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2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5 First Ride

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
There is a black plastic kit which you can purchase from Can-Am if you
The Can-Am Spyder created quite a stir when it debuted last year. The 2009 model comes in an automatic version.
It was February 2007 in San Diego when BRP first introduced the Can-Am Spyder, a hi-tech, three-wheeled vehicle with a bit of a twist - two wheels in the front, one in the rear. For decades, custom three-wheeled trikes have been available with powerplants ranging anywhere from Harley-Davidson Twins to small block V-8s, but these trikes have always sported a single front wheel with two trailing and a reputation for not being the best handling machines. Enter the Can-Am Spyder, a revolutionary direction for three-wheeled transportation.

In an effort to not be categorized with these previous triple-tire vehicles the folks from BRP/Can-Am prefer the Spyder be classified under the term Roadster. Now, the question is, should the Spyder Roadster be classified as a motorcycle?

It doesn't take but a few miles in the cockpit of this testosterone-laden chariot to quickly realize that the characteristics of two-wheeled motorcycles are not apparent. Yes, the Spyder sports a pair of handlebars, and yes, there is a twist throttle - but after that you'll find the Spyder Roadster to be in a class of its own. Previous articles have claimed that the riding experience falls somewhere between a motorcycle and a convertible sports car; I would say it's more like a cross between an ATV and a snowmobile - but with asphalt underneath you.

Innovation is nothing new to the folks at Bombardier Recreational Products. BRP has a steep history in the motorcycle industry dating back to the early Can-Am brand that Jimmy Ellis raced in the U.S. National Motocross series in the early '70s. BRP is also the company that brings you Sea-Doo watercraft and reinvented the jet ski by introducing the first sit-down version. Then there are the Ski-Doo snowmobiles, which includes the top-selling sled in the world. Plus there's the Bombardier ATV line, which is now known as the Can-Am ATV line. Toss in a few more companies like Johnson and Evinrude motors along with Rotax, the Austrian-based engine firm, and you'll quickly see why BRP is known worldwide as a performance company with innovative ideas.

The SE5 transmission is shifted via your thumb and forefinger. Note the tapered grip.
The SE5 transmission is shifted via your thumb and forefinger. Note the tapered grip.
Back to the Spyder Roadster... We were invited to Dallas, Texas, to test the 2009 version, which is virtually identical to the 2008 model, except this time the SE5 model was available. BRP/Can-Am was anxious to show-off their latest techno advancement - one which they felt would help the Spyder appeal to an even broader base of enthusiasts. The SE5 (Sequential Electronic Five-Speed) is a semi-automatic transmission shifted via your left thumb and forefinger, similar to the Yamaha FJR1300AE. The SE5 version has no shift or clutch lever and takes only a few minutes to understand the simplicity of how it works.

The amazing feature of the SE5 is not only how it up-shifts through the five speeds but how it automatically downshifts for you. Once the engine trickles down to the 2500 rpm range, the SE5 automatically starts grabbing gears and by the time you reach that stop sign, you are already in first. Call me lazy, but I found this to be a great feature... You can also manually downshift by easily pulling in on the shift paddle with your forefinger.

No matter how you describe the riding experience, the one word that keeps surfacing to the top is "fun." Plus amazing, unreal, incredible, awesome and a whole slew of positive adjectives. Bottom line is the Can-Am Spyder Roadster is an absolute kick-in-the-butt to ride. Here are some of the reasons why:

Where's The Power Come From?

If you own an engine company that already has global recognition for building hi-tech performance and reliable powerplants, why not start there. The Can-Am Spyder runs a variation of the Rotax V-Twin found in the Aprilia sportbikes. This is a liquid-cooled 998cc V-Twin with multi-port, electronic fuel-injected 57mm throttle bodies, which Can-Am claims produces 106 hp at 8500 rpm with an impressive 77 lb-ft of torque at 6250 rpm. Can-Am also claims the Spyder will top out at 110 mph and accelerate from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

85 miles per hour in the pouring rain - no problem!
85 mph in the pouring rain - no problem!
My experience was in the pouring rain on a Texas freeway at 85 mph with plenty of throttle left to easily surpass the 100 mph mark. Overall the engine feels very strong throughout the entire band. Both the electronic and manual shift easily glide through the five-speed gearbox with a solid performance and plenty of power. The exhaust is a 2-into-1 system that amplifies a substantial but subdued sound without much limitation on the performance. Can-Am does have an alternative slip-on exhaust that pumps up the horsepower another 4 ponies and kicks out a classic sound for those looking for a little edgier appearance and performance.

One "Big Fun" feature that the BRP designers put into the Spyder's performance package is the Burn Out factor. Drop the clutch from a standing start and the Rotax 990 will light up the rear tire... And not just for a few feet... I'm talking 30-40 feet! Anytime under 35 mph, feather that clutch and grab some throttle and you have black streaks trailing behind you. I'm convinced it is designed to sell more rear tires, but who cares! If you're 20 or 60, it's always fun to light up the rear.

Getting In Gear

We already touched on the SE5 transmission, but here are some more technical details that set the Can-Am Spyder apart from other performance vehicles. Let's start with reverse. No self-respecting motorcycle has a reverse, especially one that touts itself as a cutting-edge performance machine.

The dashboard is hi-tech providing mph  rpm and temperature data.
The dashboard is hi-tech and provides mph, rpm and temperature data.
Wow! It is so cool... Just pull into any parking lot, pull on the reverse lever, push down another gear and back right into your spot. The SE5 version is even easier - push the "R" button and start backing up. Dang, I must be getting old! You have to remember, the Spyder Roadster weighs in at about 700 lbs so the reverse becomes a must-have feature.

The Spyder is belt driven with a carbon-reinforced drive belt. It has a wet clutch (operates inside the case with oil) via a hydraulic piston. The drive ratio is 28/79, but really, once you feather that clutch lever and leave a smoky patch of rubber in your neighbor's driveway, do you really care about drive ratio?

Let's Talk About The Backbone

With two wheels in front and one in the rear, you can only guess that the geometry of the Can-Am Spyder frame will be a bit unique compared to your average motorcycle or ATV. It all starts with what Can-Am calls the skeleton and the SST frame (Surrounding Spar Technology) featuring a steel center beam that surrounds the engine, minimizing weld points and increasing structural integrity. It is what they refer to as a Y design, which you also see utilized throughout all their marketing materials. 

Okay... Here Is The Tricky Stuff

With front wheels completely visable  the Spyder is easy to navigate.
With front wheels completely visible, the 2009 Spyder SE5 is easy to navigate.
Two wheels in the front, one in the rear... This thing must handle like Fred Flintstone's Brontosaurus. No! Even Wilma would be right at home peddling the Spyder through its paces. You see, the engineers at BRP have created what they call the VSS (Vehicle Stability System), a control system they developed in conjunction with Bosch (a German-based leader of technology - check them out on the web at www.bosch.com).

There are three parts to the VSS:

1- The Stability Control System (SCS) - which continually analyzes the motion of the vehicle and assists the rider in correcting any negative situation. The SCS individually brakes the wheels and reduces excess torque until rider control is regained. I found this to be an amazing feature that instantly develops confidence on how this machine will handle under adverse conditions.

2- The Traction Control System (TCS) - which optimizes rear wheel traction to prevent any excess rear wheel spin. Unless, of course, you are in that burn-out factor range where the designers allow you to spin the rear tire as long as you have the Spyder pointed straight.

Can-Am s Vehicle Stability System controls traction  provides a stable ride and comes with ABS braking.
Can-Am's Vehicle Stability System controls traction, provides a stable ride and comes with ABS braking.
3- Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) - helps you maintain control of the vehicle while braking, no matter how quickly you need to come to a stop. Fred used to wear out the bottom of his feet but with the Spyder, sensors monitor the rotation of all three wheels independently and help the rider maintain control steer through any adverse situation.

