Can-Am has introduced a new three-wheeler platform, the Ryker, available with either 600 cc or 900 cc engine.
While the existing Spyder platform is often seen as a mature person’s toy, and comes with a decently high price tag, the Ryker is instead aimed at a younger buyer, with a lower price tag to match. In Canada, pricing starts at $10,499 for the base model, and the Rally Edition (supposedly more offroad-capable) is $13,999.
The Ryker has a CVT (with reverse), for auto shifting, and a shaft drive. The base model’s 600 cc parallel twin (liquid-cooled) puts out 47 hp, supposedly, while the optional 900 cc triple allegedly makes 77 hp (if we figure correctly, the triple engine is a $2,000 upgrade). The Ryker is all about options and customization; the accessories help turn these bargain basement three-wheelers into more profitable machines for Can-Am. Even a rear passenger seat is extra cost, and requires the owner to install a new subframe.
Front and rear suspension on the base Ryker is from Sachs, with 270 mm brake discs up front and a 220 mm disc in rear. There’s 16-inch wheels front and rear. To keep you on-road, BRP included traction control, stability control, hill hold control and ABS.
As for the Rally Edition, this machine is intended to be able to handle a bit of off-pavement adventure, with KYB suspension (an inch more travel than the base model), more aggressive tires, handguards, “structural enhancements” (beefed-up frame?), handguards, and a Rally driving mode that’s supposed to let you hoon about in the gravel. It’s only available with the 900 cc engine.