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2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The year is 2030 and Personal Flying Apparatus (PFAs, also known as jet packs) are the latest rage within both the personal travel and recreational products industries. The compact set-up stylishly attaches to your back and allows you to fly through the sky at speeds in excess of 100 mph, delivering you to your destination quickly, safely, and most importantly, enjoyably.
2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
With the sucess of the Spyder, it was only a matter of time till Can-Am adressed the demands of the touring crowd.

Although it hasn’t been invented, if there were a company to mass produce such a contraption, it would be Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). Take a look at its CV, proof that this innovative Canadian company knows a thing or two about building “The Next Best Thing” when it comes to motorized consumer products. First, it started with its Ski-Doo snowmobiles, later expanding to the water with its Sea-Doo watercraft. They made the jump to the off-road world with its Can-Am ATVs, and, in 2008 moved to pavement with its tricycle, the Can-Am Spyder. Next year it expands its road line-up by offering a touring capable vehicle in the form of its 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT.

Is it a Car or Motorcycle?

A little bit of both, actually. Based off the aforementioned Spyder platform, the RT (Roadster Touring) incorporates both automotive and motorcycle-derived engineering practices making it a unique touring option unlike anything else currently on the road. The first thing you’ll notice, next to its three wheels, is the way they’re arranged—two in the front, one in the back—an interesting contrast to conventional trikes (if you can call them that) based off Harley-Davidson Electra Glides and Honda Goldwings. Its streamlined shape resembles that of a modern European car, complete with twin projectile headlights, turn signals integrated in the rearview mirrors, and bright, highly visible LED taillights. More automotive similarities come in the form of its front double-A arm suspension, Bosch Vehicle Stability System (VSS), optional semi-automatic transmission, linked hydraulic brake system, and sophisticated instrumentation.

Powertrain

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
Getting the Can-Am Spyder and the Spyder RT side by side you can see the adjustments in riding position and other features to make long distance riding on the Spyder more comfortable.
Like the Spyder, which it is based off, the RT uses a liquid-cooled 998cc V-Twin engine that you perhaps may have experienced aboard the Aprilia RSV1000R or Aprilia Tuono 1000R motorcycle. It was selected for a number of reasons, one of which is that it’s built by BRP’s sister company, Rotax. The engine features a compact 60-degree cylinder cant, 97 x 68mm bore/stroke dimensions, a 12.2: 1 compression ratio, and 4-valve DOHC equipped cylinder heads. Both its fuel and ignition maps were specifically calibrated for the rigors of the RT and a ride-by-wire throttle control system (in which the engine and the throttle are linked electronically as opposed to a conventional mechanical set-up), completes the package.

Two transmission systems are available (both of which feature reverse), the standard being a manual 5-speed controlled via a shift lever near the rider’s left foot and a left-hand operated hydraulic clutch. An optional semi-automatic gearbox does away with the clutch lever and moves the gear change process to the handlebar. Power is transferred to the 15-inch rear wheel via maintenance-free belt final drive.
2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
With the extra weight of the touring gear the Can-Am equipped the RT with some beefy brakes and ABS.

Chassis

The engine is mounted behind the front wheels in the center of the machine inside Can-Am’s proprietary Surrounding Spar Technology (SST) frame. Constructed from steel, the Y-shaped frame extends back to a steel double-sided swingarm located underneath its 6.6-gallon fuel cell. Suspension is comprised of an automotive-derived double-A arm set-up with an integrated roll-bar. An electronically controlled power steering system is also fitted and provides variable assist. Front damping is courtesy of twin gas-charged shock absorbers, while a solo hydraulic shock absorber is used rearward. The suspension offers 5.67-inches of travel at each end. The Audio and Convenience package as well as the RT-S model offer 5-way preload adjustment via a push of a button.

It rolls on a pair of 14x5-inch aluminum wheels up front and a 15x7-inch aluminum rim out back all shod in Kenda rubber (165/65R14 front, 225/50R15 rear). Braking duties are handled by three rotors measuring 250mm in diameter and 6mm thick, controlled by twin 4-piston calipers up front and a single-piston caliper out back. The entire system is linked together hydraulically with electronic anti-lock system (ABS) and is actuated via a right-hand side foot lever. It also features an electronically activated parking brake.

Electronics

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
Rear wheel traction control keeps your inner hooligan in-check yet still allows you to do a burn-out. And its lateral stability control function takes the worry out of aggressive or panic steering inputs.
In addition to ABS, the Spyder employs a high-end and fully integrated VSS. Individual wheel speed sensors provide system with real-time speed data and help mitigate the chance of the rider losing control during acceleration, turning and braking. When system detects an abnormal wheel speed parameter it first reduces engine power, and if that isn’t sufficient, it will apply the brake to any or all off the three wheels until the speed value returns within range. The system is always on whenever the ignition switch is turned on, and, unlike most cars it cannot be manually disabled.

A full-color instrument display situated between the analog-style speedometer and tachometer provides the rider with information including speed, time, temperature, and trip info, as well as system malfunction alerts. Additionally, the rider can also set language, time, and unit of measurement preferences. Audiophiles will rejoice as the Spyder also includes an AM/FM/XM/WB/CB radio as well as an intercom feature that allows the rider and passenger to communicate. An iPod adapter is also available. All of its features can be accessed via a 4-button pad on the left-hand side of the handlebar. Further electronic creature comforts in the form of heated rider and passenger hand grips, cruise control and an up/down adjustment of the windscreen are also standard. Last of all, it comes with a Garmin Zumo GPS mounting adapter on the center of the handlebar.

Three Wheel Motion

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
Getting on to a Spyder you may notice almost everything is similarly placed as your average motorcycle except the front brake control that has been moved to your right foot.
Hop onto its plush saddle and it feels like you’re inside a car only there aren’t any doors or windows to isolate you from the outside world. Grab a hold of its clean V-shaped handlebar and you’ll notice just how close it is in relation to your torso, a real plus for riders of smaller stature. Place your feet on the footpegs and forget about the balancing act typical with a two-wheeler.

The controls are laid out similarly to a motorcycle with the twist-tube throttle located on the right-hand side of the handlebar, as is the engine run switch and starter button. Noticeably absent is a motorcycles traditional front brake lever which has been relocated to a right-hand-side foot lever. Working the turn signals, horn and headlight high-beam is all controlled on the bars left-hand side.

Starting the engine consists of first turning the key switch to ‘on’, flip the engine switch to ‘run’, depress the mode button on the handlebar, pull in the clutch lever (those who have the semi-auto transmission auto skip this step, however, we tested the standard model), and press the starter button. The engine fires right up. Notch the bike down into first gear with your left foot, fan out the clutch and you’re off and running.

First gear is pretty low which makes launching from a dead stop easy regardless if you’re on flat ground or slight incline. Twist the throttle and you’ll be surprised how much ‘oomph its V-Twin engine has. It’s truly amazing how different this engine feels than when used in Aprilia’s sportbikes, due in part to its touring-specific engine fueling and ignition mapping. Specifically its bottom and mid-range are plump enough that you’re never really going to need to rev it out to its 9000 rpm redline. Power comes on smooth and is devoid of any quirky fueling hiccups or power surges; just a smooth, steady flow of power throughout the rev range. Sure, you’re not going to win any drag races against any modern 250cc-plus motorcycles, but it gets up to speed well.

