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2018 Can-Am Spyder F3 / F3-S

2018 Can-Am Spyder F3 / F3-S
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  • Can-Am Spyder F3 / F3-S
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    Rotax 1330 ACE
  • Displacement:
    1330 cc
  • Price:
    17999
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Comfort, Stability, And A Barrel-O’-Power

Can-Am slashed its Spyder F3 stable yet again for 2018 by dropping the special-edition Daytona 500 from its lineup, so the sport-cruising roadsters are now limited to the F3 and F3-S. This duo packs the same 100-plus horsepower Rotax engine, as always with minimal design features in order to keep weight down and performance up. The spectacular safety package also reprises its role with traction control, stability control, and ABS on board. Spyders are still something of a curiosity and not quite what you would call mainstream just yet, but the Bombardier Recreational Products presses forward with the F3 / F3-S duo as both its entry-level and most sport-tastic rides in the lineup.

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder F3 and F3-S.

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My Top Five Bike Picks For Women Who Don't Want A Cruiser

My Top Five Bike Picks For Women Who Don’t Want A Cruiser

Yeah, We’re Short, But We Like To Go Fast, Too

Is being a woman and wanting to ride a motorcycle a big deal nowadays? It isn’t as much a ’big deal’ now as it was a few decades ago. Our culture is more open to folks of the female gender doing anything and everything we want to do, but there is still a certain barrier when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Why? Because traditionally, bikes were designed with men in mind, at least 5’ 8” tall and with enough upper body strength to wrestle the weight and pick one up if it ended up on its side. Women were generally relegated to cruisers because we are typically shorter than men and cruisers have the low seat heights. That is changing as more manufacturers recognize that there is a whole customer base out here with money to spend. So what shall we spend our money on if we don’t want a plain ol’ cruiser?

Continue reading for my top 5 motorcycle picks that aren’t cruisers.

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2018 Can-Am Spyder F3 / F3-S

2018 Can-Am Spyder F3 / F3-S

Comfort, Stability, And A Barrel-O’-Power

Can-Am slashed its Spyder F3 stable yet again for 2018 by dropping the special-edition Daytona 500 from its lineup, so the sport-cruising roadsters are now limited to the F3 and F3-S. This duo packs the same 100-plus horsepower Rotax engine, as always with minimal design features in order to keep weight down and performance up. The spectacular safety package also reprises its role with traction control, stability control, and ABS on board. Spyders are still something of a curiosity and not quite what you would call mainstream just yet, but the Bombardier Recreational Products presses forward with the F3 / F3-S duo as both its entry-level and most sport-tastic rides in the lineup.

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder F3 and F3-S.

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2018 Can-Am Spyder F3-T / F3-T Limited

2018 Can-Am Spyder F3-T / F3-T Limited

Sport-Touring With Ultimate Stability

Can-Am’s Spyder F3-T and F3 Limited bridges the gap between the sport-tastic F3/F3-S and the tour-tacular RT lineup. Saddlebag storage comes stock across the board for some touring capacity right off the showroom floor with a short windshield for some weather protection to boot. Speaking of boots, the F3-T/Limited sports the same VW Beetle up-front trunk for even more dry storage/grocery-getting capacity. Power comes from a Rotax 1330 ACE triple that delivers 115 horsepower and 96 pound-feet of torque to put the “sport” in sport-tourer, and BRP provides all the electronic fandanglery you could possibly need to help keep everything under control.

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder F3-T and F3-T Limited.

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2018 Can-Am Spyder RT

2018 Can-Am Spyder RT

The Epitome Of Touring Comfort

Can-Am, under the Bombardier Recreational Products banner, carries its premium touring trike into the 2018 model year with the Spyder RT and RT Limited models. It drops the RT-S from last year’s lineup, so it’s all up to the remaining two to cover all the long-distance bases. From what I can see so far, it looks like ’mission accomplie’ for the Canadian manufacturer. A 115-horsepower Rotax mill pushes the vehicle with room for rider, passenger and 41 gallons of storage split fore and aft. Weather protection and comfort-related features abound, and it’s plain to see that Can-Am looks to take on the two-wheeled touring ’status quo’ with the RT range. Can BRP pull out a win against traditional rides with its unusual configuration and sport-trike stigma? So far, so good; so what do you say we take a look at these two unusual creations that are creating their own niche. Market? We don’t need no stinkin’ market, we’ll make our own damn market. Right guys?

