For 2013, Can-Am’s family of Spyders grows more legs with the addition of a new sport-touring model called the Spyder ST. Positioned between the ultra sporty RS model and heavyweight RT tourer, the ST offers a blend of comfort and sportiness that Can-Am enthusiasts have requested. The ST carries all the same DNA and mechanicals (as well as transmission options) as its two siblings. But, compared to the RS, it has more comfortable ergonomics, and with a new sport-touring console and adjustable windshield, there’s a substantial improvement in wind protection, as well.
The 2013 Spyder model year will also be remembered for the improvements to the entire line. Changes common to all improve comfort and overall handling, including a revised frame with more rigidity around the suspension mounting points; new front-end geometry and suspension calibration that helps minimize body roll and front-end dive; and larger 15-inch wheels with low-profile tires providing an increased contact patch for better road holding. The 2013 models are also fitted with larger brake discs front and rear along with high-performance Brembo calipers; together with a revised Bosch ABS system, Can-Am claims stopping distance is improved by 10 percent.
The venerable Rotax 998cc V-twin powerplant returns unchanged, although all models get new throttle-by-wire systems. Aesthetically, the base models also remain unchanged, while the higher end machines are adorned with a sleeker front fender design.
As with previous models, Can-Am will offer two fully equipped spin-offs of the base ST model: the ST-S and the ST Limited. The ST-S version gets a cosmetic makeover with fancier wheels and fenders, an upgraded trim package, lots of carbon black finish parts and cruise control. The ST Limited has a fully loaded sport-touring package with the full cosmetic treatment, full-blown audio system (with GPS and Bluetooth wireless technology), heated grips, an embroidered seat and rider footboards (SES trans only). It also comes –with color-matched removable hard saddlebags that add 68 liters of storage. We’ll have a test in a future issue, as the STs are likely to become our new favorites for hitting the road.