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
The optional adjustable windshield does a great job protecting the rider from the harsh elements of long distance riding.
During acceleration, the engine emits the same charismatic tune as on Aprilia’s Rotax-engine equipped sportbikes, only in the Spyder it’s slightly more muted. Most sport-oriented riders will appreciate its sound; however for a hardcore touring type, it might still be too loud. While some might complain about the amount of engine noise while riding, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t impressed by how just how little vibration there is. Equally as pleasing is the way in which the gearbox moves through each of its five gears. Each gear change has a very positive feel and doesn’t have any stickiness as we’ve experienced on other machines equipped with this engine. The gear ratios are spaced nicely and there’s never a time you feel between gears. Cruising down the freeway at 60 mph, the tachometer shows just a hair above 4000 rpm in top gear.

Our machine was fitted with the optional adjustable electric windshield and it did a phenomenal job of protecting us from the elements. Our only gripe was that it didn’t come down low enough for us to get a taste of fresh-air the few times we wanted it. The rearview mirrors offered a clear view of what was happening behind us and for the most part the instrumentation is easy to read. However, the font within the LCD display is too small and it’s difficult to read it even for someone with perfect vision. We also would have preferred if the analog-style gauges were ditched and integrated digitally into a larger LCD screen.

The rider can navigate through the audio and trip information functions via the 4-button control pad on the left-side of the handlebar. The menu system is straight forward and easy to figure out but we weren’t all that impressed by the outright sound quality coming out of its speakers. We didn’t get a chance to play with the cruise control at all as it didn’t function on our machine.

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
The Can-Am Spyder RT power steering makes cornering simple regardless of upper body strength.
For a motorcyclist, one of the oddest sensations you experience aboard the Spyder is during cornering. As opposed to a motorcycle, in which you counter-steer to initiate a turn, the Spyder requires you to do the opposite. If you’ve ever ridden an ATV, snowmobile, or a Jet Ski, than you’ll be familiar with the way it feels when you turn, and, if you’ve never touched a motorcycle you’ll probably have an easier time acclimating to its turning manners (old habits are hard to break). Nonetheless, its power steering system makes maneuvering the Spyder easy regardless of speed, or even upper body strength. Just a light touch of the handlebars is all it takes for it to change direction.

On the highway the Spyder occupies approximately two-thirds of the traffic lane which gives you a fair amount of room inside your lane. The front wheels have a tendency to follow the road’s camber, further reducing steering effort, thereby making the ride more ‘hands-off’ when you’re racking up the miles on the highway.

We were also impressed by just how effective its suspension was at absorbing bumps on the road. Not only does it have almost zero bump-steer, its independent front suspension sucks up rough in a similar manner as a long wheelbase luxury car, no joke. We even purposely rode on rippled pavement on the shoulder which had little effect on the overall ride quality.

But its supple suspension manners do come at a cost, the cost being measured in firmness and its resistance to wallowing during aggressive acceleration and braking. During heavy braking or in situations like a panic stop, the chassis had a tendency to transfer weight from back-to-front way too fast, thereby upsetting the chassis and making the machine difficult to control. Our fully-loaded RT-S machine came with the electronically adjustable suspension which made a huge difference when set to full hard, but still wasn’t firm enough to eliminate its aggressive weight transfer. One pleasing side effect we noticed was how even with the suspension set to full-hard, the outright quality of the ride wasn’t compromised.

Traditional 3-wheeled vehicles aren’t known for having the best ground hugging stability. The Spyder smashes this conception with its VSS. Simply put, it’s one of the most effective systems we’ve used whether on two or four wheels. Its ABS function works great during braking with minimal noise and pedal pulsing, thereby ensuring a quick stop. Similarly, its rear wheel traction control keeps your inner hooligan in-check yet still allows you to do a burn-out. And its lateral stability control function takes the worry out of aggressive or panic steering inputs. We even tried to get it up on two wheels but the stability control makes it virtually impossible.

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The RT has ample space for your luggage, but just in case you need more room a pull-
trailer is available.
One of my favorite features on the Spyder RT is its sheer amount of cargo capacity. There are a total of five storage areas (hood, trunk, right/left side hard cases, and small cockpit glove box) that allow you to tote a tremendous amount of gear with you. Even better is the optional Spyder RT travel luggage (with roller wheels and handle) that neatly fits right into the compartment allowing for seamless luggage removal when you arrive at your destination. And for those who literally want to bring their kitchen sink with them, Can-am offers a pull-behind trailer with a whopping 164-gallon capacity. It’s so big that I could literally sleep in it! The trailer features independent coil-over suspension, aluminum wheels, carpet, interior lighting and separate front and rear lid access. Furthermore the trailer is set-up to work in conjunction with its VSS and can be color-matched to your Spyder.
2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
The Can-Am Spyder RT offers a smooth and comfortable ride at an affordable price.

