BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster: Three Wheeled Motorcycle

Posted in Vehicles by Jason Mitchell - 07.07.2008
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Leaving from my office a few weeks ago, I looked in my rear-view mirror only to see two strange-looking vehicles coming up from behind. At first glance, they looked like snowmobiles with wheels. I slowed down so they would slide into the lane next to me for a closer look.

Looking them over, I was interested to see who made them and just what the heck they were. All I saw was “Can-Am” branding on them. After that encounter, I quickly googled them to find out that they were the Can-Am Spyder Roadster from BRP.

After digging through a bunch of details on the Spyder Roadster, I’m still intrigued and would love to ride one to experience how they feel on the road. I’m not a big fan of bullet bikes and I’ve heard too many motorcycle horror stories over the years to really want to ride a motorcycle on the road all the time. Though the Can-Am Spyder Roadster does provide a bit more saftey than a traditional motorcycle, they still put flesh and blood a little too close to several tons of iron and steel for blood.

These are definitely a step up from the cheesy three-wheeled motorcycles you see on the roads that are typically a motorcycle conversion. Most riders of those three-wheeled bikes are old biker dudes who just can’t give up the wind in their face and are willing to face being ridiculed at a local Hells Angels rally. Those three-wheeled motorcycles make me laugh, while the Can-Am Spyder seems legitimately cool.

With gas prices rising and innovation plugging away, it seems like there will be more and more options on the road that don’t involve 4 doors and a V8 engine.

Here are a few specs on the Can-Am Spyder Roadster:

  • Engine: BRP-Rotax 998cc V-Twin, 2-cylinder
  • Transmission: Sequential Manual or Electronic 5-Speed with reverse
  • Brakes & Safety: ABS disc brakes, Vehicle Stability System, Traction Control, Stability Control System
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • MSRP: Starts at $15,499
  • More Info

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  1. Brig Graff

    I saw one of the yellow ones a few weeks ago and I have to say that it looks very cool in my opinion. A bit safer I would presume, for someone switching over from being a car-jockey who isn’t familiar with the balance, etc, needed for riding a motorcycle. I’ll bet it’s less tippy than a tricycle-style motorbike, too (the ones with 1 wheel in front & 2 in back). I’ve tried riding motorcycles in the past, but I’m just a spaz. Cycle World says the fuel economy is 30mpg ( which is less than I would have expected — but then again, for a performance machine that’s really pretty good.

    If they encased the whole thing in a roll cage or something you sure would look like a dork, but it would presumably be safer. Or they could make it Tron-like. Hmm, I actually think that would be cool…but then again, I’m a geek.

  2. Jason Mitchell

    No doubt… it looks pretty darn stable, fast and fun. In the rear-view mirror, it still looks like a snowmobile coming at your bumper.

  3. Brig Graff

    Check out the T-rex — a similar three-wheeler, but with roll-cage:

    Costs 33k british pounds though —- which with the exchange rate, is almost $70k.

  4. Gene Bays

    I am a 75year old fart who really loves his spyder . If you ride one you will buy one ,that is if your old lady will ok it.

  5. Charliebrown

    This is Charliebrown here….Im a 72 year “Old Fart” and ride a Yellow Spyder. This is a beautiful piece of machinery.. Runs like a scalded cat if need be. That Rotax 990 engine winds up with a roar of its own and moves the speedometer digital numbers up in a hurry. Love it!! Ive put a few accessories on it. (Floor boards, 5 inch pull back riser, F-1 adjustable windshield, Shark 250 watt radio, BRP 3 bag system Spyder foot pegs,pinstripped, kuryakyn grips and painted the front lower cowling with Shark teeth and a small shark on the rear fender, POW and American flag fly on the rear license plate holder. I also have a 2009 GL 1800 Goldwing trike. But prefer riding the Spyder. Wife rides the Goldwing. I highly recommend Old Farts ride a Spyder…You will never go back!!! You dont have to worry about tipping over!!!

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