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder RT and RT Limited.

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2015 - 2016 Can-Am Spyder ST-S

2015 - 2016 Can-Am Spyder ST-S

It might seem strange to us to see these funny, backward trikes, but they really aren’t anything new. In 1884, Edward Butler debuted plans for his Butler Petrol Cycle. It was a three-wheeled motorcycle — two front steering wheels and a single rear drive wheel — powered by a liquid-cooled, 600 cc flat-twin four-stroke engine.

Starting at $22,399, the Spyder ST-S is a far cry from Butler’s design — for starters, the Spyder ST-S has brakes, the Butler Petrol Cycle didn’t — but I’m sure he would be impressed with what Can-Am has done with his concept.

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder ST-S.

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2016 Can-Am Spyder RS

2016 Can-Am Spyder RS

The funny backwards trikes in Can-Am’s sport stable for 2016 include the Spyder RS and the RS-S. Featuring the Rotax high-torque engine and 12 gallons of cargo space, these performance-minded siblings are a blend of motorcycle and car technologies to bring you a fun ride that corners like it’s on rails. No, they don’t lean, so it’s not exactly like riding a motorcycle, but not everyone is looking for the same experience.

For stability, you can’t beat three wheels. (Okay, you can beat it with four, but let’s stay in the motorcycle world here.) For riders looking for an in the wind experience but without the worry of wrestling the weight of a two-wheeler, these Spyders are the bomb-diggity. Add a little sporty performance and you can turn funny into fun in a hurry.

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder RS and RS-S.

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2016 - 2017 Can-Am Spyder RT

2016 - 2017 Can-Am Spyder RT

Is it still a motorcycle — or a bike — when it has three wheels? Is it really worth an argument? I don’t think so. The touring stable at the Can-Am farm includes the Spyder RT, RT-S, and RT Limited for the 2017 model year. All the rides feature the Rotax high-torque engine and 41 gallons of cargo space. They are tourers, of course, so think of them as full dressers: saddlebags — each big enough for a full-face helmet — and top case, heated handgrips, big adjustable windscreen, and full passenger ensconcement with adjustable floorboards.

For someone new to the wind (usually I’d say “new to two wheels” but that doesn’t apply here), you have a very stable riding platform; and for experienced folks, you have a ride that is comfortable and it’s easy to adapt to the differences. It’s a heavier ride than you’re used to so you might feel like you really have to crank the throttle, but it’s really a nice, comfortable and relaxed ride.

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am Spyder RT lineup.

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2016 - 2017 Can-Am Spyder F3

2016 - 2017 Can-Am Spyder F3

Trimming down the 2016 stable for 2017, Can-Am offers the F3-S and F3-S Daytona 500 in the sport cruising line and the F3-T as their cruiser-touring model. All of the F3 models come with a Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) function that delivers variable steering assistance based on wheel angle and forward vehicle speed. In reverse, it decreases sensitivity as speed increases for controllable backing operations.

Sport cruising, or touring, whatever you’re looking for, you can find in the Spyder F3 — except for a ride with two wheels, of course.

Continue reading for my review of the Can-Am F3 stable.

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Can-Am Recalls Spyder RT And DS 70 And DS 90 Models Over Multitude Of Issues

Can-Am Recalls Spyder RT And DS 70 And DS 90 Models Over Multitude Of Issues

The Can-Am Spyder RT has been subjected to another recall, proving that there seems to be no end in sight for the reverse trike’s multitude of issues. Not surprisingly, the latest recall is also fire hazard-related, similar to previous safety concerns that have plagued earlier versions of the model.

Almost 7,100 units of the Spyder RT are affected by the recall, all of which are units made from 2013. Even earlier models, those built from 2008 to 2012, are also being investigated for a similar problem, even though a recall to fix the same issue was already made back in 2012.

As if that’s not enough, the Can-Am DS 70 and DS 90, two ATVs designed for children, are reportedly capable of being faster than what Can-Am intended for these age-specific categories. That might not be too much of an issue for adults, but for young kids, it’s a pretty serious one. The specific details of the problem have yet to be divulged, but it appears that these vehicles are capable of exceeding speeds of 15 mph, which is the legal limit for the age categories that they’re homologated for.

Certain models of the DS 70 and DS 90 are also under threat of malfunctioning brakes, which would be a bigger headache for Can-Am in the event a young child gets hurt from this particular issue.

