Globally presented at the annual Club BRP event this time in Denver, the Can-Am Ryker has been announced to the world as a new player in the powersports industry.
Aimed at a younger crowd, the Ryker has 75,000+ combinations with various models and customisation. BRP acknowledge that their global average owner age is 62 years, and aim to present the Ryker to a more youthful generation who cannot see spending $25k+ for a Spyder yet want one. Enter the Ryker with current conversions could land in the early part of $13k (speculation by us), unofficially of course as pricing for Australia is yet to be announced.
First up is a 600cc 2cyl in-line variant. We expect this will be LAMS/learner approved. 35kW @ 7000rpm, 599mm seat height, 104mm ground clearance, 270kg dry weight.
Up from there is the 900cc 3cyl in-line variant. More power at 57kW @ 7100rpm. 597mm seat height, 102mm ground clearance, 280kg dry weight.
Both units above have a CVT gearbox with reverse (a simple pull lever to activate reverse this time around), double wishbone front suspension with SACHS shocks, mono swingarm rear incorporating shaft drive, 270mm front discs with Nissin brakes, 220mm rear disc, 16″ front and rear 5-spoke carbon black wheels, 1709mm long wheelbase, 4.5″ digital LCD display with a host of features, 2 USB charge points, 7L storage, Can-Am’s safety systems like ABS, traction control, stability control, hill holder and anti-theft immobiliser. A 20L tank is standard for fuel, expect decent fuel range especially in ECO mode on the 900cc variant, which is a must for this wide country.
Then there’s the Rally Edition. Aimed at dirt roads, it’s a slightly different beast in 900cc format only. A higher ground clearance by about 1 inch to 112mm, 16″ front and 15″ rear wheels with dirt orientated tyres, KYB shocks with adjustments available front and rear, 285kg dry weight, ‘rally’ mode for fun drifting on the dirt, 615mm seat height, unique wheel design and no doubt special insignia and colours.
Without word for word quoting, the press have captured that BRP really want to offer what’s been missing in this cornered market; an affordable 3 wheeled product with a price and look aimed directly at a younger buyer. They feel that there is gap here and this could possibly fill it. Time will tell with the launch in Australia not yet scheduled, however we estimate mid-2019 at this stage.
The Sea-Doo Spark, also owned by BRP, is so far a screaming success, doing what the Ryker is aimed at, being an affordable player that offers nearly all features that the bigger brother Spyder offers and in some cases even better features. More useable twist and go throttle, activation of reverse, clean open lines, a shaft drive versus the belt of Spyder, a simplified gearbox being CVT for more ‘power now thanks’ approach versus sequential gears finding their place as you ride, and for Australia if all goes through government red tape OK a LAMS version that is ideal for brand new riders on a QLD RE license.
The Rally version will be unique, not anything anyone has offered in this country aimed at dirt roads, where we have a lot of. There’s always a concern of rocks in the belt of a Spyder, so a shaft drive Ryker with higher ground clearance will be a gap filler. Not for proper off road of course, BRP make those really well already (Can-Am Offroad range), but plenty of our customers want to explore some unsealed locations and now they can.
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