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around. With the twist

around. With the twist throttle, there is traction control and stability control, systems that you become acutely aware of when pushing through corners. In a similar fashion to a quad, there is no leaning or countersteering, turning is by directing the bars in the direction of the turn. Again, this may lead people to feel that they are being sold the car experience, but it is very different from a passenger cage. It turns on a dime, switching direction faster than any car would dare, causing physics to play its role by throwing the rider towards the outside of the bend. With no shapely bucket seat, the rider must use arms and legs to stay on top of things, hanging off inside of the Ryker to both avoid catastrophe and to aid it through the bend. It’s both hard work and good fun. Should you overdo it, the stability control will let you know, applying brakes to the offending wheels and keeping the Ryker from tipping or sliding. We shot along the newly-resurfaced R511 between Diepsloot and Harties. On a few occasions, I had that cold feeling within my gut that I had utterly overdone a bend and was due to have an unceremonious introduction to the scenery. However, the Ryker did its thing, applying brakes to wheels that need it and cutting the throttle. It caused a wobbling sensation to run through the motorcycle that was unsettling at first, and yet every time doom seemed imminent, it wobbled a little bit and was brought back on course. The downside of this is that the more audacious rider will not be able to tip it on to two wheels in the act of bravado. However, this is the Rally Edition of the Ryker. In addition to the Sport and Eco riding modes, it also has a mode called Rally, on account of its ability to leave the haven of tar roads and venture onto gravel. To make this more achievable, the Rally Edition is also adorned with handguards, a bash plate, a beefed-up chassis, KYB suspension, rally wheels and rally tyres. Clicking into Rally mode turns off the traction control, giving the rider the ability to spin the rear wheel both on tar and dirt. Oh yes, this is a new dimension of fun, allowing the rider to go full Colin McRae. “Clicking into Rally mode turns off the traction control, giving the rider the ability to spin the rear wheel both on tar and dirt. Oh yes, this is a new dimension of fun, allowing the rider to go full Colin McRae.” The only downside is that the stability control cannot be switched off, so should the rider carry too much speed, enticing the Ryker to cock a leg, the safety systems kick in and bring everything in line. The trick here is not to run too much speed into the corner so that none of the wheels try to lift. From there, start opening the throttle until the rear steps out and then Colin is your uncle! Of course, the Ryker says Rally on it but please don’t be mistaken into thinking it will enter the Dakar. It is strictly rally in the World Rally Championship sense. The ground clearance is 112 mm, and the suspension travel is 162 mm; not really enough to overcome a motocross track. It does mean that smooth gravel roads need not be avoided – in fact, they are encouraged. The more perceptive reader might notice that we have not referred to the Ryker as a motorbike, and that is because it isn’t one. The term “bike” implicitly means two, and it would, therefore, be an oxymoron to refer to a threewheeler by this term – it is also why the term “quadbike” should also be strictly avoided. The Ryker is, by all definitions, a motorcycle, one that can happily line up with the ranks of its two-wheeled kin. It is fun to ride, a joy to behold and, now, not as expensive. 70 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 7 1