The Can-Am Spyder was a bit of a surprise upon its introduction two years ago. But parent-company Bombardier Recreational Products has been pleased with the success of the three-wheeled machine and is expanding the line in 2010 to include the RT Roadster touring model.
In addition to the large storage area in the nose (similar to that of the sportier Spyder RS) the RT gets saddlebags and a top trunk. Add the accessory trailer and you may have more storage than many cars! And about that trailer: It is designed to be compatible with the Vehicle Stability System, as both the RS and RT use a Bosch setup that includes anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control.
The RT’s re-tuned, Rotax-built, 60-degree 998cc V-Twin produces a claimed output of 100 hp and 80 ft.-lbs. of torque, vs. the 106 hp/77 ft.-lbs. of the RS. Further, the electronic throttle control is optimized for touring riding with a kinder, gentler response to go along with the increased bottom-end power. A manual five-speed gearbox is standard, or choose to go with the semi-auto, push-button-shift setup that eliminates manual clutch work. Claimed dry weight is 929 lbs. for the RT, 699 lbs. for the RS.
Prices start at $20,999 for the base RT and run up to $24,999 for the top of the line RT-S. By comparison, the simpler, sportier RS’s base price is $16,499. Accessories abound, from an integrated audio system to Garmin GPS to fitted bags for the luggage to various bodywork and windscreen styling pieces. The RT-S gets special trim and remotely adjustable rear suspension not available on the other models.