Interview: Derek Guetter

Everyone has that friend who is crazy when it comes to ATV riding. But you probably don’t have a friend who is “watch me do a backflip” crazy. Derek Guetter is one of those crazy individuals. Derek is a freestyle rider for Can-Am and has made a living doing backflips on tours with the likes of the Nuclear Cowboyz. Now he’s bringing the show to your living room by producing some of the best riding footage ever released. Butter: All Moto Flavored has been out only a few months and takes ATV movies to a whole new level. We interrupted Derek’s weekend to see what it’s like to stare down a backflip ramp and what’s next for the freestyle rider turned executive producer.

Derek Guetter What ATVs and Side-by-Sides do you currently own?
Derek Guetter: Me and Jon (Derek’s freestyling brother) have our Can-Am DS450’s, obviously, Outlander 800, Maverick 1000, and we’ve been collecting old quads that we grew up riding or are special to us. After our close friend Kelly Chang passed away I purchased his Suzuki LT250 QuadRacer from his daugter and had it shipped from Hawaii. Kelly was a really good friend and I’m rebuilding it back to it’s original condition. We also have Jon’s last Roll-Design PEP YFZ450, and my pride and joy, mint condition 88 Honda 250R fully built. (I’m) trying to track down an 87 Banshee and we’ll have a sweet collection!!

WATV: Describe a typical day in the life of Derek Guetter.
DG: That varies on time of the year. Putting a movie together takes a lot of planning, as well as booking our shows so I spend a lot of time in my office and at conventions and trade shows. I actually didn’t get to ride near as much as I’d liked to last year, but if I wasn’t putting this much effort into making sure we are busy all year round we wouldn’t last or be this successful.

Derek Guetter

WATV: We know you like to play guitar. What other ways do you wind down off the track?
DG: I love my guitars, it’s the next best thing to riding!  I started playing about 2 years ago and it’s so good to clear my head!  That and golf are probably my 2 favorite things away from seat time.  Spending so much time traveling and putting your life on the line as much as Jon and myself do, it’s nice to relax and stay quiet.

WATV: What is your favorite freestyle trick to perform?
DG: I can do no-footed nacs really good, it’s my biggest and easiest trick so probably that!  Flips are fun but scare the crap out of me!  Ha

WATV: How much practice led up to your first real backflip?
DG: I’d spent plenty of time in foam pits prior, but when I got offered the job on Nuclear Cowboyz if I flipped I maybe had 4 weeks time to get it down and comfortable to dirt.  It was one of the most stressful times in my life, or so I’d thought.  Once I did it, got on tour, and had to do it every weekend with little to no practice in between weekends, I aged very quickly and lost a lot of hair.

Derek Guetter and Digger Doug Gust

Derek (right) getting a different kind of air with Digger Doug Gust.

WATV: More than once while riding in the Nuclear Cowboyz tour you’ve been seriously injured from backflips gone bad. What is it like to face the ramp the next time?
DG: It really sucks.  Flipping isn’t that hard when you’re confident and do it all the time, I just had bad luck with scary setups that had little to no room for error, and being as new to flipping as I was I just hucked it every weekend disregarding any consequence that may come with it.  Looking back I was stupid putting myself in that position, but riding with those guys every weekend was a dream come true and amazing experience.

WATV: Aside from Butter: All Moto Flavored, what other ATV movies have you been involved in?
DG: Bunch of Huevos, Charge, probably some crash films.  haha 

Derek Guetter

WATV: Where did the idea of Butter: All Moto Flavored come from and what makes it different from other ATV movies?
DG: Butter is all about showing up to a perfectly groomed track, it’s watered, no ruts, sun’s out, and you’re the first one to ride it. That right there is Butter! My oldest brother Dan texted me the idea when we were brain storming, and it only took 1 day and we knew that was it!  
We got into riding because we watched every moto film ever made and idolized those guys.  Nowadays there’s only bike films and slowly you’re seeing the ATV scene die out.  We’re trying to rekindle that excitement that we had as young kids and inspire the next generation of ATV rippers!

WATV: How hard was it to get such an all-star lineup together for Butter?
DG: At first really hard, the people that did know about it thought it was a joke.  Little did they know we had this contracted to go on iTunes and all the major digital distribution networks, so once we released the trailer and they seen the quality of our film my phone wouldn’t stop ringing for guys to get in a last minute segment!

