Originally Posted by snomo55
Pretty much like the title says, I'm wondering how nice the 99 xc 600's are. Thinking about buying one. How powerful? Rough estimate on top speed? Reliability? To be honest I'm mainly interested in whether or not I will be disappointed by its power. Thanks!
Personally, I don't believe you've given enough information to get any useful information.
What area are you in? What sort of riding do you do? Do you have a sled currently? If so, what is it?
Whether or not this particular machine would be something you enjoy or not would have a lot to do with your size, riding, style, and the topography of where you ride. The last piece is whether or not it's an upgrade, lateral change, or downgrade from what you've been riding (if anything).
If you're over 6', more than a couple hundred pounds - the sled will pull you along well, but you may not be all that comfortable on it compared to getting into a similar machine in the Edge chassis. Same sort of comment if your riding style is "ditch banging" as opposed to trail cruising.
If you want sled for groomed trails that pulls well and has a reasonable level of comfort, it's a good ride. The non-VES motor has fewer moving parts in it than the VES motors, so it's a little easier to maintain than if you had the VES valves to maintain as well.
If you compare that machine to mine, even though mine is a 500, I'll take mine any day over that 600. It's about 50 pounds heavier, develops similar horsepower (it's an XCSP, VES motor), and has a better suspension under it.