Returning for 2009 is the ultra-potent 2009 Can-Am DS 450TM EFI ATV. The base model gets updates and the DS 450 X mx and DS 450 X xc models join the lineup. Can-Am now boasts the most race-ready 450 sport ATV line in the industry. All models get power from a proven Rotax engine. And the ultra-light weight comes from cutting-edge computer design and the most revolutionary thinking in the sport ATV world. We continue to listen to professional ATV racers for input to improve the DS 450 for 2009.
It remains the benchmark for performance, handling and control - on the track and on the trail - thanks to the Rotax power, low weight, centralized mass, low unsprung weight, and fully-adjustable sport-tuned suspension.
..Motocross-specific X Package
+2 (51 mm) A-arms for 50-inch (1270 mm) width
+1 (25 mm) anti-vibe steering stem
Camber- and caster-adjustable front end
10.7 inches (272 mm) of suspension travel
Dual-rate shocks with crossovers
ITP QuadCross MX Pro tires
Beadlock ITP T-9 rear wheels
Motocross-specific ride height
..Cross-country-specific X Package
9.6 inches (244 mm) of front suspension travel
10.5 inches (267 mm) of rear suspension travel
Dual-rate front shocks with crossovers
Front and rear beadlock ITP T-9 wheels
Cross-country-specific ride height
+1 (25 mm) anti-vibe steering stem
New, aggressive headlight design
New Can-Am Red color option
All models have quick-adjust clutch perch
Rotax 4-TEC 450 EFI - This engine features top-end DNA from the Rotax V990 which powers the Aprilia RSV 1000 R sportbike while the crankcase, clutch and transmission are specifically designed for the rigors of off-road riding. Its free-flow design - with the largest piston bore, intake valves and throttle body of the segment - delivers awesome power and great potential for performance tuning. A sophisticated EFI system with superfast micro-controller optimizes performance at every rpm, compensating for both temperature and altitude; throttle response is instant.
ALTECTM aluminium frame - Aerospace-grade aluminium in dual-pyramidal design is exceptionally strong and lightweight. Unique aluminium lock-bolt fastening system eliminates the need for welds. Strength comes from computer-optimized design rather than heavier or added materials. The pyramidal structure has been proven on BRP's Ski-Doo REVTM and REV-XPTM snowmobiles.
R-type double A-arm front suspension* - The R-Type forged aluminium double A-arm front suspension delivers razor-sharp handling, remarkable bump absorption, and confident tracking. The radical design with inverted dual-piston caliper - on the inside of the disc - enables placement of the ball-joints and kingpin axis deep inside the wheel for reduced scrub and steering kickback, as well as self-correcting behavior under hard braking. All this in a lightweight package with less unsprung weight than competitive designs for a better ride and improved control.
KYB HPG piggyback shocks** - Aluminum-bodied shocks with compression and rebound adjustment and threaded pre-load adjustment. Features 9.5-inches (24 cm) of travel in front, 10.2 inches (26 cm) in rear. Lightweight, capable and adjustable.
R-Type rear swing arm suspension** - Lightweight design dramatically reduces unsprung weight for quick response, exceptional traction capability and less rider fatigue. Cast-aluminium swingarm with rising-rate linkage, hollow Chromoly 4140 rear axle, extended-reach aluminium hubs and aluminum chain sprocket.
WilwoodTM braking systems. Inverted dual-piston calipers - mounted inside front rotors - enable unique knuckle/spindle/A-arm design. Front and rear rotors' wave shape is computer-designed for exceptional cooling.
Performance wheels/tires - Specifically-designed ITP Holeshot SR tires to get maximum performance from the DS 450 EFI. The rims are lightweight, yet durable, because of aluminum construction with rolled bead.
Performance ergonomics - Designed to give the active sport rider room and the right leverage. Narrow body and seat with smooth transitional surfaces, wide foot pegs and deep heel guards.
Performance features - Detachable headlights, interchangeable front fenders