2019 Can-Am F3-S Special Series
The Spyder F3 and F3-S have always been all about that sport-rider life, and Can-Am takes it up a notch again this year with its newest iteration of the F3-S Special Series. Y-frame construction delivers the stability that trike users are looking for while a souped-up engine provides the fun-factor for the fiery-eyed pegdraggers among us. With great power comes great responsibility, so the “SS” comes with a robust electronics suite geared toward helping you keep it dirty-side down and between the lines. BRP is in a great position to shape the Delta-trike market, so let’s take a look at the details and see what kind of competition this special Spyder can expect.
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2018 - 2019 Can-Am Spyder F3 / F3-S
Can-Am carries its sport-cruising roadsters, the Spyder F3 and F3-S, into 2019 with the 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.
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2019 Can-Am Ryker
Can-Am announced the newest addition to its funny-backwards-trike lineup with the all-new Ryker model that BRP hopes will open up a whole new market for prospective entry-level trike riders. (Trikers?) The Ryker comes with all the electronic fandanglery that you’ll find on its large-displacement siblings, but comes with a choice in powerplants between a mid-size mill and one that falls closer to a liter. An automatic transmission delivers twist-and-go operation for the ultimate in rider friendliness, even for folks who are complete strangers to having their fists in the wind. Could this be BRP’s new big shoo-in? Only time will tell, but meanwhile, we can certainly dissect this most-interesting machine, so let’s get to it.
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My Top Five Bike Picks For Women Who Don’t Want A Cruiser
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?
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2018 Can-Am Spyder F3-T / F3-T Limited
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.
2018 Can-Am Spyder RT
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.
Let’s imagine Al Gore was right; Manbearpig and global warming are real and the EPA has declared unrestricted war on both. Extensive studies indicate that reindeer flatulence is a significant contributor to the worldwide greenhouse-gas totals, and the EPA used some its newly-acquired firepower to strike a blow against reindeer farts for the sake of mankind. As you can imagine, this leaves ol’ Kris Kringle in a bit of a pickle what with Christmas upon us, so what’s a guy to do?
Continue reading for our picks for Santa’s solution.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Consumer Reports has released the results of a poll it took from motorcycle owners as part of the publication’s assessment on the value of different motorcycle brands as far as how their customers felt about the bikes they owned.
Japanese motorcycle brands took in top honors in reliability, something that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Of all the brands named in the survey, Japan’s four top brands - Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, and Kawasaki - were all head and shoulders above the rest of the field, beating out the likes of Victory and Harley-Davidson. On the bottom end of the reliability list are brands like Triumph, Ducati, BMW, and Can-Am.
Can-Am, in particular, finished dead last on the list, and I’m guessing that it’s recent issues may have played a big part in seeing their spot on this list.
Victory Motorcycles may have ended up in the middle of the pack in the reliability survey, but as far as making customers happy with their bikes, the American brand stood victorious with 80 percent of Victory owners saying that they wouldn’t mind buying a Victory model again. Turns out, having a fairly reliable motorcycle and having positive dealer interactions and good customer service are important elements in gaining the trust of your customers. Who knew!
Coming up second on that list was Harley-Davidson, which received a 72-percent approval rating, followed by Honda at 70 percent. Interestingly enough, these three brands were the only ones to get approval ratings north of 70 percent.
Consumer Reports also discovered that motorcycle riders preferred “comfort” of all the things they look for in a bike. Not surprisingly, Victory scored the highest rating in this category while Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Triumph taking up the rear in this particular category.
Other satisfaction categories, including styling, fun, acceleration, and handling saw across-the-board ratings, signifying that a customer’s taste in these areas vary depending on what their requirements for a bike are. The only manufacturer that fell flat on its face in the handling category is Can-Am, adding more fuel to the growing assumption that its three-wheelers aren’t worth the money you spend to buy them.
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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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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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Can-Am calls this a sport-touring roadster, but with the added features of the Limited, it’s all touring, touring, touring in my mind. Starting at $25,149, the Spyder ST Limited is heading up into what I call the "midlife crisis" price range, but it’s the first bike I’ve seen in a long time that made me say, "Oh! I want one!" Everything I liked about the Spyder ST and ST-S are here and everything I didn’t like about them has been fixed in the Limited.