All in all, 2,385 units of the DS 70 and DS 90 have been tagged for recall with models ranging from as early as 2008 all the way to the current batch of 2015 models.

Continue reading to read more about Can-Am’s latest round of recall issues.

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Corbin Gives Can-Am Spyder New Luxury Seats

Corbin Gives Can-Am Spyder New Luxury Seats

I’ve talked to many motorcycle lovers in my lifetime and I’ve found out that of all the bikes that have been built in recent years, none divides people more than the Can-Am Spyder. To be clear, it’s not really a bike in every sense of the word. It’s a tricycle, or trike for short. But people seem to be divided on the Can-Am Spyder. It’s the kind of vehicle that either triggers passionate support or intense disdain.

That said, aftermarket motorcycle seat specialist Corbin knows what side it’s on. The firm known for developing some of the plushest seats in the world has come up with a new product specifically for the latest iteration of the Can-Am Spyder: the Spyder F3.

As most custom seats are likely to do, Corbin’s new creation is an elegant two-up seat that perfectly captures the unique spirit of the Spyder F3. The seat itself comes with Corbin’s signature Fibertech base pan, a tried-and-tested material Corbin has been known to use to improve the stability of all of its products.

There’s more to Corbin’s new seat for the Can-Am Spyder F3 than fancy materials and attention to comfort. And for all that you’re getting, you’re going to need to pay quite a pretty penny to get it for your Spyder F3 units. The base price for Corbin’s new seat hits $699 and can go all the way up to $853 for the top-of-the-line version that comes with a unique heater feature.

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BRP Issues Massive Recall of Can-Am Spyder RT

BRP Issues Massive Recall of Can-Am Spyder RT

The Can-Am Spyder RT is apparently not immune to the recall bug. That much we now know after Bombardier Recreational Products announced a recall of over 5,000 units of the 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT over what it claims as problems involving “excessive heat” in the engine compartment. Wait, isn’t that a normal occurrence on any engine? Not so, BRP, says, because this particular issue could result in skin burns for the rider, and worse, fire.

Yep. Anytime the word ‘fire’ is uttered in recall issues, you’re going to want to listen.

As such, BRP is advising owners of the 5,165 affected units of the Can-Am Spyder RT to refrain from keeping their rides idle for long periods of time or ride them slow in traffic. That’s easier said than done for heavy-footed riders, but the issue is serious enough that it needs to be addressed, at least until the company has the necessary components to repair whatever ills these rides.

Turns out, BRP still doesn’t have these parts to perform an actual recall so it might be best to just refrain from using the Can-Am Spyder RT at all. It’s a tough thing to ask riders who have no other modes of transportation readily available to them so if that’s not an option, the aforementioned suggestions will suffice for now.

Stay tuned and keep your ears to the ground to know when BRP is ready to begin the recall. But for now, try to adhere to these precautions because you never know how it might turn out for you.

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2014 Can-Am Spyder RS-S

2014 Can-Am Spyder RS-S

The Can-Am Spyder RS-S is an innovative three wheeler packed with a comprehensive list of features which further enhance its already sporty character.

Among them you’ll find a Vehicle Stability System, Brembo brakes, a new arirflow side panel system, cruise control and a modern anti theft system.

Once on board you are welcomed by a comfy seat, digital gauges and a sporty handlebar. You also get 12 Gallons (44 L) of storage volume.

This unique machine rides on new machined 6 twin-spoke carbon black front wheels wrapped in 165 / 55 R15 tires and a rear 15 X 7 inch rim shod in a 225 / 50 R15 tire.

As far as power is concerned, the Can-Am Spyder RS-S sports a 998c, Rotax V-Twin, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The engine develops a maximum power of 100 Hp (74.5 KW) at 7500 rpm and 80 Lb-Ft. (108 Nm) of torque at 5000 rpm.

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2014 Can-Am Spyder RT

2014 Can-Am Spyder RT

The 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT is a comfortable three wheeler built with agility in mind. It is fitted with automotive inspired technologies and offers generous storage places, top notch ergonomics and a comprehensive list of special features that make it a highly desirable machinery.

Among the features offered by the Can-AM Spyder RT you’ll find a Vehicle Stability System, a manual or semi-automatic transmission and an AM / FM audio system with iPod integration.

