Can-Am Maverick Max 1000R.

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Derek Murray

Off-road desert racer Derek Murray drives a Can-Am-Maverick Max 1000R


Last year, Derek Murray and his brother Jason celebrated their first victory in the Best in the Desert racing series at the Vegas to Reno event. At 540 miles, it’s the longest off-road race in the U.S., and the Murray brothers conquered all in a utility vehicle of their own devising.

Their modified Can-Am Maverick Max 1000R runs on a water-cooled two-cylinder motor with 101hp, the most powerful of its type. “One advantage is its reliability,” says Derek. “We had very little downtime compared to our competitors. As long as us drivers don’t mess up, the Maverick will get us to the finish.”

4 ADVANTAGES OF THE CAN-AM MAVERICK MAX 1000R

Can-Am Maverick

1

 

Prepared

In the back, emergency equipment for unexpected incidents that you should always expect

2



Relaxed

Comfortable drivers go faster: power steering and ample leg room ease the passage in races, which can last up to 12 hours

3

 

Cushioned

Independent suspension, with added external compensation tanks, can deal with holes of up to 14 in.

4

 

Stretched

The long wheelbase (84 in.) means sure and steady handling, even at high speeds over rough terrain

 

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