When BRP’s Can-Am road vehicle division launched its extreme three-wheeled Spyder in 2007, there was absolutely nothing else like it on the market. 6 years later that’s still real. The Spyder has actually become a preferred among long-haul tourers searching for more security and comfort than conventional two-wheeled bikes can provide but still want the outdoor thrills of a motorbike.
New to the 2014 lineup is the 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT model, which at $22,999 sits above the $14,899 RS and $18,999 ST. Those two lesser models soldier on with the original 998-cc Rotax V-Twin combined to five-speed handbook or semiautomatic transmissions. However the RT sits atop the Can-Am hierarchy with an all-new 1330-cc Rotax six-speed and triple guide or semiautomatic transmissions.
2014 Can-Am Spyder RT Performance
That additional cylinder in the new Rotax triple offers it 15 more horsepower and 16 more lb-ft of torque than that V-Twin. And besides, the 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT isn’t really about racing up a canyon roadway. With comfy touring in mind, the new engine provides enhanced torque across the rev variety, fuel efficiency, and quietness rather than sportbike-like thrust.
The option list for the Spyder is lengthy and consists of floorboards, GPS, LED lighting, distinct wheels and finishes, and modifiable rear suspension. Want it all? At the top of the variety is the chrome-wheeled RT Limited, which comes requirement with every one of these attributes plus the semiautomatic six-speed.
The Rotax 1330 has hydraulic valve modification and can go up to 9300 miles between oil changes. For many riders, that means only one trip to the dealer each year. The brand-new engine’s radiators are now mounted up front, far from the rider’s legs– so the ride is much cooler than before.
The 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT is an easy-riding long hauler. The new engine is extremely smooth and fine-tuned. It’s practically turbine-like in its power distribution, not unlike the character of a torque-rich straight-six in an automobile. Freeway navigating is much quieter now, too, because the overdrive sixth gear (a 0.91:1 ratio) means the RT revs much lower– 3600 rpm at 70 mph instead of 5000 rpm. It likewise implies the RT can navigate up to 250 miles at 60 mph on a complete tank.
Press that upshift button at full throttle, though, and the bike changes rapidly and crisply– like an excellent, dual-clutch gearbox in a car. Still, the new 1330 engine is a little less engaging than the old Twin, which was raucous, loud, and more aggressive– and we suched as that.
Bend the 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT into a corner, and this new model feels more stable and a bit sharper than the last one we rode. That’s most likely due to the fact that BRP revised the front suspension design on all models last year, giving them shorter control arms, firmer bushings, a stiffer steering column with larger U-joints, and larger 15-inch wheels. The suspension song, nonetheless, is soft, so this is one cushy cruiser.
Just as carmakers have actually become major about fuel economy, so too has BRP. The RT’s 1330-cc triple and brand-new six-speed transmissions are more efficient than the old powertrains, and a new Eco Mode assists the rider achieve the better fuel economy. Press the button on the handlebars and it unwinds the throttle mapping and screens optimal change points on the gauge cluster so you can optimize variety.
The Spyder’s SE6 transmission is a semiautomatic gearbox that makes use of an electrically run hydraulic clutch. Why not develop a fully automatic mode like the ones in numerous paddle-shift automobile transmissions, where the rider could shift into car and let the transmission do all the moving? There might even be a Sport auto setting for more aggressive shifts.
Release Date and Price
The 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT is certainly a better cruiser, thanks to the new three-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission. The bike’s combination of tech and convenience ought to keep three-wheeler touring fans smiling on every trip. And we presume this powertrain will make its means into the remainder of the Spyder line before too long.
Like mentioned above, consumers can purchase this motorcycle for the $22,999 dollars, and it will go on sale in November.