Perhaps the coolest things about the new Spyder RT is its price. For just over $20,000 you can have a touring machine that’s unlike anything else out on the road. And for its price tag you get a quality piece of machinery, with fit and finish on the level commensurate with some of the best. Sure it’s not as thrilling to ride as its two-wheeled counterpart, but it is without a doubt easier to operate. Plus it’s comfortable two-up and offers loads of storage. If you’re looking for a unique touring experience, the Can-Am Spyder RT is the next best thing to a PFA.
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2010 Can-Am Spyder RT Specs
2010 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride
Engine - BRP-Rotax
Type – 991 V-Twin DOHC w/ 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement - 998cc - (60.90 cu. in.)
Bore/Stroke - 97 mm X 68mm (3.82 X 2.68 in.)
Max output
- 100 hp @ 7500 RPM
Max torque - 80 lb-ft. @ 5500 RPM
Compression ratio - 12.2:1
Ignition type - Electronic ignition
Exhaust system - 2-into-1 with catalytic converter
Cooling - Liquid-cooled
Injection - Multi-point EFI w/ 57mm throttle bodies
Gear box - 5-Speed manual (SM5) with remote electronic reverse interlock  or
5-Speed semi-automatic (SE5) with remote electronic reverse interlock 
Final Drive - 28/79 ratio final drive with Kevlar-reinforced drive belt
Clutch - Wet, multi-plate, manual operation through a hydraulic piston
Electric Equipment - Magneto - 650 Watts
Starter - Electric
Front suspension - Double A-Arm with anti-roll bar
Front suspension travel - 5.94 in. (151 mm) gas shocks with 5-position cam adjustment
Rear suspension - Swing-arm with monoshock
Rear suspension travel - 5.71 in. (145 mm) with pneumatic adjustable preload
Chassis - SST Spyder (Surrounding Spar Technology) 
Front tire - KR21 165/65R14 
Rear tire - KR21 225/50R15
Wheel size, front - Aluminum 14x5 (355x127)
Wheel size, rear - Aluminum 15x7 (381x178)
Brake Type - Foot-actuated, fully integrated hydraulic 3-wheel braking system
Front braking system - 4 piston calipers, 31.75 mm diameter, 250mm x 6mm disc
Rear braking system - Single-piston sliding pins caliper 38.1mm diameter, 250 mm x 6 mm disc
ABS - Anti-lock Braking System
Parking brake - Electro-mechanical park brake system with actuator on the rear caliper 
Dry weight - 929 lb. (421 kg)
Front max load capacity - 30 lb. (15.9 kg)
Total vehicle load allowed - 525 lb. - (240 kg)
Trailer towing capacity - 400 lb. (181.4 kg)
Fuel capacity - 6.6 US gal. (25 l)
Oil capacity - 0.9 US gal. (3.5 l)
GVWR - 1,188 lb. (540 kg)
Ground clearance - 4.5 in. (115 mm)
Vehicle overall height - 45.1 in. (1,145 mm)
Vehicle overall length - 105 in. (2,667 mm)
Vehicle overall width - 62.3 in. (1,582 mm)
Seat (top) height - 29.5 in. (750 mm)
Wheelbase - 69.8 in. (1,773 mm)
Wheel track, front - 54.5 in. (1,384 mm) 
Storage Capacity 
Total - 40.95 US gal. (155 l)
Front - 15.32 US gal. (58 l)
Glove box - 0.53 US gal. (2 l)
Left cargo - 6.87 US gal. (26 l)
Right cargo - 6.87 US gal. (26 l)
Rear cargo - 11.36 US gal. (43 l)
Instrumentation
Dual analog and color dot-matrix display w/speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature, fuel gauge, gear position, odometer, trip meter, hour meter, ambient temperature
Convenience
High windshield with electric height adjustment, driver wind deflectors, electronic cruise control, electronic parking brake, heated driver handlebar grips, RT premium saddle with passenger backrest and driver lumbar rest, passenger peg, passenger armrests, Roadster Electronic Command Centre (RECC) with LED accent lighting, auxiliary 12V power socket in rear top cargo, trailer lock (barrel)
Two-year warranty

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ModestModel   January 17, 2013 05:57 PM
Ive owned my 2011 spyder RSS so almost a year and a half now and i love it. and yes im a 24 yr old girl, and NO ITS NOT A GIRLS BIKE!!!! My boyfriend was the one who talked me into getting it. these bikes arnt just for retires and old folks. I get so many looks and compliments and questions about my bike every time i take it out. no one ever talks trash about my bike to my face unless its on the internet because they can hide behind a keyboard and dont know what the hell they are talking about. no one turns their head for a reg 2 wheel anymore. I live in the hood and all the ghetto folks are jocken my bike. i have 14,000 miles on it and never have had one problem with it and i even bought my bike as a demo with 200 miles on it already. I live in California and have taken my spyder as far as Oregon. Its such a smooth ride, handles with ease on the turns, i take turns at 50+ mph no problem! all of the people who say this bike is this and that, they are all haters because they cant afford one and have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to these things. these bikes are for people who can afford one, its like owning a BMW, i always say its the BMW's of motorcycles. (yes i own a BMW). they are expensive to maintain so dont get one and think you can get you away with only spending $100 for an oil change. thats the only down side to this bike is that it is expensive but its 100% worth it. I have so much fun on my bike, and i can ride with ease with someone else on the back, i wouldnt be able to take anyone with me on my rides if i had a reg. 2 wheeled bike. im 5'4 and 108lbs, theres no way i could have a passenger on a reg bike, and im so happy i can on this bike. The bike has sensors so it knows when someone is on the back and it wont let you tip the bike over. all the features on this bike makes it that much better than the rest. they are so much safer than a two wheel. has stability control so you wont spin out, if you take a turn to fast and its about to tip or swerve out of control the bike will automatically slow down and wont let you accelerate to keep you from tipping and loosing control of the bike. i read that someone mentioned you had to be hella strong in order to control the bike, you dont have to, your tires didnt probably have the right tire pressure dude. when your tires arnt at their recommend pressure, yes its really hard to turn the bike, but if you have the correct pressure in your tires it turns on a dime, i can turn it with one hand and im tiny, not strong at all. all of these people who talk negative about the bike talk bad about it because they dont do enough research about the bike and what it has or needs from its rider. theres even way more cool features that comes stock on the 2013's, the styling of the bike is slightly different but way way ore comfortable to ride than the 2011's and below. i fractured my spine back in may 2012 on a tv show called WIPEOUT ON ABC (watch my episode if you want on youtube, heres the link-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZCDHT1BROo <-i'm modest model) and so i have severe back pain all the time and i was afraid i wasnt going to be able to ride my bike anymore because sitting for long periods makes my back hurt really bad. but with the new 2013's, its so much more comfortable because where the handle bars are positioned it has your back in a straight position so the RT's or any 2013 models are ideal for people with back problems. and the seats on these things are comfortable even stock! the 2013's are a cross between the RT's and the RS/RSS. they come with heated handle bar grips which are nice because my hands freeze in the winter and they have a stock built in stereo system which im dying to get, head phone buds in your ears under your helmet only go so far. They are even coming out with a HYBRID spyder in the near future. so all you people saying it gets shitty gas milage can suck it. and it doesnt get bad gas mileage as everyone says it does. it just doesnt last as long because its gonna fuel that 990cc engine somehow (; lol man i love my bike, goes 0-60mph in 4 SECONDS! tops out at 200mph, ya doesnt get much better than that. even at high speeds it handles like a dream. all of you internet so called "hard core bikers" can suck it because evey time i pull up to a harley or crotch rocket, im run down with a list of questions because they've never seen one so close up. and its a motorcycle not a car you retards! its considered a motorcycle but you dont need a motorcycle license, doesnt get better than that! nothing compares to the beast of a bike, ive beatin so many dudes that think their bike is faster than mine, even with all their after market shit and i still beat them with my stock bike, it doesnt compare bro, just doesnt come close. eat my dust! and they have so many different features and options for spyders i cant get enough. im dying to get a back rest for the back for those long trips and rides. and theres plenty of space in the front compartment. and you know girls carry a lot of stuff on trips and i manage perfectly. and i really do hate when people say this bike is only for old people or people who cant ride a "real bike" ive been riding motorcycles since i got my license and dirt bikes since i was a kid and i prefer a spyder over a two wheel. and everyone i kno whos my age wants one, and all the looks and people who stop me to ask me questions about it are all around my age. they are just so shocked when they see me pull off my helmet and my blonde hair comes falling out, people always expect a dude, unless i dont have my full riding gear on but people still cant believe it. SO STOP SAYING THAT THIS BIKE IS ONLY FOR OLD PEOPLE OR PEOPLE WHO DONT KNOW ABOUT BIKES. and if you watch my episode on youtube, you'll see im not a bad lookin' girl so i know what is cool and what isnt cool. and whats not cool is all the people who hate on this bike. these bikes are legit! and i must say i have the most legit one, the black and orange RSS with black rims, bad ass! an no im not a cocky bitch, im far from it, i just really really love these bikes!!! (;
rthydenrts   February 7, 2012 07:07 AM
Robert Thyden, Auburn, MA - I own a 2010 Can Am RTS and have had nothing but trouble and recalls since April of 2010. With only 3,822 miles to date (most of it traveling back to the dealer), it has been recalled for rear suspension failure (three times!), engine shut down (on first drive, entering a highway in Connecticut), and one more recall that we cannot even remember. Our first trip out-of-state (MA to NY) resulted in electrical problems and we still have to average our own gas consumption because the gauge malfunctions (only holds 31/2 gallons of gas). We have praise and respect for the dealership and especially the mechanics, however, CAN-AM itself from MA to Canada SUCKS! They continue to say, "We are in the business to sell products!" The regional sales manager did provide us with one additional year of warrantee, but, we still lack the confidence to travel any distance and never leave without extra fuses, partners to ride with, and repair tools. Not what we thought our $26,000 would provide in fun and enjoyment. Always waiting for the next problem and recall. CAN-AM is of no support at all! Looking into trading for a Harley trike, but no one wants the Spider, we are stuck with it!
GrowVerde   August 30, 2011 05:19 PM
After reading some of the comments I cant, well I can believe some of the comments. I am 6' even, 230-250lbs depending on what part of the year it is. I have never had a love for Motorcycles, I have used scooters because they served a purpose (I work from home and don't need to drive cross country anymore). After ridding a 50cc for 6 years I decided I needed to move up to a motorcycle, 2-wheels was never an option. I choose the MP3-500 and have been in love ever since. I am now "eyeballing" a Spyder and I don't have any physical ailments, missing legs, missing arms, ride in a wheel chair, or physically not capable of handling a big "touring bike." I just like the damn thing! The look, the tech!, the styling, and I can't wait to modify it, like I did the Mp3! I tow motorcycles, all kinds HD are a bulk of my business. And I cant wait for the 2012 model to come out so I can deck the damn thing out and show up to tow a HD road king to the dealer to get fixed..... lol
GenXrider   June 20, 2011 09:49 PM
I Checked out the Spider...put a pic of myself sitting on the bike on facebook,one of my friends said "Wow dude! I cant belive you sat on that thing..get a real bike (Harley) ha ha" of course he owns a Harley Road king, he says th Spider is junk and no respectible biker would be cought on that thing "hard core biker" it's a girls toy were his words, I think I will buy one just too piss him off and drive it to Sturgis next year..I think they are cool and futureistic looking, I wont be ashamed of riding it....at least I wont have to shut it off when stuck in traffic afraid it will over heat. Lighten up people it is a bike I dont care what some idots say.
Eric W.   March 24, 2011 04:43 PM
55 year old male with Multiple Sclerosis. Ex professional MX rider, that would have smoked your ass back in the day. Always a lifelong enthusiast, Please, use your head before making your childish comments. I plan on buying one of these. It sounds wonderful.

