2012 Can-Am Spyder RT Roadster

Purpose-built for the extended road trip

Key Spyder RT Technologies

Chassis LCD Display:
Y architecture
With its two-wheels up front and single rear wheel in the rear, the Can-Am Spyder RT is defined by its Y architecture. This configuration also provides the open-air feel of a motorcycle, but complements that feature with the stability reminiscent of a dialed-in sports car.

SST™ frame
Proven on the BRP Can-Am ATVs, the Surrounding Spar Technology frame, which is an exclusive technology to BRP and is designed to reduce weight while at the same time offering increased durability with less parts. This chassis also contributes to the Spyder RT roadster's low center of gravity and impressive handling.

Double A-arm front suspension with anti-roll bar
The Double A-arm front suspension geometry, which includes dual shocks and more than 5.9 inches (151 mm) of suspension travel - was built to please with its precision handling and point-and-shoot dynamics. A standard anti-roll bar ensures optimal cornering while delivering a smooth and stable ride. The Spyder RT model has a slightly wider track than the Spyder RS roadster model for improved stability and handling.

Rear swing arm with shock
The single-rear wheel-and-tire set-up supplies superb traction and acceleration while the single shock absorber - with pneumatic adjustable preload - is more than capable of soaking up the road and providing a cushioned ride.

Electronically adjusted rear suspension
Onboard controls located in the console allow the driver to pneumatically adjust the rear air suspension preload to optimize ride quality for varying passenger and cargo configurations. [Standard on Spyder RT-S and Spyder RT Limited only]

Dynamic Power Steering
DPS™ is an electronically controlled power steering system, which provides the rider with a varying assist when turning the handlebars. The amount of assistance varies with the speed of the vehicle to adjust the sterrig effort to a comfortable level.

Rotax 998cc Engine
The Rotax 998cc engine in the Spyder RT is specifically calibrated to provide smooth-yet-powerful performance for touring. Peak torque available at lower rpm 80 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm). The muscular Rotax engine has proven itself in motorcycle racing over the years and is as powerful as it is reliable. Electronic fuel injection means precise throttle response, crisp acceleration, reliable starting and improved fuel economy.

Belt Drive
The Spyder RT roadster features a final belt drive, as opposed to a chain or shaft drive design, which attaches to the rear sprocket. This set-up efficiently and smoothly transfers power to the ground and offers simple maintenance.

SM5 transmission
The SM5 transmission features a smooth-shifting 5-speed gearbox with reverse with a traditional manual clutch and foot shifter.

SE5 transmission
The optional semi-automatic transmission uses an electronic 5-speed gearbox with reverse that is controlled by the rider's left thumb and forefinger. Shift up using the left thumb lever and then down shift using the left forefinger. The intelligent system also automatically downshifts when the roadster comes to a stop.

The easy-to-use reverse mechanism features a push-button design and improves maneuvering in tight areas.

Vehicle Stability System
VSS, developed in partnership with Bosch, incorporates proven technologies borrowed from the automotive industry and combines those with the Y architecture to create unmatched control during adverse situations. The engineers behind this system seamlessly integrated Stability Control, Traction Control and an Anti-lock braking system and specifically calibrated VSS for use in the Can-Am Spyder roadster and its three-wheel configuration. The Vehicle Stability System provides peace of mind for an incredibly confident ride.

Stability Control System
This system relates the Can-Am roadster's intended direction, using inputs for handlebar and throttle positioning and the vehicle's actual direction and then acts seamlessly and immediately to correct the situation. If they are not the same, the system reduces engine rpm and/or individually slows (actively brakes) the wheels to correct the course.

Anti-lock Braking System
ABS not only helps to maintain the vehicle's maneuverability during aggressive braking situations, but it also gives the Can-Am roadster a shorter stopping distance than most automobiles. The system uses integrated wheel sensors to determine if a wheel is at risk of locking under braking. To keep maneuverability optimal, the system seamlessly and rapidly engages and disengages (or pulses) the brake to allow the driver to steer in the intended direction.

Traction Control System
If the rear wheel loses traction, the TCS will sense it and instantaneously reduces engine rpm until sufficient grip returns.

Key to the Spyder RT touring roadster experience; a gratifyingly comfortable experience

Electric start
Reliable, push-button starting ensures a quick getaway.

Electric adjustable windshield
The windshield on the Spyder RT roadsters easily adjusts in height with the press of a button.

Ultra Comfort Touring Saddle
Ergonomically designed, the first-class seat includes a passenger backrest and driver lumbar support.

Multi-function gauge display
The new amber-colored multi-function Dot-matrix display offers improved clarity for night riding. It also includes a digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, gear position, temperature, engine lights, electronic fuel gauge and clock.

Onboard Storage
When riding long distances, it's reassuring to know the Spyder RT roadster has 41 gallons (155 L) of storage standard. Storage areas include a lockable front trunk, lockable glove box and both side and rear compartments.

D.E.S.S.™ security system
BRP engineers added an extra level of security with the proven Digital Encoded Security System. This system requires the properly coded electronic key in order to operate the roadster.

Passenger comfort items
Passenger-controlled heated handgrips offer two intensity levels and add an extra level of comfort in cooler temperatures. Integrated armrests and manually adjustable floorboards provide a more comfortable perch for the rear rider.

Cruise control
Electronic cruise control adds another layer of luxury and makes longer rides more comfortable for the driver.

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