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The Can-Am Spyder was already a good looking trike, but the RS-S raises the bar even higher in terms of style, featuring a tasty appearance and plenty of other welcomed features. Among them you will find machined wheels, a two-tone paint job, carbon black parts and a black Suede seat with red stitching.
At the heart of the Can-Am Spyder RS-S sits a Rotax 998 Cc V-twin, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The engine generates a maximum output of 100 Hp (74.5 KW) at 7500 rpm and 80 Lb-Ft. (108 Nm) of torque at 5000 rpm.
The handling is assured by gas-charged front shocks with an anodized-aluminum body and threaded preload adjustments.
Prices for the Can-Am Spyder RS-S start at $18,199.
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The Can Am Spyder RT Limited sets new standards in its segment thanks to its superior ride and handling abilities, high end technologies and impressive built quality.
The trike is propelled by a Rotax 1330 ACE in-line 3 cylinders, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. Fire it up and it will reward you with a maximum power of 115 Hp (85.8 KW) at 7250 rpm and 96 Lb-Ft. (130.1 Nm) of torque at 5000 rpm.The engine is combined with a modern 6-speed transmission available as a manual or semi automatic.
The Can-Am Spyder RT limited rides on front 12-Spoke Metallic Silver, 15 X 5 In. and rear Metallic Silver, 15 X 7 In. aluminum rims.
As far as prices are concerned, the Can-Am Spyder RT Limited can be yours for no less than $30,799.
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If you are tired of motorcycles and want more stability without sacrificing the thrill, than you should take a closer look at the Can-Am Spyder ST, a comfortable and fast trike designed with adrenaline in mind.
The Can Am Spyder ST is built on an innovative Y-Frame which houses a Rotax 998 cc V-twin, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. Fire it up and it will reward you with a maximum output of 100 Hp (74.5 KW) at 7500 rpm and 80 Lb-Ft. (108 Nm) at 5000 rpm.
The engine can be combined with either a semi-automatic or a manual transmission with reverse.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include Vehicle Stability System, Dynamic Power Steering, Brembo brakes and an anti theft system.
The Can-Am Spyder ST is offered with a base price of $19,199.
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Sport, comfortable and intriguing, the Can- Am Spyder RS turns a lot of head wherever it goes.
The trike is propelled by a Rotax 998cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled engine with Electronic Fuel Injection and electronic throttle control. The engine puts out a maximum power of 100 Hp (74.5 KW) at 7500 rpm and 80 Lb-Ft. (108 Nm) at 5000 rpm. The Can-Am spyder RS is offered with a choice of two transmissions namely a 5-speed manual with reverse (SM5) and a 5-speed semi-automatic with reverse (SE5).
The stopping power is assured by front 270 Mm discs with Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers and rear 270 mm discs with Brembo single-piston floating calipers.
For enhanced handling, the Can-Am Spyder RS is fitted with a modern Vehicle Stability System which integrates anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control.
Prices start from $14,999.
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The Can-Am Outlander L Max DPS will reward you with superior off road abilities each time you feel the need for adventure. Its tough character, powerful engine and rugged construction make it unstoppable.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, the ATV sports a versatile two-up seat which quickly converts to a one-up, strategically placed handgrips and large foot pegs.
The Can-Am Outlander L MAX DPS is offered with a choice of two power-plants namely a 499.6 cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve (4-Valve / Cyl) unit and a 427 Cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve engine.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), a CVT, sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral & reverse, ventilated disc brakes and a 5.4 Gallons fuel tank.
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Designed to tackle the toughest jobs without baking down, the Can-Am Outlander L DPS will impress you with its tough character.
It is built around the SST G2 frame with Geometric Contact Control which is made of welded-steel parts, being carefully engineered to enhance the ATV’s structural integrity and handling. Moreover, for enhanced agility the Can Am Outlander L DPS features a Tri Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS).
On the practical side of things, the Can-Am Outlander L DPS features a standard rear hitch plate and a large 1,300-pound (590 kg) towing capacity.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that there are two engine options available. The base unit is a 427 Cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve engine and the second one is a slightly stronger 499.6 Cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve (4-Valve / Cyl) engine.
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