And then there is the DPS (Dynamic Power Steering). The DPS provides a computer-programmed variable power assist that helps adjusts the amount of steering effort required according to your speed. Okay... That came right out of their marketing brochure, but I can tell you the SCS, TCS, ABS and DPS add up to a combined safety feature found only in high-end sports cars. You can push the Spyder through the turns and the on-board sensors will respond. Barney would be jealous.
What's Left?

To help prevent theft, there is the DESS (Digitally Encoded Security System). The vehicle will not start without the correctly coded key.

The Appearance: Sexy comes to mind. The Spyder has what Marc Lecroix, the Marketing Director for Can-Am Spyder, calls "Flowing Edge Design." The Spyder's appearance creates the impression that the vehicle is in motion, even at a stand-still.

The Spyder in tour mode complete with passanger back rest.
The Spyder in tour mode complete with passenger back rest.
Cargo: Just like the old VW bugs, the Spyder has a storage trunk in the front which allows you to carry 35 lbs of whatever you need to take to where ever you are going. Plenty of space for a week-long cruise.

Gas Mileage: If there was one area for improvement, it would be the gas mileage. You can expect somewhere between 30-35 mpg depending, of course, on how you ride it. Not bad really considering the fun factor you'll have getting there.

The Price: The 2009 stock version, which comes in gray, retails for $15,449. If you want a Spyder in yellow or red you will need to add another $400. And if you want the SE5 version, that will set you back another $1,500. Is it worth the price? You just need to compare it to some of the other vehicles on the market. The Can-Am Spyder Roadster is a "stand alone" vehicle. There is nothing else like it. The Can-Am reps keep the actual number of how many Spyders they have already sold very close to their vest. Best guess is in the 2,500 range with plans to triple that number in 2009. A quick look on E-bay will show you there are not too many available second-hand, which means the Spyder should hold its value.

Warranty: Top to bottom. Front to rear. Soup to nuts. The Spyder comes with a 2-year warranty excluding only "wear" parts like the brakes and the rear tire you left all over your neighborhood.

Driver's License: There is one state where you will actually need to get a Three-Wheel permit to ride the Spyder - that is Washington (go figure). There are two states where just a standard car driver's license will suffice - they are Delaware and California (go figure again). You will need a motorcycle license for the other 47 states.

Accessories: Can-Am has a complete catalog for accessorizing your Spyder. There are performance products like the exhaust and glamour parts like the six-spoke wheels and beauty rings. If you are into touring, there is an adjustable backrest for your passenger along with tank and tour bags and touring windshields. Can-Am even has a complete line of riding apparel and sportswear.

A complete line of accessories are available from Can-Am including this
A complete line of accessories are available from Can-Am including this tank bag.
Where To Buy: Right now there are 500 Can-Am Spyder dealers in America. There are a few dealerships where you might walk in and purchase one off the floor, but most likely you will end up placing your name on a list and may have to wait a few weeks for delivery. Trust me... it's worth it! Go online to www.brp.com to find the closet dealer.

Who Should Buy One? If you are into quilting, save your money. If you are into high-performance, sensor-driven acceleration, don't want to be surrounded with metal cages, enjoy the wind in your face and the smell of rubber, then the Spyder might be for you.

What Would I Change? I would prefer a bit more forward footpeg position - but then again that's just my opinion after five knee surgeries. I can imagine a reduced version (about 10% in size) for around town that housed a 600cc motor and nurtured 50 to 60 mpg. And then I can imagine the Spyder with a 1200cc engine that would top out at 140 mph. One thing for sure, the design team at BRP/Can-Am are already way ahead when it comes to design conception. You can bet the Spyder will soon spin another web.

Conclusion A few hours on the Spyder will tell you it is a lot of fun and easy to ride, especially with the SE5 version. Our plan now is to take one for a long cruise. There is no better way to understand the pros and cons of a bike - or Roadster - than to spend some serious time with it. Stay tuned.

Oh yeah... I think both Fred and Barney would buy one.

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kevin welford -financing  December 5, 2010 05:42 PM
with not so good of a credit how can i get someone to finance this spyder? i love the way it looks and i want one bad.
Frank Mikos -Mr.  November 27, 2010 07:09 AM
We have had our 2009 CanAm Roadster now about a year & a half and I must say we thoughly enjoy it. The group I ride with mixed with Harley's, Kawasaki, Honda are amazed with how it handles in the curves of the North Georgia Mountains and how fast it is. The speed has really impressed myself. I have owned several bikes in my day but, by far this the smoothest and fastest yet that I have ever owned. In reality it is a crouch rocket with 3 wheels or, as some say a Seedo with wheels.
I have raced a BMW 1200 crouch rocket and when I hit 135mph I realized then he could not catch me so I backed off. It have tremendous torgue for a 106H.P. & 990CC. THANK YOU ROTEC!

I also found two weeks ago while on a ride the brakes are superb when the red light changed on me quickly the ABS works & on take off to catch up when the light turned green I did a power take off and even though the rear tire was spinning and the rear end was going sideways left & right this thing took off like a bullet.
Yes it does draw crowds where ever we stop! One thing for sure this bike has got Moxey and leaves alot of others in the dust.
Francisco -License  October 15, 2010 09:08 PM
Can Am Candi,
The states of California & Delaware are the only ones that do not require a motorcycle endorsement. Check with the Mass DMV for specific requirements. Ryde safe and have fun!
Can Am Candi -Spyder in Mass.  October 12, 2010 07:05 PM
Does anyone know if a motorcycle license is required in Massachusetts for a Can Am? Love the way it looks, bought it yesterday, picking it up tomorrow after I get the paperwork filed. Can't wait!!! Haven't driven a bike in quite a few years....just wiondering if I will also need to get a permit while I am at it. :)
waynesworld -love da spyder  September 24, 2010 06:49 PM
well after 15 months and 44000km,waht can i say .gotta love da spyder.no problems with it at all and still love riding it either in the rain or 45deg heat,or those of you in the states thats about 113 deg its still brilliant ride .i would hate to hit a kangaroo on one of these.
enjoy the ride and be safe
sandra -prob. shifting  July 26, 2010 06:48 AM
i have the Spyder SE5, it is a great motorcycle, but i had a recent problem, it stops shifting and get stock on the 3rd or 4th shift and wouldnot change even if i turn it off and start again.
Can anyone help me with this problem please,also that i cannot find someone who knows about Spyders.

thank you
JackieB -2010 Spyder-North Carolina  July 17, 2010 08:56 PM
I just purchased a 2010 Spyder RT S SE5 about 3 weeks ago. And to say that I love it would definitely be an understatement. For all you girls, women, mom's or grandma's (and guy's)that have thought about riding but were afraid of a 2 wheel bike, this is for you.When my husband & I bought mine, I didn't even have a motorcycle license or permit to drive. By 8:30 the next morning I was riding all by myself. It is an amazing machine. Everyone need's to ride (drive) one. I love my spyder.
Debbie L. -My Spyder  July 8, 2010 06:35 PM
I have the pleasure of owning a 2010 Spyder Roadster RTS SE5. I've had it for the past 7 weeks. I love it. It does take to adjust to the design, the handling and the ride. I feel safer than i have on any other bikes i have had. It usually takes 15 mins. to fill the gas tank because so many people want to know about it. I'm getting a matching trailer so I can travel again. My Harley Ultra Classic is up for sale!!!!!! Ride safe
Aaron -very impressed  June 17, 2010 03:07 AM
my friend in minnesota has one and i rode on the back of it back in may and OMG i fell i love. i felt really safe and at east while riding on the back. its about time that we have a safe bike that people can ride. i also like the idea of it being non-tipable.
Scales -Best toy i ever had in my life  June 5, 2010 10:42 AM
I love my new Spyder rs-s 2010. It's pearl white limited edition model. This bike is so much fun for me and my wife.
adam -buying the item  May 26, 2010 10:40 AM
where can i buy one of these
Francisco -Spyder SE5  May 14, 2010 09:20 PM
Howdy Folks,
Well, it has been just over a year since I bought my Spyder on 4-25-2009. The past year has been fun and exciting. It was fun the day I took it for my test ride and it is still fun today. I have not had any major problems with my Spyder. Whene ever I have had problems the dealer I bought it from has listened to me and fixed the problem. I have been to one Bike Rally and I was the only Spyder in a sea of Harley Davidsons. I am seriously considering the 2010 touring model. I like the relaxed seating position and the cruise control.
It is a fun bike and it is a keeper. Ride safe and have fun!
Debbie Baker -Spyder rider  April 26, 2010 09:59 PM
I've been reading all the comments and I'm confused why it takes you people so long to fuel up. I can pull in fuel up and be gone again in 5 min. What are you people doing?

