Can Am Spyder Review
Did you ever wonder what happened to Bombardier quads? Well, two years ago they changed their name to 'Can Am'. The Can-Am name was originally used during the 70s and 80s, by Bombardier, on their moto cross and enduro bikes. Today, the company is still called Bombardier Recreational Products, but their quad bike range is now called Can Am and their newest addition is the Can Am Spyder.
So, Bombardier quad bikes now have a Can Am badge, and for the last nine years they have been available in the UK. They have extended their range of quads, for utility, fun and racing, and the brand new kid on the block, as mentioned above, is the Can Am Spyder. It's neither a quad, nor a car, nor a motorcycle, but something of a composite. It's a trike, but it does not lean through corners; it is steered by the handlebars, just like a quad, but it has 3 wheels.
It is powered by a Rotax 990cc V-twin, and, since Rotax is owned by Bombardier, it's all in the family. It has a top speed of 110mph, doing 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. It is driven by toothed belt and has a 5-speed gearbox. The Spyder comes with ABS, traction control and something called a 'Stability Control System'. The SCS monitors the position of the handlebar, lateral acceleration and speed and adjusts braking and engine torque to pull the machine back into trim should it get out of line. It is a road legal trike and power assisted steering comes as standard.
In March this year, the Can Am Spyder went on sale. Apparently, most of the buyers are car drivers rather than motorcycle riders. Perhaps thatís not surprising as a standard car licence is called for. Bombardier believes the touring and cruising side of the market is where the Spyder will make the greatest impact. At about £11,700, it isn't cheap, but it is a top of the range road legal machine.
As for the quad bikes, Bombardier is still focused on the utility market. Farmers do not always have to look to the Japanese. They are also looking to increase their market share of the racing and leisure markets. The DS450, a single-cylinder 449cc machine is a powerful racer with a dry weight of only 156Kg. It's a 5-speed, chain-driven bike, fitted with Kayaba HPG aluminium piggybacks. It retails at about £6700, or, if you want to upgrade with aluminium bumper, skid plate, nerf bars, black rims, handlebar risers and fancy graphics, there's the X model, road legal quad, which will cost you about £7,500 on the road.
If you're looking for a 500cc sport/leisure bike, there's the Renegade, a V-twin with CVT transmission and a selectable 2/4-wheel drive. As for farm quad bikes, farmers can choose from the present range of 400, 650 or 800cc Outlanders with mud-stopping bodywork, front winches, luggage racks and a 2-seater option. Many utility buyers opt for the 650 V-twin or the single 400, though some need more power, so they go for the 800.
Should you have need of a little more than the Outlander, you can upgrade to the XT, which has aggressive tyres, cast aluminium wheels and front and rear bumpers. Going a step further, the LTD is equipped with a 2-tone seat, grey/silver bodywork, trim, extended mudguards and a Garmin GPS.
Whether it's quads or trikes, utility or leisure, Can Am has the options, the know how and the innovation. Whatever you're looking for, they have a lot to offer, which is clearly demonstrated by their latest bike, the Can Am Spyder.