Had a chance this past weekend to race a completely stock 2016 Outlander 1000R with my 2014 Outlander Max 1000 with the mods listed below. The 2016 was carrying nothing but a 350lb rider (according to him), no racks, nothing, not even a water bottle...lol I had a passenger seat, passenger, front and rear cargo w/ a bunch of recovery equipment and tools, 4+ gallons of extra gas + gas rack along with BRP skids and LED light bar. In all it adds up to a total of right around 485lbs sprung. I also have SS212 wheels and 26" HTR tires, which weigh an additional 52.5lbs MORE than the stock XT setup he was running. I verified this when I swapped them out to my current ITP/HTR setup. I don't know how much more the Max weighs than the standard model, so I ignored that weight difference. Assuming the accepted for every 40lbs of sprung weight added you lose 1HP and for every 7.5lbs of rotational weight added you lose 1HP, I was, on paper, down 10+HP. Add to that the 7HP from the factory ratings from the better flowing heads and bigger TB found on the 2016, I was theoretically down a total of 17HP. Then there's the aerodynamics/rolling resistance lost from the much larger footprint HTR's (was only running them at 4psi as well) and the aerodynamics lost from my big aluminum rear trunk (36"Lx15"Tx15"W).
Earlier in the day we had a good cat-mouse ride on the trail in which I kept up no problem. I also seemed like I could keep up decent on the straights, which is what led to wanting to straight up drag race.
Anyway, I fulled expected to lose, seeing those 2016's have more power to begin with and how I was having to move and rotate much more weight. I just wanted to see how bad....lol Only advantage I had was my mods, which I knew couldn't make up for the 17HP. To my surprise, we had somewhat similar results as -THIS-
video shows with a 2015 vs 2016. If anything, It was a bit closer race. He jumped out to a 1 length lead almost immediately and by the time we hit 65 he had me by 2-3 lengths. I let off as I was getting pelted by gravel. I ended up breaking a low beam headlight in the process because of the gravel.
Nobody likes losing, but I was somewhat happy with the outcome. I believe if I would have equaled out the weight between us I could have at the least kept up, which tells me my mods have at least made up the 7HP difference between the 1000 and 1000R motors.
I will also say the new clutch on the 2016's seems to be much better, as he could wheelie from a dig with no issues what-so-ever.