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    can am 500

    looking at buying a 2009 can am 500 xt anyone know any bad or good things about them.has 11k on the clock not sure if this has had a new speedo ,comes with a factory winch not super tidy but better than a few bikes I have looked at they are asking 3.5k from a dealer as traded

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    Canterbury, home of the big Rakaia Red Stag
    I've got 2 mates with slightly later models. One has had a good run & other a shit run with shitty electrical problems. Both used for hunting & fishing, so not big hour use. Very noisy mechanically compared to my TRX500.
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    Sounds like a pretty good price..

    Cockie next door just traded his newer 500 xt in on a new 570cc. (must be his third or fourth can-am now..)

    It was a shadow under 30km, used and abused (but always serviced) and had performed pretty faultlessly. One of the universals on the drive shaft let go just recently, but that had been giving warning signs for a while. Not too bad to fix. Other than that, had been a pretty excellent bike. They still gave him $5k off the new bike for the trade-in, so I'd say 3.5k is a sharp enough price for an older model with lower k's?

    Keep them properly serviced, particularly the CVT gearbox, and it should last well. The digitally-encoded keys often give a bit of trouble, but a wiggle or a press down on the key will see it start fine. More lasting fix is to clean the contacts on the key and in the ignition barrel.

    Very comfy bikes, plenty of go, even with a solid load on. Power steering is great.

    Just looking at pictures of the 2009 bikes, I'd say that's the same model as his previous-previous-bike, which he's held onto and still uses as a spray bike/backup. Noisier and a little less agile than the new ones, not quite as comfy. Pros are - Wider overall, which makes for better sidling around steep faces. Bit more metal on it, so probably heavier, but also stronger.
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    Common problem appears to be the universals in the rear needing replacement due to the extreme angle of the drive shafts and their travel. The engine braking is astounding but that evidently caused belt wear issues in the transmission. They are also extreemly noisy compared to most other bikes and if the power steering fails they are a bit of a workout. Dont rely on the handbrake on a hill, use park. The brakes hydraulic and the oil leaks back in the cylinder over time.
    All bikes have faults so Im not bagging canam just passing on comments farmers I know have made about theirs.



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