renegade models. Although it appears the same, the X mr transmission is not. Low range features an extra low gear ratio designed to be able to turn the monster 30″ tires without shredding CVT belts. The CVT also utilizes a very natural feeling engine brake.
I’ve always loved Can Am’s selectable 2wd/4wd with Visco-Lok QE, although the name is quite confusing. To clarify, Visco-Lok is an automatically engaging front differential lock. When the system senses one of the front wheels slipping more than the other one, it “locks” the opposite wheel. The QE stands for Quick Engagement. Basically, models equipped with Visco-Lok QE automatically engage the front differential quicker than models without it. Since the X mr is intended to conquer the mud, it’s important that the front differential locks as quickly as possible.
The Renegade X mr 1000r is expensive, and a significant chunk of the price is certainly due to the shock of choice. Can Am chose Fox 1.5 Podium QS3 shocks to help control the monster 30″ tires. These shocks are excellent and allow pilots to control high-speed compression, low-speed compression, and rebound dampening. With the large tires, it is especially important for the ATV to be able to handle all of that unsprung weight, and the Fox QS3 shocks are the solution.
At low speed, the ride is rough, due entirely in part to the aggressive tread pattern of the tires. However, above 15mph or so, the ride becomes surprisingly smooth. To keep the large tires from contacting the frame or a-arms, lock-to-lock steering is limited, which equates to a larger turning radius. But to be honest, if you’re rocking a mud machine, a tight turning radius is probably not at the top of your priority list.
The 30″ Gorilla Axle Silverback tires are massive, awesome, heavy, gnarly, intimidating, impressive, highly-capable, ….and a bunch of other adjectives that are permeating from my limited vocabulary. These tires will sling of mud farther than you can even comprehend without seeing them in action first. Keep in mind, the Gorilla Axle Silverbacks are designed to rip and tear chunks of mud, and they accomplish this task with ease.
The standard 14″ beadlock wheels are phenomenal. I personally wouldn’t want a tire this size mounted on a machine I own without a beadlock. A tall tire creates a great deal of leverage. When you add the heavy weight of the machine and a pilot with a heavy trigger finger, a tall tire without a beadlock could literally be peeled off the wheel. The beadlock locks the tire to the wheel, preventing this from happening.
The brakes are typical four-wheel hydraulic disks, but Can Am took these a step further. Unlike some of the competition, Can Am chose separately actuated front and rear brakes, which I prefer. The rear brakes can be applied by either pulling the left handlebar mounted handle, or tagging the foot pedal on the right foot peg. The front brake is actuated separately by a right handlebar mounted lever.
The Renegade X mr 1000R comes standard with a 3,000lb Warn winch. Having a Warn winch is synonymous with eating Hershey’s chocolate. There are certainly other brands…but the Warn brand has a long, proven history as being the leader when it comes to vehicle extraction.
We took a brand-new, beautiful, clean Can Am Renegade X mr 1000R on it’s maiden voyage directly to the gnarliest mud hole we could find at Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (www.aoaatrails.com). This required a roughly two-mile ride out an access road. This short trip quickly revealed that trail riding is not the X mr’s strength.
After a few shots with the still fairly clean machine, I had Borich bomb some mud holes! In low gear, the Renegade went ripping and tearing through everything he threw its way. The relatively short wheelbase makes mud handling brisk and quick, and in this scenario it was easy to see that the X mr felt right at home. The Renegade is incredibly tall, and that height combined with the short wheelbase kept it from becoming high centered. The snorkel kept the engine and CVT high and dry all day, with no water infiltration whatsoever. One negative about the snorkel is that it functions almost like a directional speaker. At high RPM with the CVT spooling, the snorkel directs that rotational noise directly at the rider’s head. Once you get used to it, it’s easy to deal with because, as they say, you need to give something up to gain something.
In the saddle, the Renegade is REALLY fun to ride! The added height will require you to duck under branches you’d normally roll under. On the trails, for me one of the coolest fun factors is the nearly continuous “drift” that mud tires deliver on a normal trail. Both Borich and I also really liked the Fox Podium QS3’s. If you aren’t familiar with the ability to adjust high and low speed compression, as well as rebound, there’s a bit of a learning curve. With that said, owners who do their homework will be able to dial the handling in with pinpoint accuracy.
From a standpoint of looks alone, I don’t think there’s a better looking mud-specific machine on the market than the Can Am Renegade X mr 1000R, especially in the Hyper Silver, Black & Octane Blue color scheme. Of all the machines I’ve ever photographed, I think seeing this machine in person is better than any photograph I’ve ever taken. The Renegade looks badass…and even more so in person.
As I’ve mentioned in many of my mud-specific machine reviews, if you aren’t into mud riding and only want the Renegade X mr 1000R because it looks so menacing, don’t buy it. My reasoning is simple, Can Am makes plenty of other fantastic Outlander and Renegade ATV’s that are better suited to ride the trails, work the farm, or to help bag that trophy buck. The X mr 1000R is a purpose-built, mud-specific ATV designed to rip and tear through deep, sloppy mud….PERIOD. If doing just that sounds like a perfect Saturday or Sunday activity, then the Renegade X mr 1000R deserves a solid look!
|SPECIFICATIONS:||2016 Can-Am Renegade X mr 1000R ($15,149)|
|Engine Type:||89 hp, Rotax 976 cc V-twin, snorkeled, liquid cooled|
|Fuel Delivery System:||Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)|
|Transmission/Final Drive:||CVT, P / R / N / H / L, standard engine braking|
|Drive System Type:||Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential|
|Power Steering:||Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)|
|Front Suspension:||Double A-arm|
|Front Shocks:||FOX 1.5 PODIUM QS3|
|Rear Suspension:||Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI)|
|Rear Shocks:||FOX 1.5 PODIUM QS3|
|Front Brakes:||Dual 214 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers|
|Rear Brakes:||Dual 214 mm ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic twin-piston calipers|
|Front Tires:||Gorilla Axle Silverback 30 x 9 x 14 in. (76.6 x 22.9 x 35.6 cm)|
|Rear Tires:||Gorilla Axle Silverback 30 x 9 x 14 in. (76.6 x 22.9 x 35.6 cm)|
|Wheels:||14-in. cast-aluminum beadlock|
|LxWxH:||83 x 50 x 56 in. (224 x 127 x 131 cm)|
|Wheelbase:||51 in. (129.5 cm)|
|Ground Clearance:||12.5 in. (31.8 cm)|
|Dry Weight:||973 lb (441 kg)|
|Seat Height:||36.75 in. (93.3 cm)|
|Rear Rack Capacity:||35 lb (16 kg)|
|Towing Capacity:||1,300 lb (590 kg)|
|Fuel Capacity:||5.4 gal (20.5 L)|
|Multifunction Digital Gauge:||Speedometer, tachometer (bar graph RPM, bottom bar numerical RPM), odometer, trip & hour meters, diagnostic center, gear position, engine hour meter, 4 x 4 indicator, temperature and engine lights, fuel gauge, clock|
|Protection:||Front & rear bumpers, aluminum taper-profile handlebar with grab handle, wind deflectors and square pads, aluminum skid plate, mudguards|
|Lighting: 4 fender mounted projector beam headlamps (60 W) with tail light / brake light|
|Anti-theft System:||RF Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.)|
|Winch:||3,000-lb (1,361 kg) WARN winch with roller fairlead|
|Warranty:||6-months limited warranty|
|Colors:||Hyper Silver, Black & Can-Am Red or Hyper Silver, Black & Octane Blue|