Dirtch the denim and crystal tips, this is a trike that’s brilliant fun and is set to break the trend barrier
Price £8,699, 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-tips-and-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 wherever 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.