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    Unhappy Cat vs Ryker Rally

    Last Friday I was coming back home and took a back road instead of the bigger street I normally take. It was at dusk, so I was going at about 20m/h, when a cat decided to run under my Ryker... Cat survived and Ryker didnít. I honestly didnít feel much of a hit, so I only slowed down to watch that cat running away at about same speed as I was going at opposite direction. I parked the bike in the garage and didnít even bothered to look if there was any damage. Next day I decided to go for a ride and as soon as I pulled out of the garage, I noticed a wet trail. When I walked around the Ryker, I saw a coolant shooting out of the radiator. The firs thought was to blame my older boys who were cleaning a space in front of the bike earlier in the day, and possibly ran something into the radiator and decided not to say anything. That was the most logical explanation since there was no visual damage to the plastic covers and Rallyís version of steel radiator protection. I decided to take plastic covers off to take a closer look and what I saw was pretty shocking and very disappointing. I bought the Rally to have extra protection and durability, yet the front end design flaw is just jaw dropping. With all the spacing between the radiator and a front grill, damage was done by the plastic clip that was holding all that useless protection.. since most people are saying that due to high pressure and temperature radiator repair is only a temporary solution, Iím now facing a $273 replacement after a minor hit (and run ) incident. Now i fell like stopping in front of every squirrel. 🙄 Hope my pictures are available to show it. Since the is an easy access to that area, I think it would be logical to put small plates in fort of those clips to prevent any future damage. Hope that would save some of you guys from having the same issue.

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    I can't see the clips you are referring to. A photo of them would be a big help and thanks for this important information!

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    I think the ryker did well if u ask me! You didn’t get hurt, cat ran off hopefully ok, and the ryker indeed survived, everyone wins!

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    Thanks for sharing. So sorry this happened to you. Ryker Achilles heel?

    Radiator aluminum?

    I'm guessing a heavy duty grill guard will be a 3rd party option down the road.

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    Was looking for the solution today and decided to try JB weld before I spent that much money for a new one. The problem is not the heavy duty grill, it’s the plastic slips that holds them. Here is a closeup picture of a broken clip that punctured the radiator. I’ll put a small plate against that clip to prevent it from happening again. I agree that Can Am did a great job, but this is one of those things that would need to be addressed in the next model.14AFFD26-A38F-42B0-9F0F-D4DE489D76D4.jpgimage.jpg

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    Here is a closeup of another clip that survived by punching aluminum between the tubes. As you can see they are holding the grill that meant to protect the radiator.. 07839B8A-9ECB-4E8D-A465-723239EDCEF1.jpg

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    Honestly I didn’t even considered it an incident, it was such a small impact, yet enough to move a plastic clip into the radiator.

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    well it is first year somthings to be worked out. Safe travels

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