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This is a discussion on Can Am Ryker within the Other Bikes forums, part of the Yamaha FZ-09 Forums category; I was at my old employers Spring Open House this past Saturday to peruse around. Saw the Niken up close/personal .. Naaah. But what caught ...

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    Can Am Ryker

    I was at my old employers Spring Open House this past Saturday to peruse around. Saw the Niken up close/personal .. Naaah. But what caught my eye was the new Can Am Ryker. This thing is short/compact, kinda like a 3 wheel go kart. Gonna ride one in couple weeks when I get back from a southern vacation. Less than $10k too for the 900cc version (if they give me a former employee discount). Just wanna try it for what it would be used for.. fun We shall see..
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    I think I’ll stick with our roadster ;-)
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    If it doesn't lean, it doesn't go in my garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto26 View Post
    If it doesn't lean, it doesn't go in my garage.
    That pretty much sums it up for me......Although I do see these being a viable thing for someone with a handicap or disability.

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    I like them. I've ridden the original and it was fun, although I prefer the lines of the new Ryker much better.
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    My only concern is not really reliability, but factory and design issues.

    Consumer Reports did a survey online. 11,000 subscribers reported on more than 12,300 motorcycles from model years 2008 to 2014

    The reliability ratings are based on failure rates for 4-year-old bikes:
    1) Yamaha/Star (11 percent failure rate)
    2) Suzuki and Honda (12 percent)
    3) Kawasaki (15 percent)
    4) Victory (17 percent)
    5) Harley-Davidson (26 percent)
    6) Triumph (29 percent)
    7) Ducati (33 percent)
    8) BMW (40 percent)
    9) Can-Am (42 percent)

    Most riders I know have seen that list above and I figured that it's a few years old so I'd check the forums to see what's happened since 2014.

    On the Can-Am forums this is the first thread I found about reliability. Start at post #5. https://www.can-amforum.com/forums/c...ty-can-am.html

    - someone doesn't like the suspension
    - gear shifter is a "pain in the ass to shift"
    - heat blows onto your left leg
    - power steering issues
    - quote "They need constant tlc. Lots of hours maintaining my can am over the years."
    - brake pads after 300 miles
    - front diff seal leaked
    - overheating issues
    - clutch work
    - after 10,000 miles needs a sway bar mount and the front suspension bushings are a little loose

    That was just the first page of the thread. While the issues above don't discuss the Ryker itself (it just launched), I think that the amount of complaints about their line-up show that Can-Am still has many areas to improve not only design, but function.

    On a side note, with the issues above, do you want to own the first generation of a Can-Am?

    I haven't looked into Can-Am much before, but with them being the bottom of the pack for failures and the added issues in the forums I found it makes me think that they are still working out the kinks, and possibly using consumers as testers.

    Here is their recall page for road-going vehicles. https://can-am.brp.com/on-road/owner...y-recalls.html

    I didn't see any Ryker recalls yet (this is the first year for them), but it's a good page to check to see what's happening since Rykers are relatively new.

    Other than all that, I do love the agressive look of them.
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    I think that Forum you linked is for Can-Am Side-By-Sides and Quads??? since there is no mention of any Spyder's on any of the pages and there is no front differential on a Spyder or Ryker.

    As for reliability on the Ryker or any of the new Spyder no idea how good they are. All I can say is the 2009 Spyder RS SM5 that I had for a few years was really reliable with zero issues. The only maintenance I had to do was oil changes and tires since it did like to eat up rear tires if you "played" on it at all. And yes it does not lean and it is not a motorcycle. You have to think of it more as a street legal 3 wheeled quad or snowmobile, lol.

    2009 Spyder RS SM5, which I got rid of just before they came out with the new F3 version.

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    So if you are expecting it to be like a motorcycle, you won't like it. But if you have done any quad'ing or snowmobiling and might find of these things a blast to ride.


    Quote Originally Posted by WebbyRides View Post
    On the Can-Am forums this is the first thread I found about reliability. Start at post #5. https://www.can-amforum.com/forums/c...ty-can-am.html

    - someone doesn't like the suspension
    - gear shifter is a "pain in the ass to shift"
    - heat blows onto your left leg
    - power steering issues
    - quote "They need constant tlc. Lots of hours maintaining my can am over the years."
    - brake pads after 300 miles
    - front diff seal leaked
    - overheating issues
    - clutch work
    - after 10,000 miles needs a sway bar mount and the front suspension bushings are a little loose
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky_MTN_FZ09 View Post
    I think that Forum you linked is for Can-Am Side-By-Sides and Quads??? since there is no mention of any Spyder's on any of the pages and there is no front differential on a Spyder or Ryker.

    As for reliability on the Ryker or any of the new Spyder no idea how good they are. All I can say is the 2009 Spyder RS SM5 that I had for a few years was really reliable with zero issues. The only maintenance I had to do was oil changes and tires since it did like to eat up rear tires if you "played" on it at all. And yes it does not lean and it is not a motorcycle. You have to think of it more as a street legal 3 wheeled quad or snowmobile, lol.

    2009 Spyder RS SM5, which I got rid of just before they came out with the new F3 version.

    2009 Spyder RS SM5.JPG

    So if you are expecting it to be like a motorcycle, you won't like it. But if you have done any quad'ing or snowmobiling and might find of these things a blast to ride.
    I know ... I sold Spyders at the dealership I worked at for a couple years. Actually have many hundreds of miles experience on them. I know what I'm looking at and how it'll be used. If you haven't seen one in person yet, they're pretty cool. Much more compact than the full sized units. We shall see...
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    They do look pretty awesome. I'd want to hear about your ride after you're done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by troop View Post
    I know ... I sold Spyders at the dealership I worked at for a couple years. Actually have many hundreds of miles experience on them. I know what I'm looking at and how it'll be used. If you haven't seen one in person yet, they're pretty cool. Much more compact than the full sized units. We shall see...
    The only thing I am not too sure about on the Ryker's is the Automatic CVT Transmission??? I would still prefer a good old manual transmission, lol.
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