Derek Guetter

WATV: Any plans for a Butter 2 and, if so, anyone you didn’t have in the first one you’d like to have this time?
DG:  We start shooting in a few weeks!  Now that we have a solid fan base and foundation to grow, we have so many more riders, locations, and opportunities to work with. What we have planned for Butter2 is going to be all time for ATV films!

Derek, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us and thanks for your efforts in reviving the ATV movie industry. We can’t wait to see Butter 2!

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PREVIEW: 2014 Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr

If Can-Am has become good at anything it’s looking at what upgrades riders are adding and making them into a factory package. In the southeast United States and other parts of the world, you aren’t riding unless you are up to your seat in mud, a hobby that can require major modifications to your ride. In 2011 Can-Am introduced their X mr package for the Outlander 800R ATV. The X mr package added many commonly found aftermarket accessories including a relocated radiator, snorkels, Gorilla Axle axles and Silverback tires plus much more. As the side-by-side scene has continued to grow and even surpass ATVs, it was only a matter of time before the X mr package became a part of the Maverick line-up as the 2014 Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr.

Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr

Naturally, the beginnings for the ultimate Can-Am 2-person mudder is Can-Am Maverick 1000r. With it’s 976cc, 101-hp, V-Twin engine it’s the biggest power plant in Can-Am’s arsenal and led the industry altogether until very recently. With all the bouncing around of rough terrain we’ve all experienced an unintentional throttle burst. Can-Am has added Intelligent Throttle Control (ITC) to help detect accidental jolts on the throttle. Also helping to keep you in control is Can-Am’s Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering DPS. Finally, the engine’s intake, CVT intake and CVT exhaust have all been snorkeled to what Can-Am determined was the “highest as possible.” They are located at the top of the dash and behind the seats at roughly the same height. Since most aftermarket systems go well above that height, I see there still being some aftermarket upgrades.

Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr

The Maverick X mr includes an industry first suspension system with an onboard air compressor supported FOX Air Assisted Piggyback shocks, offering real on the fly adjustments. The Air Controlled Suspension allows for 4 inches of height adjustment. Ground clearance at full height is about 15.5″, enough to put you in the bucket club (The bucket club is an elite group whose modified machines can straddle a 5 gallon bucket). The compressor also includes an auxiliary hose that can be used to inflate the 30″ Gorilla Axle Silverbacks (who would have guessed?). The Silverbacks are wrapped around 14″ cast-aluminum ITP wheels. Just in case that isn’t enough to get you through your swim hole, the Maverick X mr includes a 4,000 lbs. WARN winch.

Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr

Of course all of this comes at a price. The MSRP of the Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr is $21,499. It’s not a bad package of you look at the Maverick 1000 X rs and then add the upgrades. It also gets the serious mudder from showroom to mud pit without a few days of garage work. For more details on the Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr as they emerge check back here or visit Can-Am Offroad at For detail on other 2014 Can-Am Side-by-Side units released earlier this year see here.

Can-Am Maverick 1000 X mr

PREVIEW: 2014 Can-Am Side-X-Side and ATV Lineup

Can-Am recently announced their 2014 models. So far, the focus for 2014 seems to be the Side-X-Side line as no changes for the 2013 Can-Am ATVs have been released (check out the 2013 details here). What Can-Am did add this year are 5 new Side-X-Side models, perfecting and diversifying the Maverick and Commander package.

2014 Can-Am Side-X-Side Maverick X xc DPS

The trail-ready 2014 Can-Am Maverick X xc DPS. Photo courtesy of BRP.

Perhaps the biggest news is the smallest model. The 2014 Can-Am Side-X-Side lineup includes the new Maverick X xc DPS. A narrowed-down version of the Maverick, this 60-inch wide creature lets you take the Maverick to the trails, a blessing for east coast riders. The Maverick X xc DPS includes Can-Am’s Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential and 12-inch aluminum beadlock wheels. The ride is softened by FOX PODIUM X Performance 2.0 HPG Piggyback shocks. All of this for an MSRP of $18,299 in your choice of the traditional yellow/black or a new white/red/black scheme.

2014 Can-Am Side-x-Side Maverick X xc DPS

The 2014 Can-Am Maverick X xc DPS. Photo courtesy of BRP.

Also new to the Maverick line is the Maverick X rs DPS. Based on the current Maverick X rs, it adds the Can-Am Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) and Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential. It too can be had in yellow/black or white/red/black for an MSRP of $18,799.

2014 Can-Am Side-X-Side Maverick X rs DPS

The 2014 Can-Am Maverick X rs DPS. Photo courtesy of BRP.