Would I rather have a full boat BMW? Sure, but I can't hold it up. I have tried.
gwenparker24@msn.com   March 9, 2011 07:37 PM
I am with get a life....I am so sick of traditionals and of course the fact that gas is eating me up....I do a lot of field work as a social worker..Imagine me riding up in one of these..LOL
I need to know a few things before I go and test drive..
*Can you purchase extra shields from the elements....
*can you drive it on the highway in snowy weather( not that I would) *How is the heating system
* I would need back support
* In the Va, MD Delaware area...where should I go...

Thanks fans!!
gp
Spyder owner -get a life  September 28, 2010 05:38 PM
I just bought a 2010 Spyder RT. First of all I love it. Had a 2 wheel and sold it. Not that I didn't like it just wanted something else. For all those closed minded people, BITE ME!!!!!! I bet you still think that women belong on the kitchen and should bring you your slippers when you come home. Grow up. The open road is the open road and there is room for everyone. We are all riding for the love riding. Get your head out of your your ass and remember this is the 21st century. As for all those hard core Harley owners, those bikes are a dime a dozen they are everywhere, no one even turns their head now when they see one coming down the road, can't say the same for the Spyder. More over cause we are coming and we will run you over!!!! Ride safe everyone!!!! I'm going for a ride on mine.
Amad Malik -Love to have it in Pakistan !!  September 25, 2010 03:59 AM
I really like its shape and wishing for have it in Pakistan.
Its very comfortable and very beautiful.
Herb -2010 rt se rider  July 21, 2010 08:29 PM
Donald Bamford

