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BRP, the company that invented the snowmobile and personal watercraft, considers re-entry into the motorcycle market. Anyone remember Can-Am two stroke dirt bikes? Kinda makes sense as they already own Rotax, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Evinrude and are building the 3 wheeled Spider. Let's hope they do not chose to build them in Mexico.

BRP evaluating two-wheel motorcycle business among options to fuel growth | CTV News

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Canams were pretty hot bikes. If Polaris can do why not BRP?

I rode a Cooper for a while when I was very young. German frame, Yamaha internals on the engine, but other parts made & final assembly in Mexico. A reasonably competent bike for its day.
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The problem is BRP dealers. They need to put them in motorcycle dealerships that have motorcycle knowledge. BRP dealers sell everything from chain saws to ski doos.

I rode for almost a complete day in Quebec a while back. Must have passed 30+ of those Bombardier three wheelers. They are really popular and everywhere there, not so much on the Ontario side of the border. May be a dealer thing as the BRP dealer network is very strong in Quebec as they are a Quebec based company. I think there is only one BRP dealer in Ottawa.

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Always liked the Can-Am's and Maico's when i was younger...

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Unless they can find a special market, then they may need to wait a while.
The current market for 2-wheeled motorcycles is flooded.

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Man bringing back the memories mentioning Can-Am and Maico. Both favorites of mine in the late 70's and early 80's. Never owned either one but an older guy had a Maico 250 who lived about a 1/4 mile from me. I would hear it fire up and he would start ripping thru their cow pasture, sent chills up my neck. I remember the Can-Am had a very unique exhaust note compared to the big four 2-stroke bikes.

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Bultaco, Montesa, Ossa, CZ, Hodaka, Rickman, Penton to name a few more bikes from the past.


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Speaking of Hodaka, one of my favorite bike model names 'The Combat Wombat'

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Bultaco, Montesa, Ossa, CZ, Hodaka, Rickman, Penton to name a few more bikes from the past.
Back in '68, a friend of mine had a 2 cyl from one of the Slavic countires. Can't remember the name. Sometimes he would start it and the bike would be running in reverse. He'd have to kill it, and put it in gear and be pushed forward a bit to get it to go forward after starting it again. Everybody had 2 cyl bikes back then, except Honda was making the the 4 cyl Dreams in 305's and 350's if I recall properly, then they came out with the 450's and the 750.

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When I raced enduros (FIM, NOT 'clock-watch!!!) way-back-when......, the BEST bike I ever rode was a Can-Am 400 Qualifier that the factory had set-up for the ISDT as a spare, then released for sale when they got back to Canada.

Later, when I moved back to Alberta, I rode the mountains on it - AWESOME! (And it could cross thru more than 36" of water because the air-intake [thru the frame] was behind the steering-head, right behind the number plate...!)

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