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Can-Am Spyder RS-S

2011 Can-Am Spyder Road Test


September 14, 2011

[This  Can-Am Spyder RS-S test was originally published in the 2011 issue of  Rider

by Greg Drevenstedt, photography by Wing

Hustling the Can-Am RS-S down a curvy is an experience like no other, a workout that is the most fun you can on three wheels.

When Recreational Products (BRP), the company best known for its snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercraft, the Can-Am Spyder in 2008, I was Seeing the wide, long, trike for the first time, I back on my heels, stroked the on my chinny chin chin and who it might appeal to, other slednecks after the thaw. But having logged 4,000 aboard Can-Am Spyders, the touring-spec RT and the sporty RS (Rider, 2010, September 2008), visited the factory in Quebec and to executives, and having seen and heard opinions by motorcyclists and I get it.

Just as trikes and sidecar appeal to a small and specific of motorcyclists, the Spyder fills a niche. BRP sought to build a that doesn’t compete with the motorcycle establishment, a that would draw in new without preconceived notions what the Spyder should be.

to Yves Leduc, BRP’s manager, the Spyder created a new (BRP calls it a roadster), one has enlarged the powersports pie instead of customers from one slice to One-quarter of Spyder buyers had set foot in a dealership before, and as many are women, twice the for motorcycle buyers. Demand for is high. Sales were up 20 last year, and dealers deal on price.

Even if a third wheel appeal to you, growth in the of motorcycle sympathizers should. The of us on the road, the better.

The Spyder feel as big as it looks, but it certainly readjustment of mind and body. No no leaning, no front brake Helmet: Nolan N-103 /  Pants: Olympia Moto / Gloves: Cortech / Boots:

Three wheels, particularly the with two wheels in front, the biggest barrier for non-motorcyclists: to balance and lean. (Conversely, not able to lean is the biggest to acceptance among motorcyclists.) riders appreciate the worry-free of three wheels, and the Spyder them a sophisticated, less alternative. The Spyder’s Bosch-engineered Stability System (VSS) a step further, combining control, traction control, braking and dynamic power to keep all three wheels on the gripping the road.

Relying on ECUs and sensors, the system well…almost too well. Riding in tight curves, right the time the fun begins, the engine down and the outside wheel’s engages, thwarting a high-spirited exit. Sport riding on a requires a combination of athletic and subtle feel to get the most out of it the VSS kicks in.

Since the Spyder lean, you must position body forward and to the inside of steer smoothly and adjust inputs to keep all the VSS sensors sort of like finessing a machine just shy of tilt. It can be a challenging workout, and loads of Dial back the pace or to wide, graceful curves and you can the physical acrobatics, but some will still be required to your line.

As a three-track vehicle, the Spyder mindfulness of potholes and road but the automotive-type tires provide of grip. Point it in the right and the Spyder will get you there, regardless of what’s on the road or condition it’s in.

Brake engages all three ABS-equipped simultaneously. Black gizmo the swingarm is the parking brake.

One that makes the Spyder less intimidating to operate is the SE5 Electronic 5-speed) transmission. Our Can-Am Spyder RS-S unit included this upgrade, which eliminates the shifter and clutch lever. To just tap a paddle on the left with your thumb.

To tap another paddle with left forefinger, or simply down—the transmission’s centrifugal downshifts automatically when speed falls below rpm (1,500 rpm for first gear). In to five forward gears, is a reverse gear, a handy for three-point turns (the has a wide turning radius) and parking spaces.

Along the foot pedal-only operated which engage all three simultaneously using Electronic Distribution (80 percent front/20 rear under normal the SE5 transmission helps the Spyder more like a car, and seem more intuitive and to anyone with a driver’s It is unquestionably convenient and works

As a step up from the $16,499 RS, the $1,200-higher RS-S adds a look: a painted front and A-arm covers, carbon aluminum parts, black front wheels, a contrast-stitched and two-tone paint with graphics. In addition to the stunning Orange Metallic/Matte Black you see the RS-S is also available in Magnesium Metallic/Steel Black Other than “bold new 2011 brought few changes to the RS line.

A revised rubber mount and second linkage rod reduce vibration, and a new hood latch you to open the hood with one while the engine is running, but pretty much it.

