2010 Can-Am Spyder RT-S Road Test Rider Magazine Can-Am Reviews

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Can-Am Spyder RT
Can-Am Spyder RT

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT-S Test

photography by Riles

[This 2010 Can-Am RT-S Road Test was originally in the March 2010 issue of magazine]

2010 Can-Am RT-S

Crossing the moonscape Mojave a gray wool sky, rain drops splatter on my shield as I glance down at the display. The full-color screen, between the large analog and tach, dutifully indicates 41 degrees F outside, the cruise is set at 70 mph and my iPod is now playing the ambient, sounds of Bowery Electric. comfortably at the helm with warmers on high, nothing is out of everything fits.

My 800-mile trip to Arizona and back cold wind, heavy and variable road conditions the perfect opportunity to test the Spyder RT-S.

When we got our hands on the Can-Am Spyder . I packed my and hit the road for 2,600 miles Rider . September 2008). The stance and Bosch-engineered Vehicle System were perfect for but the base-model Spyder (now the RS) was short on amenities. For 2010, touring models are available—RT RT Audio and Convenience ($22,999) and the RT-S ($24,999) tested with a long list of new

All have integrated side a rear trunk and generous for the rider and passenger, with futuristic styling and dimensions are 0.8 inch longer and 2.6 inches than the RS.

Both the RS and RT are powered by a 998cc, liquid-cooled V-twin with a and … of 97.0mm x 68.1mm, overhead cams, four per cylinder, 2-into-1 exhaust catalytic converter and multipoint fuel injection. For touring the RT’s engine has been for torque, topping out at a claimed 100 and 80 lb-ft, with peak reached at 5,000 rpm.

not as smooth or powerful as engines in open-class sport tourers, it well enough and the V-twin and throaty exhaust are satisfying. New on the RT is the lightly sprung twist delivered power immediately abruptness.

Rider and passenger are first-rate, with multiple for both within reach. for full image)

The double front suspension is controlled by gas shocks with 5.9 inches of and cam preload adjusters (turned a spanner found in the well-stocked whereas the rear single has 5.7 inches of travel and is pneumatic. The has its own compressor and push-button adjustable preload; on other RTs, to the nearest gas station and add air to the valve the seat.

Though sophisticated, the felt undersprung and insufficiently with too much bouncing bumps. The Vehicle Stability combines ABS with traction stability control and power and is calibrated to work with the 622-liter trailer (not If you crank it too hard in a corner and the wheel starts to lift, is reduced and braking is applied to the wheel. The nanny effect can be abrupt, but it works.

Despite power assist, requires effort with a pull on one grip and a push on the

Our test unit’s manual, transmission shifted smoothly. The from first to second was a tad but clutch action was light and the adjustable (a semi-automatic transmission paddle shifters is an optional On the other hand, I had to get used to the of a front brake lever. To down or stop, step on the pedal to actuate brakes on all wheels simultaneously.

Stopping was plentiful, though I had to use the binders any I wanted to reduce speed as braking was minimal.

Sitting on the RT is a pleasurable experience, with an comfortable seat and upright, positioning for both rider and Ample legroom is provided by the seat height and reach to the is just right. The windscreen can be adjusted to see over or through, a mostly quiet, still of air.

At night, too-bright blue on the center console reflect off the top of the windscreen in its highest position. lights illuminate large, toggle switches for the parking front trunk release, heaters, rear preload and fog The heated grips worked in temperatures in the low 40s in pouring rain, the left grip seemed to on and off occasionally.

Can’t say as much for the passenger grab handles, with bare hands got warm on the high setting.

On the flanked analog guages, the display is crisp, attractive and though some icons and are too small to read at a glance. to see full image)

Basic ignition and kill switch, control and hazard lights—are by your right hand, but the switchgear puts nearly conceivable function within In addition to high beams, signals and horn, there are for windscreen adjustment, PTT, and the Roadster Electronic Command

RECC does a lot in a little with Mode, Set and up/down/left/right used to navigate through (default, audio, CB, trip, and adjust settings, including iPod integration. The small, plastic buttons don’t much, so getting a feel for with gloves takes

With regard to passenger our tester remarked that the comfort is “like a Gold with a wrap-around backrest provides a sense of security and lumbar support. Large round out a high-quality passenger Soft rubber buttons on the audio and heated grip made it difficult to tell if the button had been pressed gloved fingers.

The situation was made worse by the being located below the legs, out of the line of sight. noise made it hard for our to hear music from the speakers. Adjusting the windscreen help, and the passenger volume didn’t seem to work. an operator’s perspective, handling with the additional weight of a and gear.

Even on firm the suspension is too soft and the combined of rider, passenger and gear the centrifugal feeling of being to the outside of curves. Keep the down and everyone will be

The RT has 155 liters of storage space and 517 of load capacity. By way of comparison, a Gold Wing holds 147 and 405 pounds. Whereas the Gold has a rear trunk, side and glove box, the RT has these a front trunk.

With 5 percent more storage spread over more the end result is smaller spaces. On the RT, and right cases hold 26 each and the rear trunk 43 liters; comparable figures on the Wing are 40 liters and 65 liters. The front and rear trunks are narrow and awkwardly shaped, and the front holds a single helmet (helmet locks are under the seat).

The side cases are difficult to and the single lock barrel for the and side luggage didn’t

Can-Am Spyder RT
Can-Am Spyder RT

At a moderate cruising pace, the Spyder RT-S is a comfortable, secure, tourer. Loaded with a and gear, it can be a handful in the curves at Not unsafe, just challenging. But isn’t necessarily a drawback if approach to touring is more taking in the scenery than there in a hurry. A more limitation is poor gas mileage.

a large frontal area and wet weight, our RT-S averaged 26.1 mpg. Fuel will be high (91 octane and gas stops all too frequent. The 172-mile is merely an average; we saw the low-fuel come on as early as 90 miles.

luggage is wellintegrated into the of the Spyder RT, though storage per is limited and oddly shaped.

The RT much of the touring potential of the platform. Rather than slap on hard bags, accommodations and a bigger windscreen, BRP for the fences and built a fully luxury tourer. For a first the RT is quite an accomplishment, but touring are a tough crowd to please.

While the overall package well, seemingly small like hard-to-close bags or passenger controls can be like that become more over time. Admittedly, of our criticisms of this preproduction unit may be addressed by the time RTs the showroom. With more and greater touring range, the RT-S will be in a league of its

2010 Can-Am Spyder RT-S

Type: Liquid-cooled, longitudinal V-twin

Bore x Stroke: x 68.1mm

Compression Ratio:


Frame: Surrounding Technology steel center

Wheelbase: 67.2 in.

Rake/Trail: NA

Height: 30.4 in.

Suspension, Double A-Arm with bar and dual shocks, adj. for preload w/ 5.9-in. travel

Can-Am Spyder RT
Can-Am Spyder RT


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