BRP Can-Am Spyder

This is the (Bombardier Recreational Products) BRP Can-Am Spyder. This is not really a concept since it is currently available in various parts of The US, Canada and Europe as a road registrable vehicle!  BRP makes the well known Sea-Doo jet skies and snowmobiles.  The Bombardier brand extends to aircraft, trains, real estate and they also own the ROTAX engine company.  They seem to get into market niches with little competition or no other company wants to get into!

That said the first ever Spyder was finished on 16th September 2007 and was delivered to Jay Leno, yes the US TV personality.  BRP says that it will take 2-3 years to release it to the rest of the world.  For Australia planned local release in January 2008.  Like so many concept like vehicles lets hope it does make it.  Price is approx $26,000.

It will not be the fastest motorcycle on the road but it won’t bet slow either!  I am concerned about the quality of driving/riding aids.  I hope you can turn some of it off… Apart from that I love it – sure it defeats all the benefits of manoeuvrability in traffic and parking of a normal motorcycle but this thing is fun.  It’s different and should be encouraged!

2009 Update: Yes the Sypder can finally be purchased.  It looks great and has the unique look factor – it is expensive but not ridiculously so  like other concept – production models.

Known Specifications of the Spyder include:
990cc V-Twin ROTAX
79Kw @ 8500rpm
104.3 Nm @ 6250rpm
MP Fuel Injection
5 Speed sequential gearbox
Fuel 27 litres
Fuel type: From 87 Octane
Dry Weight 316Kg
Vehicle Stability System
Electronic brake distribution
Anti-lock braking
Traction control
Stability control
Power steering
Electric security system