From the very first day we put our eyes on the Can-Am Renegade we knew the woods racing community would never be the same. It seems like forever ago, but back on May 6, 2006 we had the opportunity to take a few photos and actually ride the newest product from Bombardier. It had fiberglass fenders and was a complete one-off production of what Bombardier was intending on building.
This new product was the Renegade. At that very same meeting the powers that be in the Valcourt, Canada, office announced they were drifting back to their racing roots and the name Can-Am would live again. Fast-forward to today and we now have several versions of the Renegade by Can-Am and we recently had a chance to grab the bars once again on the Renegade Xxc built for cross-country racing or true woods raging!
Powering the 2018 Can-Am Renegade 1000 Xxc is a Rotax V-twin sized in 976cc of pure power. This liquid-cooled machine produces 89 hp with electronic fuel injection. The V-twin is very smooth at idle but power delivery is strong from the bottom and comes on hard mid-throttle and up. The Rotax twin has no trouble lifting the front of the Renegade. Rotax is a very reputable brand and makes reliable power that will be perfect for someone who wishes to race but needs an engine that lasts. This engine platform has proven itself many times over with championship trophies.
Our Renegade is dressed in complete triple blackness with many very purpose-built options including Fox 1.5 Podium RC2 racing shocks. These shocks have been developed to not only be optimal right out of the box but, for someone looking to get right to the track, they are easy to adjust. Although the shocks are infinitely adjustable, it would be very nice to have a knob instead of the flathead screw slot for the clicker. Most hard trail riders will never use the complete adjustability of the shock, but rider weight and speed can bring these machines to their limits in really bad terrain.
Other package components include aluminum skid plates that dress the bottom of the suspension arms and the center or belly of this machine. Keeping the ground debris at bay is the goal and preventing damage to any lower engine or driveline components is crucial to any trail racer. Connecting the engine’s power to the trail are ITP Holeshot ATR tires, which have proven time and again to be tough and durable. Blowing the wheels off with a squeeze of the throttle is inevitable but the ITP radial does grip the trail very well in most conditions and some light mud. The 12-inch beadlock hangs onto the tire and adds extra insurance for that woods racer.
In short, the Renegade Xxc of 2018 has an incredibly menacing look and the power to back it up. Whether you like to drift the corners of the trail and ride hard with your friends or are looking for a win at a local race, the Can-Am Renegade is pretty impressive and I’d say it could do both.