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Can You Guess What President Duterte's Latest Ride is?

This P1.6-million three-wheeler is getting popular in Visayas and Mindanao
IMAGE BONG GO
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From riding burly Harley-Davidson motorbikes and midsize cruisers, lately President Rodrigo Duterte has found himself favoring a 400cc three-wheeler.

Senator Bong Go, a friend of the chief executive, posted a photo of Duterte trying out different two-wheelers to relieve stress. Incidentally, Duterte recently figured in a minor accident while roaming around the Malacañang grounds on a Kawasaki Vulcan, resulting in some minor scratches and back pain.

Photo by BONG GO.
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The latest photo from Go shows his riding partner mounted on a huge, whale-shark-looking, three-wheeled machine.

His latest fancy ride is a CanAm Ryker Rally Edition. Made in Canada, this reverse trike is powered by a 900cc fuel-injected three-cylinder engine mated to an automatic gearbox.  CanAms are fast becoming popular in Visayas and Mindanao.

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Being a huge vehicle, the shaft-driven Ryker has a reverse mode. Three-wheelers are notorious for their tendency to tip off-balance when tackling corners at high speed, but CanAm has figured out a way to prevent this: The Ryker Rally Edition is equipped with a Vehicle Stability System (VSS) that manages braking, traction control, and throttle input, allowing the vehicle to enter a corner aggressively and still exit in one piece.

Photo by RDAK POWERSPORTS.
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“It’s some sort of a nanny system,” says Gerry Batoy, account manager of RDAK Powersports based in Cebu City. RDAK is one of the authorized dealerships of CanAm in the Philippines. The hill hold control and ABS come as standard equipment.

By the way, the ‘Rally Edition’ tag here is not just for a show. This Ryker has a rally-mode button to disengage traction control, allowing the rear wheel to slide and glide on dirt roads when it's playtime.

Why is the CanAm Ryker popular in the Visayas and Mindanao? No tollways there.

Given the CanAm’s three-wheel configuration, it’s pretty obvious that balancing won’t be an issue for the 74-year-old Duterte. The Ryker also has a low seat height of 24.2 inches, with a comfy backseat.

Photo by RSAK POWERSPORTS.
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This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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