My name is Herb and I own a 2010 spyder rt se. I live in Georgetown Delaware and there is a dealer in Millsboro. It is Short,s Marine,
Bob D -RT owner  July 8, 2010 10:42 AM
Is it a car or a motorcycle Who cares! It's more fun than picking on your kid sister and I love mine!
Syd Henderson -RT Techno 2010  June 25, 2010 11:58 PM
Just bought RT semi auto.Rode 3200ks two up,comfort plusloads of locker space.Heavy on fuel at anything over 115kph.Rode 500k solo,great.Ran pretty good with the H.Ds.Will have to carry fuel or set cruise control at 110kph when travelling the north west
Mike -retired  June 24, 2010 02:02 PM
I have been looking at these things since they first came out two years ago. I finally got the chance to ride one at a dealership in California. Wow. I have been ridding for over 40 years and have had Hondas, Harleys, Yamahas and three trikes in the early years. Two Harleys and a custom VW powered one. None of which compaired to the Can Am RS. This will be my next bike as soon as I figure out how to pay for it,(and its about half the price of a new Harley trike). I have never had a bike stop under emergency conditions like this. Streight and true. No kick sideways, no skids. Stopped so quickly (@30 mph) that it stood me up on the pegs as I wasnt ready for it to be that good.
As a retired Police/Traffic Officer, in my experience this has to be the safest "bike" out there. Two or three wheels. Its as safe as anyone will ever get on a motorcycle without being strapped into a cage. I gotta have one!
Ron from Calif. -Practicality  June 22, 2010 10:50 AM
Too many comments are based on the old "Biker" vs Cage concept, ignoring those who may have developed a need for full auto trans but still love riding bikes two or three wheel.
Grow up, I had to learn to use my whole left side after major stroke at age 54, walking, talking even seeing. My left hand is not efficient for handling clutch nor left foot for shifting. Both are too insensitive to touch.
The Spyder, or the Piaggio MP3 are both viable and fun options to get out in the wind again.
You should all be supportive of anyone that wants to ride any variety of motorcycle on the open road.
P.S. Calif DMV defines three wheels as a motorcycle -- that is good enough for me.
RIDE ON BROTHERS and SISTERS...
MurphyBrown -Love, Love Love IT  June 6, 2010 04:22 AM
Have owned my Silver Can-Am Spyder 2010 RTSE5 for little over a week and added 2200 miles. Absolutely love, LOVE, LOVE it. I am a 70 yr. old great grannie who had lost all confidence in her ability on a two wheeler. This cruizin' machine is awesome. My biggest challenge was finding one. Second biggest challenge - allowing myself enough time for everyone's ?'s. Also, I am totally not an equipment knowledge person. I get on, crank on, and go.-- so I keep the manual handy and when those interested in more info then..I know how to put gas in and turn the key!!!- ask ?'s I hand them the owner's manual. Maybe the person who called their SE5 a piece of crap got one of those "lemons" that sometimes happens and that would totally suck. But for me I am right now planning a Spyder Ryde to and through Lake Louise (I am in WA state).
RB -POS  May 25, 2010 11:08 AM
Bought the new RT SE5 model. Its been in the shop for a month. Piece of crap.
European Jerry - Wannabe Biker with 3-wheeler -Jarhead  May 23, 2010 12:59 PM
I had a chance to test the basic Spyder last summer when one of the local dealers gave one to me for almost two weeks. They also gave me a brand new riding gear and asked me kindly to tip it over. I've driven quads and ATV's for about a decade, and cars as well. Usually quite fast or hard in places where anyone having a "normal" self-protection sense would NOT drive with such speeds I have. And I truly tried to make it stumble in "normal" driving conditions. I tried cornering in extreme overspeed and even added a good lean on the outer side when cornering but no. We tried the same technique with my friend but no. We even tried it with 1 extra guy standing in the fron cargo box but still no. Every time the VSS either dropped the power or hit the brakes. Most of the times it did the both. *oops* For those whom would like to come and tell me it's not a bike, I've planned to have a sticker made at the back which says "I know it's not a motorbike, but I also know I ain't poor."
TeeBee -I call it a farticycle!  May 21, 2010 03:36 PM
I'm 64 and just bought an oh-10 silver RT SE5 Audio/Convenience with trailer. Exactly at 30 grand for the package. There are a mess of cars/trucks I could have had for that money. But I already have cars/trucks. I haven't ridden a 2-wheeler since I dumped a Suzuki 750 at excessive speed in the early 80s. Spent some time aboard a Honda Shadow ACE this year, but couldn't resolve the confidence problem. And I wasn't sure I could pick up a heavy tourer if I dumped it. And for damn sure my wife would never be able to operate one. The Spyder suits us perfectly. It's nicely balanced, easy to control, comfortable, predictable, stable at highway speed, and has a ton of storage for our traveling stuff. Fuel mileage sucks out loud but will improve when the engine loosens up. After-market LED light kits from Custom Dynamics and GloRyder will bump up the visibility for other drivers. Very easy to imagine CanAm gaining a strong foothold among baby-boomers unwilling to risk retirement aboard 2-wheelers. It's nice to be back in the open air again....aboard my farticycle....lol....BTW, I hear that Geritol will soon start marketing a fuel stablizer! Is life good or what?
Krayven Sumhead -Overlord of 'Duh Dank'  May 18, 2010 07:49 AM
Someone mentioned it was only a question of time before GW's had air.............Well, that goes for Harley's too.....Any options found on Wings these days are on the Limited Ed. Ultra's now. About the only difference is that the HD is WAY UNDERPOWERED !! and will cook your thighs to a nice medium rare on hot days. BTW, I own two HD's :)
I saw a Spyder for the first time this year and I thunk, "WTFwuzthat?"
I thought it looked cool, like an Arlen Ness creation. Long as the people who fork out the cash are satisfied, thats what counts.
Bandit -My opinion of the original Can-Am Spyder  May 14, 2010 08:25 PM
I normally ride on 2 wheels. I took a demo ride on the spyder a couple of years ago one Sat when they 1st came out. Rained off and on!. The spyder was peppy Handled corners well was stable at 45mph on hard right turn,Butt wanted to slide off off seat. It was hard not to lean into the corners. foot pegs weren't comfortable pegs were set to far back like a cr.rocket. Needed to be brought forward more.windshield was to short didn't do much good in the rain. Driver & passenger backrest a must.They wanted an arm and a leg for theirs. Factory techs said trike had better success with women and non bike riders. Wasn't able to open them up or do panic stops,fig 8 course to small could only run 10mph. Would like to try 2010 to see if they made changes. Hope this helps. Use your head and wear saftey approved clothing. Road rashes last a life time.
Keith S. -Currently Unemployed  May 8, 2010 08:45 AM
Soon to be employed. I have one question. Is this bike really as safe as the comments state? The reason for my question. When I do start working I plan to drive or ride a hybrid. The Spyder is very interesting to someone who's not a rider like myself. So help me out is it safe? Thanks God Bless Keith S.
Modest Rider -What Is The Can-Am Syder  April 29, 2010 12:00 PM
I was interested in the Can-Am and prior to pursuing the Can-Am I was wondering if it was classed as a Motorcycle or Automotive Three-Wheel Vehicle. Do I need a South carolina Motorcycle license to drive and do I have to wear a helmet when I ride. I am 19years of age and the law in SC to wear a helmet or not is 21 or over you decide.
BRENDA -Just bought Red Can Am SE5 Roadster  April 28, 2010 10:39 PM
I have been a passenger on a motorcycle 3 times in my life. Most recently I rode with my husband a few blocks. I dont like riding, and NEVER thought I would buy a motorcycle. I saw the Can Am several months ago and fell in love with the look of it and the fact it has 3 wheels. A few years ago, I had an asthma attack from smoking and died. Paramedics successfully revived me but I have some balance issues at times. At 57 years old, I am ready to learn to ride. I have just purchased a Roadster SE5. I cant wait to get it and start learning. I take my motorcycle course the end of May, and believe me, I will be riding now with my husband! I am so excited I cant stand it!
Misc. Surfer -suprised  April 28, 2010 05:52 PM
I was surfin' round researching the RT and trying to get objective opinions... Boy did I come to the wrong place. What ever happened to "Live and let live", or "To each his own". Wow
Debbie Baker -Spyder rider  April 26, 2010 08:54 PM
I bought my spyder in Aug. of 09. Rode it for two months parked it for the winter with 5000 mile on her. I now have 6300 after stating riding this spring, I just love it. I feel very secure and enjoy riding. I don't think it matters if it has three wheels, two wheels or four as long as you can get out and enjoy the ride. I call it my bike because it is.
Debbie Baker -Spyder rider  April 26, 2010 08:53 PM
I bought my spyder in Aug. of 09. Rode it for two months parked it for the winter with 5000 mile on her. I now have 6300 after stating riding this spring, I just love it. I feel very secure and enjoy riding. I don't think it matters if it has three wheels, two wheels or four as long as you can get out and enjoy the ride. I call it my bike because it is.
needa -too much money  April 23, 2010 04:37 PM
would love to experience this bike...the cost is way up there. Turning 40 in June and trying to reclaim my youth!
Jack R -Worried about safety, then these are the way to go!!!  April 6, 2010 05:44 AM
Ridin since '67, when I was at Fort Bragg with the 82nd. From Indians through Triumphs, to a steady diet of Harleys. Currently have a '08 Fatbob, and '05 Electra Glide. Gotta say it: Last year I bought an SM5 for my wife, and the damn thing is fantastic. I hear people talking about the "Y" factor and that's nonesense. If you can't feel safe on a CAN AM, motorcycles are just not for you. (Don't even think about a 2 wheel 'scoot!') I bought the Can Am for my wife, and she rolled up 9k on it. I probably put another 2+ on it, and while I'm a die hard 'Bobber' these are for anybody unsure about ridin a 2 wheeler. The thing has power steering, traction control, intergrated braking, stability control and storage even in the base model. Wanna ride, but worried about droppin it, then these are for you.
Jack R -Worried about safety, then these are the way to go!!!  April 6, 2010 05:43 AM
Ridin since '67, when I was at Fort Bragg with the 82nd. From Indians through Triumphs, to a steady diet of Harleys. Currently have a '08 Fatbob, and '05 Electra Glide. Gotta say it: Last year I bought an SM5 for my wife, and the damn thing is fantastic. I hear people talking about the "Y" factor and that's nonesense. If you can't feel safe on a CAN AM, motorcycles are just not for you. (Don't even think about a 2 wheel 'scoot!') I bought the Can Am for my wife, and she rolled up 9k on it. I probably put another 2+ on it, and while I'm a die hard 'Bobber' these are for anybody unsure about ridin a 2 wheeler. The thing has power steering, traction control, intergrated braking, stability control and storage even in the base model. Wanna ride, but worried about droppin it, then these are for you.
mungo -it parks like a car  April 3, 2010 01:08 PM
this would be good even for a commuter because of the luggage space. But then I can't use the parking spots reserved for bikes.
Joe Loomis -Mr.  March 29, 2010 04:31 AM
Rather have a smart car with a Hyabusa engine.
trike rider -heavy in the steering?  March 11, 2010 01:02 AM
when i ride my trike on a road with heaps of corners, after a while my arms are killing me, it is really really heavy in the steering, i have ridden motorbikes for as long as i can remember and as a result of a missing leg, a trike or can-am is really the only thing i can ride. can someone please tell me.. is a can-am heavy in the steering?

