Can-Am Spyder – The Three Wheeled Motorcycle

Welcome the Can-Am Spyder, a series of three wheeled motorcycles from a Canadian manufacturer that is more practical for touring and for street use than any other motorcycle excluding the Honda Gold wing the world reknown tourer. The Can-am Spyder was first introduced in the year 2007 on February 9th after an official word by the company to the press and media. In September 2007 the first full-production spyder was made from the fully functional assembly line in Valcourt, Quebec. The first ever official Spyder serial numbered as 001 was officially delivered to Jay Leno at Leno’s garage in Burbank, California.

Although there are quite a lot of models in Spyder series, lets look into Spyder RS-S that attracted me the most and which was practical too. Before going into the detailed specs of this sweet monster, let’s hear to some of it’s features:

  • Equipped with Semi-Automatic Transmission,
  • Attractive 6- spoke custom wheel kit,
  • Spyder rolling traveling bag,
  • Special edition seat,
  • Limited edition color and much more..

Let’s dive into the details now:

Engine: The engine is a V-Twin 990, liquid cooled, two cylinder, DOHC4 998cc BRP-ROTAX unit that mills out 106hp @ 8500rpm with a torque of 104.3Nm @6250rpm which is plentiful and healthy on papers. The engine is powered by a Multi-Point EFI unit that houses 57mm diameter throttle bodies. All this are housed in a low center of gravity surrounding spar technology steel frame. That gives the best of both the worlds, power and handling.

Transmission: The gear box in the spyder RS-S is a five speed manual with transmission based reverse. The final drive ratio is 28/79 with kevlar-reinforced drive belt. The clutch which syncs with the gearbox is a wet, multiplate, manual operated one that works through a hydraulic piston arrangement.

Suspension: As the Can-am Spyder is a three wheeled motorcycle, the suspension plays a very important role here as if it misbehaves, that could lead to toppling! This again is disastrous like the ATV’s. The suspension set-up has been carefully designed to avoid all those mishaps and here is what the spyder carries; the front suspension is a double A-Arm with anti roll bar that travels 145mm shocks. The rear suspension is a monoshock that comes with a adjustable cam that is coupled with a Surrounding Spar Technology frame and the state-of-the art dynamic power steering (DPS) that makes every drive a pleasure.

Braking: The Can-am Spyder RS-S is equipped with a foot actuated, fully integrated hydraulic three wheel braking system that is purely functional in all kinds of situations. The front brakes houses two 260 mm discs on either side mounted with floating 4 piston calipers. The rear wheel consists of a single piston caliper mounted onto a 260mm disc plate. Further the braking is well improved by Electronic brake distribution system that carefully listens to all the sensors mounted and so does the ABS that comes as a standard fitment. The parking brake is a mechanical, foot actuated that contacts the rear caliper for the same.

Safety and security: Further to all the above mentioned, Can-am spyder RS-S is equipped with the best state-of-the art safety and security features that follows;

  • VSS – Vehicle stability system
  • ABS – Anti lock Braking systems
  • TCS – Traction control system
  • SCS – stability control system with roll-over migration
  • DPS – Dynamic power steering
  • DESS – Digitally encoded security system.

The Can-am Spyder RS-S weighs a whooping 317Kg dry that keeps this monster planted onto the road and has a fuel capacity of 25l that is a boon for tourers. Wait! There’s more, the Can-am Spyder RS-S also has a front boot space of 44l that can take up all the necessary things for touring. All one has to do is just to hop onto the bike and say a bye!