I'm having some alignment issues with mine. Ate a set of tires off in 5000 miles but only on the insides. Had it aligned and now I can't hardly hold it on the road. Its like it has a mind of its own. Help!
kenny -VSS Fault, check DPS, limp home mode  April 21, 2010 08:16 AM
I ride Cam-an spyder SE5 2009 in vietnam.Please tell me "how to switch off the Vss fault "
North of the border -why pay more  April 21, 2010 07:35 AM
A base spyder RT is $24,500 in Montreal wich is $3,500 more than south of the border. With a Canadian dollar at par with the US currency and the spyder build right here why robbing us that way?
peanut -can am  March 31, 2010 04:48 PM
how much do the spyders cost

Mike Diantonio -carpet cleaning  March 10, 2010 09:44 AM
forgot e mail mdiant8598@aol.com Its a 5 speed. Im in twentynine palms calif.
Mike Diantonio -Mikes carpet cleaning  March 9, 2010 08:52 PM
When I saw the spyder I said I have to have it. Its a 2009 grey. I put a bigger windshield on it and handle bar risers on it . makes a big change in riding it. You dont have to lean down to ride. im going to sell it to get the 2010 rs only has 1800 miles on it
Free Ranging Hog -2008 SM5 Spyder for sale!  March 1, 2010 03:41 PM
The actual reason for my posting, before I got sidetracked by Bobby, was to let you guys know that my Granddad's Yellow 2008 SM5 is now for sale. It's priced at $11,800. It's been garaged and maintained according to Can-Am's schedule. It has 5,300 miles on it, and is located in Barnwell, SC (near Augusta, GA). For more info email freeranginghog@gmail.com. Thanks.
Free Ranging Hog -I'm not dead yet... LOL  March 1, 2010 03:31 PM
Thanks for the concern Mr. Sanders, but I think I'll be just fine. I've been riding motorcycles and driving race and high powered sports cars now for over 20 years. I own and use top of the line, Dainese, Alpinestars, and Arai protective gear. I write for many motorcycle publications and am a member of the AMA, ABATE, and other motorcycle friendly groups. I think you misunderstood me about the VSS (not ABS!) there was no input from me to the vehicle, i.e. braking, throttle, or steering; the Spyder just "decided" to chop the throttle and brake the front left wheel, and most certainly would have been the cause of an accident if I had panicked. BTW, the speed limit on that stretch of I-95 is 75 MPH, so yes I was speeding, but hardly at a noticeable rate compared with the flow of traffic. Believe me, I'm not one of the ones to worry about; I just wanted to share my experience aboard the Spyder after logging just under 1000 miles in two days.
ROBERT SANDERS -speedtriple88  February 25, 2010 01:24 PM
It's people like "Free Ranging Hog" that hurt the motorcycle community the most with a bad image. Going 90 miles per hour in a construction zone and the ABS system take over when he hit a sandy patch of road. Had the computer not taken control, he would probably be seriously hurt or worse NOW. He's not even capable of riding a bicycle. Anyone that brain dead will sooner or later kill himself or other innocent people.
adam -owner  February 21, 2010 10:20 AM
I bought a spyder 4 months ago and i love the bike i get up to speeds of 125 and i can ride it for hours . I have a yahmah v twin custom 650 and i will sell it next year . I will always own a syder for as long as i live. If they keep making them. Ps if you can get the money to purchase one it will be th best invest ment you ever bought as for www.Gizmag.com that web sight sucks those are people who are millain airs and dos't not like when some one make a bike cheaper than a 100 thosand dollar one.
vinz -hmm  January 6, 2010 12:00 AM
hmm...i see at indonesia, very nice..i feel this "bike" full of safety..
CHARLIE YEATTS -CAN AM SE5  December 16, 2009 03:19 PM
Ken -Can-Am Spyder v. Honda DN-01  December 4, 2009 11:30 PM
I just saw a Spyder and found the look and idea of it intriguing. One deal-killer for me is the doubled up leg riding position. There seems no reason why the feet couldn't be further forward to avoid cramping, etc. I would also miss leaning in turns. I will give it a test ride sometime but I'll keep and enjoy my Honda DN-01. I would also miss filtering (lane-splitting) through traffic at traffic stops.
Doug -Spyder  November 28, 2009 12:02 PM
Test drove one today. It was a blast, really fun. Only complaints were that it could have a little less vibration, needs less drive-line lash, and could track a little better - takes more focus to keep it from wandering than a big Honda or BMW. The manual version shifts very nicely, good feel in the hydraulic clutch. I would feel safer on this bike on wet roads than on my two-wheeler. My ST-1300 is in no danger of being replaced, but for a smaller person or a woman not wanting to fool with 700 lbs. on two wheels, the Spyder may by just what they are looking for.
Patricia Jacobs -Interest in Cam-Am Spyder  November 22, 2009 10:17 AM
I am a 70 year old quilter and find the Spyder intreging. My spouse thinks I'm crazy but I want to try one.
waynesworld187 -spyder  November 22, 2009 05:49 AM
i took the spyder for a test ride early early july bought SM5 at the end of july.
As its my only mode of transport i love me spyder got over 12500 km on it already and getting better fuel economy the more kms i get on it.
But i will say give me open roads and not city traffic any timeI carnt wait to get the helmet cam to show the mates what queensland is like.
Jeff H. -Handicapped conversion  October 26, 2009 10:44 AM
I am looking to purchase a 2009 Spyder as a motorcycle accident left me a T-12 paraplegic. While at Biketoberfest in Daytona and visiting the Can Am booth, I ran into some great folks from Montgomery, AL who specalize in custom machine work. They have got it all figured out and produce some very fine precision and beautiful accessories to custom fit anyone who wants to ride again. From an excellent hand brake system to replace the foot brake lever to floorboards and front and rear foot pegs, they have it all and more! Check out the folks at ISCI, www.Industrialspecialty.com or call Billy Jones the Sales Mgr. You won't be disappointed.

