Came across the article/ roadtest completed by Wheels Magazine Australia- thought I would add a couple of extracts-
"The company that finally did builds neither cars nor motorcycles, though it has dabbled in both. Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), which brings you the three-wheeled (or ‘Y-architecture’) Can-Am Spyder Roadster, is probably the world’s best-known manufacturer of everything but cars and bikes. It invented the snowmobile, the sit-down personal water craft and the two-seater all-terrain vehicle (or quad), and is a key player in each of these ‘powersports’ markets with its Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Can-Am brands"
"Zero to 100km/h acceleration in 4.5 seconds is comparable with fellow two-seaters like the, er, Porsche 911 GT3 and Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. A surprisingly similar suite of Bosch stability electronics keeps the Spyder straight and shiny-side up, but autobahnführers would be quickly frustrated by the Spyder’s modest 190km/h top speed. Despite heavy lobbying by BRP, it seems likely (and appropriate) that Oz Spyder riders will need a motorcycle licence."
"On the road, it seems the less motorcycling experience one has, the less one will have to forget in order to ride the Spyder."
"The correct technique on the Spyder is to physically lever the thing into a corner with the handlebars, while bodily leaning forwards to the inside of the vehicle to counter the lateral g-forces. The Spyder, naturally, rolls towards the outside of the corner. Nothing particularly unstable or uncontrollable about that; even a lofted inside-front wheel is calmly swatted over the head by the ignition-retarding ESP."
"BRP has known all along that the Spyder is not a motorcycle; instead, it’s a road-powersports vehicle that’s affordable, accessible and forgiving. In these speed-restricted and traffic-constricted times, it’s increasingly difficult to get more fun out of our wheels. Maybe you should try with less."
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