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Old 02-02-2010, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 700 Raptor or DS 650?

I'm giving up the ute in search for something fast and to help me keep up with my 2 buddies that have 730 V-Forces. I pretty much know everyone is gonna tell me to go with the raptor, i know its a raptor forum. I just want to know why and PLEASE be unbias. I'm posting this same thread in a bombardier forum so i can learn a lil from each side. I am stuck between the 2 so help me out.

It will be strictly a woods machine that will see its fair share of drags. I'm 6ft 1" 225lbs

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Old 02-02-2010, 09:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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strengths and weaknesses of both that sorta thing...

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Old 02-02-2010, 10:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i just bought a can am 450 u should look in to one of those....
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My best friend has a DS and the comfort and ergo is unmatched but it's not near as sporty as a raptor. If you think a raptor is heavy a DS 650 is a monster. But it's very comfy
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i was reading about them tonight and they just didnt do it for me. i pretty much had my mind made up the other day on the raptor but a buddy told me to check out the DS 650 cause they are bulletproof and their engines are SICK! now, 2 days later i cant decide between the 2.

like i said i have been on ute's forever so i dont know a lot of guys that still ride sports so i dont know anyone with either of the 2.... i get home from afghanistan in april and want to be riding SOON after i get home. my wife is even working on getting my 4x4 sold no so SOMEONE help me out here
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My best friend has a DS and the comfort and ergo is unmatched but it's not near as sporty as a raptor. If you think a raptor is heavy a DS 650 is a monster. But it's very comfy


with the normal mods which do you think would make the best trail "king" and something that will hold its own in a drag... i tend to run my mouth a lil so i want something to be able to back it up!
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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DS is a strong, reliable motor in a pretty tough package. They are reliable and wear well.

The knock on the DS was for a long time, and still is to a lesser degree after the changes were carried over from the "X" line, that it's too big for tight trail riding. The size, the weight, the physical dimensions, etc. These same attributes are what makes it such a joy to ride in the sand and wide open spaces.

Now I wouldn't knock someone for getting the DS, but a lot has changed in the atv world since they came out. The shaky handling of the 660 was replaced by the 700, and with the newer shocks it's right back up there even if the travel is a bit shorter. The 700's engine seems to be able to handle the ridiculous power outputs the DS guys have been getting in the past, not that it's all that relevant to a trail rider. The DS is a hard sell up against the 700, it fares much better against the 660 which was designed and released around the same time and ended almost the same time. If you are interested in one the later X models are the best, I think they had them from 03-06 but I'm not sure on that. It should also be noted that Can-am (bombardier) discontinued the DS650 back in 2006, the year the 700 first came out.

In short, I suggest you take a look at a DS but ultimately I think you'll be happier with and prefer the 700.


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lol.... of course I couldn't resist but clicking on the www.can-am.com link... thanks alot
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DS is a strong, reliable motor in a pretty tough package. They are reliable and wear well.

The knock on the DS was for a long time, and still is to a lesser degree after the changes were carried over from the "X" line, that it's too big for tight trail riding. The size, the weight, the physical dimensions, etc. These same attributes are what makes it such a joy to ride in the sand and wide open spaces.

Now I wouldn't knock someone for getting the DS, but a lot has changed in the atv world since they came out. The shaky handling of the 660 was replaced by the 700, and with the newer shocks it's right back up there even if the travel is a bit shorter. The 700's engine seems to be able to handle the ridiculous power outputs the DS guys have been getting in the past, not that it's all that relevant to a trail rider. The DS is a hard sell up against the 700, it fares much better against the 660 which was designed and released around the same time and ended almost the same time. If you are interested in one the later X models are the best, I think they had them from 03-06 but I'm not sure on that. It should also be noted that Can-am (bombardier) discontinued the DS650 back in 2006, the year the 700 first came out.

In short, I suggest you take a look at a DS but ultimately I think you'll be happier with and prefer the 700.


Oh and whatever you do don't go to www.can-am.com .... that's not the can-am website..... it's www.can-am.brp.com




yeah it was 03/04-06. i know 06 was the last yr they made them which puts me on an already 4 yr old bike where i could get very well mod'd raptor on ebay for 4k. there is 1 on there rite now actually, that if i were not in afghanistan i would be making a trip to arizona to pick up!

are there any issues to note with the 700's?
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yeah it was 03/04-06. i know 06 was the last yr they made them which puts me on an already 4 yr old bike where i could get very well mod'd raptor on ebay for 4k. there is 1 on there rite now actually, that if i were not in afghanistan i would be making a trip to arizona to pick up!

are there any issues to note with the 700's?
No, not with the 700's. I think the only problem a Raptor has ever had is the trannies in the 01's. They are very well built machines. The DS is nice, but I think for trails, you'd want the more agile 700.
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