2014 Can-Am Spyder RT: The Three-Wheeler Bulks Up — Popular Mechanics

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Can-Am Spyder RT

2014 Can-Am Spyder RT: The Bulks Up

BRP introduces a new top-of-the-line giving its three-wheeler a bigger and bigger comfort (but for a price).

September 17, 2013 PM Text Size: A. A. A

On-Sale November

Base Price:

Competitors: None

Powertrain: I-3, 115 hp, 96 lb-ft; six-speed six-speed automated manual

Economy (hwy, est.): 33

New: When BRP’s road vehicle division its radical three-wheeled Spyder in there was nothing else it on the market. Six years later still true. The Spyder has a favorite among long-haul looking for more stability and than traditional two-wheeled can offer but still want the thrills of a motorcycle.

New to the 2014 is the RT model, which at $22,999 above the $14,899 RS and $18,999 ST. two lesser models soldier on the original 998-cc Rotax paired to five-speed manual or transmissions. But the RT sits atop the hierarchy with an all-new Rotax triple and six-speed or semiautomatic transmissions. (Rotax is a Austrian engine manufacturer engines power the company’s Sea-Doos, and Can-Ams.)

That extra cylinder in the new triple gives it 15 more and 16 more lb-ft of torque that V-Twin. Those seem like small but they represent 15 and 20 percent respectively. And besides, the RT isn’t racing up a canyon road. At over a half-ton, this weighs 214 pounds more the base RS and, with 41 of storage in the saddlebags and top case, is of carrying plenty of gear.

It can even a tow a trailer-a $4995 With comfortable touring in the new engine provides increased across the rev range, fuel and quietness rather than thrust.

The option list for the is lengthy and includes floorboards, LED lighting, unique wheels and and adjustable rear suspension. it all? At the top of the range is the chrome-wheeled RT which comes standard every one of these features the semiautomatic six-speed.

Tech The Rotax 1330 has hydraulic adjustment and can go up to 9300 miles oil changes. For most riders, means only one trip to the each year. The new engine’s are now mounted up front, away the rider’s legs-so the ride is cooler than before.

Driving Character: The Spyder RT is an long hauler. The new engine is smooth and refined. It’s turbine-like in its power delivery, not the character of a torque-rich straight-six in a

Can-Am Spyder RT

Highway cruising is much now, too, because the sixth gear (a 0.91:1 means the RT revs much 3600 rpm at 70 mph instead of 5000 It also means the RT can cruise up to 250 at 60 mph on a full tank.

The semiautomatic character is dependent on throttle Change gears modestly at throttle and the shift action is but a bit mushy. Press that button at full throttle, and the Spyder shifts quickly and a good, dual-clutch gearbox in a

Still, the new 1330 engine is a less engaging than the old which was raucous, loud, and aggressive-and we liked that.

Bend the Spyder RT into a and this new model feels stable and a bit sharper than the one we rode. That’s probably BRP revised the front suspension on all models last year, them shorter control firmer bushings, a stiffer column with larger and larger 15-inch wheels. The tune, however, is soft, so is one cushy cruiser.

Favorite Just as carmakers have serious about fuel so too has BRP. The RT’s 1330-cc and new six-speed transmissions are more than the old powertrains, and a new Eco Mode the rider achieve the better economy. Press the button on the and it relaxes the throttle mapping and optimal shift points on the cluster so you can maximize range.

Driver’s Grievance: The Spyder’s SE6 is a semiautomatic gearbox that an electrically operated hydraulic Press the levers on the bars to or downshift. If left untouched, it downshift for you as you ride.

And that’s So why not create a fully automatic like the ones in many car transmissions, where the rider shift into auto and let the perform all the shifting? There even be a Sport auto for more aggressive shifts.

Line: The Spyder RT is certainly a cruiser, thanks to the new three-cylinder and six-speed transmission. The bike’s of tech and comfort should three-wheeler touring fans on every road trip. And we this powertrain will its way into the rest of the Spyder before too long.

The basic three-wheel design of the precludes it from really with an agile sportbike. But about a laid-back cruiser as the ones Harley-Davidson makes? to some folks at BRP we spoke to, a like that wouldn’t be out of the in the future.

Can-Am Spyder RT
Can-Am Spyder RT
Can-Am Spyder RT
Can-Am Spyder RT

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