Took the plunge and snow checked a 2021 Gade X 600r ETEC. Has ski doo modified the low speed engine drag/backshifting or is there still that braking feeling at low speeds?
I ride in Yellowknife in northern Canada which is mainly lakes and well beaten down narrow trails. About 5 years ago I purchased a 2011 backcountry with the 600 etec. When I was on the trails, I really noticed the braking feeling at lower speeds. So much so that I thought there was something wrong with the sled. I often stand while going through the trails and it almost put me over the handlebars a number of times. I found it really frustrating. I ended up selling it and buying a showroom condition 2005 Gade X 600 sdi HO with only 400 miles on it.
I'm getting older now (58) and my back takes a beating when I sit. I've had the chance to ride a couple of Gen4s and really appreciate the suspension on our rough trails. I thought I would like the 900 ACE but really missed the top end of the 600 HO going across the lakes. The enduro could have possibly been a good choice but I'm a bit nervous of the air ride suspension. I've always been a fan of the x package.
I know some people seem to like the drag and/or say that you get used to it but generally I don't. I've seen a number of complaints about it on other forums in the past. I'll be shelling out a lot of $ for a new sled. I want the 600r etec, but I want something that I feel comfortable riding.
I would like comments from others who have the 600r and let me know if the clutch/engine configuration still has the low speed drag/braking feeling or if it has been lightened up since earlier models. Or, if anyone knows a fix.