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– 2013 Can-Am DS 450 Xmx Review
2013 Can-Am DS 450 Xmx
Improved racing performance to inspire any motocross racer.
The Can-Am DS 450 comes out of the box ready to race with shocks, tires, wheels and more designed to get you out in front of the pack. Setting new standards for the industry, it features the first no-weld, all-aluminum frame, hollow rear axle and inverted brake callipers. It’s a sport quad ready to race with less unsprung weight, more mass centralization and, as you’ve come to expect from Can-Am, a better power-to-weight ratio. You demand performance from a sport quad. We invite you to ride it and tell us how we did.
The DS 450 X mx comes out of the box ready to race with shocks, tires, wheels and more designed to get you out in front of the pack. Now featuring FOX FLOAT8 X EVOL8 front shocks and FOX PODIUM X piggyback rear shocks for even better racing performance.
2013 Can-Am DS 450 Xmx Key Features
+ 2 in double A-arms with adjustable caster and camber give
a 50 in front stance
FOX FLOAT X EVOL front shocks with dual-speed compression
and infinitely adjustable air spring and 10.7 in (272 mm) of travel
FOX PODIUM X Remote rear shock with dual speed compression,
rebound and preload adjustments and 11.1 in (282 mm) of travel
Adjustable-width hollow rear axle from 46 in (1.17 m) to
50 in (1.27 m) by increments of 0.5 in (12.7 mm) per spacer
7 in (179 mm) factory-set ride height (175-pound rider)
Black aluminum ITP‡ 10 x 5 T-9 GP front wheels
Black aluminum ITP 8 x 8 T-9 Trac-lock (beadlock) rear wheels
20x 6-10 ITP QuadCross MX PRO front tires
18x 10-8 ITP QuadCross MX PRO rear tires
Extra-strength extended 1 in (25.4 mm) steering stem with anti-vibe mounts
Aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebar with square pad
Aluminum front bumper, number plate ready
Lightweight aluminum nerf bars with netted heel guards
NEW X package coloration, graphics and seat cover
2013 Can-Am DS 450 Xmx Features and Benefits
Class-leading power-to-weight ratio of any 450-class sport ATV – The DS 450 features an innovative, no-weld ALTEC™ aluminum frame and a hearty Rotax® engine for the industry’s best power-to-weight ratio of any 450-class sport ATV. Combined those features with other weight-saving innovations (hollow rear axle, aluminum parts) and mass centralization engineering to reduce unsprung weight and the DS 450 is unmatched in its class.
EFI with 46-mm throttle body, 16-bit CPU with 32-MHz clock speed
5-speed manual transmission – Competition-ready 5-speed manual transmission with foot-shifter and manual clutch lever. Features heavy-duty clutch and 9 friction plates with DirectLink mechanism.
Electric start – Push-button electric start for easy start
45.3-hp Rotax 4-TEC 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine – The DS 450 is equipped with a 449 cc 4-stroke EFI Rotax engine, offers the largest bore (97 mm) and the largest intake valves (38 mm) from the DOHC 4-valve head with 97 x 60.8 mm bore and stroke. The EFI uses the largest throttle body (46 mm), 16-bit CPU with 32-MHz clock speed and an almost straight intake path. With a concept referred to as ”Durchzugskraft” or flow dynamics optimization, the engine breathes easily and can produce more power. The DS 450 delivers the best power-to-weight ratio.
WIllwood hydraulic disc brakes – Mounted inside front rotors, the DS 450’s exclusive inverted dual-piston calipers allow for a unique knuckle / spindle / A-arm design. Computer-designed, wave-type front-and-rear rotors offer exceptional cooling and enhance all-around Precision-engineered handling.
R-Type cast aluminum swingarm rear suspension – Features Chromoly hollow rear axle, extended-reach aluminum wheel hubs, aluminum sprocket, cast-aluminum swingarm. For the lowest possible unsprung weight and the most mass centralization.
No weld, ALTEC twin pyramidal aluminum frame – A maximum strength, no-weld, all-aluminum frame that uses a twin pyramidal structure. Major components are firmly secured with aluminum fasteners called lock-bolts. The frame is stronger yet much lighter than a traditional ladder frame.
Hollow rear axle – The hollow, high-strenght steel axle has been shortened by extending the lenght of aluminum hubs. The final design: a shorter axle mated with “spyder” all-aluminum hubs with precision machined splines and longer arms. The rear unsprung weight of the DS 450 is therefore reduced, which also has a significant impact on mass centralization and dry weight.
Detachable headlights – Remove the headlights for racing.
Race-inspired radiator grill – Race-inspired radiator grill (MC)
31.5-in. (800 mm) seat height – Low seat height provides a lower center of gravity and race-ready positioning for aggressive riding.
Racing kick-up foot pegs with heel guards – Wide foot pegs with kick ups and integrated heel guards offer riders superb footing and protection.
18×10-8 ITP QuadCross MX PRO rear tires – High-Industry-leading performance ITP QuadCross MX Pro tires give maximized traction on track surfaces, especially for blue-grooved. The rear tires are 18-inch motocross-ready tires complete with 8-inch (203 mm) black, aluminum ITP T-9 beadlock wheels with an inner reinforcement ring.
