2013 Can-Am Spyder ST First Look

September 23, 2012
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Introducing the 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST.
Can-Am introduced the 2013 Spyder ST at its dealer meeting Sunday, the newest Spyder Roadster with more relaxed touring ergos, an adjustable windshield to go along with the model-wide revised chassis and suspension.
The 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST-S comes in two color schemes  the striking Circuit Yellow Metallic seen here and a Pure Magnesium Metallic.
The 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST-S comes in two color schemes, the striking Circuit Yellow Metallic seen here and a Pure Magnesium Metallic.
The 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST comes with color-matched  lockable hard saddlebags  12-spoke wheels  a Garmin Zumo 660 GPS and a handful of other features.
The 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST comes with color-matched, lockable hard saddlebags, 12-spoke wheels, a Garmin Zumo 660 GPS and a handful of other features.

Can-Am debuted its 2013 Spyder line today at its annual dealer meeting highlighted by a sport-touring version of its popular Spyder Roadster called the 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST. Aimed to fill the gap between its sporty RS model and its full-fledged touring machine, the Spyder ST comes in three variations and has more relaxed ergonomics to keep riders comfortable longer when doing long stints in the saddle.

Can-Am opened up the ergonomics by moving the footrests five inches forward compared to the Spyder RS and pulling back the handlebars four inches while raising them up 3.3 inches. They used firmer foam padding in the seat and added a five-way adjustable windscreen with four inches of movement which has been mounted on a sleek new pod.

The Spyder ST also features the revised chassis outfitted on all 2013 Spyder models. The stiffer chassis was achieved by increasing rigidity around the front suspension’s mounting points and revising the front-end geometry. The suspension overall has been recalibrated while the swingarm pivot has been bolstered for rigidity on the backside, too. The Spyder RT has a slightly larger track than the Spyder RS as well. Additionally, all three Spyder variations have new Brembo calipers on all three wheels with 0.25mm-larger four-piston calipers up front and 20mm-larger discs.

The 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST is built upon Can-Am’s proprietary Y-architecture, two-front wheels with a double-A arm design and a swingarm mated to a single rear wheel. Of course the 2013 Spyder ST has Can-Am’s Vehicle Stability System, a combination of traction and stability control combined with anti-lock brakes. Power will continue to be provided by the 998cc Rotax V-Twin that’s tuned to deliver plenty of low-end torque, putting out a claimed 80 lb-ft at 5000 rpm. Electronic throttle control though is a new addition to the Spyders for 2013.

The 2013 Spyder ST is available in a single color, Pure Magnesium Metallic.

The new Can-Am sport tourer comes in a three different variations, the 2013 Spyder ST-S Roadster version equipped with more aggressively styled fenders with LED lighting integrated into the design which aims to increase visibility and aerodynamics. The upper A-arms and front spoiler covers receive color-matching paint, it gets driver footboards instead of pegs and electronic cruise control comes standard. The final traits that distinguish the 2013 Spyder ST-S from the standard ST model is a Carbon Black finish on the front wheels, handlebars, footrest, rear sprocket, exhaust and shock

The hard  locking saddlebags on the 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST Limited can be purchased as an accessory for other Spyder ST models.
The hard, locking saddlebags on the 2013 Can-Am Spyder ST Limited can be purchased as an accessory for other Spyder ST models.

springs.

The 2013 Spyder ST-S comes in two color schemes, Circuit Yellow Metallic and Pure Magnesium Metallic.

The 2013 Spyder ST Limited Roadster takes the platform even further by adding removable hard-locking saddlebags that are color-matched to the vehicle and add a claimed 68 liters of storage. The mounting bracket for the bags can easily be removed, too, for a sportier look if you’re not going for a long haul. If riders are in for a long haul, they’ll appreciate the Garmin Zumo 660 GPS with Bluetooth capability, an AM/FM audio system with an iPod cable nestled in the front trunk, and thermal hand grips for cold morning rides. A 12-volt power outlet can come in handy, as can the cargo liner for the front storage compartment that comes standard. On the styling side, the 2013 Spyder ST Limited has sharp-looking 12-spoke wheels, an embroidered seat, and chome accents on the exhaust tip and heat shield. The Spyder ST Limited is available in a Pearl White or Blackcurrant paint scheme.

A host of accessories accompany the new Can-Am Spyder STs release, including a taller touring windshield, an Akropovic sport touring exhaust, fog lights, an adjustable backrest and the RT-622 trailer.

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