For 2012 all of Can-Am’s three-wheeled roadsters get new colors and amber-colored, multifunction LCD displays for better nighttime visibility. The RS-S models have new gas-charged FOX Racing Shox in the front suspension. Spyders are powered by Rotax 998cc, 60-degree V-twin engines, and four of the six models are available with either semi-automatic (SE5) or manual (SM5) five-speed transmissions with reverse gear. Can-Am’s Vehicle Stability System (VSS) combines stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking and dynamic power steering to keep all three wheels gripping the road. Consequently, the Spyders don’t lean, so you position your body to the inside of curves while muscling through curves and turn without countersteering.
I recently rode the RS (sporty) and RT (touring) Spyders for the first time on a 120-mile loop in the mountains and desert north of Los Angeles, and they get a big thumbs-up from this two-wheeled fanatic. The result of studying and combining the desires of sport motorcyclists and convertible sports car drivers, Spyders come in two basic flavors. The RS models are lighter, sportier and have more aggressive steering. For long-distance and two-up riding, the RTs have 41 gallons of onboard storage, an adjustable electric windscreen, cruise control and heated grips. Four RT packages (standard RT, RT Audio & Convenience, RT-S and RT Limited) range from luxurious to over-the-top luxurious. I put about 50 miles on the RT Limited (an optional trailer is available!) and found it has a well-cushioned seat with excellent lumbar support and offers great wind protection at the touch of a button.
The Spyders bring wind-in-your-face thrills to riders who want that extra wheel, and BRP is attracting a lot of motorcyclists with them. Prices range from $16,499-$28,899.