Adjustable-width hollow rear axle from 46 in. [1.17 m] to 50 in. [1.27 m] by increments of 0.5 in. [12.7 mm] per spacer – Many of top motocross pros are choosing to race with a rear width that is slightly narrower than the front-end width. This is possible with the DS 450 X mx Chromoly 4140 adjustable-width hollow axle. Adjustment from 46 (1,168 mm) to 50 inches (1,270 mm) is possible with 0.5-inch (13 mm) spacers.
Black aluminum ITP 10×5 T-9 GP front wheels
7-in. (179 mm) factory-set ride height (175-lb rider) – Straight from the factory, the DS 450 X mx is prepped with a ride height of seven inches (178 mm). This height, along with the ATV being “dialed in” for a 175-pound rider (with gear), gives the DS 450 X mx a lower center of gravity and allows you to rail through the corners with confidence.
Aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebar with square pad
NEW X -package coloration, graphics and seat cover – Graphics and seat cover exclusive to the X package.
20×6-10 ITP QuadCross MX PRO front tires – High-Industry-leading performance ITP QuadCross MX Pro tires give maximized traction on track surfaces, especially for blue-grooved. Up front, 20-inch (508 mm) ITP QuadCross MX Pro tires mounted on 10-inch (254 mm) black, aluminum ITP T-9 wheels
Double A-arms with adjustable caster – + 2-inch double A-arms with adjustable caster and camber give a 50-inch front stance
Extra-strength extended 1-in. (25.4 mm) steering stem with anti-vibe mounts – A +1-inch (25 mm) extra-strength steering stem with anti-vibe mounts comes standard on the DS 450 X xc and the DS 450 X mx. This gives the racer a better feel for the ATV while in an attacking stance out on the course. There is no need to buy an aftermarket stem to be competitive. Mounted to the steering stem is an aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebar with square racing pad.
FOX8 FLOAT8 X EVOL8 front shocks – FOX FLOAT X EVOL front shocks with dual-speed compression and infinitely adjustable air spring and 10.7 inch (272 mm) of travel.
Lightweight aluminum nerf bars with netted heel guards – Straight from the factory, the DS 450 X mx comes complete with lightweight aluminum nerf bars with netted heel guards. If one desires, the nerf bars, side extensions and heel guards can be removed with ease.
Black aluminum ITP 8×8 T-9 Trac-lock rear wheels
Aluminum front bumper, number plate ready
FOX PODIUM8 X Remote rear shock – FOX PODIUM X Remote rear shock with dual speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and 11.1 inch (282 mm) of travel
2013 Can-Am DS 450 Xmx – United States of America Specifications / Technical Details
USA MSRP: $9,699.00 USD
449.3cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-valve head with high-flow “Durchzugskraft” design, 38mm intake valve, 31 mm Nimonic – alloy
Bore & Stroke
97 x 60.8 mm
46 mm Throttle Body, 16 bit/32 MHz CPU
5-speed manual/heavy-duty clutch, 9 friction plates with DirectLink mechanism
520 O-ring high capacity chain, aluminum sproket hub, aluminum sprocket, rigid axle
ALTEC dual-pyramidal aluminum
Front Suspension Type/Shocks
R-Type forged aluminum Double A-arm FOX FLOAT® X EVOL™
Front Suspension Travel
10.70 in (272 mm)
Rear Suspension Type/Shocks
R-Type cast aluminum swingarm Chromoly hollow rear axle Rear FOX® PODIUM® X remote shock
Rear Suspension Travel
11.10 in (282 mm)
Dual 182 mm discs with inverted twin-piston calipers
198 mm rotor with single piston caliper
ITP QuadCross? MX PRO 20x 6 x 10 in (508 x 152 x 254 mm)
ITP QuadCross? MX PRO 8 x 10 x 8 in (457 x 254 x 203 mm)
Black polished aluminum
L x W x H (in)
72 x 49.3 x 43.3 in
L x W x H (mm)
1,830 x 1,253 x 1,099 mm
50 in (1,267 mm)
31.5 in (800 mm)
8.8 in (224 mm) under frame/ 3.4 in (86 mm) under rear axle
377 lb (171 kg)
3 US gal (11.5L)
Yellow & Black
Low fuel, check engine, neutral
Dual removable headlights (35W)
6 months limited factory warranty
B.E.S.T. available from 12 to 36 months
” + 2-inch double A-arms with adjustable caster and camber give a 50-inch front stance
” FOX FLOAT® X EVOL™ front shocks with dual-speed compression and infinitely adjustable air spring and 10.7 inch (272 mm) of travel
” FOX® PODIUM® X Remote rear shock with dual speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments and 11.1 inch (282 mm) of travel
” Adjustable-width hollow rear axle from 46″ [1.17 m] to 50″ [1.27 m] by increments of 0.5″ [12.7 mm] per spacer
” 7″ (179 mm) factory-set ride height (175-pound rider)
2013 Can-Am DS 450 Xmx – Canada Specifications / Technical Details
Canadian MSRP: $9,699.00 CDN
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.