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2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited First Look

Thursday, December 23, 2010
2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited
The 2011 Limited Edition Spyder RT comes in Pearl White and features several new additions/modifications for long-distance touring such as travel bags and electronically adjusted rear suspension. 
2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited
There’s little doubt that the three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder has become a major hit with consumers. Offering superb stability and handling with the benefits of open-air riding, the Spyder’s unique design has undergone a series of revamps each year. Following three successful years of production and after the latest release of the 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT touring roadster, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) has revolutionized its already unique machine once again with the release of its Spyder RT Limited Edition roadster for 2011.
The ‘10 Roadster Touring model offered the public an ideal vehicle for traveling the highway, but the 2011 RT Limited Edition Roadster ups its levels of luxury and comfort. With an integrated color Garmin GPS system, semi-rigid travel bags and a Pearl White color scheme the latest model will give riders the feeling of being in a sports car with the freedom of open-air riding. The Y-architecture of the three-wheel set-up in addition to anti-lock brakes, traction control and an advanced Vehicle Stability System combine to make the riding experience on the roadster safe but thrilling.
"Listening and responding to the feedback of our consumers and dealers is an important part of who we are at BRP,” said Yves Leduc, vice-president and general manager, North America division. “The rapidly growing group of Can-Am Spyder owners and dealers are not shy about sharing their ideas and suggestions, and our product development team put their feedback at the heart of the 2011 Spyder roadsters.”
At the center of the roadster’s design is the Rotax 991 electronically fuel injected V-Twin. Capable of  a claimed 100 hp and 80 lb-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm, the machine is powerful enough to haul a full load while making passes. The RT Spyder also comes with cruise control as an added comfort and most models are available with a five-speed semi-automatic electronic transmission that changes gears with the press of a button. Dynamic power steering is available to assist with the Spyder’s handling at different speeds. One of the
2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited
The Garmin GPS unit (above) is fully integrated into the Spyder's audio system, and custom fit travel bags (below) allow items to be transported safely with ease.2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited
best features to come standard on the 2011 RT and RT Limited is an electronically adjusted rear suspension which allows riders to control preload settings on a variety of cargo/passenger configurations.

Designed to be a comfortable long-distance cruiser, the 2011 Spyder RT puts the rider in an upright riding position while providing excellent wind protection. If the 41-gallon storage capacity is not enough, the optional RT-622 trailer option adds another 165 gallons. The trailers are conveniently available in matching color schemes and the Vehicle Stability System aboard the RT is capable of compensating for the addded weight. BRP has also incorporated multiple improvements in the front suspension of the 2011 RT model which reduces body roll while cornering.

The handlebar-mounted Garmin Zumo 660 GPS unit is fully integrated with the Roadster’s audio system, allowing turn-by-turn instructions to be heard through the bike’s speakers. The GPS unit is also removable for storage while not being used. Four custom-fit travel bags adorn the front, rear and side cargo compartments to make long-distance travel easier while an embroidered seat puts the final touch on the Spyder RT Limited feature package.

The RT Limited edition will be one of six available options for the 2011 Can-Am Spyder lineup. Also in the line up are the Spyder RT, Spyder RT-S, Spyder RT Audio & Convenience, Spyder RS and Spyder RS-S.

2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited with trailer
The RT-622 trailer is available in matching colors and adds a whopping 165 gallons of storage for hardcore travelers.
Those who wish for a slightly edgier design should opt for the 2011 Spyder RS-S version, which presents more aggressive styling than the standard RT or RS models. Several new color options will also be available in ‘11 on the RT and RS models, with Viper Red becoming available on the RT-S edition.

“When you’re riding any Spyder roadster model, you can feel the excitement its design generates with people all around the world,” said Chris Dawson, vice-president and general manager, International division. “Our designers are constantly working on new colors, trims and accessories that will keep that intense emotional connection people have with the Spyder; it can be seen in the new look of the RS-S and elegance of the RT Limited models.”

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2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited Specs
2011 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited
Engine: BRP-Rotax
Type: 998cc liquid-cooled V-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cylinder
Bore/Stroke: 97 mm X 68mm
Max Output:
100 hp @ 7500 RPM
Max Torque: 80 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
Starter: Electric
Front Suspension: Double A-Arm with anti-roll bar and 5.94-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Swing-arm with pneumatic adjustable preload and 5.71-in. travel
Chassis: SST Spyder (Surrounding Spar Technology) 
Brake Type: Foot-actuated, fully integrated hydraulic 3-wheel braking system
Front Braking System: 4-piston calipers w/ 250 mm x 6 mm discs
Rear Braking System: Single-piston sliding pins caliper w/ 250 mm x 6 mm disc
ABS: Anti-lock Braking System
Parking Brake: Electro-mechanical system engages the rear caliper
Claimed Dry Weight: 929 lbs
Front Max Load Capacity: 35 lbs
Total Vehicle Load Allowed: 525 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 6.6 U.S. gal.
Ground Clearance: 4.5-in.
Seat Height: 30.4 in.
Wheelbase: 67.2-in.
MSRP: $28,099

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Joe -Dave H - Ridden One?  January 12, 2011 10:57 PM
Dave - Had you ever been on either a Spyder RS or Spyder RT? Those with open minds to try new things quickly find out that the riding experience is completely different and a lot of fun. And the 'cagers' see me AND hear me, making it safer than a regular motorcycle. Don't knock it 'til you try it...You might find out that you actually LIKE IT.
Dave H. -Spyder is a 3 wheeled car  January 1, 2011 12:28 PM
The Spyder is just a car with handlebars and one rear wheel. I don't understand why the motorcycle publications are giving this thing any press. The only people I can forgive for buying one of these things are people who are handicapped, or like the guy from Utah, buy it for riding during the winter season.
bikerrandy -Spyder vs, MP3 500  December 30, 2010 09:34 AM
Rob, like you say, you have never ridden a MP3 500, so all you say about 1 is suppositions.

