2014 DS 450 Family

2014 DS 450

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BASE DS 450 Comes with…

  • Rotax 4-TEC 450 EFI engine
  • ALTEC aluminum frame
  • R-type double A-arm front suspension
  • R-Type rear swing arm suspension
  • Wilwood braking systems

2014 DS 450 X xc

DS 450 X xc – Comes with DPS, Handling Enhancements and…

BASE model Plus:

  • Caster-adjustable aluminum A-Arms
  • 46-inch width
  • Cross-country-specific amenities
  • Race-bred suspension w/ Kayaba HPG shocks
  • ITP Holeshot GNCC tires
  • Front and rear beadlock ITP T-9 wheels
  • +1 (25 mm) anti-vibe steering stem
  • Aluminum skid plates
  • Aluminum nerf bars
  • Handlebar deflectors
  • X-Team graphics

2014 DS 450 X mc

DS 450 X mx – Comes with DPS, Handling Enhancements and…

BASE model Plus:

  • 50-inch (1270 mm) width
  • Camber- and caster-adjustable front end
  • FOX Float EVOL (Gen 2) front shocks
  • FOX Podium X piggyback shock
  • 10.7 inches (272 mm) of suspension travel
  • Motocross-specific ride height
  • Adjustable width axle
  • +1 (25 mm) anti-vibe steering stem
  • ITP Quadcross MX Pro tires
  • Beadlock ITP T-9 rear wheels
  • Aluminum nerf bars with netted heel guards
  • X-Team graphics

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ALL DS 450’s Come With:

Rotax 4-TEC 450 EFI engine

The Rotax four-stroke engine features the largest piston bore, intake valves and throttle body in its segment. The engine also inherits its top end from the tried-and-true Rotax V990 mill found in the Aprilia RSV 1000 R sportbike and mates that with a crankcase, clutch and transmission that are specially produced for off-road performance and use in an ATV. A free-flow design and electronic fuel injection means impressive power is blended with precision throttle control and instantaneous throttle response. No matter the temperature, altitude or riding situation, the DS 450 has the inherent ability to transfer power the ground at every rpm.

ALTEC aluminum frame

Outfitted with the industry’s only lock-bolt fastening system instead of welds, the aerospace-grade aluminum chassis is as strong as it is lightweight and innovative. The frame’s dual-pyramidal construction — a design proven on BRP’s Ski-Doo® REV™ and REV-XP™ platforms — was created by computer-optimized technology to offer weight savings without sacrificing durability.

Race-inspired radiator grill

Incorporating valuable feedback from its real-world racing development program, Can-Am engineers scalloped the radiator to make it more resistant to mud and debris buildup.

R-type double A-arm front suspension

Offering less unsprung weight than competitive models, the R-Type forged aluminum double A-arm front suspension is outfitted with unique inverted dual-piston caliper (on the inside of the disc). This setup not only delivers razor-sharp handling, remarkable bump absorption and confident tracking, but it also reduces wheel scrub and kickback and positions the ball-joints and kingpin axis inside the wheel. The clear-cut result is precision control and self-correcting behavior under hard braking.

R-Type rear swing arm suspension

A cast-aluminum swingarm with rising-rate linkage and critical weight-saving elements make the R-Type rear end as lightweight as they come. Using an aluminum-bodied rear shock, hollow Chromoly 4140 axle, extended-reach aluminum hubs and aluminum chain sprocket also reduces the overall weight. These parts create a strategically strong, yet lightweight setup that not only reduces unsprung weight but also offers a quick transfer of power, improved traction and reduced rider fatigue.

Wilwood braking systems

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 handling.

Performance wheels and tires

Lightweight and durable aluminum wheels are equipped with a rolled bead and proven ITP Holeshot SR tires. This setup contributes to the machine’s superb power-to-weight ratio as well as its skillful ability to supply traction and transfer power to the ground.

Performance ergonomics

Ergonomically enhanced with a narrow midsection, performance-type seat and smooth transitions, the DS 450 is built to please sport enthusiasts with an active riding style. Wide foot pegs with kick ups and integrated heel guards offer riders superb footing and protection.

Performance features

Equipped with conveniently detachable headlights and interchangeable front fenders.


DETAILS – DS 450 X xc Comes with:

BASE Model Plus:

Caster-adjustable aluminum A-arms

The DS 450 X xc features a shim-style caster adjustment on its double aluminum A-arm front end, so racers can customize the machine’s handling to match their riding preference. Each shim represents one-degree of adjustment with 3 degrees to 10 degrees of caster adjustment.

46-inch width

Riders who enjoy charging through the trees at blistering speeds need an ATV that carries that same passion. Enter the Can- Am DS X xc, which offers the perfect 46-inch (1168 mm) width and components (forged aluminum upper and lower A-arms) to turn any wannabe into a woods-racing hero.

Adjustable-width axle

The race-proven chromoly 4140 hollow axle on the DS 450 X xc is adjustable for width. It lets riders customize their ride, offering varying widths from 46 inches (1168 mm) to 50 inches (1270 mm) with .5-inch (13 mm) spacers.

Cross-country-specific amenities

The X xc has a 7.5-inch (101 mm) ride height — assuming a 175-pound rider with gear — that reduces the center of gravity for improved cornering capabilities.

Race-bred suspension

Fully adjustable Kayaba HPG aluminum piggyback dual-speed compression adj. adorn the DS 450 X xc. All three shocks offer adjustments for preload (threaded), high- and low-speed rebound and compression damping. Offering 9.6 inches (244 mm) of travel, the front piggyback shocks feature two separate-rate springs with a crossover for further tuning and maximizing performance. On the rear, the remote reservoir-equipped KYB shock supplies an ample 10.5 inches (267 mm) of travel.

