Sorry if this discussion has come up before but I have been researching this quite a bit and haven't really found definite info on some of this..
My story is I currently own an 09 Outtie 800R XT. My wife and I ride 2 up on it with one of those add a seats and bars w/ stirrups for lack of a better term. She is small (5'0 ~100lbs), I am a foot taller and slight less than 2.5x her weight. When we ride 2 up, the stock suspension is fairly compressed in the back with probably not much travel - axles are close to flat. I use the bike for work around the yard, towing a tub trailer with different stuff in it, some landscaping and use it to pull my boat lift in and out which can sometimes be deep enough to where it is over the tires. I currently have 27x9(f)/11® Zillas and an XMR stealth snorkel. Like the bike but want to go to the longer chassis and 2 up seat for stability, comfort and whatnot. When I/we are using it for play, we ride slower trails, some skeg, some mud and some rocks - basically everything and use dirt roads to get there. We also use the quad fairly regularly to go to/from various neighbors on our dirt road.
I was originally looking at a 2018 1000 Outtie Max XTP. I would have to add a snorkel of some kind and probably would want larger and more aggressive tires. When looking at solutions for my wife to be able to better plant her feet (since she can not comfortably plant them on the std max footrests) the XMR cleats came up which got me looking at an XMR. I certainly like the look of it but am wondering if it is the best machine for our needs.
The 1000 XMR plus the 2-up MAX seat is surprisingly less $$ than an XTP. The cons are that I lose my front rack but gain a back rack. My other concerns/thoughts/what I have heard is:
The XMR runs hot - I would probably wrap the exhaust from the get go to help with this. I am not sure how this compares to a regular XTP or if this is a standard issue problem with all 1000s? My 800 gets pretty toasty now.
The XMR is rough on trails and has less suspension travel - some guys say this, others say it is awesome on the trail. Not sure how it would compare to my current set-up.
The XMR is rev limited at just over 100kms per hour - Don't really care about this
The XMR may/may not be rev limited at lower speeds - Haven't been able to really dig into this or understand how that would impact me.
The stock tires are rough - This info was for the Silverbacks, the reviews I have seen of the Cryptids say they are quite compliant on trails. Not sure what to think here
Some of the other XMR parts may be upgraded (Frame, Differential(s), Axles, stock clutching, etc.) - This can only be positive.
I have been a member here for quite sometime. I know that there are many on the forum with much more experience with actually riding/working on these different machines than I have so I guess I am looking for some additional opinions/advice as to what machine would best fit the bill for me?
Thanks for the help and sorry for the novel.