Like tested on Top Gear, the Spyder’s double A-arm suspension up bumps remarkably well.

low in a Surrounding Spar Technology center-beam frame and hidden entirely behind fairing is a 998cc, liquid-cooled, 60-degree built by Rotax, the Austrian manufacturer owned by BRP. A of this engine powered the RSV Mille superbike, but in present has a milder state of tune, BRP claiming 106 horsepower and 77 lb-ft of

The engine revs quickly to its redline, and it emits a nice rumble and satisfying burble the exhaust. Power reaches the wheel by way of a carbon reinforced which should be adjusted 6,000 miles. The four per cylinder are actuated by dual cams, and their clearances be checked every 12,000

Oil changes are due every 3,000 including engine oil and HCM (Hydraulic Module, on SE5-equipped models) oil replacement. A 10.8:1 compression allows regular unleaded 6.6 gallons of which is stored in the tank. Fuel economy is not the strong suit.

Can-Am Spyder RS-S

Weighing 800 pounds wet and punching a hole in the atmosphere, our RS-S unit burned fuel at an rate of 26.1 mpg, exactly the same as we recorded in tests.

The Spyder’s suspension is an hybrid that is remarkably at keeping the wheels in contact the ground. The front wheels to the chassis with double and an anti-roll bar, similar to found on race cars, and wheel has a preload-adjustable shock 5.7 inches of travel.

Each wheel is able to absorb independently to keep from the chassis, which is especially if you accidentally run a wheel over a or off the edge of the road. The rear is suspended by a conventional preload-adjustable shock, also with 5.7 of travel. Combined with the Stability System and stout the suspension helps the Spyder sure-footed at any speed.

The front is one of the most handy-dandy features of the It easily holds a full-face and gear.

Starting and operating the requires unique rituals rather than serving as differences from motorcycle remind me that I’m not in Kansas Disengage the parking brake by down on the pedal behind the footpeg, press the Mode (to acknowledge having read the card), press down on the pedal, then hit the starter.

Tap the SE5 to engage first gear and on the throttle to move forward. (If compelled to engage in hooliganism, BRP one allowance —with the handlebars you can do a rolling, smoky burnout up to 35 Woot!) Without rolling off the tapping the upshift paddle through the gears with The triple brakes are powerful, and is no pulsing in the foot pedal the ABS engages.

When the key is turned off, a beeping noise serves as a to engage the parking brake (at a the SE5’s clutch is always Pushing in the key and turning it to the right the seat, allowing access to the fuel filler; turning it to the unlocks the front hood, access to the waterproof, 44-liter gallons) trunk, where the toolkit is found.

Swingarm, shock and belt drive many motorcycles, but a wide, rear tire that isn’t. The Can-Am Spyder is the of grip, and rolling burnouts are

Though the footpegs are higher I would prefer, especially on a that doesn’t require clearance, the Spyder RS-S has a slightly forward sport-touring position. The wide, two-up is comfortable, and at a height of 29 inches is to mount by almost anyone. My Carrie found it easy to get on and off the and she praised the seat.

There are grab handles, and holding on and body position gave her a arm and core workout, but she missed planted like she does a motorcycle leans. Also, her foot got hot from the exhaust which is just below the passenger peg; I felt heat off the left side, We were both rattled by the of wind protection, the stubby providing no bubble of still

Over the past few years BRP has up an impressive catalog of Spyder which includes passenger taller windscreens, wind seats, lights, a 12V socket, luggage liners, custom and more. The Can-Am Spyder allows you to build your own machine, with everything picking model, color and to out­fitting it with accessories.

I tested a Can-Am Spyder in pretty much everyone at me as if I were riding something out of Even now, three later, the Spyder still heads. The high curiosity isn’t just about

The Spyder’s swooping design—BRP call it the “flowing edge”—inspires the exciting feelings in others as I get riding it. Long ago I learned to worrying and love the Spyder for it is: fast, fun and unlike anything on the road. If the idea of three appeals to you, the Can-Am RS-S is one of a kind.

If you go into a too hot, the rollover mitigation will retard the ignition and the outside wheel to keep the planted on the ground.


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