Five years after production of Can-Am’s “Y-factor” Spyder roadsters began, the Canadian company has made significant changes to the model lineup as well as to the chassis and suspensions of its three-wheelers. Most attention among those interested in the three-wheeler world is focused on the new “ST” (Sport Touring) model, slotted midway between the turn-key-touring [...]Read Full Post | Comments(35)
Riding a Can-Am Spyder means being exposed to the weather, as a motorcycle rider is, but the odds of a Spyder rider lowsiding onto the road are pretty slim. That means his or her gear doesn’t need to be configured to protect against get-offs the way a motorcyclist’s gear does (at least in the all-the-gear [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
By the time our Can-Am “touring roadster” racked up 10,000 miles, we’d been riding it for almost 18 months, and we’d learned a lot about the $26,499 three-wheeler from Bombardier Recreational Products. In addition to riding it in all weathers and climes from desert to high mountains, we put it on the track to test [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We’re all motorcyclists, right? I’ve been riding the Cycle World long-term-test 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT-S for almost 18 months, and a couple of things about it have become clear. First, it’s still thought to be very cool by many people. And second, a lot of motorcyclists apparently think it’s some kind of affront to motorcycling—a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(19)
Night of the Paper Reindeer – Feature Christmas came early for Cycle World’s Long-Term Can-Am Spyder RT-S.
Birds of a feather love to flock together, as do “Ryders of Spyders.” So, when Kregg Williams, owner of California Speed-Sports in Livermore, California, invited me to join with other Spyder riders in decorating our mounts for the annual Livermore Christmas Parade, how could I refuse? Joining what Williams expected to be as many as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Can-Am Spyders – First Look New colors, cooler instrumentation—and much more to come, says BRP.
Photography by Brian J. Nelson What did you expect would happen if you left a roomful of Rotax engineers and motorcycle/snowmobile nuts cooped up for a few winters in Canada? The Can-Am Spyder, now entering its fifth year of production, is simply another example of mechanical evolution at work. When Piaggio bought Aprilia and decided [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Long before the Can-Am Spyder three-wheeler showed up in the United States, three-wheeled vehicles of all sorts had been a staple of automobility in Asia and India. So it’s not surprising that in 2011, Chinese-made three-wheeled scooters such as the 300cc Roadrunner, identified as made by “Dong Fang,” suddenly appeared online for sale outside China, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Due to extreme weather, our long-term Can-Am Spyder RT-S didn’t see much action this spring, so it was sent in for its 6000-mile service with just 5706 miles on the clock. We expected no rude surprises when all the bodywork was stripped and the engine exposed so our tech could set the 998cc, dohc Rotax [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Its odometer showing 5135 miles, the RT-S is halfway through its 10,000-mile test, and two recalls have been the only significant events so far. Last June, BRP recalled the RT to replace its centrifugal clutch; some units with the semi-automatic tranny had suffered stalling problems that were traced to clutches that wouldn’t disengage in certain [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
At the press introduction last year of the Can-Am Spyder RT-S, Bombardier Recreational Products said that when the Spyder was conceived, it was always meant to be a turn-key touring rig. When we sampled the pre-production models at the intro, we noted that BRP had done a good job of assembling the components of a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)