Driving the Can-Am Spyder - A Three-Wheeled Cruiser that Ladies can Love
If you’re a motorcycling enthusiast who enjoys the exhilaration offered by two-wheeled forms of transportation but who doesn’t necessarily want to worry about the effects of gravity and physics that accompany such vehicles, then consider the three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder instead.
I took my first ride on one of these unique vehicles at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach last week, on the same day that Danica Patrick was there for her #FirstTime on a Can-Am Spyder. I am not an experienced motorcyclist -- okay, I admit, I’ve never piloted a motorcycle at all -- so I had a bit of a learning curve. While my first experience might have been a little bumpy as I learned to steer and control the throttle at the same time, I didn’t have to worry about dropping a motorcycle on its side, or learn the physics of counter-steer. While some of the bloggers with previous motorcycle were quickly proficient piloting the Can-Am Spyder around the coned course, let’s just say I’ll need a little more practice before I dare venture out onto public streets.
This three-wheeled Y-frame cycle is produced by Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), the manufacturer of such lifestyle vehicles as Sea-Doo personal watercraft, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, and Can-Am all-terrain vehicles. The Can-Am Spyder promises the ultimate on-road experience, combining the thrill of open-air two-wheel motorcycle riding with the safety and stability of a three-wheeled cruiser.
Because of its more car-like three-wheel design, some states do not require a specialized motorcycle license. However, in the states and Canadian provinces that do, you may be able to use a Can-Am Spyder to pass a road test and get your license in as little as a day. BRP offers more information to help prospective buyers learn how easy it can be to get your license at canamspyder.com.
Offering seven automotive technologies including ABS, traction control and stability control, a semi-automatic transmission, reverse gear, and even cruise control, the Can-Am Spyder delivers such control and confidence that the driver and passenger can focus more on the exhilaration of riding. And if your cruiser should happen to get bumped on the road, the stability and structure of the Can-Am Spyder helps protect its passengers from the injuries that are more likely to occur in motorcycle vs. car incidences. However, with all its car-like features, the Can-Am Spyder is still a motorcycle of sorts, so riders should wear proper protective motorcycle apparel, including a helmet.
The Can-Am Spyder is available in three different body types offering different riding experiences from a more aggressive high-performance “Sport” ride of the RS trim, to a more comfortable and leisurely “Touring” style of the RT trim, and a combination of performance, comfort, and convenience in the “Sport-Touring” ST trim level. As with any vehicle, pricing varies depending on your tastes, with the Spyder RS starting at $14,899, the Spyder ST starting at $18,995, and the Spyder RT starting at $22,999. Depending on additional features and options, a top-of-the-line RT can be priced above $30,499; if extended road trips are common for your family, you can even hitch up a matching 22-cubic-foot trailer. Even without the trailer, the Can-Am Spyder can keep your gear safe and protected thanks to lockable watertight front storage, plus two side compartments, a rear compartment, and a glove box for a total of 41 gallons of storage. Ever try carrying your groceries on a Harley?
As for fuel economy, a recent Can-Am road test at Popular Mechanics reveals a Spyder RT equipped with the 115-horsepower/1.3-liter inline-three-cylinder Rotax engine mated to the six-speed automated manual transmission promises 33 miles per gallon on the highway, thanks in part to a new a new Eco Mode that helps the rider achieve the better fuel economy.
Features Ladies can Love
• The free-spirited ride of a motorcycle with the safety of a small car
• The solid feel of a thousand-pound touring bike without the concern of laying it on its side in a parking lot
• Convenient stowage of up to 41 gallons of stuff makes it easy to tote groceries or other baggage
By the way, the Can-Am Spyder is featured heavily in “Almost Human,” the new futuristic cop show on FOX television. They’ve even got a Can-Am Spyder contest at Facebook offering a chance to win a trip for two to the Warner Bros. Studio in Hollywood and go ‘behind-the-scenes” at one of the world’s busiest motion picture and television studios. The contest ends February 24, 3014: simply visit a Can-Am Spyder dealership or one of their corporate shows, and take a photo of yourself on a Can-Am Spyder with the Almost Human™ poster, then upload this photo to their Facebook page to enter to win. You can also enter to win on Instagram or Twitter by hashtagging your photo #CanAmSpyderExperience. Good luck!
After last week’s test drive of the Can-Am Spyder, the PR team representing BRP gave us a cool OGIO backpack and a baseball cap to give away to a lucky AskPatty reader. The OGIO backpack features three zippered compartments, including a padded interior laptop slot in the largest compartment that fits most 17-inch laptops. Between the compartments, iFom integrated panels keep your electronics and other valuables protected. The pack also features a padded iPad / tablet / e-reader sleeve on the front. Comfortable straps and a small little fleece-lined zippered pocket for valuables is near the top handle. Dual side beverage / accessory holders. Dimensions: 19" H x 13" W x 7.5" D. The backpack is made of black polyester and carries a suggested retail price of $79.99 at such accessory outlets as FlatOutMotorcycles.com and PartShark.com.
How can you win the cap and backpack? Just share a link to this story at Twitter or Facebook before December 31, 2013, and use the hashtag #WinAskPattyCanAmBackpack. We will randomly choose a winner from all the hashtags and notify you directly to get your shipping information during the first week of January 2014.