Can-Am added 4 seats of family fun to the Maverick with the Maverick MAX and Maverick MAX X rs DPS. The MAX is a stretched version of the Maverick and is already available at dealers. The Maverick MAX provides the most passenger room of any Side-X-Side on the market. Powered by the same 101-hp Rotax V-Twin engine as the 2 seat Maverick, the MAX centralizes the engine to provide balance on the longer wheelbase. MSRP on the Maverick MAX is $18,299. The Maverick MAX X rs DPS is the family sized version of the new Maverick X xc DPS getting the same Dynamic Power Steering and the auto-locking front differential treatment. With it you’ll also get upgraded to FOX PODIUM X Performance RC2.5 HPG Piggyback shocks and a price tag of $20,799. 2014 Can-Am Side-X-Side

Can-Am didn’t forget about the Commander either. The Commander XT-P adds to the XT package with mudguards, a heavy duty front bumper, Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential, FOX PODIUM X Performance RC2.0 HPG Piggyback shocks and a 4,000-lb WARN winch. This trail beast starts at $17,299.

UPDATE: Check out the newly released 2014 Can-Am Maverick X mr here.

For more information on these and the full line of Can-Am off-road vehicles check out

PREVIEW: 2013 Can-Am ATV & Side-by-Side Lineup

All new 2013 Can-Am Outlander X mr 1000. Photo Courtesy of BRP.

To the anticipation of many, BRP has released details and pictures of the exciting 2013 lineup. At about 4:10 pm Central time press releases detailing the 2013 ATV and Side-by-Side lines were received via email. Can-Am also posted pictures of the new 2013 Outlander X mr 1000 and other 2013 models on their Facebook page and videos on their YouTube channel. Other big news with the release is the production of 15% more horsepower Can-Am squeezed out of the Rotax 500 engines. This places the class leading engine even further out of the reach of competitors.

2013 Can-Am Outlander MAX. Photo courtesy of BRP.

Highlights for 2013 include the next-generation Outlander MAX family now featuring a second generation Surrounding Spar Technology frame (SST G2). The passenger seat has also been totally redesigned. The Outlander MAX LIMITED is now available in a Pearl White paint.

The aforementioned all-new Outlander X mr 1000 is built on the same new MAX frame. In additional to the traditional Can-Am yellow and black finish the Outlander X mr 1000 is available in an all-new NEXT G-1 Vista camouflage finish. It also benefits from a larger relocated radiator, ITP wheels, restyled dash panel and a rider-adjustable air controlled suspension. The Outlander X mr 1000 is THE mud machine.

2013 Can-Am Outlander XT. Photo courtesy of BRP.

Most of the other Outlander models will see the new SST frame for 2013. Can-Am also has Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) packages available (or standard) for all 500 cc+ models. XT-P packages are now available for the Outlander 800R, 1000 and MAX packages. The sport inspired package adds the new dash, full FOX suspension system, 12-inch aluminum beadlock wheels, exclusive colors and more. The DS450 and Renegade also return but with few changes as of press time.

2013 Can-Am Outlander XT-P. Photo courtesy of BRP.

Can-Am also provided the new DPS package to the Commander Side-by-Side lineup. The DPS package for the Commander includes 27 Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 rubber on 14-inch cast aluminum. The XT and Limited packages include a 4,000 pound WARN winch, half-windshield, premium wheels and an entertainment system with integrated Garmin touchscreen GPS. A couple of new color schemes are also available for 2013. The killer Can-Am Commander setup just keeps getting better.

2013 Can-Am Commander. Photo courtesy of BRP.

Stay tuned for more details as Can-Am releases them or visit the Can-Am Offroad site at

September 24, 2012 Update!

2013 Can-Am Outlander 650 X mr. Photo coutesy of BRP.

Can-Am continues the releases with the announcement of the 2013 Can-Am Outlander 650 X mr. A slightly more compact version of the Outlander 1000 X mr, the 650 is not compact on features. Rocketed by a 62 HP Rotax V-Twin engine it’s ready for your challenges. Like the 1000, it features a larger, relocated radiator as well as nearly snorkled CVT intake, CVT exhaust and engine air intake.  It also features the SST G2 frame, Tri-Mode DPS, Visco-Lok QE, preload-adjustable mud shocks and aluminum foot-pegs. 28 inch Maxxis Mudzilla tires on 12 inch cast aluminum wheels will keep you rolling in any terrain. MSRP has not yet been released for the Outlander 650 X mr.