Can-Am Spyder RS-S Roadster | Trike

Three for the Road

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Brian J. Nelson

Price $18,099 (as tested)
Engine type l-c V-twin
Displacement 998cc
Transmission 5-speed plus reverse
Claimed horsepower 106 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Claimed torque 77 lb.-ft. @ 6250 rpm
Frame Steel-spar backbone
Front suspension Double A-arm with anti-roll bar, twin Fox Shox
Rear suspension Single shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Dual four-piston calipers, 250mm discs with ABS
Rear brake One-piston caliper, 250mm disc with ABS
Front tire 165/65R-14 Kenda
Rear tire 225/50R-15 Kenda
Seat height 33.9 in.
Wheelbase 58.4 in.
Fuel capacity 6.6 gal.
Claimed curb weight 739 lbs.

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars.

What to ride when four wheels are too many and two aren't enough.

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Finally, a motorcycle magazine that "gets" the Spyder phenomenon. Kudos to Tim for understanding and explaining why it is ludicrous to try to compare a Spyder Roadster to a two-wheeler. I am so sick of test riders who complain about the Spyder simply because they don't understand how to ride it. In a nutshell, it may NOT be a motorcycle, but it's a heck of a lot of fun being what it is!
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