Testing the Can Am Spyder

Hi again (I take some weeks doing nothing after the work) , last June Sunday 23 I had the possibility to test the Bombardier Can Am Spyder, thanks to the promotional events called "Spyder demo tour 2009". This summer Bombardier makes this demos on three cities in Spain (Valencia, sevilla y Zaragoza). I had a lucky strike because I was reading in internet about the Spyder in forums, magazine rewiews and of course the official BRP (Bombardier recreational Products) page when I saw a banner that clicking on I can register me to test one Spyder. The test day was supported by people from Bombardier and the crew of the Valencia-Denia deadler Maremoto. The Can Am Spyder of maybe the only three wheeler vehicle in market with a relative large production. The demo consisted of a closed-circuit test and road open from the Hotel to Pedralba, near town around four or five kilometers with soft corners and a little stright line. First one man of Bobardier Dedler Maremoto talk to us about the Can Am Spyder , Technical specifications, design, electronics, an how to use it (Manual & Secuential) , how to insert the reverse and how put the PARKING BRAKE (a . After that we must to do a little close cone circuit with a pair of corners, a little chicane and a slalom. Easy circuit to take a first contact (always on 1st gear) with the "tricycle" , the steering system and test the reverse , at the end of the lap we must to "park" the Spyder like it was a car. Once the four people of my group finished the close circuit we go to do that everybody was waiting... the open road test. To the open road test we can choose between the manual version or the secuential/automatic version. In the manual version you changes the gears like in a standard bike (left hand to cluth and left foot to gears) and pulling a trigger on the left hand controls to insert the reverse under the 1st gear. In the automatic version the gears are commanded with the left hand with two bottoms , thumb finger to gear up and index to go down). I take a manual one, there was two manuals in yellow and two secuential in red. To do this test we must to wear a jacket, that Bombardier leave to us and a helmet with the speacker and microphone to the radio. Also we have to wear an a higienic head shock that makes look like a giant spermatozoid. We ride in a group of four Spyders and another one with the Bombardier driver that can talk with us and the other riders by the radio fitted on the handle bar and the bottom to talk.
The test was about 8 Km. , too short for me, but I enjoyed a lot. The riding sensation is similar to a quad, in the first corners riding with the "motorcicle chip" on my head I understand quickly that the Spyder don´t is a bike. I must to turn the handlebar with decision in close corners and move the weight to take fast corners. The engine with torque enough from low revs give the possibility to do burnouts and cross the Spyder despite the traction control wich is permissive enough to have fun. The oficial top speed is of 180 Km/h but I only can go around 140/150 Km/h because the test was on a secundary road and I must to go slow to open space to the next rider to get some speed. The Bombardier driver was keeping that we ride in a row, do not overtake and ride under legal speeds. I like the Spyder, it´s funny to drive different than a bike, the experience of this day was nice for me. But the around 18.000 € that cost this "toy" is too much for my pocket and not is the perfect vehicle for every day because his dimension, turning ratio...... But if you can get a recreational vehicle this is a good option to get fun, travel or also if you don´t must drive a lot in a city caos you can use it every day always under the looking of the surprised drivers, bikers and pedestrians.
Technical specifications (Taked from the BRP web page). ENGINE Rotax 990cc V-twin Bore 97mm Stroke 68mm DOHC 4 valves/cylinder 106 hp @8500 rpm 104.3 Nm @6500 rpm Compresion ratio 10.8:1 Electronic Ignition with dual output coil 2 into 1 catalized Multi-point injection with 57mm threttle bodies TRANSMISION. Manual 5 speed with transmision-based reverse Final drive 28/79 (belt) Wet hidraulic clutch multi-plate . BRAKES. 3-Wheel braking system (I missed the front brake level on the right hand, was some strange for me brake hard with my foot) Front: 4 Piston callipers/260x6mm disc (in each front wheel). Rear: Single piston caliper/260x6mm disc (the same at front). EBD Electronic Brake Distribution. ABS Mechanical parking brake SAFETY SYSTEMS VSS Vehicle Stability System TCS Tractio Control System SCS Stability Control System (roll-over mitigation) DPS Dynamic Power Steering The CanAm Spyder had a steel chassis that Bombardier calls "SST Frame" (Surrunding Sper Technology) and the benefits that Bombardier anunce in his page are the low gravity center, greater structural integritylight and slim for better handling and minimized welding point in the construction of the frame. Double trinangle front arms with regulable suspension, the front triangles maded with steel pipes had a plastic covers with little aerodinamics appendixes, to direct the air flow to radiators. In the front of the Spyder also had a spoilers to redirec the air flow to both sides of the "bike".
If you like the Can Am Spyder you must see the Platune Sand X. I discovered thia amazing vehicle (with a Hummer radiator) in my daily reading of hell for leather magazine, for me the Platune is the same concept that the spyder, a snowbike riding sensations in an asphalt or sand surfaces. If you want know more about the Platune Sand X read the post on hell for leather or visit the Platune page.

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