BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster

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BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster
Can-Am Spyder RSS (02).jpg
ManufacturerBombardier Recreational Products
Production2007–
ClassSport-touring/roadster
EngineBRP-Rotax 998 V-Twin EFI
Rotax 1330 ACE in-line 3 cylinders,
Transmission5-speed manual with reverse
5-Speed Sequential Electronic with Reverse
6-speed manual with reverse
6-Speed Sequential Electronic with Reverse
SuspensionFront: 144mm double A-arm with anti-roll bar
Rear: swingarm - 145mm monoshock
BrakesBRP 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
TiresFront: KR21 165/65R14 on 14x5 rim
Rear: KR21 255/50R15 on 15x7 rim
Cast aluminum wheels
Wheelbase68 in (1,700 mm)

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]

Sales[edit]

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]

In 2015, during the annual "Spyderfest" gathering in Springfield MO, the 100,000th Spyder was delivered[7]

Features[edit]

Customized Can-Am Spyder

The Spyder has traction and stability control, and antilock brakes.[8] In most US states the Spyder is licensed as a motorcycle. In California, Delaware, Nevada, and South Carolina only a regular driver's license is required—however, helmet laws apply in California as they do for all motorcyclists.

There is luggage space under the hood at the front of the vehicle.[9] 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.[10]

Models[edit]

Can-Am Spyder with RT-622 trailer in Toronto.

There are five model lines of Spyders, with some of the lines having additional trim packages, which can result in Spyders, even in the same line, having quite a different look.

  • The Spyder RS series is a sports version. The styling and seat position is more like a conventional sport bike. It was discontinued in 2016.
  • 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. It was discontinued in 2016.
  • The Spyder RT series is a touring version, with integrated saddlebags and a top case. This could be compared to a Touring motorcycle. There are two Trim Packages in the RT Line, the RT-S and the RT-Limited.
  • The Spyder F3 series is a "sport-cruising" version, with feet-forward upright seating. This could be compared to a Cruiser (motorcycle), where the seating is much lower to the ground. There are several trim packages available in the F3 series, such as the base model F3, the F3-S (Special), the F3-T (Touring), F3-L (Limited), and a F3 Limited 10th (2017) Anniversary Edition.
  • The Spyder Ryker series is a bare bones, less expensive "recreational" version, with feet-forward upright seating, even lower seating than the F3, and a smaller 600 or 900 cc engine. There are two trim packages available for the Ryker, the base model, and the Rally Edition.

(All types (except the Ryker) sport a front trunk, or "frunk".)

Government models[edit]

As of 2015, BRP offers specialty versions of the Spyder intended for Law Enforcement:

  • The Spyder F3-P is a version of the F3 with Emergency Lighting, Siren, and both 12v and USB outlets for equipment, in addition to their "Quick Pursuit" ignition system.
  • A special patrol version of the RT is also available

Types of transmission[edit]

Spyder SM5 The SM5 has 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 reverse.[8]

Spyder SE5 The SE5 has 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.[11]

Spyder SM6 The SM6 is a manual 6-speed transmission with the standard motorcycle left-foot-actuated shifter and left-hand-actuated clutch. It is a one-down-five-up system with real reverse.

Spyder SE6 The SE6 is a semi-automatic transmission, which shifts sequentially 1-2-3-4-5-6 and 6-5-4-3-2-1. There is no foot shifter. Instead, a paddle-shifter located below the left hand-grip is used to up-shift and down-shift.

Specifications and options[edit]

Can-Am Spyder
Can-Am Spyder

Specifications of the RT, RS, and ST models (as of 2012)

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
2-into-1 exhaust system 2-into-1 exhaust system

Specifications of the RS, ST, RT, and F3 models (as of 2015)

Model RS (Sport) ST (Sport-Touring) RT (Touring) F3 (Sport Cruising)
Frame/Platform Surrounding Spar Technology (SST) Surrounding Spar Technology (SST) Surrounding Spar Technology (SST) Surrounding Spar Technology (SST)
Suspension Front Wheelbase - 67.5 in. (1,714 mm) Front Wheelbase - 67.5 in. (1,714 mm) Front Wheelbase - 67.5 in. (1,714 mm) Front Wheelbase - 67.3 in. (1,709 mm)
Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar
Power Steering Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
VSS ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch
Transmission 5-speed manual with reverse (SM5)
5-speed semi-automatic with reverse (SE5)
5-speed semi-automatic with reverse (SE5) 6-speed manual with reverse (SM6)
6-speed semi-automatic with reverse (SE6)
6-speed manual with reverse (SM6)
6-speed semi-automatic with reverse (SE6)
Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio
Fuel Capacity 6.6 gal (25 L) 6.6 gal (25 L) 6.9 gal (26 L) 7.1 gal (27 L)
Instrumentation Premium color digital gauge : Digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, A & B Trip odometers, gear position, engine and ambient temperature, electronic fuel gauge, clock, cruise control indicator (RSS version) Premium color digital gauge : Digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip & hour meters, gear position, temperature, engine lights, electronic fuel gauge, clock Premium color digital gauge: Digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip & hour meters, gear position, ECO™ mode smart assist, temperature, engine lights, electronic fuel gauge, clock Multi-function LCD segment / analog gauge, tachometer, odometer, trip & hour meters, gear position, temperature, engine lights, electronic fuel gauge, clock
Engine Rotax® 998 cc V-twin, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control Rotax® 998 cc V-twin, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control Rotax® 1330 ACE™ in-line 3 cylinders, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control Rotax® 1330 ACE™ in-line 3 cylinders, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control
2-into-1 exhaust system 2-into-1 exhaust system 3-into-1 exhaust system 3-into-1 exhaust system

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Can-Am Roadster". en-us.spyder.brp.com. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  2. ^ "More Than 350 Can-Am Spyder Owners Attend Inaugural Homecoming Event In Valcourt Quebec". aviationtoday.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  3. ^ Tricycles for adults target safety-conscious
  4. ^ "Nearly 10,000 Can Am Spyders recalled over faulty steering". autoblog.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  5. ^ "REVIEW: Can-Am Spyder RS-S". womenridersnow.com. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  6. ^ Taylor III, Alex (2012-07-30). "Three-wheeled bikes for big boys". money.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  7. ^ "BRP Sells Its 100,000th Can-Am Spyder".
  8. ^ a b "2008 Can-Am Spyder GS Roadster SM5". motorcycle-usa.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  9. ^ "May 1, 2009 Spyder Announcements THE R-35 RIGID SADDLEBAG KIT". spyder.brp.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  10. ^ "Spyder Rentals- About Us". Website. December 2007.
  11. ^ "2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5 First Ride". motorcycle-usa.com. Retrieved 31 July 2009.

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