So here’s the deal. Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of two wheels, but they still want the saddle, handlebar, wind-in-your-hair experience, and we don’t blame them—it’s fun.
Can-Am figured this out and about ten years ago introduced its first Spyder, with two wheels up front for better stability than traditional trikes.
Can-Am has instituted a new strategy it calls Project S, which takes a four-pronged approach: reduce the price of the Spyder F3 and RT models, continue to expand the Rider Education Program, introduce the industry’s first leasing program and bring a new entry-level model to market, the $8,499, automatic transmission Ryker.
With ten years of experience and some amortization of development costs, plus overall cost reductions for technology, Can-Am’s designers and engineers feel like the Ryker is the entry-level 3WV they’ve always wanted to build.
How low can you go? The Ryker’s seat floats just 23.5 inches off the ground, meaning it has a very low center of gravity. All the better for drifting and hooning around on twisty roads! Photos by Kevin Wing.
It looks at bit like a stripped-down Spyder, with matte black plastic composite bodywork and a low, stubby saddle suspended over the single-sided swingarm that houses a driveshaft.
Gone is the belt that drives the Spyders’ rear wheels, which Can-Am says was a necessity if it wanted to create a lower center of gravity; the lower shaft allows the seat to hang just 23.5 inches off the ground. It also weighs in at around 300 pounds less than the sporty Spyder F3.
Ever wished for a customized fit so you can easily reach the handlebar and footpegs? Wish no more, the future is now. To move the Ryker’s handlebar, simply lift the clamp, slide it forward or back to your desired position, then re-clamp.
The Ryker is the first in the industry to offer easy, tool-free rider customization.
The footpegs are similarly easy: lift, slide along the frame tube, lower back into place. Thanks to a pretty ingenious design, the brake reservoir slides along with the right peg, and the lever itself is also easily adjustable with one hand; at one red light I reached down and adjusted both footpegs before the light turned green.
Once wrapped around the low-slung machine, getting started is a matter of twisting the throttle. The Ryker’s automatic CVT requires no shifting and includes a reverse gear; the belt does require service at a BRP dealer every 12,500 miles or so.
Can-Am offers the standard Ryker with either a Rotax 600 ACE parallel twin or a 900 in-line triple, while the up-spec and dirt road-ready Rally Edition comes with the 900 and features all-road tires, KYB suspension with an extra inch of travel, reinforced wheels, an included Max Mount rear rack, skid plates and structural enhancements, hand guards and an extra Rally ride mode.
Both variations can be customized with snap-on body panels and other accessories. The base price includes one of three colors, black, red or yellow, with other optional colors and graphics available for an upcharge, including a limited-edition series that will change every six months or so.
It takes a bit for a motorcyclist used to two-wheelers to get in the 3WV swing of things, but once figured out it’s like riding a go-kart with a handlebar. Riders can choose their own level of adventure with three riding modes: Eco, Standard and Sport (and a fourth, Rally, on the Rally Edition).
Rally mode takes things even further to allow for some pretty serious off-road drifts, but after scaring myself several times on an extremely twisty canyon road I decided that it would be wise to save it for the dirt.
Also notable was the fact that the standard Ryker, with its lower ride height and stickier street tires, was quicker on those technical roads than the Rally Edition. When pushed hard into a turn in Sport mode, the Rally’s “all-road” front tires had a tendency to break loose, sending me skittering across my lane with the dialed-back VSS sputtering to intervene at such a late juncture.
This three wheel motorbike generates a claimed 77 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 56 lb-ft of torque at 6,300, delivered via a well dialed-in electronic throttle and a CVT that offered it up on demand for quick passes and scooting around the twisties.
Suspension (Sachs twin-tube coil-over shocks on the standard Ryker and adjustable KYB HPG shocks on the Rally) is impressive, as it is on the Spyders. With a 3WV one often can’t avoid potholes and other road hazards, but the Ryker soaks them up with very little fanfare.
What remains to be seen is how well it’s received by its target market, but the new leasing program, which advertises payments on a Ryker as low as $149/month, might provide an added incentive for a generation unlikely to have a large chunk of savings to plunk down on a new toy.
Even seasoned two-wheelers (and trike riders) looking for something fun to bomb around town on should give the Ryker an open-minded look though. You never know, you just might like it!
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