The Car Coach: Can-Am Spyder
The 2012 Can-Am Spyder is the coolest and most unique motorcycle on the road. Let’s take a closer look.
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Model – 2012 Can-Am Spyder
MPG – 27-35 mpg.
Engine – Rotax 998cc V-Twin engine mated to one of two available five-speed transmissions plus reverse
Price – starts at $16,499
The Can-Am shook up the motorcycling world when Bombardier, known for making Ski-Doo snowmobiles, off-road offerings and watercraft entered the on-road realm with its three-wheeled contraption called the Spyder. It looked different on the road, its two-front, single rear wheel combination, aggressive styling and a focus on performance, many didn’t know whether to dismiss the oddity as a passing fascination or embrace it as a viable mode of transportation.
For 2012, two major versions are offered, the Can-Am Spyder RS and Spyder RT Roadsters.
The 2012 RS is tailored more for the solo rider and comes with a slightly more aggressive riding position and different bodywork while the RT is designed for full-on two-up touring. The 2012 Can-Am Spyder RT starts as a basic package but comes in three models, the Spyder RT Audio & Convenience, Spyder RT-S, and Spyder RT Limited. Add-ons run the gamut from an improved sound system with iPod compatability, AM / FM and optional satellite radio, handlebar-mounted push-button controls, adjustable rear air suspension, GPS navigation, LED lighting, and exclusive colors.
The Spyder RS is also equipped with a Vehicle Stability System. It has several technologies it borrowed from the automotive world such as anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control systems.
Competes with all motorcycles:
It’s a good fit for people that want a motorcycle experience but are afraid or not capable of balancing a two wheeler at a full stop.
• Automatic transmission option
• Comfortable ride
• Edgy design
• Great option with to a traditional motorcycle.
• Pricier than competitors
• Fuel economy could be better
My test drive in the Can-Am Spyder was really a lot of fun, it was well-equipped with a smooth riding and easy to handle.
Remember, when shopping for a new car or motorcycle, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.