Can-Am Spyder RT-S- Long-Term Wrap-Up- Long-Term Motorcycle Reviews

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Can-Am Spyder RS-S

Can-Am Spyder RT-S – Wrap-Up A three-wheel tourer.

By the our Can-Am “touring roadster” up 10,000 miles, we’d riding it for almost 18 months, and learned a lot about the $26,499 from Bombardier Recreational In addition to riding it in all weathers and from desert to high we put it on the track to test its straight-line as well as how it worked in slalom and testing.

Along the way, the was recalled three times, for of its Dynamic Power Steering to inspect its rear suspension, and to the semi-automatic transmission’s centrifugal Off-schedule maintenance included the throttle body assembly, the shock (warranty items) and the tire, the latter two close to the 10K The replacement clutch was also signs of slippage when we the end of the test.

Given that the RT-S was a new in a lineup itself still new to the the recalls didn’t surprise us, and the rear tire, shock and could be attributed to the pounding we the machine. In fact, we would been even harder on the had not the “nanny” software of the Bosch Stability System inhibited the to … corners as a sportbike The software prohibits oversteer and it effectively thwarts tipping via automated power cut and brake

We pitted the RT-S against our BMW K1600GTL touring bike in a handling test. The 797-lb. fueled) two-wheeler’s .72 g skidpad and slalom performance ran circles the .56 g and 52-mph results posted by the The nearly 1000-pound RT-S a 14.92 sec.@ 88.85 mph through the quarter-mile taking 6.5 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph.

the foot pedal, the anti-lock system produced a respectable distance of 130 feet from 60

Designed more for touring fun sporting performance, the RT-S us with its cavernous and cleverly cargo areas, superbly fairing and electrically adjustable heated rider and passenger and crystal-clear and vibration-free mirrors. Andy Leisner put more 800 miles on the RT-S and noted the seat was “very comfortable, on six-plus-hour rides,” though the turnsignal switch, he added, was worst in history” because it to be extremely finicky, demanding a push to manually cancel. common complaint was a momentary and slow shift action upshifting with the paddle.

Can-Am Spyder RS-S

Contributing Editor Steve put most of the miles on the RT-S, errands with it as well as long-haul tours with his Being disabled with an left leg and therefore unable to any two-wheeler, Thompson found it to agree with Leisner’s that “I had to stop trying to it to a motorcycle and respect it for what it did and the fun that it could provide.”

That was seemingly most to non-riders like the man who approached on the RT-S in a parking lot and asked, “Is thing nearly as much fun as it Trying to be objective, Thompson “It depends,” and explained to the man that the Spyder can’t lean as a does to turn, whether or not a translates its dynamics as fun depends on how one might be to leaning as the primary of motorcycling.

He’s not alone: In the few years its debut, the Spyder has become a story for Bombardier. Kregg owner of California Speed-Sports in California, whose shop set up and care of the CW RT-S, says some 25 percent of his Spyders are to women. Can-Am’s ad agency the Spyder “reinvents” riding.

overstating it, but there is no question the three-wheelers are bringing many new into the “riding” as opposed to the world. Our experience with the RT-S showed us why.

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