The Can-Am Ryker is looking to shake up the motor industry, prioritising an accessible, fun, and customisable driving experience like no other. It's not quite a bike, and it definitely isn't a car. The Ryker is a three-wheel fun-machine in a category of its own.
I recently had the chance to test the latest Can-Am Ryker prototype and, honestly, I had no idea what to expect - you can't really compare a three-wheeled, Y-shaped vehicle to the roster of vehicles we've had our hands on at Boss Hunting. BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) have been at the top of the recreational vehicle market for over 70 years. Products like the Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo are synonymous with the most captivating snowmobiles and jet skis respectively.
BRP has nailed the art of fun in the snow and in the sea, and now their plan is to bring the same raw passion and enjoyment to land. This is the most accurate way to describe my experience on the Ryker. It doesn't drive like a motorbike, which many might expect it to. Instead, I liken my experience to that of a jet ski on land; easy to grasp twist-and-go technology and the potential for hours of fun. Just as a jet ski wouldn't be your weapon of choice for a long, monotonous trip over the water, the Ryker probably won't be your everyday mover. But what it represents is the potential for countless hours of fun and freedom.
Unlike your standard motorbike, which insists on strenuous licencing procedures, Ryker hopes to go through some convenient government loopholes which would enable buyers to ride with just a motorbike learner's licence. And despite being a guy with little biking experience, I was pushing the Ryker to its limit within a few laps of the Eastern Rivers track.
Once I had the mechanics down-pat, the real fun began. The Ryker's manoeuvrability and solid suspension system meant none of its three wheels came an inch off the ground and if I hit the tight corners too hard, the Ryker's engine would cut out briefly, ensuring my safety when I couldn't.
What makes the Ryker so approachable to such a wide audience is its near-limitless customisability. By near-limitless I mean over 75,000 ways to have the Ryker look and feel exactly how you want it. Simple screws and snap-on/snap-off colour variations allow for a range of appealing aesthetic variations that BRP hope to add to every few months. The company has even created a virtual workshop that allows Ryker owners to test out new colour schemes before they make a purchase. Other more practical personalisations include the ability to move the handlebars and foot stirrups closer or further away, without the need for tools.
The Can-Am Ryker is available with either a two-cylinder Rotax 600 or a three-cylinder Rotax 900 - quite a compelling amount of power for a vehicle that only needs a biking learner's licence. Finally, the Can-Am Rally Edition has added features that increase durability and power, making it perfect for both on-road and off-road enjoyment.
The Can-Am Ryker has a starting price of just $14,899 and is available in Australia on May 11, 2019.