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        5 Fast facts about President Duterte’s favorite three-wheeler

        The reverse trike is popular in Visayas and Mindanao
        by John Paulo Aguilera Apr 14, 2021
        PHOTO: Bong Go

        President Rodrigo Duterte has recently been spotted riding a Can-Am Ryker three-wheeled motorcycle.

        Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go uploaded photos of Duterte jogging, playing golf, and cruising with the reverse trike on Facebook.

        But what do we know about the Can-Am Ryker aside from the fact that its the President’s favorite three-wheeler?

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        Can-Am Ryker

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        It’s made in Canada, and popular in Visayas and Mindanao

        Can-Am vehicles are manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products, whose headquarters is located in Valcourt, Quebec, Canada. The reason for its popularity in the two Philippine island groups is the lack of tollways there.

        The previous model was still packed with features

        Duterte was first seen riding the Ryker Rally Edition in 2019, which means that the bike photographed over the weekend is most likely the same unit. Back then, Top Gear Philippines didnt specify the variant, but reported that it is equipped with a 900cc fuel-injected three-cylinder engine and an automatic gearbox. The shaft-driven Ryker also comes with a reverse mode, hill hold control, and ABS.

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        Can-Am Ryker

        It has a Vehicle Stability System

        Can-Am introduced the Vehicle Stability System (VSS) for its three-wheelers to maintain balance when going fast around corners. The feature manages braking, traction control, and throttle input, allowing the vehicle to enter a corner aggressively and still exit in one piece.

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        “It’s some sort of a nanny system,” Gerry Batoy, account manager of the local authorized Can-Am dealership RDAK Powersports based in Cebu City, once told Top Gear Philippines.

        Can-Am Ryker

        The Rally Edition is built for dirt roads

        The Rally Mode button is used for disengaging traction control to allow the rear wheel to slide and glide off-road. Meanwhile, the 2021 model is fitted with rally tires, reinforced rims, front grille protection, skid plate, hand guards, rally seat, upgraded suspension (KYB HPG with preload ajdustment), and Max Mount structure to prepare the rider for all types of road conditions.

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        The stander version is no slouch, either

        For the standard variant, the owner can choose between a 600cc or 900cc Rotax engine. The latest Rykers VSS is in collaboration with Bosch, and the unit is equipped with an automatic transmission with twist-and-go shifting. Footpegs and brake pedal can also be positioned according to build, with its tool-free adjustable ergonomics.

        Made from eco-friendly materials, the Can-Am Ryker reportedly goes for around P1.3 million in the Philipines.

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        PHOTO: Bong Go

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