A suggestion by a financial analyst has led to an interesting statement by an executive from Bombardier Recreational Products.
According to the Canadian Press, Benoit Poirer, a Canadian financial analyst, recently suggested BRP get back into the motorcycle game as part of its growth plan. Of course, Bombardier currently builds the Can-Am three-wheeler, but haven’t made motorcycles since the 1980s (some history here, if you’re curious). So, the suggestion sounded intriguing, but most motorcyclists wouldn’t expect Bombardier to take it seriously.
Except, a company official did not poo-poo the idea when asked. The CP article quotes BRP spokesthingie Sylvain Morissette as saying “Motorcycles could be an option.” That’s far from saying they are actively planning to once again sell motorcycles under the Can-Am brand, or any other, but it’s not a flat-out no, which is what we would have expected to hear.
Sadly, even if we did see a new Can-Am two-wheeler, there’s a possibility production could end up in Mexico, thanks to NAFTA — that’s where much of BRP’s current lineup of recreational vehicles is already built (the Spyder is made in Quebec). Remember, too, that even the original Can-Ams weren’t 100% built in Canada — they had help from people like Rotax, and if we ever saw the name revived for motorcycle use, expect similar deals.