Can-am’s base-model Spyder “roadsters” share frames, powertrains and suspensions, and are available with five-speed-plus-reverse manual transmissions (SM5) and semi-automatic boxes (SE5). The differences among the three models are in their bodywork, standard and optional equipment, and, most importantly, riding positions.
According to Can-Am, the ST (Sport Touring) model differs from the RS and RT in providing “ample storage and wind protection with the ergonomics to handle tight corners and long rides.” The Limited adds a Bluetooth-capable Garmin navigation system, upscale chrome accents, heated grips and added storage. It’s also fitted with an AM/FM radio with iPod cable, 12V outlet, front cargo liner, embroidered ST Limited seat and chromed 12-spoke, 15-inch front rims. Removable Givi Monokey saddlebags on easily removed brackets (attached to the frame via quarter-turn fasteners) with color-matched panels give the ST Limited 29.5 gallons of storage capacity.
The ST’s riding position nicely splits the difference between the touring slouch and sporting crouch. The five-position manually adjusted windscreen and side-mounted wind deflectors work well while allowing an unimpeded view of the road. A month of spirited riding in various environments from sunny superslab to rain-soaked, bumpy one-lane twisties showed that this ST Limited really can be considered a real sport-touring machine, albeit in the context of three-wheelers, whose inherent design means that apex-strafing, while easily done at speed with confidence, of course remains more car-like than motorcycle-like.
The ST Limited is available in either Blackcurrant or Pearl White.
|ENGINE TYPE||dohc V-Twin|
|SEAT HEIGHT||29.0 in.|
|FUEL CAPACITY||6.6 gal.|
|DRY WEIGHT||864 lb.|