Are Can-Am Dirt Bikes Still Being Made?(Full History)


Can-Am is one of the most popular ATV makers in the world. The company manufacturers some of the best four-wheelers on the market and this is why its products are always featured in lists like the top 5 fastest ATVs in 2021. What many people don’t know about this company is that it also makes dirt bikes. Yes, you read that right. Can-Am dirt bikes are a thing and they are just as good as the company’s four-wheelers.

Can-Am started making dirt bikes back in 1971, under the direction of Gary Robinson and the expertise of former motocross world champion Jeff Smith. Can-Am produced a long list of motorcycles, but its most popular models are the Spyder and Ryker. These are not your regular dirt bikes, because they run on three wheels but they are still designed for rugged terrains.

Since I am a big fan of ATVs, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am familiar with Can-Am’s history. In fact, I have a full article that details the top 6 Can-Am ATV problems that you need to know about. Therefore, today I give you the complete rundown on Can-Am dirt bikes.

The History of Can-Am Dirt Bikes

It all started in 1971 when Can-Am’s motorcycle production begun under the production division of BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products). Just like today, the company was renowned for its powerful quads. However, Can-Am wanted to take things to the next level and also launch its own series of dirt bikes and city motorcycles. They achieved this under the direction of American Gary Robinson, who was working alongside a team of Canadian and Californian development technicians.

The first bikes that Can-Am made were developed for motocross and enduro. This is why the company made sure to employ Jeff Smith (former motocross world champion) to share his expertise. The former world champion was also in charge of testing the dirt bikes. Right from the moment that the first Can-Am dirt bikes launched, they made a huge impact on the motocross and enduro world. In fact, riders won gold, silver and bronze medals at the International Six Days Trial.

Does Can-Am Still Make Dirt Bikes?

rider jumping with a can-am dirt bike

Can-Am does not make dirt bikes anymore. The company focuses on ATVs, tricycles, and UTVs. Can-Am stopped its dirt bike and motorcycle production back in 1987. The reason why the company chose to stop designing dirt bikes is not that they were not selling well. It’s actually due to poor management and investment.

Can-Am Electric Dirt Bike

Even though it’s been a long time since the Can-Am designed a dirt bike, the company is looking to make a comeback. What’s cool about this is the fact that Can-Am will not be launching a regular bike and instead, it will design an electric motor for it. BRP (Can-Am’s parent company) announced that they plan to go all-in on electrification. The company wants to make EV (electric vehicles) that are designed for fun outdoor activities. This means that they will be able to ride on rugged terrains.

How Much is a Can-Am Motorcycle?

The average price for a Can-Am motorcycle is $14,000. The 2022 Can-Am Ryker has a starting price of $8,999 and it can go up to $15,000 if you go all-in on features. The starting price for the high-end Can-Am Spyder RT is $23,899.

If you are thinking about buying a used dirt bike, you might want to check out this detailed article I wrote about knowing how to determine high mileage (and other issues).

Is Can-Am American or Canadian?

Can-Am is a Canadian company. Due to Can-Am’s popularity in the United States, many people believe that the company is American. Here is what BRP (the parent company) states about their origins:

“We’re proud of being a Canadian company that’s now recognized worldwide. Our eight brands, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo, Can-Am on-road and off-road, Lynx, Evinrude, Rotax, Manitou and Alumacraft, are iconic in the powersports and marine industries. We are united by our passion to keep moving forward towards new adventures, giving our customers around the world the power to create their best memories.”

Bob Kelly

Hey there, my name is Bob and I've been riding ATVs, dirt bikes, and UTVs for most of my life. Going on outdoor adventures has always been my passion. I love sharing tips and tricks with beginners who are getting ready to join the world of outdoor enthusiasts. You can reach me at bobtheatvguy@gmail.com if you want to get in touch.

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