“Riding my Can-Am is all about freedom of motion. It is like flying three feet off the ground!”
For Amberlee Shaw, riding has always been a thrill. As a child, she would jump at the chance to join her father on a motorcycle ride. “You would see me on the back of my father's CBR with a gallon of milk in my lap!”
Since then, Amberlee has moved from the backseat to the driver’s seat of her very own 2019 Can-Am Ryker 900. She has clocked over 4,000 miles on her Ryker, most of them alongside her fiancé, Steve. Their adventures have taken them all across Southern Arizona. Amberlee counts her visit to Jerome’s historic Grand Hotel, “one of Arizona’s most haunted places,” and her journey along Highway 89’s twist-filled mountain road among her favorite trips.
Her itinerary was no coincidence: Amberlee cites Arizona as her favorite riding destination, thanks to its diverse landscapes featuring deserts trails, mountain switchbacks, dirt roads and much more. “We get 300 days of sunny weather in Arizona, and you can ride all year long,” she boasts. “I am still smiling after today's ride.”
Easily own the road, the dirt and the gravel with a full-throttle, adrenaline-charged riding experience like no other.
“Crowds aren’t my thing. I started riding to break free.”
San Diego’s Kendell Madden was born to stand out. This retired Air Force member somehow finds the time to be a dog dad, gold-mining expert, adaptive sports/jiu-jitsu instructor and photographer/video producer in addition to riding thousands of miles every year on his Can-Am Spyder F3-T and Can-Am Ryker. He has more than earned his spot in our People of the Open Road series.
Ever since his first Can-Am journey, a 10-day, 4,200-mile journey from Seattle to Tampa Bay, he has clocked in over 90,000 miles. From Mount Rushmore to New Orleans, Kendell has explored the United States and traveled its most scenic roads. His top riding destination, however, is still San Diego, thanks to its gorgeous “mountains, oceans desert, valleys, canyons, forests and lakes.”
“I started riding after leaving the military because I needed to fulfill my unrelenting sense of adventure”, recalls Kendell. That’s why he now serves as the West Coast Director of the Road Warriors Foundation (RWF), an incredible organization that Can-Am proudly supports.
The RWF provides support and relief to military veterans by empowering them through adventure therapy. This involves giving them challenges that honor their service, such as the monthly rides that Kendell organizes for his local RWF group.
Every RWF ride is a highlight for Kendell. “Riding with them is a lesson every time. Watching these brave vets overcome adversity over and over is a true blessing,” he gushes.
Kendell is so proud of his involvement with the foundation that he wears his RWF jersey on every ride. “It reminds me of the sacrifice and adversity that our vets overcome. The impactful memories stick with you for a long time, and my jersey makes me remember them each time.”
“Most Can-Am fans don’t even know Slovakia exists, but it’s got everything: fairytale castles, beautiful mountains, rivers with green valleys, and a Slovakian rider who is ready to take anyone on an unforgettable trip around the country.”
In 2015, Martin got himself a Can-Am Spyder F3 without taking it for a test ride. A bold choice, yes, but one that turned out to be the best he ever made. 5 years later, Martin has logged over 40,000 miles on the ride he lovingly calls “TheBeast”.
Hopping from one beach to the next in Albania, riding in the mud with friends in Serbia, exploring a small mountain village in Romania... Martin has created countless memories with TheBeast, and he has documented many of them for his YouTube channel, MartinTheVlogger.
Unreal performance, comfort that pushes you further, muscular design, and a world of open road. With a Spyder F3 growling beneath you, true open-air freedom is yours to be had.