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Can-Am adds entry level solo Ryker roadster

Can-Am Ryker

If you ever wanted a three-wheeled roadster but couldn’t afford the Can-Am Spyder, there is now the Ryker which will cost about half the price.

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In Australia, the 1330cc F3 costs $28,890, so the 600/900cc Ryker should start at about $14,000-$15,000.

Obviously the entry level solo-seat version is the 600cc model. We reckon it would qualify as a learner/novice bike in Australia under the Learner-Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS).

It could be a great way to get millennials on to “motorcycles”!Can-Am Ryker

The 900cc model costs an extra $US1500.

While Spyders can cost up to $28,990 for the ST Limited with all the trimmings, this is a bare-bones roadster, yet it features a low-noise, no-maintenance drive shaft rather than a belt.

Ryker also has continuously variable transmission (CVT) which is the twist-and-go transmission used in most scooters.

To make it even easier for novices to ride, it has one foot brake on the right that is linked to front and back wheels.

It is powered by either a 35kW 600cc parallel twin or a 57kW 900cc triple.

Can-Am Ryker
600cc parallel twin and 900cc triple

That’s a long way from the 85kW 1330cc engine triple that powers the rest of the Spyder fleet, but it weighs only 272kg which is about a third lighter.

You can also buy a passenger seat that requires a separate rear frame. It weighs more and costs about $US600 extra.

Can-Am Ryker
Rally Edition

There will also be a Ryker Rally Edition for $US10,999 which is the first Can-Am roadster with off-road abilities.

It features longer travel suspension, knobby tyres and a Rally riding mode that allows rear-wheel slide.

All Ryker models come with Can-Am’s Vehicle Stability System which includes ABS and traction control.

Ryker ryders

Can-Am spokesman Josée Perreault says the roadster will appeal t a younger demographic than the average age of Spyder buyers at 62.

“That our average buyer’s age is on the high side doesn’t bother us at all,” he says.

“Actually, we’re embracing it. These are people who have both a comfortable amount of disposable income and time to enjoy life. They use their Spyders to travel, to be with their friends, to have fun, and they love ’em.

Masses of Spyders at the 10th anniversary ryker
Masses of Spyders at the 10th anniversary in 2017

“On the other hand, we know there’s a substantial mass of potential that would love to own a Spyder but can’t.

“Our dealers keep telling us how they snap up a used unit as soon as one becomes available. We also know there are people out there wondering if they’d really like the riding experience or not. They’re uncertain.Can-Am Ryker

“We know others just want a toy to occasionally play with. And we know there are young people who’d love to go ride, but can’t afford it.

“What’s common to all these groups is the desire for a price low enough to make it easy for them to make that decision and buy a 3-wheeler.”Can-Am Ryker