I have a 250 MP3. What you describe 2up is what it is like on a 250, not a 500. For the price of your Spyder you could buy 2 500 MP3s, so then both you and your wife could ride. A 500 MP3 get's 50-55 mpg. True, it's not made for long distance 2up riding, but 2 guys in Reno have twice ridden their 250 MP3s cross country in the Cannonball semi-annual ride.

Since like you I have MCs for 1 or 2up long distance riding, so I only use my 250 MP3 for local errands. It get's 60-65 mpg and will cruise @ 65 all day.

I made my wife's Aprilia 500GT scooter into a trike and she loves it. I find her faux trike more fun than a Spyder. To each their own happiness.
Felipe Rubio -Mr.  December 29, 2010 10:10 PM
I have a 2010 spyder RT it feals a mayor vibration at 5500rpm, Rear shock leaks air very quick.
Rob -Can-Am Spyder  December 28, 2010 01:59 PM
A lot of trash talk on the Spyder. I own both a Concours and a Spyder. I love to ride. I've put a combined 100,000 miles on three different Concours', as well as over 30,000 on a few other bikes. I bought a Spyder a couple months after it was introduced to the Utah market. It has allowed me to ride year round in Utah, which means in the snow. Yes, there are trade-offs. I prefer the Concours in good weather. No, the Spyder is NOT a bike. Although it doesn't lean, the Spyder is still a lot of fun to ride; but not enough for me to give up my Concours. Note that neither Harley Davidson nor Honda Goldwing trikes lean. The Spyder has a wider stance than both. I have only ridden a traditional trike for a short distance, so I can't say for certain, but I believe the the wider stance of the Spyder makes it more stable than the traditional trikes. From what I have seen, I suspect it is more stable than the narrower three wheelers that lean, such as Piaggio. I feel a lot more secure in bad weather on the Spyder, but there are limits. I have trouble with traction when the snow gets over about 4 inches and the plows are late. In three years, I have had to take my wife's truck twice. Having twice the engine, I am sure the Spyder is much more powerful than Piaggio's 500cc. The Spyder is quicker than the Concours. I now have over 16,000 miles on the Spyder, which includes two-up trips to Oregon and California - something that would be very hard on your MP3 with only 500cc. My wife prefers riding on the back of the Sypder over the Concours. I have NOT been impressed with the quality of the Spyder. Although mostly minor, I have had many issues. I don't know if it's new model issues or a reflection on Can-Am, but I have had more problems with my Spyder than almost any of my prior bikes. But, my dealer has been very good to work with in resolving the issues - under warranty. I think they finally got the power steering issue resolved. Gas mileage was mentioned: I'll just state my experience: my Spyder gets around 32 mpg city and highway. My Concours gets around 37 city, 44 highway single. Two-up with a trailer, around 37. I find that great gas mileage usually means poor accelleration. The Spyder has OK mileage and very good accelleration. I'm pretty sure I could dust an MP3 any day even with a passenger. I believe it gets better mileage than both the Harley Davidson and Goldwing trikes. Just as it's not fair for me to compare a 1000cc to a couple of +1500cc trikes, it's not really fair to compare a 500cc to a 1000cc. It would be ridiculous to expect the same mileage. I got over 60 mpg out of a 225cc dirt bike that I owned. So, if you're doing city riding without a passenger, the MP3 is a great choice. If you want to go cross country with a passenger, the Spyder can do it with reasonable comfort.
Darrell -They work perfectly for what they were designed to do  December 28, 2010 11:48 AM
Kais, you're a moron. I take it that you've met "most of the guys who ride these". That's a very stereotypical and non-informed remark. I know one couple that has owned one of these since the original came out and they love it. They've also never experienced any problems with it. For them, due to medical considerations, the Spyder is what kept them from having to get a traditional trike or quit riding altogether. I think they're pretty cool, even if they don't personally appeal to me.
Claritysailingadventures -Proof that compromise and committees consistantly ruin a good concept  December 28, 2010 11:40 AM
The fact that this trike doesn't lean stuns me. for a third of the price, you can get a Roketa 3 wheeler that actually looks to be MORE fun, just not as fast. And if you want performance, look into a Brudeli 625 Leanster- performance exemplified in a trike. And yes, it leans. I'd rather have an Ace or Triking cycle car than one of these. The Can-Am market seems to comprise those who want a mutated Gold Wing, not someone looking for a sporty ride. I'm sure they're safer than a coventional motorcycle, but the fuel mileage is a joke and, frankly, they are so dumbed down in the handling department as to be a bore. I'll pass, especially as they continue to pork out, riding my Concours instead.
Kais -ugly  December 25, 2010 05:52 PM
God I hate these things. Most of the guys who ride these are douches.
bigrc2 -unhappy  December 24, 2010 05:20 PM
I bought a new can an spyder rt 2010 had it for two weeks ,rode it once 30 miles will not start anymore cranks over will not start. plus rear shock leaks air,very disappointed!
bikerrandy -leaning Can-Am Spyder  December 24, 2010 03:19 PM
For what you want there is already the Piaggio MP3s. I have 1 and have ridden the Spyder. I'll keep my MP3, thank you. Not only do the MP3s lean, but they also has much better miles per gallon than a Spyder.
Warner Luckey -Can-Am Spyder  December 24, 2010 11:39 AM
If it would only lean like a motorcycle they would really have something. It would be a new class of recreation vehicle with practical uses.