trike rider -heavy in the steering?  March 11, 2010 01:02 AM
when i ride my trike on a road with heaps of corners, after a while my arms are killing me, it is really really heavy in the steering, i have ridden motorbikes for as long as i can remember and as a result of a missing leg, a trike or can-am is really the only thing i can ride. can someone please tell me.. is a can-am heavy in the steering?

Philip Martin -open  February 17, 2010 11:59 AM
I would only say, that I hope to get one someday. They are one great looking bike.
mult-biker -Nice alternative  February 12, 2010 12:26 PM
Not sure why so many negitive comments on the Can Am.. I have an Aprilia Tuono for the twisties, a BMW R1100S for fast sport touring, and I can definatly see myself with one of these for two up touring with my wife. Great engine (note Tuono above) comfortable, and lots of storage. And, I can sell the idea to my wife because she would want to ride/drive it herself, while she wouldn't touch a large touring bide. Seems to answer a question I didn't know I had.
2wheelsPlease -trikes  February 11, 2010 01:48 PM
Tricycles are inherently unstable. For cruising/touring I bet this would be awesome. But Iv read other reviews that say it certainly corners like a trike. So canyon carving would not be a good place for this. I am getting older myself, and I may consider sporting one of these down the road...
Winter -Plenty of Power  January 29, 2010 03:07 PM
I"m 68 and I have been riding bikes since I was 10. Had just about any bike they made. Norton, Bsa, and so forth. This is one of the nicest bikes I have add. It has plenty of power. 0 to 60 in 4.5 is a pretty damn good speed. Handles great in the rain and stopping. Would not go back to a two wheel for anything.
tino r -rider  January 6, 2010 04:29 PM
It is a motorcycle and I test drove one, it is a great ride and I look great on it. Cant wait to receive mine next month. I just hope that they get that ignition problem solved. Its an ATV motorcycle that can be riden by either male or female riders.
Martin Garratt -Disabled riders  January 2, 2010 01:54 AM
For anyone with an injury that restricts your riding enjoyment this bike ( and it is a motorbike ) is the answer you have been looking for . To all those one eyed red necks that only ride V twins wait until you are unable to ride through an injury and see how much freedom you have then , and be grateful that missing a lower limb will not mean you have to stop riding .
KLX Power -It's a good idea  January 1, 2010 04:16 PM
At 5'7" (42 yrs old) I've always wanted a GW. Riding it without a passenger and luggage is OK, but when it's fully loaded it would be a hand full after a long ride and a person is tired. The Can am spyder RT has all the comfort and features I like plus the slow speed stability my passenger and I would appreciate. I've been riding since I was 16, mostly sport bikes but we did have a Concours for awhile.
Ron -It is the perfect bike for me !!  December 25, 2009 09:14 PM
First off I NEVER considered riding a bike before seeing a Spyder.My test ride went great.I will be 50 in a few months and hope to find a usd one at a great price.The way I look at it this bike will bring people who normally not look twice at biking.
roygump -can am  December 12, 2009 10:06 PM
one woman wrote that "men should be on Harleys". What a pathetic person who would really think this. Hard to believe that in 2010 people still talk like this.
Dave -A great second chance  December 6, 2009 01:20 AM
I used to ride and race everything on two wheels. I got hurt (paralyzed) and now I ride quads, snowmobiles, sea doos, etc... This is a great chance to get back on a street bike for me. I understand why the purest aren't crazy about it, but for me it's the answer.
Bhawk -Waiting  December 1, 2009 06:12 AM
Good luck with waiting for the price to come down. The reason the prices came down before is that when the recession hit, manufacturers were surprised and had an overhang of inventory. Now they're only building enough to meet orders - precisely so the price won't have to come down.
Honda Rider -RT  November 25, 2009 03:17 AM
I have to agree with CW4 Johnson. The cost is up there, and will come down next year. I can get a 2008 new Can Am RS for under $11,000 now compaired to $19,000 when it first came out. So waiting is good.
CW4 Johnson -RT Cost  November 25, 2009 03:00 AM
If the RT didn't cost as much as most small cars I would purchase two (one for me and my wife), but $26,000 plus after tax, and the rest is a bit steep for a bike. Great ride, fun to look at, just to much money. I'll wait a year, the price will drop by then as with everything else.
mad dog -can am  November 11, 2009 06:58 PM
joan-anyone with just a little time on a Can Am can make most of these guys look like they are driving the Oscar Meyer Weiner Car.

No Harley ever built can hang in the curves with a stock Can Am.
Regardless of what these blowheards say.

