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.
The Ace 900 (skidoo model) can be had in turbo form. Can a Ryker R be far off?
I *want* one!
Good move fem Can-Am, not a fan of the design. Now for a smaller and cheaper model to reach an even wider audience.
I wonder what the legalities and requirements are that allow them to make these road legal as a motorcycle, yet not make a side-by-side or ATV that is road legal. 3 wheels = bike, 4 wheels = car in the eyes of Transport Canada?
An off roader with a foot forward riding position, dumb.
Makes me miss my old ATC.