Power comes from a Rotax 1330 ACE, in-line 3 cylinders, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The unit delivers a maximum power of 115 Hp (85.8 KW) at 7250 RPM and 96 Lb-Ft. (130.1 Nm) of torque at 5000 RPM. As far as efficiency is concerned, the Can-Am Spyder RT can ride up to 252 miles at 62 mph (406 km at 100 km/h) on one tank.

The Can-Am Spyder RT is offered with a base price of $22,999.

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2013 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited

2013 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited

The Can-AM Spyder RT Limited is a sporty tree-wheeler packed with numerous features especially developed to make it comfortable and agile.

Compared to the standard Spyder RT, the RT limited ads some extra comfort features, a Garmin navigation system and generous amounts of chrome.

The Can-Am Spyder RT Limited is also equipped with various automotive-inspired technologies like Vehicle Stability System, Traction Control, Power steering and Cruise control.

In terms of power the Can-Am Spyder RT Limited is equipped with a 998cc, Rotax V-twin, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. Fire up the engine and you’ll be assaulted by a maximum power of 100 hp (74.5 kW) and 80 lb-ft. (108 Nm) of torque achieved at 5000 RPM. The engine’s power is kept under control by a 5-speed semi-automatic transmission with reverse (SE5).

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2013 Can-Am Spyder RT-S

2013 Can-Am Spyder RT-S

Packed with a comprehensive list of modern technologies and wrapped in a sporty skin, the Can-AM Spyder RT-S is a modern machine that rewards you with a unique riding experience.

The Can-Am Spyder RT-S is equipped with a 998cc Rotax V-twin, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The engine develops a maximum output of 100 hp (74.5 kW) at 7500 RPM and 80 lb-ft. (108 Nm) of torque at 5000 RPM. Its power is sent to the wheels though a 5-speed manual transmission with reverse (SM5).

Among the features offered as standard equipment for the Can’Am Spyder RT-S there are exclusive 15-in. wheels, rider footboards, a rear air suspension and Fog and LED Accent Lights.

On the safety side of things the Can-Am Spyder RT-S is equipped with ABS brakes, Traction Control, Power steering and Vehicle Stability System.

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2013 Can-Am Spyder RT

2013 Can-Am Spyder RT

Strong, agile and comfortable, the 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT is a sporty machine that is ready to reward you with a great mix of dopamine and adrenaline every time you fire up its engine.

Talking about the engine, the 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT is propelled by a 998 cc Rotax V-twin, liquid cooled unit with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. Step on the gas and the engine will crank out a maximum power of 100 hp (74.5 kW) at 7500 RPM and 80 lb-ft (108 Nm) of torque at 5000 RPM.

As far as ergonomics are concerned, the 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT is equipped with an adjustable windshield, a touring-focused seat and ample amounts of storage (a total of 41 gallons to be more exact).

The Can-Am Spyder RT can be yours for not less than $22,499.

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2013 Can-Am Spyder ST Limited

2013 Can-Am Spyder ST Limited

The 2013 Can-Am spyder ST limited offers a pretty unique riding experience thanks to its three wheel configuration.

Its unique construction gives you a great riding position and once on board, you are met by a spacious saddle, a Garmin navigation system, a big protective windscreen and thermal grips. You also get plenty of storage places that have a total capacity of 29.5 gal. On the safety side of things you get Vehicle Stability System, ABS brakes, Traction Control and Cruise Control.

Power comes from a 998cc Rotax V-twin, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. It cranks out a maximum power of 100 hp (74.5 kW) at 7500 RPM and 80 lb-ft. (108 Nm) of torque at 5000 RPM. The engine is fueled by a pretty generous 6.6 gal (25 L) fuel tank.

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2013 Can-Am Spyder ST-S

2013 Can-Am Spyder ST-S

Meet the Can-AM Spyder ST-S which is the sporty version of the Spyder ST. This model comes with a series of small modifications that give it a slightly sportier personality. Among them you’ll find new 15 inch Carbon Black rims, a redesigned front fender, a sportier seat and a unique Carbon Black treatment on the handlebars, exhaust tip, footrests, rear sprocket and springs.

The Spyder ST-S is propelled by a 998cc Rotax V-twin, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The engine puts out 100 hp (74.5 kW) at 7500 RPM and 80 lb-ft. (108 Nm) of torque at 5000 RPM. All this power is kept in leash by a standard 5-speed manual transmission with reverse (SM5). The engine is fed by a 6.6 gal (25 L) fuel tank that offers a fairly generous riding range.