Most could'nt buy the steam off of a hot dog so bashing something is an (excuse) for not having it.
mad dog -frank  November 11, 2009 06:46 PM
frank-the only retards are anyone who would take your advice.
frank -can-am spyder  November 4, 2009 11:12 PM
these things are for retards who can't operate motorcycles.
Real Biker -Can Am  November 4, 2009 10:04 AM
Biker said it best for this thing. Its NOT a motorcycle. Great for women and old men. "If it wasn't $26,000 I would get one for my wife. This would make a great machine for women riders or older men who can't handle a real motorcycle. 30 mpg is worse than most cars. Poor dealer network and an underpowered and overpriced machine. Maybe they can sell skis with it and you could use it as a snowmobile in the winter."
Joan -Can-Am  October 31, 2009 07:59 PM
I have ridden 2 HD's , several Honda 2 wheels, Suzuki 2 wheels. , Piaggio MP3, Honda GW trike and now a Can -Am ( trial-run)- I think they are a fine machine for the money- I use 2 wheels for fun and short rides and the GW for Long ones- across the country. I love the MP3 too but amreally too short in inseam for it- wish it had a lower seat - it would be my choice for all around.

DOn;t bash the new ideas before you try them- after a nasty broken leg I cannot hold the heavy HD's well in emergency stops so I am compromising with a trike and may end up with a Can-am spyder. Joan
Lurker -Poor Seating Position  October 12, 2009 01:26 PM
This thing is by no means a touring whatever. You will notice that the seating position puts all of your weight on your tail bone. It is like sitting on a chair. Your butt and lower back will hurt like hell after 100 miles or so.
Biker -Can Am RT  October 9, 2009 06:54 AM
If it wasn't $26,000 I would get one for my wife. This would make a great machine for women riders or older men who can't handle a real motorcycle. 30 mpg is worse than most cars. Poor dealer network and an underpowered and overpriced machine. Maybe they can sell skis with it and you could use it as a snowmobile in the winter.
Pete -CanAm for Women  October 6, 2009 11:58 AM
"Mostly, though I'll bet this trike appeals to a lot of women out there who like two-wheeling" dDreamer was right on with that comment. I can see women riding this thing and they should use a picture of a gal riding one in there advertising. Maybe the Harley and Goldwing trike guys can get one for there wife.
dreamer -2010 CanAm Spyder  October 4, 2009 04:09 PM
No use being closed minded this thing is here to stay. Remember when ATVs (3 then 4 wheelers) were the NEW thing; then PWCs? It's a sure bet people were commenting negatively on these people hauler's at the time they first came out, too, but they're pretty well established now, aren't they? Truth be told this vehicle fills a niche and I think it's been well thought out with all the safety stuff like stability control, ABS, etc. But, like everything, there's always room for improvement and sure - it's certainly not for everyone. Those who travel light with just a bedroll can hop on their cruisers or crotch rockets and can continue doing their thing, as can those who prefer riding their full-dress tourers or sport tourers. But this machine offers relatively easy 'maxi'-dress touring for those who are slightly disabled (like the gentleman who wrote above about muscle weakness) or short folk who might be at a loss if they tipped over on anything weighing more than 500lbs. Mostly, though I'll bet this trike appeals to a lot of women out there who like two-wheeling (and maybe ride pillion to their husband/boyfriend) but are intimidated by the size and weight of anything with two wheels over 650cc. And who can argue with the storage this rig offers? Seems like a legit piece of innovative transport that should command its fair share of market to me.
Commander Crusty -I've Actually Riden the Can Am Spyder  September 29, 2009 08:19 AM
I'm interested in the Spyder because my muscles don't always work right. I have days when I literally can't hold up my motorcycle and sometimes these attacks come on while I'm out and about. Something that won't fall over underneath me might be enough to get me safely home. So I WANTED the Spyder to work well for me. However, when I test rode one last year, it just felt weird. The effortless freedom of my motorcycle was missing with the Spyder. The "Y" factor made it feel tippy and dangerous--like a snow mobile. I want to believe, but I'm not sure this is the bike for me.
Sparks -48 Years Young -  September 24, 2009 03:59 PM
First let me say I started riding ANYTHING with handlebars from age 14. Got my cycle license in 1980. I own / owned dirt bikes, street bikes, ATV's, Snowmobiles, Water Bikes and I have 2 Alsport Trisports I am restoring from 1975.

Next - Anyone that says a Trike isn't a motorcycle needs to check the Title. Yes they are a Motorcycle.

I feel sorry for anyone so closed minded that they won't even give a test ride. Riding is riding, if your legs are slung over saddle and your hands are gripping handlebars - U R RIDING.

Get out and Ride and stop bashing riders.



Sport-Tourer -Can-Am  September 23, 2009 05:14 AM
What is it with this thing anyway. It should not be on this site as it is not a motorcycle. It looks like a snowmobile with wheels. I have to laugh because the American buying public will sucker for just about anything. This is as bad as the Goldwing and HD guys with there trikes. I would be absolutely to embarrassed to seen riding one of these things.
Sport-Tourer -Can-Am  September 23, 2009 05:13 AM
What is it with this thing anyway. It should not be on this site as it is not a motorcycle. It looks like a snowmobile with wheels. I have to laugh because the American buying public will sucker for just about anything. This is as bad as the Goldwing and HD guys with there trikes. I would be absolutely to embarrassed to seen riding one of these things.
Sport-Tourer -Can-Am  September 23, 2009 05:13 AM
What is it with this thing anyway. It should not be on this site as it is not a motorcycle. It looks like a snowmobile with wheels. I have to laugh because the American buying public will sucker for just about anything. This is as bad as the Goldwing and HD guys with there trikes. I would be absolutely to embarrassed to seen riding one of these things.
LoneWolf -Spyder RT  September 22, 2009 04:20 PM
Well I own a 2009 Spyder SE5 RS and love it, I've ridden motorcycles for over 40 years, I've owned BMW's, HD's, Honda's and Yamahas and the Spyder continues to let me ride with out having to make the expense of a Honda or HD Trike, $25,000 for the Spyder is allot less then $38,000 for a Trike. I have just about every accessory they make for my Spyder so I won't be buying an RT anytime soon, I have mine set for long trips and short trip and everything in between. And with what I paid for mine including the accessories I'm still under $18,500 so I will be keeping the RS for awhile. But if I win the lottery I would head to the nearest Can Am dealer and put a deposit on the RT-S which is the fully loaded one.
Back Seat Rider -Tired of being a back rest  September 21, 2009 07:37 AM
I ride with my husband on his 2008 Anniversary addition Harley. It is a great ride, but I am tired of being his back rest and not in control of ANYTHING. However, I don't see myself riding a 2 wheel bike. The concept of me out there on the open road with only 2 wheels should scare averyone in MD haha! I think this is a good option for a woman who wants to ride along with her hubby...I can't see a man on it though. Men belong on Harleys!!!
bikerrandy -Can-Am Spyders  September 18, 2009 12:38 PM
Well, I rode a yellow Spyder just a few days ago on a curvy, hilly road. A MC sidecar friend of mine let a bunch of us MC campout friends ride it. BTW, the wife and I are mostly sport/tourers and I also have a Piaggio 250 MP3 for the wife. So my take on the Spyder is coming from different angles.

First, it's definitely more fun to ride than a hack, especially when it's time to turn. But I wouldn't take it over a MP3. MP3 is still my most fun riding rig. Cheaper too. But I could see a LOT of Goldwingers get a Spyder.

I didn't like the Spyder turning radius but was impressed with the drive train, sound of it. The seat looked to be comfy all day too.

