By Guido Ebert
I have always wanted to ride a Can-Am Spyder – you know, that three-wheeled vehicle made by our French-Canadian friends at BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products).
My friend, Jeffery, was a part of the marketing team that traveled around the country and offered consumers test rides upon the Spyder’s introduction in 2007. While I have had an interest in riding the Spyder ever since the three-wheeler came out, the numerous humorous stories he regaled me with about test rides gone wrong further stoked my interest in the machine. Could it really be as queer an experience as I was hearing?
Finally, last month, the good folks at St. Boni Motorsports invited me to take a spin on a 2014 Spyder RT Limited ($30,499), the luxury-touring version of the trike that’s also offered in Touring trim as a base RT ($22,999) and RT-S ($26,449). Like all RT models, the Limited comes with a newly designed 1330cc Rotax ACE engine, massive storage ability (41 gallons!), and a long list of bells and whistles to ease a long-haul experience for operator and passenger.
These three RT models complement a pair of lesser models, the sport-touring ST ($18,999) and sporty RS ($14,899), which still remain powered by a 991cc lump. Plus, by the time you read this, BRP will have introduced yet another model, the performance-oriented 2015 Spyder F3 that offers a radically different design and styling. Read more