The Can-Am Spyder ST-S is offered with a starting price of $20,099.

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2013 Can-Am Spyder ST

2013 Can-Am Spyder ST

Meet the Can-AM Spyder ST - a comfortable three-wheeler that offers ample storage (44 L), a big windscreen and a fairly comfortable riding position. You also get a lot of modern technologies borrowed from the automotive industry such as power steering, vehicle stability system, anti lock brakes and traction control.

In terms of power the Can-Am Spyder ST is packed with a 998cc Rotax V-twin engine, liquid-cooled unit with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. Fire up the engine and you’ll be assaulted by a maximum power of 100 hp (74.5 kW) achieved at 7500 RPM and a peak torque of 80 lb-ft. (108 Nm) at 5000 RPM.

The speed is kept in check by a set of front 270 mm discs with Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers and a rear single 270 mm disc with Brembo single-piston floating caliper.

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2013 Can-Am Spyder RS-S

2013 Can-Am Spyder RS-S

The standard Can-Am Spyder RS was already a fairly sporty three-wheeler, but the RS-S version raises the bar even higher.

The RS-S is equipped with a set of custom features that enhance its sporty character like new 15 inch wheels, FOX shocks and dynamic graphics.

The Can-Am Spyder RS-S is built around a 998 cc Rotax V-twin engine, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The engine delivers a maximum power of 100 hp (74.5 kW) at 7500 RPM and 80 lb-ft (108 Nm) of torque at 5000 RPM.

The stopping power is handled by Brembo brakes paired with a modern Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). For enhanced safety you also get Traction Control System, Dynamic Power Steering and Stability Control System.

The 2013 Can-Am Spyder RS-S is offered with a starting price of $ 18,499.

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2013 Can-Am Spyder RS

2013 Can-Am Spyder RS

The Can-Am Spyder RS is a sporty three-wheeler designed with comfort and adrenaline in mind.

Thanks to its unique configuration, the Spyder RS offers an ergonomic riding position and a great stability at both low and high speeds. You also get a lot of storage places and a comprehensive list of technologies borrowed from the automotive realm, such as Vehicle Stability System and manual or semiautomatic transmissions.

At the heart of the Can-Am Spyder RS sits a 998 cc Rotax V-twin engine, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 100 hp (74.5 kW) at 7500 RPM and 80 lb-ft (108 Nm) at 5000 RPM.

The stopping power is assured by front 270 mm discs paired with Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers and a rear 270 mm disc grabbed by a Brembo single-piston floating caliper.

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Can-Am Spyder official safety video

Can-Am Spyder official safety video

The Can-Am Spyder roadster is a three-wheeled vehicle which has generated massive interest ever since it was unveiled. It is powered by a Rotax® 990 V-Twin engine produced by BRP Rotax. The engine delivers 106 hp and sprints the machine from 0 to 60 mph in 4,5 seconds.

Given these facts, the manufacturer has released two long safety videos explaining how the Can-AM Spyder should and shouldn’t be operated, in what conditions and what makes the rider authorized to make use of this trike on public roads.

We find these videos very helpful for all owners of three-wheeled vehicles, not only those of the Spyder, and stand by the idea of manufacturers offering this kind of support material; it really shows how dedicated they are to satisfying their customers.



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Can-Am recalls 12,500 Spyders due to power steering problem

Can-Am recalls 12,500 Spyders due to power steering problem

Can-Am has issued a recall for a number of 12,500 Spyders manufactured between July 2007 and May 2009 because of an apparent problem to the vehicle’s power steering system. This has reportedly caused at least three light injuries because, as stated in the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the operator of an involved vehicle may need to exert a force greater than expected to initiate the turning of the steering handlebar off centre in order to correct vehicle drift from a straight line path."

The Canadian Press< dig deeper into this aspect and gave the company’s spokeswoman Johanne Denault the opportunity to make things sound less dangerous… "The vehicle is not going to start zig zagging, it’s only a small drift", she said.

Although they don’t mention in what the correction of this problem consists, the suppliers of the power steering system (Kongsberg Inc.) are left with paying the repairs. Owners must contact Bombardier Recreational Products at 1-866-767-0707 or go to their local dealers to have their rides inspected and, if necessary, repaired.

No less than 9,932 possibly affected Can-Am Spyders were sold in the United States.

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