As far as driving a car long distances instead of riding a rig.......ANYBODY can do that ! We like a challenge and want to experience all the elements we're in, not be totally isolated from them. And yes, I/we ride cross country. I just got back from a 2,500 mile ride to the aformentioned campout.

If I were you I'd ride a MP3 before I bought a Spyder. It sells itself. Before you pooh pooh a maxi-scooter, ride 1. They are 1/2 bike, 1/2 car too. As I get older(66) I like my riding a bit easier and more economical. We have 7 - 2,3 wheelers.
Rob -Love to lean too...  September 18, 2009 10:55 AM
...but as with any new category, I think that the Spyder warrants a second or third look. I've been a motorcyclist, dirt-bike rider, sport bike canyon carver, tourer and more... and I was a skeptic at first. But after almost two years owning an RS, I am loving it still. I still ride street bikes and dirt bikes, but the Spyder is a different kind of ride and just as fun, if not more. In fact I just borrowed a friend's RS in the Alps this summer and discovered even more nuances to it. I recently tested the RT and, quite frankly, it makes more sense than a Goldwing for its intended purpose, particularly with a trailer. In fact, I think it's the touring category "killer app". I'll be shocked in 10 years if it hasn't eaten up half of Goldwing's sales. It's such a leap forward, that I'm still thinking about how fun my test ride was...and how when I'm ready to take three months off, that this is the machine I will do it with.
Bike Fan -CanAm  September 18, 2009 07:12 AM
Well the LeadWing and Harley riders can get one and then they won't fall over at stop lights anymore. Overpriced and under powered and the seating position will give you a sore back and sore ass.
Steve -not good  September 18, 2009 04:22 AM
It appear Can-Am is ruining a semi-good thing. If consumers desired a $25,000 vehicle to carry half of the house with them, they can buy a VW. Heck you can get a Toyota with auto and air that gets 30% better gas mileage and still save $10,000.
A good idea that's now going very very bad!
JAR --Questions  September 17, 2009 12:57 PM
Huh. Wonder if the VSS is a new control feature for this new one. I rode one when they first came out at a near by dealership. 1st, the traction control would not let you go WOT in first gear with the steering at hard right-I was a bit disappointed and 2) the front end seemed to follow any groove in the road, and seemed quite sensitive to inputs. Weight transfer during cornering had me out of the seat and weighting the inside as best I could, even during moderate aggressive riding. Motor and trans were as descibed in this article initially as well, seemed to work well together. Definitely not a motorcycle. Seemed like it would appeal more to ATV folks or snowmobile guys. Kudos to BRP for keeping cost down on such a different and technically loaded vehicle. Really neat to see them on the road. Kinda cool, but I'll be sticking to two wheels as long as I am physically able....
Mitch -I finally agree with milwaukee mike  September 16, 2009 09:49 PM
The text below in bold is the truest I've ever seen in print: milwaukee mike - Too stupid for words. Oh, and by the way, I think the Can-Am Spyder RT is great. It will definitely be on the list if I ever decide to buy a touring machine.
milwaukee mike -Too stupid for words  September 16, 2009 08:27 PM
Yeah,...I'm so shocked that I won't comment at this time!
Rick Olson -Can Am Spyder  September 16, 2009 06:27 PM
Well here is to the guy that says a tradtionalist would never buy one. I am now on my second Spyder. Bought first one out last year put 10k on it last summer rode one trip from Wi to Maine across canada, a trip in witch i have made several times on my rode glide witch has just under 100k on and has been in every state but Hawaii.(It can't Swim) I love buying new ideas Like the first v Rod another bike Tradtionalist Hd Guys don't buy They don't Know what their missing Finest bike HD ever built.Back to Spyder one of the only things ive bought new that never yet has been in the shop kinda nice.The second one we really straid from tradtion and bought the se 5 model ( Auto matic ) kinda cool fast shifting. but that is also the reason i put a electric shift / auto on my sceeming Eagle rode glide faster shifts. The spyder is a cool way to get a round and turn some heads while having fun so leave the old guy alone, hes out having fun and that is what life is about isn't it?
An older fart -Rookies and Riders  September 16, 2009 05:02 PM
You sure can see the generational gap (and the clueless gap)when you start seeing Chevy Aveo mentioned as an alternative to ANYTHING. The motorcycle industry will split into two distinct markets. The garages that have a Chevy Aveo and a Honda DN-01(OR a BMW 535i and a Can-Am)
and those of us with eight different bikes of varying years crowding out the family wagon. Traditionalists will NEVER buy these things and
Metro-generationists wil never understand tradition and the love of a smelly grease rag.
Tim B -WTH?  September 16, 2009 09:39 AM
Over $20,000 for a reverse trike? You could buy a Chevy Aveo, Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Fit, or Toyota Yaris for that price and have a more comfortable ride with much more storage and probably similar, or better, gas mileage!
An old fart -Anything with more than two wheels belongs elsewhere  September 16, 2009 07:04 AM
These types of Poser-mobiles belong somewhere other than here.It is NOT a motorcycle and you're not a rider when you steer it.By the way,is air conditioning an option? It's only a matter of time before the Gold Wing has it...
RT Rider -Can-Am RT  September 16, 2009 05:51 AM
Seems like a good concept but the gas mileage is terrible. Maybe the engine is a little too small for the weight. $25,000 puts it out of my price range. Looks like a motorcycle with training wheels.
John Doe -Can Am's  September 15, 2009 08:24 PM
. Waheed, you forgot to mention after Ski Doo's and before ATV's Bombardier's "Next Best Thing" happened to be Can-AM Dirt Bikes.
A Can-Am won the 1974 250cc national motocross championship.

. Since we're on a Can-Am kick here, how about an article on Can-Am dirt bikes? Complete with interview of Jeff Smith, and or Gary Jones. Could ask current staff at BRP if they will venture back into motorcycles, real-ones with only two wheels. Might make a nice read.
come on, throw us old dogs a bone, and enlighten the young pups.
Donald Bamford -dealer location  September 15, 2009 05:42 PM
Someone told me that their is a dealer in Delaware that is having a open house on the 19th of this month. I believe it is in Millsboro, Delaware, or Millsboro, MD
Tom -Great machine  September 15, 2009 02:03 PM
Great tech, great way to rack up the miles.

Even myself at <30 years old would seriously consider this for longer trips. It offers something that a goldwing should have been already: something with more than two wheel ;)

Bikes for me are for the short to medium stints (short ride to have some fun to maybe a weekend short trip). I find that the 'thrill' of two wheels fades away real fast the longer the journey, and becomes much more of a nuisance. Boring, worse ride than this can-am (suspension), tiring, requires much more constant focus (road condition...) and increases risk of accident. Lets face it, the longer you spend on two wheels, the more chances you get to screw it up and lay the bike down.

Anyway, since I'm not much of a tour-rider, i'd love to have the normal Can Am for the fun factor and just having a totally unique machine with something different than what you usually see (even the piaggio MP3 appeals to me for the very same reason)

Go can-am!