Can-Am Ryker 2019 review: Rotax 900 Ace engine test
Can-Am has set its sights on bringing new riders into the tricycle fold with the affordable, downsized, automatic transmission-equipped trike to complement its budding lineup.
When this unusual machine was introduced to us, we saddled up a 2019 Can-Am Ryker and drove through the hills of Malibu and down the alleys of Venice to see what this innovative three-wheeler can do.
1. With a price starting at $ 8,499 for the 600-powered version, the 2019 Can-Am Ryker is substantially cheaper than anything currently offered in the Can-Am stable on the road. If you want to start with a Can-Am Spyder, the least expensive entry model is the $ 15,999 Spyder F3, almost double the base Ryker model.
2. Your choice of Rotax 600 Ace or 900 Ace engines to power the Can-Am Ryker. When selecting your Ryker at the dealership, you will have two options: a 600cc parallel twin producing 47 horsepower at 7300 rpm and 35 ft.-lbs. Of torque at 6200 rpm, or an 899 cc triple with 77 horsepower at 7100 rpm and 56 foot-pounds of torque at 6300 rpm. In particular, the cylinders of both engines have the same bore and stroke: 74 x 69.7 mm. We tested the version with the Rotax 900 Ace engine, which starts at $ 9,999 MSRP.
3. Unlike its comfort-laden, tour-loving cousins, the Ryker is basic, in a good way.. The Ryker aims to please as a short- to medium-range cannon and urban machine gun, with grunt styling to spice it all up. Twisting the Ryker’s grip will give you a twisting hit that you can handle at any speed, with a manageable power delivery that’s at the forefront of the driving experience. At the guns, the 900cc triple has a lot of grunt to launch the roughly 650-pound Ryker into corners and slip the rear wheel out on the way out, when in the proper riding mode, of course.
4. To make the 2019 Can-Am Ryker more appealing to non-motorcyclists, it has a fully automatic transmission. The fully automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) helps level the learning curve for new drivers. Just step on the gas and the CVT will classify everything based on load and throttle position. It allows passengers to focus on their journey, as they will not need to hit the gearbox or engage a clutch, whether they are running at a brisk pace or experiencing the monotony of traffic.
5. Driving the Ryker is unique, and that falls short. The trike’s chassis with two front wheels provides an enormous amount of information to the rider, letting them know exactly when they have grip and when they don’t. Whether you’re turning the rear end up during an outing or twisting a bit around a corner, the feedback from the chassis is clear as day. As you start to push the envelope and brake hard through corners, the handling becomes very responsive on entry because you are transferring most of the machine’s weight to the front wheels.
6. Spreading your weight across the foot pegs will help you push and pull the bars. This makes the Ryker turn and hold a line in the middle of the corner, which becomes a necessity at higher speeds. Unlike the more expensive Spyder models, the Ryker does not have power steering, so if you want to drive fast, you will have to use some force. Automotive-style Kenda tires provide great grip.
7. Suspension is a combination of car and motorcycle types. At the front, there is a double A-arm with Sachs twin tube shocks. There’s 5.4 inches of travel to do the tough job of keeping the steering rubber on the road and power away from the driver. At the rear, a single, twin-tube, multi-link Sachs shock is assisted by linkage and has nearly six inches of travel. The only suspension adjustment is the rear shock spring preload.
8. Overall, the suspension does a good job of keeping things in shape. Rough tarmac or sloped turns can overload the outside wheel and cause you to push; It is a reminder to brake and load the front end. At the rear, the rider may feel isolated bumps on the rear wheel.
9. There are two selectable power modes available on the 2019 Can-Am Ryker. Once in the saddle of the Ryker, you’ll find two selectable power modes: Sport and Eco. Eco is self-explanatory, while …