Lettina -Can-Am Spyder  October 11, 2009 08:43 PM
I have never owned or driven a bike but have been a passenger on several occassions...I have been wanting to buy a GXSR for awhile now I have recently seen a spyder and am seriously thinking about buying within the near future...VERY HOT BIKE!!!!
wants one NOW -response to real-biker - is not a bike  October 3, 2009 12:44 PM
real-biker - is not a bike....The machine you mention was never a production vehicle, and not one was ever sold on a showroom floor. Now, think of something that's commercially available to compare the Spyder to. Good luck.
real-biker -is not a bike  September 23, 2009 07:16 PM
this can am is a poor copy of the mercedes benz 3 wheeler, the benz is in the 100s k range but will chop eat and spit this machine ;0)
btw 3 wheelers are not a bike.
here the benz

now that is technology, if this spider shares any parts with sea-doos have fun fixing the dam thing
christine -spyder brakes  September 19, 2009 08:31 PM
I have a 2008 spyder. a $2.00 spring placed on the caliper mounting bolt will stop the brake noise. Problem is, the pads just float and the springs will keep them off the rotor when u are not using them...Make sure the spring doesn't have too much tension, not much is needed to hold the pads in place when not in use.
Karen -2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5  September 19, 2009 03:49 PM
I bought my 2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5 two weeks ago, sight unseen and never having been on one, and never having been more than a passenger on other people's bikes. I LOVE my Spyder!! Best decision I've ever made! No regrets! None! My cousin who bought hers 6 weeks before I bought mine, went to the dealership with me and then gave me a few minutes of training after my purchase, and away I went. She said I was nothing but smiles from the minute I got on that bike. Thanks BRP for an awesome, fun machine! I have a red one and call her "Li'l Red," she's my little red convertible. :) (Mods I've Added: CalSci touring windshield, BRP comfort seat, BRP fog lights, BRP 1" console riser, No Magic Neon 3" handlebar risers, Kuryakyn ISO comfort grips and ISO pegs, chrome brake pedel cover, chrome handlebar inserts, fog lights, 12V power plug, helmet lock, license frame, tank bag, brake caliper covers. On order: Corbin fleetliner saddlebags. Need to pick up a leather wrapped Kruzer Kaddy. Future plans for custom paint job -- but she'll remain RED). ~~My advice: Get one! You know you wanna!!
Chris -My Spyder  September 14, 2009 09:54 AM
I love spyder. Its big and heavy, and its not as fast as an 1100 cc sport bike. Probably not as fast as a 750 cc sport bike. But,... Its fun as heck to ride. It is more convenient from backing out of the garage, to loading up some groceries. It has a wider footprint and more visable to cars. It stops very fast with three wheel ABS and a lot of rubber on the road. I took my kid to school right after it rained, and slammed on my brakes when someone pulled out in front of me. No fall down. It has plenty of power for having fun. I have raced a Mustang and a Harley and done very well with both. Lots of cools accessories to make it anyway you like. I have comfort seat, highway pegs, adjustable handle bars with dual vibration dampers,etc... I can carry a spare helmet and a cart of groceries, and I don't even own a backpack. "No sidebags either." I have a place to plug in my ipod and phone charger in the trunk. I love it. P.S. I have always owned a sport bike and cruiser, for the last 20 years. I can hold up anything with ease. I can afford any bike I want, almost. It is a fun safe ride. If you want to do wheelies, stoppies, or just go blazing fast its not for you. If you want to race in the twisties and leave everyone in the dust its probably not for you. If you want to zip down a country rode with some gravel and bumps, it perfect. I hit a frying pan on the rode, no problems.
Davido -Can-am Spyder style  September 5, 2009 09:14 PM
The can-am spyder 2009 model looks excellent, but the 2010 looks likes it is transforming into a Harley, which it will not hold a good original style vise to a street bike look like the '09 model. Can-Am IF YOU CAN HEARD ME FOLLOW UP ON THE '09 STYLE PLEASE!!_thank you_
ken warner -can-am spyder  September 2, 2009 09:38 PM
I got my spyder 6 weeks ago have done 5000 klms cant get off it .
Francisco -Can-Am Spyder  August 29, 2009 10:30 PM
I took my test ride on 4-18-09 and bought it on 4-25-09. I have always liked motorcycles. At the age of 49 I have never owned or operated a motorcycle. The Spyder was the right vehicle at the right time for me. When I took my test ride I felt comfortable and did not feel initmidated. The Spyder has more than enough power for me. I did not buy my Spyder to run with the Ducati's, Buell's or the other sport bikes. I have no desire to run with the sport bike crowd. At the age of 49 it is called self preservation. I do like to get out and cruise down the highway. 30 mpg around town is not bad either.
There are some people who will not like it just because it is different. The Spyder is incredibly stable. When the wind is blowing in the hi & low deserts of California, I do not have to fight the wind to stay upright. I get alot of looks and alot of questions and, alot of thumbs up.
Liivng in the high desert town of 29 Palms, Ca, it does get hot during the summer. That right foot gets hot too! Especially wearing steel toe boots! A job requirement. My family even likes it. I thought my Mom was going to freak out. She didn't...whew! What can I say?, it is fun and continues to be fun.
For those who are curious, take a test ride and make your own decision. To all who ride, 2 wheels or 3, ride safe and have fun!
Mike Karr -comfort  August 24, 2009 07:58 AM
I currently have an 08 Harley Ultra. I like the looks of the Spyder but am concerned about comfort.Can anyone tell me if the risers and floor boards help with the riding position. I'm 5'11" and 211 lbs.
Kaylee -Can-Am Spyder  August 21, 2009 02:08 PM
I bought my Spyder on July 4, 2008 and we've had fun together ever since! I'd ridden two wheels for many years, but I'm 5'2" and 58 years old now, and it was getting harder to manipulate them in parking lots and so on. While I miss the lean, I'm greatly satisfied with my ryde!! Just recently rode the Dragon - 4 trips in two days - and it handled fine - though I cannot take it quite as fast as I would have before, I probably needed to slow down a bit! Altogether this has been a great choice for me.
Free Ranging Hog -Deals Gap Precision Riding  August 20, 2009 09:12 PM
Meant to add this link to my last comment... this is my last post I promise; www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-1EN-LMHb4 My racing buddy Rich and myself riding Deals Gap (I'm on the GSX-R 750 he's on the R6) It's fun on a Spyder too, you just can't go as fast... although I'm sure Randy will swear he can do it on his 140 mph Spyder! LOL.
Free Ranging Hog -@ Randy: Did you have yours chipped or install a power commander?  August 20, 2009 07:24 PM
Your claim of 140 mph has piqued my interest... you must have had the fuel injection remapped or something. If you did, could you please let me know who provides the power commander or the laptop software with which to do it. My granddad wants it to go a little faster than 117 mph. BTW, I've been racing and riding bikes for 18 yrs. and there's no way the Spyder outperforms a bike in the twisties. I took my granddad's Spyder to ride the 'Tail of the Dragon', Deals Gap, in NC to try it out; my GSX-R 750 ate its lunch with ease, with both me and my buddy (both experienced racers) swapping out each vehicle. And believe me we both wanted to win on the thing but it just couldn't compare. Hell, my girlfriend even outrode an "experienced" Spyder rider on her lowly little SV650. Like I said, get one for the looks and for the fun on short trips, but don't fool yourself into thinking it's going to compete with any sportbike on the market.
Free Ranging Hog -Looks great, handles like a high powered quad...  August 20, 2009 07:01 PM
I recently drove a 2008 Spyder from Hartford, CN to Savannah, GA (around 950 miles). I was picking the thing up for my Grandfather who had purchased it online. You guys are right about the thing drawing a crowd... but the handling needs a good bit of work. Perhaps there is a way to adjust the VSS or something; b/c the computer took control several times when I was least expecting it. In a construction zone in NC I was cruising at 90 mph and hit a patch of gravel, the next thing I knew the damn computer had chopped the throttle and locked the ABS down only on the front left wheel. It almost threw me into the concrete barrier. Also, 117 mph is all this baby can muster, my buddy's Aprilia with the same powerplant is much more powerful and fun! I've driven sportbikes and tourers all my life; and I won't be buying one of these to replace any class of motorcycle. If you're looking for something to ride short distances and turn some heads (like my Granddad), go for the Spyder; but if you're looking for a high-performance machine or a comfortable tourer go with a 'two-wheeled' Suzuki GSX-R or a Honda Gold Wing (no trikes, they handle even more poorly than the Spyder).
Michael Wright -SE5 Can-Am Spyder Roadster  August 17, 2009 05:48 PM
I Own a 08 SE5 Can-Am Spyder Roadster, Its not a TRIKE ITS A ROADSTER anyways its by far the best 21k ive ever spent in my life ive got 7,876 miles on mine so far and ive had next to no probs with it at all it is Roadster Red and I get looks and comments werever I go. People are always giving me the thumbs up or big grins.Ive got HiD Headlights and every other light on it is LED's from No Magic Neon whom I love they have the best products and the best customer service dept. :) I recently rode it down to Hollywood for the Owners Event and it ran flawlesly both down there and back home to Sacramento CA. I have a 08 Harley Street Glide and it hasnt moved since i bought my Spyder its my main bike now.It took a bit of getting used to since it doesnt steer or act like a regular two-wheeled bike but its been well worth it. thers nothing like a Spyder on the road and all i have to say is anyone thats got anything bad to say about it probably doesnt own one cause if u did u wouldnt have nothing but good things to say.:) its a very badass roadster and I love it. I have the YFACTR thats my licence plate numer also so when u go to DMV in Cali and cant get it thats why :)..................Michael
nate -custom spider  August 16, 2009 07:39 PM
i seen a custom spyder at a bike show and seen a custom spyder it was sweet and makes me want one when i'm old enough
Sgt. Fraley -Spyder  August 7, 2009 08:53 PM
Great artical and comments everyone. I've been in Iraq for a year and been looking to buy a bike. I've always wanted a trike, although the price on them new is insain. I'm always up for the new and unusual. My girl and I love to travel. If any of you Spyder owners have the 2009 SE5 and have put lots of miles on it already, let me know. I'm looking into ordering one. email me at: lost1977love@yahoo.com
Thanks all good info and great artical!
Lou S -grearing  August 5, 2009 12:44 PM
I test drove a 2008 model. I loved the look and all a great style of the Spyder. Then I test drove one, I found the Spyder needs at least one maybe 2 more gears. I was crusiing at 65 - 70 MPH and the tac was indication 6500 RPM, way too high in 5th gear.. Plus the gas millage would not be good..

