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CAN-AM SPIDER, Seen any in the USA yet ?

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Went down to my local dealership yesterday and finally managed to get a good look and feel at the new CAN-AM Spider. Totally amazing, sexy, futuristic...Man...they are very pricey, but i'll buy one in a year or two. Here in Sweden you can ride them with a standard vehicle driving license too!

What you guys and Gals think ? Are they in the US yet ? Or anywhere else?
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Well there made in Can so yes we have em My Friend has one and i have logged a few miles on it . They are very different from a bike ! More like riding a sled , ya have to hang of the seat in the corners but they stick to the road like Glue . The Rotax Twin Sounds Sweet with a set of pipes on it too.
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When my wife and I went on our honeymoon down to the Tetons and Yellowstone, I was seeing these things EVERYWHERE! I checked on them and they are really sweet machines. I just wish they had a manual tranny option rather than that electronic shifting junk. Would get some of that bang if I had the buck.
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They are all over the place in Southern CA, I see 3-4 a week.

Not outrageously expensive and look very cool.

One of the guys I ride with in the bike club in Palm Desert has one-very fast and sticks to corners like glue. If you over-cook the corner and wheel starts to lift off-power is automatically backed off.

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They are made here in Quebec outside of Montreal, so we see them everywhere.

I might think very differently from you guys, but I find them weird. They look like a motorcycle for old folks that cannot old their balance on two wheels anymore, but still want the feel of a motorcycle. At that price, might as well get a convertible as you still get the wind in your hair(if you still have some) and it takes up the same space in the garage as the spider.
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I've seen a handful around the phoenix area. They're cool contraptions for sure.


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It's a crossover between a Smart Car and a motorcyle. BMW had the same idea a million years ago. Not impressed. Bombardier sucks up so much free tax money that they're one of the few corporations that can afford to design something like this. It's a motorcycle with training wheels.
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Last year there was a rally of the Spyders and they were all over the Dragon in WNC.
They were having as much fun as the Mini's have when they invade the Dragon.
Local dealer here in SW FL was offering demo rides but I declined. Too tempting and I still haven't met a bike that I didn't like.

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They are made here in Quebec outside of Montreal, so we see them everywhere.

I might think very differently from you guys, but I find them weird. They look like a motorcycle for old folks that cannot old their balance on two wheels anymore, but still want the feel of a motorcycle. At that price, might as well get a convertible as you still get the wind in your hair(if you still have some) and it takes up the same space in the garage as the spider.

Them old folks better have the upper body strength of Arnold Schwazrtzenegger or if they survive it, they soon will have! Think riding a sled but with traction and pull up front. I thought they were kind of fun. Might be somewhere down my list when I hit the lottery. Sensation is different, feels like you are about to turn over in a turn but it's all in your head. The bike is fine and waiting on you to get over it and ride, peppy too. About the third time out on one you begin to grin a lot.

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I have to say, at first I did not like them. I called them snomobile on wheels.

However, they did work alot on the styling and the engine sounds great

Also it's lighter than a Goldwing, actually it is the same weight as the ST1300 and about the same price

It would be nice is they could bank in the turns like the Piaggio MP3


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Howdy,

Went down to my local dealership yesterday and finally managed to get a good look and feel at the new CAN-AM Spider. Totally amazing, sexy, futuristic...Man...they are very pricey, but i'll buy one in a year or two. Here in Sweden you can ride them with a standard vehicle driving license too!

What you guys and Gals think ? Are they in the US yet ? Or anywhere else?
Check the below link out!
http://www.blocket.se/vi/21223140.htm?ca=11_s
I live in Dallas TX and have seen several on the road. There is dealer not to far from me.

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It would be nice is they could bank in the turns like the Piaggio MP3
sorry... but what's that mean?
what can the mp3 do that the spyder cant?


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Just passed a red one on the road today......

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The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to think that those three wheeled contraptions I've seen are the MP3 and not the spyder..


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sorry... but what's that mean?
what can the mp3 do that the spyder cant?
When the Spyder corners, it remains flat or has a little body roll so the driver and passenger have to work hard against the cornering G's

BRP Spyder cornering

OTOH if it would bank in turns like the Piaggio MP3 or a normal motorcycle, the ride would be more comfortable for the rider and for the passenger.

You can clearly see the oversize passenger rear handle really required when driving fast in curves.

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I just wish they had a manual tranny option rather than that electronic shifting junk.
A manual tranny is standard. The electronic shifting junk is optional.
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The local Kawi dealer sells Can Am. They look cool, but I'm with M. Leblanc on the lack of leaning into corners, which is what makes riding a motorcycle fundamentally different than any other vehicle that doesn't have two wheels.

Probably fun, but I'll stick with two wheels.


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I have seen several Can-Ams and MP3s in north GA. I think I will stick with two wheels!!!! The MP3 looks interesting, but the Can-Am with no lean just doesn't seem very natural.

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Now I have four!
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Here's a strange one, the T-Rex by Campagna...Has a Yamy 1400R engine ...And get this, you can be the proud owner of one for only 52 Large, Yep you read it right 52,000.00. Don't know about the rest of you but I could find about 4-5 really cool bikes to park next to my V for that kind of mulla
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Love the luggage!! You'd think for that kind of money, they would've found something a little better...



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