Trike of the week

The Observer Magazine - - Wheels -

Can-Am Ryker

Price £8 £8,699, 699 can-am.brp.com

Look­ing like a Trans­former crossed with a luxed-up ride-on lawn­mower, the Ryker is the start of what might be called Can-Am’s dif­fu­sion line. For years, the mo­tor­cy­cle arm of the Cana­dian firm – which also makes Ski-Doo snow­mo­biles, Sea-Doo jet skis and a range of awe­some Mad Max- style all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles – has been on a one-brand mis­sion to make mo­torised trikes cool. And, as you can imag­ine, that has not been easy. But re­search shows the main stick­ing point isn’t ac­tu­ally a deep-seated crys­tal-tip­sand-denim prej­u­dice against three-wheel­ers, it’s the price! So, let’s hear if for the Ryker. It starts at less than £9,000 and for that you get a hell of a lot of trike. It’s com­fort­able, fun and easy to ride. You can use it with your stan­dard driv­ing li­cence and, legally, you don’t need to wear a hel­met – though clearly you’d be a bit of a hel­met not to. It’s also a real head-turner. The fu­tur­is­tic styling means you’ll leave a trail of gaw­ping pedes­tri­ans where ever you go. The twist-and-go throt­tle and au­to­matic gear­ing means you don’t need any bik­ing know-how to en­joy it. Just hop on, sit back and you’re off. The unique Y-ar­chi­tec­ture, two wheels at the front and one at the back, means it feels sta­ble and has great stop­ping power. Think of it as a ‘safe mo­tor­bike’ – two words you rarely see to­gether.

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