I hope they will product the 2009 or 2010 with more gearing
N. J. Trick -Can-Am Spyder  July 29, 2009 06:17 AM
Will you be building one for comfort, storage and traveling.

We older motorcycle riders are looking for long trip comfort and storage.

The older bikers are buying Honda trikes only to find that on extreme curves their shoulders just can't take the stress. Your trike would be so easy on long bike tours.

Your product as it is seems to be targeted to young people.

N.J. Trick
tammy -want one  July 26, 2009 05:20 AM
i would love to beable to buy a spyder,single mother and with the economy cant afford it.been to the dealer three times if anyone has a used one for sale e mail me tlf3549@yahoo.com.my dad has a trike he only got one arm i would love to beable to ride with him
Cheryl Phillips -spyder free ride  July 24, 2009 05:29 PM
Where can I find a demonstration and free ride here in southern california. I just missed one in san bernardino.
derek morgan -about a ball park figure on the price  July 24, 2009 05:14 AM
i love what i see & have read like to know more about it . have any cd s on this bike?
man -spyder  July 19, 2009 10:32 PM
what kind of license do you need
Tina -Amazing Ride!  July 17, 2009 09:23 PM
Took my first ride today at a Spyder demo day celebration at Short's Marine in DE. What an incredible ride! I am 53 and have driven Harleys and Suzukis, and even a trike. Nothing compares to the Spyder. Great stability, maneuverability and handling for this little 4'10" lady, and it was WONDERFUL to keep my feet on the bike! My gratitude and appreciation to all the engineers who worked on this beautiful machine.
Aejotz -count the wheels  July 16, 2009 08:17 AM
I think the Spyders are very cool, but I recently bought a Triumph Bonneville T100 anyway. It suits my riding style best. But I might have to get a Spyder for longer distance traveling with my wife. The two-wheels-front, one-rear configuration always made more sense for handling, cornering and braking; and doesn't require a differential. But please count the wheels. It isn't a "bike." It's a "trike."
Gary -Handicapped Accessible  July 15, 2009 07:08 PM
I am a T-12 Paraplegic (21 years). We recently have purchased on and am putting hand brakes on it and floor boards on it. Once we get the specifics for it we can pass the info on if needed. Houston--Mancuso Power Sports is rigging it up for us. Ask for Jamalle.
Kirk -Spyder  July 12, 2009 08:04 PM
I got my spyder Jan 09 and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up. It didn't have to!! I took my 7 and 9 year old out on the gravel roads and snow. Try that with a bike! Since Jan I've put 3500 miles on it and my only complaint is it has terribly squeaky brakes. BRP says they are working on this but to have a mechanic spray the pads. Did not work. Dont know if folks are looking at the bike or looking to try to find the awful noise!!!!
JULS AKA NOID -RIDES  June 29, 2009 09:05 PM
I WANT 1 ^-^!
JESS ROSALES -2 PERSON SPYDER  June 24, 2009 07:29 AM
ernest n desjardins -can-am spyder  June 20, 2009 08:05 AM
I now have a goldwing 1500 year 1999 knees are getting bad, bike is getting heavy at stops, and going thru parking lots I have not tried a spyder yet but plan to the only thing that concerns me is Ill miss my cruise cnotrol on long trips and a sterio radio they offered as a option?
Milam -Power  June 20, 2009 01:52 AM
This is to Randy the mechanic and the power of the bike. I couldn't agree more. I got my bike here in Hawaii 6 June 09. I have almost 1000 miles on it and once I got past the break in I have totally been tearing it up. The bike is powered nicely. Guess some people need to learn how to bring up the RPM's and drop a clutch. I love the bike and it is neat being here without a dealer and the only Red one on the island.
bob c -hand brake  June 19, 2009 04:54 PM
Can the breaking be converted to a hand brake? If not by the dealer, by an outside facility that customizes bikes? I would need this, without question. bobc
Angie -The Spyder Rocks  June 16, 2009 08:47 PM
We have three spyders in our family. My mom bought me my sister and her self each one. I have red, my mom moon and my sister yellow. It is the funnest, coolest bike ever. We turn many a head as the three of us go down the road. I have an 08 and want a 09 already. There are some of us that don't feel comfortable enough to ride a two wheeled bike, but still want the excitement of the open rode and the spyder makes that possible. Its to funny all the comments about it taking so long to fuel it up it is soooo true. Go spyder riders!!!
Eric Williamson -Paraplegic  June 16, 2009 04:50 PM
I'm 36yrs old, recently paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident. Been riding bikes my whole life, (sport bikes, harleys, dirt bikes, four wheelers....) Now i have no use of my legs, have a vmax right now but obviously can't ride it. Any opinions or knowledge of how well one of these can ams might work for a paraplegic like myself. No way am i giving up riding.
Rob -Performance  June 15, 2009 04:40 PM
My hope is the Spyder will lead to street legal fourwheelers. A properly matured street quad would murder conventional bikes in all performance areas. The main draw back will be cost though, I bet a true performance oriented quad would be 20k. Still cheaper then an Atom at least, and likely as, or more capable.
redred -can am se5  June 14, 2009 08:32 PM
i just returned from a great trip in the smokey mountains on my spyder. I love it. I did have some shifting problems. I wonder if anyone has had any of the same trouble. My machine seems to stick in 4th gear sometimes 5th gear-it wont shift down for city traffic thats not good. I just returned home and have an appt with my dlr. He says may be the celinoid switch??? It will be resolved soon I know but if you have any of the same trouble I would love to hear. Thanks-redred LOVE MY SPYDER!!!
alfan1 -in response to Annie Zeigler  June 10, 2009 09:56 AM
Ms. Zeigler, I would to respond to your comment. I think that this company offered you everything but a free bike and free gear to satisfy you. It is to my understanding that this issue was turned over to the BBB and the company won. I bought a spyder from them and have had nothing but good luck. I hate that Ms. Zeigler feels so bitter at this dealer. They did all they could do to satisfy her. Anyone interested in purchasing a spyder should most definately contact Performance Powersports in Clanton, Al. for a deal.
just as my name says"saynomore" thats what you will say when you get on one of these bikes. Its absoluting a strong piece of machinery. I used to own motercycles in the past but this isnt a motorcyle. its in a class of its own. I DJ all over the world and when i show a picture of the bike the comments are unbelievable. If you your somebody then you will defitnetly should experience the can-am. SAYNOMORE!!!
just as my name says"saynomore" thats what you will say when you get on one of these bikes. Its absoluting a strong piece of machinery. I used to own motercycles in the past but this isnt a motorcyle. its in a class of its own. I DJ all over the world and when i show a picture of the bike the comments are unbelievable. If you your somebody then you will defitnetly should experience the can-am. SAYNOMORE!!!
ROBIN -CAM AM SPYDER  June 6, 2009 07:09 PM
Test drove one today and really enjoyed it. Have been riding a 650 burgman so I was really looking for a hand brake but once I got use to the foot brake and took a few curves I must say I am considering one of these trikes. 65 years young but starting to have knee and a hip problem and this will keep me out in the fresh air for a long time to come.Still like my scooter to and will probably have both until I am unable to ride the scooter. Love leaning into the turns.
"KAREN WAY-CREWS aka SHY SHY" -My 2008 Special Edition Moon Spyder aka "Clyde"  June 3, 2009 09:25 AM
