In many ways riding a Can-Am Spyder or a Can-Am Ryker is similar to riding a motorcycle, but in some ways it is not. The vehicle dynamics are actually more similar to that of an ATV (all terrain vehicle) or a Ski-Doo snowmobile. The rider skills of how to get the machine to maneuver and corner are different from riding a motorcycle, specifically steering through a corner. When riding a Can-Am Spyder or a Can-Am Ryker you steer into the corner and lean your body weight into the corner, just like one does when riding an ATV, snowmobile or Sea-Doo watercraft. This is to lower the overall center of gravity and to maintain vehicle attitude.
The three wheel architecture of the Can-Am Spyder and the Can-Am Ryker is much safer than 2-wheel bikes in most every respect. Quite simply, the stability is far greater with three wheels instead of two. We call this the “Y-Factor”. Also, the Spyder and Ryker models are packed full of the world’s best safety features and electronic controls – ABS anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control. These fully automatic system constantly monitor the operation of the machine to maintain traction, provide the most efficient and quickest braking distances and help to keep the machine planted on the ground and pointed in the right direction. Many sensor inputs are monitored by several on-board computers to ensure a safe ride experience. Combined with the stability of the Y-factor three-wheel design you have one of the safest open air experiences available today.