Can-Am Spyder Review & Ratings
- 12 January 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Can-Am Spyder is a three-wheeled motorcycle that is built by Bombardier Recreational Products or BRP. This motorcycle uses a single rear drive wheel and two wheels in front for steering, a setup that closely resembles a snowmobile. The Spyder was designed with a chassis that resembles an ATV and it is referred to as a “roadster” by the manufacturer, but it is technically what is commonly known as a “trike”. This bike was officially launched onto the market in February of 2007.
A total of 2,500 units of the Spyder had been sold by October of 2007, a sales figure that impressed even BRP. By May of the same year, a total of 12,500 Spyders had been sold in the United States, and around 21% of all sales were to women. Approximately 27% of all Spyder owners have never owned a motorcycle before. This three-wheeled motorcycle has a number of interesting and practical features, including traction and stability control as well as antilock brakes. In a majority of states throughout the U.S., the Spyder is licensed as a motorcycle. There are, however, certain states where only a regular driver’s license is required for this bike, including California and Delaware. Helmet laws in California still apply for this motorcycle.
The Spyder has a designated luggage space, which is located under a hood-like compartment at the front of the vehicle, or “frunk” as some motorcyclists call it. This bike also has a rear trunk, saddle bags, top boxes, and a number of other accessories. There are also front and rear brakes which are actuated by the same foot pedal, a reverse gear, power steering, and an optional electric shift transmission.
There are three different types of the Spyder, including the RS series, which is a sports version and its styling and seat position closely resembles that of a traditional sports bike. There is also the Spyder ST series, which is a sports-touring hybrid version that uses an upright seat and removable saddlebags. This bike is comparable to a sport touring motorcycle. Finally, the Spyder RT, which is a touring version of this bike, comes with integrated saddlebags and top case. This bike is comparable to a conventional touring motorcycle. The Spyder SM5 uses a 5-speed manual transmission with the standard left-foot actuated shifter and left-hand actuated clutch. This bike uses a one-down-four-up system with real verse.
The Spyder SE5 uses a semi-automatic transmission which is able to shift sequentially. No foot shifter was used on this bike, but instead it has a paddle shifter, which is located just below the left hand-grip and is used to up-shift and down-shift. Using the paddle shifter is simple, as it consists of simply using your thumb to push the paddle forward when upshifting and using the index finger to pull the paddle back when downshifting. The Spyder’s internal computer automatically down shifts when the engine speed drops below 2,500 rpm. To go into Reverse, one simply pulls the paddle back and presses the R button.
There are a number of unique things about the Cam-Am Spyder, including its overall exterior design. Available in sport cruising, touring, sport, and sport-touring versions, this bike has received much praise from critics as well as many of the people who have purchased them. The performance, ride, and power of these bikes vary greatly between versions, though each one uses a cutting edge design that has proven to be very popular among consumers in the United States. The Spyder is one of this company’s most popular motorcycles and is still considered to be a great overall bike.