I have been riding for over 33 years...I love my CAN-AM SPYDER....It is an attention getter in the Maryland, DC and Virgina area. Whether I am stopped at the light, riding on the highway or side street, trying to get off, everyone acknowledges the bike. I have spoken to over 200 people since I purchased my bike in May 2008, and some of them have purchased a Spyder, or wished they would have purchased it but they had already purchased a trike or 2 wheeler. I have over 3,700 miles on Clyde. Clyde handles like a CHAMP....Rain, Cold, or dry rode, no problem...I keep up with my Buffalo Soldiers... MY BEST TOY...Tks BRP CAN-AM. V/r KAREN
elvaquerointocable -saber donde compro en mexico  June 2, 2009 04:11 AM
hola amigos quuiero saber donde comprar la spider cam am en mexico mi correo es elvaquerointocable@hotmail.com
Sarina -pimp as hell  May 28, 2009 07:38 PM
these are amazing machines...both my mom and dad purchased one each, and they love them so much. anyone that is hating on these amazing machines has obviously never drove one, or could not afford one themselves so they are just jelous of the the hard working americans that can. DON'T BE HATEN JUST BECAUSE YOUR JELOUS!!!!
Nathan -Cab-Am Spyder  May 22, 2009 09:42 PM
Just test drove one in Missouri and it was awesome. I have had a Honda CBR before and this was soooo much better. Smooth ride and automatic a huge perk, but this also means my wife will want to drive it as much as me.
Don in Las Vegas..... May 16, 2009 -Please consider this request....  May 16, 2009 07:23 PM
Your colors of silver, red and yellow are nice but please come out with a high gloss black color. This color looks so rich. It is like when you see a black car. I want to buy your product but will not buy the colors your offer. Otherwise it is a great product.
Al -Spyder Speed  May 12, 2009 12:30 PM
140mph? Hmm... Can-Am claims a top speed of 110mph? Why would they do that if the machine will do 140?
Bill Arbuckle -Can-Am Spyder throttle lock  May 10, 2009 07:23 PM
I recently developed a "Cam-Lock" for a buddy's Roadster. It has worked out so well for him that he said I should add this model to the rest of my line. I don't know what interest there may be in a mechanical cruise control for the Spyder. If you can furnish some insight please email me at info@madcorider.com
David Green - Canberra Australia -Just had a test drive today - 8/May09  May 8, 2009 03:27 AM
These are fantastic - what an experience - strange feeling to start with especially cornering, but after a while it is great - so many safety features and even reverse - wow the best - can I have one plse - hope I win the Spyder prize draw cheers David
matt -wheels  May 8, 2009 12:39 AM
dose anybody know who makes the wheels on the black spyder in the pic???? if so please e-mail me at prodrag69@gmail.com thanks
design037 -worst.lines. ever.  May 4, 2009 12:25 PM
performance aside, it is an ugly thing to behold, a squat tripedal abnormality. ill take the classics anyday, save these for the Goldwingers of the future who wish they could really ride.
santana -can-am  May 2, 2009 08:12 PM
also i am in florida west palm bch ,anyone need to hook up thats fine.
santana -can am  May 2, 2009 08:10 PM
just get my spyder awesome,never ride a bike before just safe for anyone ,trust me i ride over 95miles an hour ,not bad lots of speed trying to hook it up anyone out there pimp their ride yet,let me know.peace
Randy -Can Am Spyder vs 2 wheelers  May 1, 2009 01:23 AM
I am a certified motorcycle mechanic and have owned over 20 bikes. I also was intriged with the can am spyder. I received mine 2-14-08 and do not regret it. And as to the haters out there, I can tell that there speaking out of thier ignorance. I have had my spyder up to 140 mph. Not only is it fast but I can outride in the twisties all but professional riders with ease. So you all who think that this SPYDER that has 4 computers, each that controls many aspects of the trike, has no power, when you get passed in the twisties by one in third gear doing 100mph and shifting as they pass you by you will understand the respect for them. By the way, I make my living by many people who buy to much bike than they can handle, which is nothing I,m proud of, but someone has to fix them. So if you again are one who went and rode a Spyder in the parking lot of a local dealership you have no idea what this machine is capable of. I hope this helps your perspective. Randy
Stacie -SE5- Mckinney Texas  April 30, 2009 09:57 AM
Bought my spyder in feb. I have put over 6000 miles on her! i love everything about this wonderful machine. If your in the DFW area and own a spyder (I also travel to San Antonio alot) .. email me so we can plan a few rides in the near future Thank you, stacie074@gmail.com
Mike (not from Milwaukee) -Spyder  April 23, 2009 12:05 PM
I've seen these in showrooms and read all I could about them but had not seen one on the road until yesterday. I was riding my ZRX1100 on a country two-lane and saw it silhouetted against the sun in the distance. I had no idea what it was at first and it looked much wider than I would have imagined. I caught up with it to get a better look but the guy riding it must have thought I wanted to race. I heard him open it up, so I figured what the heck, so I did, too. I pulled up alongside him, I'm guessing around 100mph or so (was judging the situation, not watching the speedometer), and it looked like it was all the faster he could go. I goosed my bike up to 120 and left him sitting. I know the bit, how fast do you really need to go? All I'm saying is that if you get one of these, don't attempt to challenge any new bike over 600cc. You will be embarrassed. That being said, I've been riding for 45 years, can afford to buy one, but as long as this "old" body can function, I'll be riding two wheels. Nothing against the Spyder, but I like the most bang for my buck.
John M -Tested  April 17, 2009 09:54 PM
We test drove a manual and automatic last summer and although its a neat idea its way under powered they really need to sink about 140+ hp into it then I would buy one. And NO I will not buy the heads for the aprila motor I want factory as is for the model. I got sick of the salesperson telling me that bs. Anyhow at 15-16K I would buy a Busa or spill a little more for a new vmax.
Greg -Long touring  April 12, 2009 08:03 AM
Anybody done any long touring? Heated seat, grips? Radio? Cruise Control?
Nancy -My Spyder Roadster  April 11, 2009 11:17 AM
I love this ride it is my first experience of owning one. I looked at the 2 wheels but fell in love with the SE5 it is awesome. Stacie I live in Rockwall, TX my email nbc1011@aol.com.
Majid -I want a spyder  April 9, 2009 10:22 AM
If anyone is selling there SPYDER email me with the price... my email is mwqaiser@roanoke.edu THANKS
WES -SPYDER  April 7, 2009 02:58 PM
John in Vermont -Spyder Love!  April 6, 2009 10:02 PM
Love the Trike, love the look, any way to amp up the mileage. Have not even test driven and I want it, but for me to justify any new 2 -3 -or 4 wheeler, I want more mpg's.
Bobby Field -Jimmy Ellis  March 30, 2009 09:41 PM
Has anybody have any info on Can-Am's Factory Motocross rider Jimmy Ellis ? I was good friends with Jimmy,and his sister Sam, and his father George, and have lost contact with them over the years, and would like to get a hold of them. Anybody with any info can contact me at badinc1@myfairpoint.net Thank-you, Bobby Field Londonderry, New Hampshire
stacie-- dallas texas area -any riders  March 30, 2009 11:23 AM
hey i got my bike in feb. looking for some other dfw area spyders to ride with.. my email is stacie074@gmail.com almost 3000 miles already!
Prep Dog -Smitten by the Spyder  March 28, 2009 06:09 PM
