The Can-Am brand has been in existence since the 1960s. It is a subsidiary of Bombardier Recreational Products, a Canadian company that also manufactures all-terrain vehicles under the Can-Am Off-Road brand. Founded in 1967, Can-Am was led by American Gary Robison, who designed the first motorcycles. The first models used Rotax engines, and the company recruited Jeff Smith to test prototypes and begin a race program. In 1971, the Can-Am Spyder was launched, and the series started in 1976.
The Can-Am brand quickly gained popularity in the off-road motorcycling scene. The first Can-Am machines were swept in the AMA 250cc motocross national championship, and Can-Am riders went on to win the 1975 AMA enduro national championship. In addition, the Can-Am team’s Skip Olson was the first to sweep an AMA 250cc motocross national title. The MX3 surpassed the MX1 in horsepower, coming in second place to Dick Burleson.
The Can-Am brand has been a part of American motorcycling for more than 50 years, and has helped propel American sport cycling to the top of the global stage. The Rotax engine was the first to be adapted for the Can-Am’s high power output. The Rotax engine was modified for the MX models, resulting in a more powerful and efficient motor. The company was known for its high horsepower, which earned it a reputation for high performance.
The Can-Am team made an immediate impact in off-road motorcycling competition. The CanAm Grays won the International Six Days Trial and the AMA 250cc motocross national championships. They also swept the AMA enduro national championship in 1976, where Skip Olson was second to Dick Burleson. These early Can-Am machines earned a reputation as high-power motorcycles. But in 1978, the MX3 was the apex of the Can-Am brand, and it became a popular ride for enthusiasts.
The CanAm Association also had several members. The CanAm Grays were a professional baseball team in Toronto. The CanAm League had a wide variety of events and the CanAm League was the most popular. The CanAm Association was a non-profit organization. Its members were not a part of the United States military. But they were able to raise the profile of the brand. Its name sparked a controversy.
In 1977, the Can-Am brand made an impact in off-road motorcycle competitions. The CanAm team won the AMA 250cc motocross national championship. Afterwards, the CanAm team also won the AMA enduro national championship. Can-Am bikes were characterized by their high horsepower. They also made a strong impression in other fields of sport. A popular choice among riders was the MX3 for its high-performance capabilities.
The CanAm Association was formed in 1978 and is now known as the modern Can-Am League. Its newest member, the CanAm United Floorball Club, was founded in 2010. It is part of the AMA and competes in the Canada Cup. Its CanAm Lacrosse League is part of the Canadian Lacrosse Association. Its Women’s Premier Soccer League has its own tournaments and is a member of the CanAm Conference.
Can-Am machines quickly made an impact in off-road motorcycle competition. The CanAm team won the AMA 250cc motocross national championship. The AMA’s first enduro national championship was won by Skip Olson in 1976. These bikes became popular for their high horsepower. These bikes were the pinnacles of off-road motorcycling. They were the first to win gold in the AMA’s Motocross National Championship.
In 1977, Can-Am machines made an immediate impact on off-road motorcycle competition. Their riders won medals at the International Six Days Trial, and the CanAm 250cc motocross national championship. Their riders also won the AMA’s enduro championship. These bikes became popular for their high horsepower. The CanAm MX3 had 36 horsepower. This was the pinnacle of Can-Am motorcycling in the seventies.