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2013 Can-Am Spyder Roadster

Published July 25, 2012

The thing you have to realize about a trike is that they are not a motorbike. So if you’re a motorbike enthusiast you have to remind yourself of that before jumping into the saddle of the Can-Am Spyder Roadster. This is a trike. And trikes are made for a more leisurely touring purpose than a motorbike. And again, it’s not a bike. It is its own beast. Despite how much they closely resemble a bike from certain angles and share a few attributes they are not one in the same. They share the same family bloodlines but are very different. Just like you wouldn’t call a jet ski a snowmobile or a four wheel ATV a motorbike. And the sooner that distinction is made the sooner the trike will get the break it deserves.

The Can-Am Spyder is designed for people who want a smooth, enjoyable and effortless ride with the open exposure experience. They are not made for ‘pussies’ that can’t or are too afraid to drive a bike. That can no more be said than it could of a car.

There are two main models available. The Can-Am Spyder RS and the Can-Am Spyder RT Roadsters. The RS is designed with the solo rider in mind. It features a slightly more aggressive riding position and styling. The RT is designed as the complete two person tour trike. The Spyder RT has a basic package but comes in three other trims as options; the Spyder RT Audio & Convenience, Spyder RT-S and Spyder RT Limited. Options abound, ranging from an improved sound system with iPod compatibility, satellite radio, handlebar-mounted push-button controls, adjustable rear air suspension, GPS navigation, LED lighting.

The Can-Am Spyder RS roadsters feature Y-architecture with a double A-arm design for the two front wheels and a swing arm with a mono shock on the rear. The Spyder RS is also equipped with a Bosch-developed Vehicle Stability System (VSS). It comes with anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control systems.


The Can-Am Spyder is powered by a Rotax 998cc V-Twin engine and comes with two choices of five-speed transmissions. Can-Am offers either an electronic five-speed with plus reverse gear. The transmission is controlled by a paddle on the left hand and requires no clutch. The standard transmission is a manual five-speed that also includes reverse gear. Also available are cruise control and traction control system. An electronically controlled windshield is adjustable for optimal shielding, which provides protection not only from the wind but the rain as well, sending it up and around you.

Apparently Can-Am Spyders are a huge hit in France. Who new? Those French will try anything. And for those who are earth conscious Can-Am has recently announced that a hybrid version is in the making.

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