My first "bike" was a mo-ped when I was around 10. Many scrapes from the private gravel roads I drove on; oh yeah, even at 35 mph you can wipe out in hair pin switch backs. I have always loved the free feeling of open air driving, but decided to buy convertible sports cars for that sensory kick when I got older. I have always been reluctant to unleash a motorcycle on urban freeways. I live in the DFW area and see horrifying stories on the news weekly involving fatalities with motorcycles. Around here, even Smart cars force 18 wheelers off the road. Ruthless. But, I think this vehicle might hold its own. More visible than a Mazda Miata, plus people would slow down to gawk. That alone should improve highway safety. I am getting one. Just for the sake of making the roadways safer for everyone.
Joseph Olvera -spyder  March 26, 2009 04:51 PM
milwaukee mike is a hater!
Joseph Olvera -spyder  March 26, 2009 04:50 PM
milwaukee mike is a hater!
Ron Z -My Spyder  March 25, 2009 07:02 PM
I just got my black on black 09' spyder, I put 250 miles on it the first day. I love everything about it comfort, stability, and yes the looks, not to mention the what the hell is that look that you get from other people. Its a great bike and can't wait for the weather to break so i can get out and roadtrip on it. Thanks brp.
Eric -Laws of Physic  March 24, 2009 10:25 AM
"Milwaukee" Mike drinks too much of it. Otherwise you would have had time to study general knowloedge in High school and would know basic laws of physics. As far as lateral and directional stability are concerned, having a trike config versus an inverted trike config makes a world of difference. At least as long as your "speed" vector goes in the direction of the end where the 2 wheels are. That is why the Spyder, T-Rex and a like are so stable compared to trikes.
THE White James Brown -My SE5  March 21, 2009 02:13 PM
I bought my Spyder 2008 July Put 3900 miles,til it got to cold in Ma.But its SPRING now,and on the road again.Buy one you will it.
Derrick -Spyder in Asia  March 10, 2009 08:56 PM
The Spyder recently landed on the sunny shores of Singapore here. I've read that its already available in HK. Looks like a fantastic machine to ride, but in Singapore, the roads here are pretty congested most of the times and a bike's advantage is be able to squeeze between the cars in heavy traffic or during a congestion. Unfortunately, looks like its not possible with a Spyder. Still, wouldn't mind upgrading my bike license (we have 3 grades here, <=200cc, <=400cc, Unrestricted cc) and get one of these mean machines (its going for SG$36,000 here). Love the idea of the luggage space in the front. Currently riding a Burgman 400 and the storage is a huge plus.
Can Not Am -No Thanks  March 10, 2009 01:31 PM
I test rode a Spyder a few weeks ago. Didn't like anything about it. Steering was twitchy. No feel whatsoever. You're body shifts to the outside going through turns, and all the bouncing and sliding makes you feel like you're about to go over the bars. Very little wind protection. It was the opposite of what I look for in a bike. Not for me.
Darren Yates -Fun  March 9, 2009 05:51 PM
I rode a can am the other day after 43 motorcycles I think Ive found what I want,the roads in Australia are some times rough but the can am seems to traval with out no problems.
Jess Burns -One of a few (In northern AZ.)  March 9, 2009 08:32 AM
Have ridden since age 13 started on a '39 k-head in '52 and rode them all until 1998 I had 1100 shadow when my left knee quit holding me up when I stopped at stop lights. Had to sell my Honda in 2003 and bought a trike never liked the way it handled, cornered and rode.Saw a BRP Spyder in '07 test rode one; Sold Harley and bought new Spyder SE-5 in Sept. Close to 4,000 miles "LOVE THIS ROASTER" only wish I could have started with this unit when I sold my Shadow,Wife started ridding alone in less than a wk. now I guess next year I'll buy me one!!!!! 70+yrs. and still love to ride.............Jess
annie zeigler -can am spyder  March 4, 2009 04:10 AM
I purchased a Can Am Spyder in November 2008 my dealer and his rep for can am spyder have not resolved my deal yet the order was wrong after I waited 2 months on the spyder I ordered a automatic 2009 got a manual then swapped with another dealer to get my automatic which was an 2008 not 2009 I ordered a 2009 all of my merchandise was ordered and gear I have no gear to ride my new spyder a very very unsatisfied customer. If any one reading this know any action I can take please email me at zeigla@aol.com My dealer was in Clanton Alabama so BEWARE
Chris -Must not ride.  March 3, 2009 05:30 AM
The people who complain the most usually haven't been on a spyder, or can't afford to purchase one. I sold a sport bike and a cruiser after getting mine, because I didn't ride them any more. It's not a motorcyle, but it is a lot of fun to ride. I think milwaukee mike should get back in his pinto, and keep his comments to himself. And while my back is a little sore from taking the engine block out of the back of my truck, I can hold up a bike without two much trouble. And talking about braking. I had to slam on the brakes while on a wet asphalt rode to keep from hitting a very old driver. No problems other than the strange pulsing coming from the front end. It stopped in a straight line and I didn't even need to fall over and go to the hospital.
Garrett -caught in the web  March 2, 2009 08:22 PM
I currently own a H-D, I bought my 2009 moon spider 4 days ago. H-D is for sale...This beautiful machine is the best it gets; I drive the damn thing in 20 degree weather for goodness sakes. I hate to say it, but I wish they were in very limited production because I love the attention..
Dadeeo -Milwaukee Mike & Three Wheel ATC Ban  March 2, 2009 07:46 PM
The three wheel ATC that Milwaukee Mike was referring to had 2 wheels in back like a tricycle. This is what made them unstable. This is not the case with the Spyder. I have ridden motorcycles since I was 12 and I am 52 now. I love them. I love to lean into the corners and accelerate out of the corners. However, I know that some day I may reach an age where my old body can't hold one up. I was considering a 4 wheel open air roadster at that point in life. I can't stand the tricycle configuration with the wheels in back. But I would consider the Spyder. It may not be for everybody but motorcycles are not for everybody either. Any vehicle that gets you out on the open road with the fresh breeze in your face is good. I am impressed and have to have one.
Frank Maney -Spyder  February 27, 2009 12:08 PM
I purchased a Spyder Phantom edition the all black really turns heads. I was never a fan of motorcycles due to the fact I am retired law enforcement and have seen one to many results of what happens to people on them. However, after seeing this thing at the dealer I decided that I had to have it. I can honestly say that it is a true pleasure to ride and even my wife rides on it with me....she would have never considered it on a standard two wheel motorcycle. Try one and you too will be hooked.
milwaukee mike -Al-Sharif M. Sadiq - Spider Can-Am Manufactory Information request  February 23, 2009 03:53 PM
You requested where these goofy things are made. Well the motor comes from Austria and Can-Am is a division of Bombardier. Bombardier is a Canadian company. I hope this clears up your query about this metric abomination. Lets face it, if you are scared of falling off a motorcycle, this is not going to make you feel safe. Remember about twenty years ago when the federal government banned three wheeled ATCs as they were extremely unstable. These three wheelers are next!
Baba JT -COULD NOT WAITE!!!  February 23, 2009 03:13 PM
HI I am a New Yorker and all ways love motorcycle. I never got a chance to really enjoy them. the cops would take my bike keys and make me push my bike home. So I give up on motorcycles for about 35 years. I was on line and saw this fun looking motorcycle. I had to have it.I went to BRP web site and look up the dealer and bought The MOON Can-am Spyder. When I oder it I could not sleep for days I could not eat. I just sat up late looking at YouTube. Never test drove until I took in off the flat bed. easy to ride and just a joy to have. you talking about great handle,fastand fun ride. Did I say fun WOW! ooo weeee. Oh my GOD thank you I been biten by a Spyder and I'M in Love. I cant wait until the sun come out to play.
