2014 Can-Am Spyder RT First Ride

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2014 Can-Am Spyder RT – Ride Review


September 15, 2013

They say things come in threes. For of the Can-Am Spyder RT “roadster,” now saying doesn’t just to the number of wheels on this touring machine. For 2014 division of Bombardier Recreational based in Valcourt, Quebec, replaced the 998cc, 5-speed in the RT touring version of the Spyder a new liquid-cooled, 1,330cc transverse triple with six speeds.

engine layout is known for its and smoothness potential, good to have in a touring bike

Rotax-made 1,330cc in-line makes more torque at engine speeds than the V-twin.

Made in Austria by Rotax, the ACE (Advanced Combustion triple’s 120-degree crankshaft it perfect primary balance, and a counterbalancer takes care of the and rocking couple vibrations. says it makes 96 lb-ft of vs. 80 in the V-twin, and 115 horsepower vs. 100.

Not eyeball-flattening in a machine that a claimed 1,012 pounds 60 pounds more than the RT—but the curve is such the bike has about 40 percent low-end torque than the better for cruising, climbing and carrying a passenger and gear as as towing a trailer.

While testing back-to-back with a RT V-twin at the 2014 launch week in Florida showed the new RT is not appreciably quicker at lower BRP Project Leader Michael said the goal was to improve acceleration from 80-120 or 50-75 mph, and there it feel stronger and less than the revvier twin. The RT’s top speed is higher, it lower at 900 rpm and taller gear drop the rpm significantly at cruising

Overall the roadster’s NVH (noise, harshness) are all significantly reduced, the triple’s signature exhaust and feel give it an impressive quality, like a cross a Honda Gold Wing and Rocket III. I noticed a of vibration cruising at 4,100 rpm in top gear, which Tissier to some resonance from the final drive.

Restyled allows more ariflow and are sportier.

Valve adjustments are no required with the RT’s new and in keeping with forthcoming it already meets Euro 4 specs, though the engine requires premium 91 octane for best performance (it can safely run We didn’t have the opportunity to our fuel economy on the short test ride (complete BRP employees front and rear and an Sherriff’s Department escort), but BRP the RT will go as much as 250 miles the 6.9-gallon tank runs That’s probably using the new ECO with shift indicator, softens power output and response and coaches you when to to save fuel.

Touring riders will appreciate the new 1,200-watt alternator replaces the V-twin’s magneto, and the attention paid to heat on this model—even in the 95-degree heat, wearing mesh pants over jeans, I felt any engine heat. capacity has doubled, and the radiator have a reverse mode blows hot air away from the at a slower pace—in traffic, for No lane-splitting on this baby!

of the test machines had trouble after numerous photo in the swampy heat, and later BRP told us that they the PCV valve had been installed (um, backwards) on those

New shocks front and rear bigger pistons improve performance, and the cushy new “Ultra-Comfort” saddle is ready to receive an rider backrest, just one of new accessories. Styling has been up with more abbreviated a new fascia with a larger intake area and new trim Spyder now appears as if it’s scooping up the road ahead.

New transmission offers a smoother at highway speeds. Hydraulic module in the semi-auto version shifts more slowly at speeds but works well at ones.

The touring RT comes a manual transmission with but being a lazy sort I I’d try the available semi-automatic. With no lever or foot shift changing gears is a slick up-down pushbutton affair on the grip. While the rider always upshift, the transmission do the downshifting all the way down to first if

The engine’s increased power and new meant moving away the twin’s mechanical flyweights in the trans to a hydraulic clutch to generate the clutch force, and take longer at lower and create a noticeable interruption in the flow. Rev the engine higher shifting and it happens much quickly.

This is only the Spyder I’ve put many on, but most of the changes are clear The engine is smooth, strong, and low maintenance. Handling is less on the highway while still at slower speeds thanks to the Power Steering, and the independent and optional adjustable rear air soaks up the bumps like a car.

For 2014 the Vehicle System (VSS), which engine management, traction and the anti-lock brakes, has been to intervene a little less and more smoothly. It no longer the power and applies the brakes in and starts as it did on the previous models cornering too aggressively. This wheel lift and other hijinks and lets you enjoy the stability of the two-in-front, one-in rear-wheel drive layout of the which can corner much than a trike with two in

All-new Ultra Comfort comes ready for optional backrest. Passenger floorboards are too.

As you might expect of a big machine, comfort is supreme, plush rider and passenger and a natural reach to the wide It took me some time to reaching for clutch or brake at stops, but after a while one miss them, except on the floorboard-equipped RT Limited, which completely lifting your foot to apply the single brake (the triple are all linked to the one pedal).

It’s easier on the base model footpegs since you can simply toe pressure without lifting foot off the peg. The electric does a marvelous job, well below eye level for breeze and raising well silencing the wind and allowing all of the volume from the 4-speaker system to reach the rider.

you get past the longish starting (a warning screen must be that takes a few seconds to release the parking brake, off and engage the cruise control, and be in the next state before you it. If you don’t want to hear a lot of beeping just be sure to the parking brake again shutting off the ignition—the bike shift into neutral for

Prodigious storage includes large saddlebags and big front, er,

Four storage compartments trunk, saddlebags and trunk) a ton of gear, including a full-face in front and in the right side Rigid liner bags are for all four, and there’s a handy compartment as well. If that’s not Can-Am offers a specially trailer for the Spyder ($4,499—it’s a nice trailer, we’re the only one that won’t the machine’s warranty.

Interestingly, connecting it tells the VSS to behave accordingly, though the VSS not alter the way the trailer brakes

The Can-Am Spyder RT roadster is in three packages starting at for the standard model in black or The Spyder RT-S and Spyder RT add increasingly nice levels of at additional cost. Add-ons floorboards, adjustable rear air GPS navigation, LED lighting, exclusive new exclusive wheels and more.

has also updated the RS (sport) and ST models for 2014 with new side panels for a sportier The ST-S adds new gas-charged Fox and new machined six twin-spoke wheels. versions benefit from new VSS for faster cornering and the new wheels as

BRP Can — Am Spyder Roadster 3 Wheel Motorcycles

2014 Spyder RT Standard Specifications

Rotax 1330 ACE in-line 3, with electronic fuel and electronic throttle control

x …: 3.31 x 3.14 in. (84 x 80 mm)

115 hp (85.8 kW) @ 7250 RPM

Torque: 96 lb-ft. (130.1 Nm) @ RPM


Front suspension: A-arm with anti-roll bar

shocks type / travel: / 6.85 in. (174 mm)

Rear Swingarm


L x W x H: 105 x 61.9 x in. (2,667 x 1,572 x 1,510 mm)

height: 30.4 in. (772 mm)

clearance: 4.5 in. (115 mm)

Dry weight: lb (459 kg)

Storage capacity: 41 gal L)

Maximum vehicle load: 494 lb kg)

Fuel capacity: 6.9 gal (26 L)

Reserve: 1 gal L) approx.

Fuel type: unleaded


Instrumentation: color digital gauge: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, hour meters, gear ECO mode smart assist, engine lights, electronic gauge, clock

Power 12V power outlet

RT-622 capability: Towing capacity of 400 (181 kg)


Stability Control System


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