BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster
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|Manufacturer||Bombardier Recreational Products|
|Engine||BRP-Rotax 990 V-Twin EFI|
|Power||106 HP @ 8500 RPM|
|Torque||77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM|
|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) (dry)
The Can-Am Spyder ("Spyder") is a three-wheeled motorcycle manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products. 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.
By October 2007, approximately 2,500 units had been sold. By May 2009, 12,500 Spyders (9,932 of them sold in the United States) had been manufactured. Approximately 21 percent of its sales are to women. In addition, some 27 percent of Spyder owners have never previously owned a motorcycle.
The Spyder has traction and stability control, and antilock brakes. 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, 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.
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
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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.
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.
Specifications and options
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
|106 HP @ 8500 RPM
77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM
|2-into-1 exhaust system||2-into-1 exhaust system|
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