The Can-Am Spyder (“Spyder”) is a three-wheeled motorcycle manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products. The vehicle has a single rear drive wheel and two wheels in front for steering, similar in layout to a modern snowmobile. The Spyder uses an ATV-like chassis. The manufacturer refers to it as a “roadster,” but in technical terms it is more of what has been traditionally called a trike. The Spyder was officially launched in February 2007.
By October 2007, approximately 2,500 units had been sold. By May 2009, 12,500 Spyders (9,932 of them sold in the United States) had been manufactured. Approximately 21 percent of its sales are to women. In addition, some 27 percent of Spyder owners have never previously owned a motorcycle.
In 2015, during the annual “Spyderfest” gathering in Springfield MO, the 100,000th Spyder was delivered
The Spyder has traction and stability control, and antilock brakes. In most US states the Spyder is licensed as a motorcycle. In California and Delaware only a regular driver’s license is required—however, helmet laws apply in California as they do for all motorcyclists.
There is luggage space under the hood at the front of the vehicle. top boxes and other accessories for the Spyder are also available.
The Spyder also has front and rear brakes which are both actuated by the same foot pedal, a reverse gear, power steering and an optional electric shift (clutchless) transmission.
There are four different types of Spyder:
- The Spyder RS series is a sports version. The styling and seat position is more like a conventional sport bike Discontinued in 2016.
- The Spyder ST series is a sports-touring hybrid version, with an upright seat and removable saddlebags. This could be compared to a Sport touring motorcycleDiscontinued in 2016.
- The Spyder RT series is a touring version, with integrated saddlebags and top case. This could be compared to a Touring motorcycle
- The Spyder F3 series is a “sport-cruising” version, with feet-forward upright seating, and a 1300 cc engine. This could be compared to a Cruiser (motorcycle).
(All four types sport the front trunk, or “frunk”.)