BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster

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BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster
Can-Am Spyder RSS (02).jpg
Manufacturer Bombardier Recreational Products
Production September 2007—
Class Sport-touring/roadster
Engine BRP-Rotax 990 V-Twin EFI
Power 106 HP @ 8500 RPM[citation needed]
Torque 77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM[citation needed]
Transmission 5-speed manual with reverse
5-Speed Sequential Electronic with Reverse
Suspension Front: 144mm double A-arm with anti-roll bar
Rear: swing-arm - 145mm monoshock
Brakes BRP foot-actuated, fully integrated hydraulic 3-wheel braking system
Front: 4 piston calipers with 10.2 in × 0.25 in (259.1 mm × 6.4 mm) disc
Rear: Single-piston caliper with 10.2 in × 0.25 in (259.1 mm × 6.4 mm) disc
Tires Front: KR21 165/65R14 on 14x5 rim
Rear: KR21 255/50R15 on 15x7 rim
Cast aluminum wheels
Wheelbase 68 in (1,700 mm)
Weight 699 lb (317 kg)[citation needed] (dry)

The Can-Am Spyder ("Spyder") is a three-wheeled motorcycle manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products.[1] The vehicle has a single rear drive wheel and two wheels in front for steering, similar in layout to a modern snowmobile. The Spyder uses an ATV-like chassis. The manufacturer refers to it as a "roadster," but in technical terms it is more of what has been traditionally called a trike. The Spyder was officially launched in February 2007.[2]


By October 2007, approximately 2,500 units had been sold.[3] By May 2009, 12,500 Spyders (9,932 of them sold in the United States) had been manufactured.[4] Approximately 21 percent of its sales are to women.[5] In addition, some 27 percent of Spyder owners have never previously owned a motorcycle.[6]


Customized Can-Am Spyder

The Spyder has traction and stability control, and antilock brakes.[7] In most US states the Spyder is licensed as a motorcycle. In California and Delaware only a regular driver's license is required—however, helmet laws apply in California as they do for all motorcyclists.

There is a luggage space under a "hood" at the front of the vehicle (known by riders as the "frunk"). Saddle bags,[8] top boxes and other accessories for the Spyder are also available.

The Spyder also has front and rear brakes which are both actuated by the same foot pedal, a reverse gear, power steering and an optional electric shift (clutchless) transmission.[9]


There are four different types of Spyder:

  • The Spyder RS series is a sports version. The styling and seat position is more like a conventional sport bike
  • The Spyder ST series is a sports-touring hybrid version, with an upright seat and removable saddlebags. This could be compared to a Sport touring motorcycle
  • The Spyder RT series is a touring version, with integrated saddlebags and top case. This could be compared to a Touring motorcycle
  • The Spyder F3 series is a "sport-cruising" version, with feet-forward upright seating, and a 1300 cc engine. This could be compared to a Cruiser (motorcycle).

(All four types sport the front trunk, or "frunk".)

Types of transmission[edit]

Spyder SM5 The SM5 is a manual 5-speed transmission with the standard motorcycle left-foot-actuated shifter and left-hand-actuated clutch. It is a one-down-four-up system with real reverse.[7]

Spyder SE5 The SE5 is a semi-automatic transmission, which shifts sequentially 1-2-3-4-5 and 5-4-3-2-1. There is no foot shifter. Instead, a paddle-shifter located below the left hand-grip is used to up-shift and down-shift. Simply use your thumb to push the paddle forward to up-shift, and use your index finger to pull the paddle backward to down-shift. Note the Spyder's computer will automatically down-shift for you when the engine speed drops below 2,500 RPM. To engage Reverse, pull the paddle backward and press the R (Reverse) button.[10]

Specifications and options[edit]

Specifications of the RT, RS, and ST models:

Package SM5 Transmission SE5 Transmission
Frame/Platform Surrounding Spar Technology (SST) Surrounding Spar Technology (SST)
Suspension Front 144 mm 144 mm
Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar
Power Steering Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
VSS ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch
Transmission 5 Speed Manual with Reverse 5 Speed Sequential Electronic with Reverse
Drive Train Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio
Instrumentation Dual Analog and LCD Dual Analog and LCD
Engine BRP-Rotax 990 V-Twin EFI BRP-Rotax 990 V-Twin EFI
106 HP @ 8500 RPM
77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM[citation needed]
106 HP @ 8500 RPM
77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM[citation needed]
2-into-1 exhaust system 2-into-1 exhaust system
Can-Am Spyder
Can-Am Spyder


  1. ^ "Can-Am Roadster". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "More Than 350 Can-Am Spyder Owners Attend Inaugural Homecoming Event In Valcourt Quebec". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Tricycles for adults target safety-conscious". Retrieved 2012-09-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Nearly 10,000 Can Am Spyders recalled over faulty steering". Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  5. ^ "REVIEW: Can-Am Spyder RS-S". Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  6. ^ Taylor III, Alex (2012-07-30). "Three-wheeled bikes for big boys". Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  7. ^ a b "2008 Can-Am Spyder GS Roadster SM5". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  8. ^ "May 1, 2009 Spyder Announcements THE R-35 RIGID SADDLEBAG KIT". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  9. ^ "First Drive: 2008 BRP Can-Am Spyder - Previews". Car and Driver. February 2007. 
  10. ^ "2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5 First Ride". Retrieved 31 July 2009. 

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