Bombardier Recreational Products created their motorcycle division (Can-Am) in 1973, but by 1980 they had decided that their resources were better spent in snowmobiles and jet skis. As detailed by Canned Ham, a deal was struck in which CCM/Armstrong took over production and Can-Am sold the machines. During this time, Can-Am experimented with some new models and they expanded into trials machines. The biggest of the trials offerings was basically a clone of the SWM Jumbo. It utilized a 350cc Rotax motor and was imaginatively called the 350 Trials.
The 349cc air-cooled two stroke single was paired with a 5 speed transmission, Amal carb, and Marzocchi suspension. Dry weight was 200 pounds. For more on this model, check out Canned Ham.
A couple of sources (1, 2) suggest that just 25 examples of the 350 Trials were ever built, and the seller says that this is #13. The motor was rebuilt approximately 15 years ago with some “upgrades to make it run right such as reeds, OKO carb, and modified exhaust mid-section”. New tank decals are included but this is more of a cool, rare, vintage runner than a museum piece. Either way, it’s rare, interesting, cheap, and it works – that’s a combination that I’ll always share!
Find this Can-Am for sale in Hampstead, Maryland for $1,900 here on Facebook Marketplace.
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