ITP Holeshot GNCC tires

Racing through the woods is far less predictable than riding a groomed motocross track. Racers require a tire-and-wheel combo that is ready for anything. And that’s why the DS 450 X xc is outfitted with ITP Holeshot GNCC tires that feature an aggressive, race-proven lug pattern for superb traction in a wide variety of terrain. Turning the dirt are 20-inch (508 mm) ITP Holeshot GNCC rear tires.

Front and rear beadlock ITP T-9 wheels

The ITP tires are mounted on 10-inch (254 mm) black, aluminum ITP T-9 beadlock wheels. A 21-inch (533 mm) ITP Holeshot GNCC tire and 9-inch (229 mm) black, aluminum ITP T-9 wheel with beadlock rings lead the way up front.

+1 Anti-vibe steering stem

Eliminating the need for an aftermarket steering stem, the 450 X xc comes from the factory with a rubber-mounted +1 (25mm) anti-vibe stem. This key component, along with the aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebars and race pad, boosts the Can-Am ATV’s racing ergonomics and better creates an “attack position” for riders.

Aluminum skid plate

For added protection, the Can-Am DS 450 X xc comes standard with aluminum skid plates for its frame and swing arm.

Aluminum nerf bars

Lightweight aluminum nerf bars with aluminum heel guards are add to the racing package on the Can-Am DS 450 X xc. Adjustable side extensions allow for customizable widths. And, if needed, nerf bars and heel guards easily remove.

Handlebar deflectors

The handlebars also have full-wrap wind deflectors with aluminum braces for peace of mind.

Graphics package

Dressed in its signature Can-Am black-and-yellow racing attire, the 2012 DS 450 X mx is dressed for success in the woods.


DETAILS – DS 450 X mx Comes with:

BASE Model Plus:

50-inch width

The DS 450 X mx is purpose built with the ATV motocross racer in mind and saves buyers the hassle of having to purchase aftermarket A-arms. It measures 50 inches (1270 mm) wide thanks to its +2 (51 mm) A-arms, which come stock. It comes out of box with built-in control and stability to enhance the racing experience.

Camber- and caster-adjustable front end

Can-Am engineers added a shim-style camber and caster-adjustable front end on the DS 405 X mx to help riders “dial in” the machine for motocross. Each shim represents one-degree of adjustment. Camber is adjustable from 11 degrees to 15 degrees, while caster is adjustable from 3 degrees to 10 degrees. Ultimate handling and superior control are now literally in the hands of the riders.

FOX Float X EVOL front shocks

A fully adjustable and tunable FOX suspension system is found on the 2014 DS 450 X mx. New up front are the FOX Float X EVOL (Gen 2) piggyback shocks. The front Float EVOL shocks are adjustable for Dual Speed Compression, rebound and feature an infinitely adjustable dual air spring that controls both ride height and bottom-out. They also receive chrome silicone negative spring, a progressive spring rate and piggyback reservoir. The air spring saves up to 6 pounds per shocks vs. spring coil. The no-tools EVOL shocks are simple to adjust and require no tools.

FOX Podium X piggyback shock

The back end of the Can-Am wears the proven FOX Podium X piggyback shock. The hard-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum Podium X shock features DLC-coated shaft for reduced friction and chrome silicon dual and single springs. The race-proven shock also offers adjustments for high- and low-speed compression (dual speed), rebound damping and spring preload.

10.7 inches (272 mm) of suspension travel

The FOX suspension, frame and chassis componentry combine to offer 10.7 inches of suspension travel, meaning the DS 450 X mx can take on any motocross course you throw at it.

Motocross-specific ride height

Ride height can make the world of difference in motocross racing. 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.

Adjustable-width axle

With four inches of total adjustment for width, the chromoly 4140 axle found in the DS 450 X mx is made for motocross. The strong-but-lightweight (hollow) rear axle adjusts from 46 (1168 mm) to 50 inches (1270 mm) with .5-inch (13 mm) spacers and enables riders to set up the Can-Am for their preferred motocross width.

+1 Anti-vibe steering stem

Motocross racers love being in control and often feel one with their ATV while competing on the track. The DS 450 X mx offers quad racers a familiar setup and comfortable feel with a rubber-mounted anti-vibe steering stem. Combine the +1 (25 mm) stem with the aftermarket-comparable aluminum 6061-T6 taper-profile handlebar and square bar pad and racers should enjoy this race-ready cockpit.

ITP Quadcross MX Pro tires

The Can-Am DS 450 X mx is outfitted with an ideal tire-and-wheel setup for motocross. High-performance, 18-inch rear ITP Quadcross MX Pro tires are more than capable of transferring power to ground and in a wide variety of soil conditions, from loam to hard-pack dirt. Guiding the Can-Am through corners are 20-inch ITP Quadcross MX Pro tires.

ITP T-9 beadlock wheels

Both tires are mounted on ITP T-9 beadlock wheels, which boost handling and add to this machine’s precision cornering. The rear 8-inch beadlock wheel includes an inner reinforcement ring and it’s specially designed to handle the rigors of motocross racing.

Aluminum nerf bars

Straight from the factory, Can-Am has prepped the DS 450 X mx for you by adding lightweight aluminum nerf bars with netted heel guards. The nerf bars are required for racing motocross and are built with you in mind. Adjustable side extensions let you customize the width of the nerf bars and they can be easily removed if you so choose.

X-Team Graphics

The X mx, like the X xc, features a custom black-and-yellow Can-Am X-Team graphics package that completes its racing makeup.