Al-Sharif M. Sadiq -Spider Can-Am Manufactory Information request  February 18, 2009 08:23 AM
Where the manufactory locatrd. Is the Spider made in the U.S My email address alsharifmalghalib@hotmail.com Thanks Al
Lisa -My Spyder  February 17, 2009 05:17 PM
I first seen the Spyder at a bike show in Memhis, TN. I told my husband that I would love to have that. Well, now I do and I absolutely LOVE it!! There is no better bike! It handles like a dream. There is nothing like this ride. Everyone should try it!!! .... and stopping for anything, fuel, shopping.. get ready, you will be there a while!! It's great!
torrezo -spyda  February 17, 2009 10:28 AM
man this looks like a sweet ride. i call it a jet ski on wheels. id love to go cruisin with my girl on this thing. i dont think you'd get stuck in dirt with this if the time comes for it
Brenda -One great ride!  February 13, 2009 05:56 PM
I first rode a Spyder in Daytona in March 2008. By June I drove to my local dealer and had one in my garage, no pre-ordering, no waiting. It is an eye catcher. Everyone looks. The first day I rode it to work, there was a HUGE crowd around my bike. After a few weeks, I still had trouble getting out of the parking lot without answering a bunch of questions. After owning 2 Harleys, I have to say that the Spyder is the easiest thing I have ever rode. As for the speed, let's just say that on the highways in Pennsylvania, the speedometer is always hitting top end. This is one great ride!
milwaukee mike -Spyder  February 13, 2009 06:04 AM
STUPID! Are the buyers afraid of falling down? And here we go again with the metric thing again,....please think about were you spend your dollars,....you'd be better off buying an american product.
Stacie -wow'ED  February 10, 2009 11:58 AM
I test drove this beast this weekend! My father and I were both on the bike, total of about 500 lbs. and I must say it moved swiftly!!! many looks, very stable, we did lift a wheel up, but it stablized instantly going around a quick turn!!! :) Getting my bike this weekend!!! wooo hoooo...
Greg -What a blast  February 7, 2009 11:18 PM
I purchased a beautiful Yellow SE5 Spyder and plan to give up my car. Having been a bike rider for many years to took me a little while to adjust to stearing but the Roadster made it easy. It is very stable on corners and handles extremely well at 80 mph. I have found my dream vehicle. If you are wondering, try one.
Alex Puga February 7, 2009 -Test Ride on the Can am SE5!  February 6, 2009 11:12 PM
I Test Drove this Trike on Friday afternoon. I had already studied this bike frontwards and backwards and was dying to try it out. Well sufficient to say it was all that and much, much more! It has awesome power, great handling, smooth ride and I look forward to getting my own SE5 ASAP! I am 6' 7" Tall and weigh 350 pounds and this bike moves me like a feather. I love the fact that I do not need to put my feet dfown on the road when I stop at the traffic light. I recommend everyone who sees this bike to test it out, you will love it! I hope to see more of them in the South Florida Area soon!
Craig {Spyderman} Luedtke -2008 Spyder  January 17, 2009 11:01 PM
I had the color picked out on a Harley Fat Bob last june when I saw the spyder in a bike magazine. My wife and I took this three wheeled masterpiece on a test drive and had it in our garage in a week. She wants to learn how to drive it in the spring, wich means Ill lose it. Should I order a matching color??? Amazing ride and yes... it takes 30 minutes to refuel!
Francine -Motorcycle license  January 6, 2009 04:59 PM
Is a motorcycle license required for the can-am spider
Ryan Morris -love it  December 30, 2008 09:12 AM
I got my Spyder September the 5th for my birthday. I always rode on the street in Boston runing from the police on atv 4 wheelers me and my friends.Now i dont have to do that anymore cause the spyder rides like the 4 wheelers LOVE IT
boatcruzin soon to be spydercruzin -waiting  December 16, 2008 07:11 PM
I just ordered a 2009 RED spyder SE5 on Dec. 12 after taking a long test ride on one and didn't wont to give it back ,I was gone so long with it I called the dealer and said this is the guy that is stilling your spyder HA HA ,but I didn't and I did take it back , can't wait till I have mine !
omegaman33 - 2009 brp spyder se5  December 8, 2008 12:18 AM
I am really considering seeling my imaculate 2203 zx12r silver on silver so that i can buy a spyder wear a exoskelleton with a build in heat exchanger off the heat from the bike and ride it all year ill save gas and let the good time roll . Thank your brp , I wish they would apply the y concept to a new v3 engine with 210 ph and 120 ft lb of tourqe it would keep applying thier y concept and it would haul ass and be a new engine fitted perfectly for thier kiack ass machine . whad ya all thing about it , a solid 200 hp exoskelleton with a heat exchanger with the factory skid plates it b a keeper for the real world.
Bill -SE5 Spyder  December 5, 2008 03:39 PM
I have recently picked up a SE5, and love it. I ride year round and have three bikes (Two victory's and a HD Crossbones), but think they will be getting quite jealous. This roadster is FUN! (The attention it draws is sure to turn you into a very talkative person also).
Alvin -Spyder  November 21, 2008 06:51 AM
I had the opportunity to test ride a Spyder at a demo in Virginia. Having owned a number of motorcycles over the years, I wanted to see how the Spyder compared. Many testers have tried to downplay the machine by comparing it to bikes. They complain about not being able to lean, and this is an issue on the Spyder. However, one area I haven't seen mentioned by testers is how well the machine functions in poor conditions. During my demo we rode the Spyder up a park entrance road that was covered with fine gravel applied due to a recent snow. On a bike I would have had to slowly crawl up the hill (not to mention the trip down). On the Spyder, I didn't even slow down! The same applied to going back down. I would expect this machine to have much more year-round capability than any 2-wheeled bike.
Roaddog2 -Spyder  November 16, 2008 06:51 PM
Few minor problems but expected that first year production But love it all have been corrected. Give yourself extra time at gas station or refuel at home everybody wants to know what planet it came from.
igor -spyder  November 16, 2008 11:02 AM
i bought my SE5 3 month ago. 2.500 km so far. GREAT MACHINE !!!
James Duane -Innovation  November 16, 2008 04:22 AM
I bought my Spyder in May and have already banked 13k miles. It's a brilliant piece of machinery laden with innovation. Aftermarket options allow you to tailor the bike to suit your riding style from touring to sport. The community of Spyder enthusiasts consist of some of the nicest, coolest people in the world. BRP is on to something here.
Jerry Plower -My Spyder.  November 16, 2008 02:29 AM
Living in western South Dakota I was anxious to get my hands on a Spyder. I ended up purchasing from a private party in Los Angeles. I rode the Spyder back to Phoenix area where I was visiting friends and then spent three days riding back to the Rapid City area. I can not begin to tell you how many "smiles-per-gallon" I had on the trip. Also, at every place I stopped to fuel up or have a bite to eat the Spyder drew a crowd and I feel I should get some sort of commission for all of the sales pitches I gave in regards to the unit.
Carl -Can-Am Spyder  November 14, 2008 06:52 AM
I was recently at a motorcycle rally/ride with about 250 bikes. There were three Spyders and whenever we stopped there was a crowd around all three. I was impressed with how it looks and the technology that has gone into it. I'm also impressed with the cost of admission. If I were going to buy a three wheeler it would be this one.