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2010 BRP Can Am Spyder RT and RT-S Touring Review Remember when the Can-Am Spyder RS was new on the scene? Its two front wheels and funky bodywork sure turned heads, and two years later, it... uh, still doesn't blend in.

The new 2010 RT and RT-S touring versions add another dimension to the trike, with larger footprints, hard cases galore, and an available trailer that gives them more cargo capacity than a Jeep Compass or Nissan Rogue.

I spent a couple days testing this oddball tourer through Quebec, Canada, and address its pros and cons in this 2010 BRP Can-Am Spyder RT-S Review.

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Comments
September 17, 2009 at 11:27 am
(1) Scottie says:

As I’ve said before, not my cup of tea, but since I just turned 49, I’m glad companies are working on the three wheelers. Not going to be able to toss around and 800 lb two wheeler forever.

Any more word from Yamaha about the Tesseract concept?

September 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm
(2) Basem Wasef - Motorcycles Guide says:

Scottie,

You’re right– there’s a huge need for these types of vehicles, and they’ll only get better and more refined as development progresses.

I haven’t heard anything about the Tesseract… but I did get some interesting embargoed information from Ducati today! But mum’s the word until September 23…

Basem

March 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm
(3) DENNY says:

I DON’T THINK THE 991 WILL RUN WITH THE 990.
AND MAYBE THE GAS MILAGE COULD BE BETTER.BUT FOR THE
MONEY THEY ARE A GREAT MACHINE.AS LONG AS YOU COMPARE THE PROS & CONS.THE Y COULD DIFFER DEPENDING ON THE PERSON.

June 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(4) Ski-Doo on Wheels says:

The main problem with this contraption, and the reason it will never sell, is because no self-respecting motorcyclist would be caught dead on it. It’s like a pedal bike with training wheels. We all leave that behind when we are 5 years old.

June 8, 2010 at 11:24 am
(5) Jim says:

“The main problem with this contraption, and the reason it will never sell, is because no self-respecting motorcyclist would be caught dead on it.
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You’re right. But then, most motorcyclist are often accused of having good taste, are they?

June 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm
(6) Youth Rider says:

I disagree with the self respecting rider would not like it. As a younger rider I believe that this type of vehicle would open the minds of the younger culture. Its safe and almost way more cooler then a death trap harley.

June 18, 2010 at 7:55 am
(7) Momodu Fofana says:

I like the Cam-Am. In fact, I looking at purchasing one pretty soon. I like the fact that I wouldn’t have to worry about balancing it every time I come to a stop light.

June 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(8) bensdad says:

ive had a spyder for 18 months and at 70 & 75 we find it exilarating and wouldnt swap it for anything.at our age a superbike is just too much ! we also find a great interest among other motorcyclists .bring it on!

June 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(9) thieknikor says:

Ever think that it may appeal to those who aren’t quite comfortable with a two wheel bike but would like to cruise in the open air just the same. I’ve never been a “bike” person but my wife and I are considering this for weekend get-a-way cruises from the kids. It fills a need for some of us and I think it looks awesome!

July 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm
(10) Bruce says:

I am selling my 2010 Spyder RT-S Premiere which is the top of the line! I bought all the extras and extended warranty for $30,000. I will sell today for $27,000 to first caller! Only 400 were made this year! 1-314-267-1904.

July 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(11) Paul says:

I currently own a beautiful 06 Harley Fatboy. I’m 39 years old and have had many motorcyles. I recently took the RT-S for a tour and it was a little weird at first but my wife and I were very comfortable. It’s something you just want to keep riding & never stop. Very unique. It takes riding to another level. If you haven’t ridden one, don’t judge because that’s what changed my outlook on them. The Harley on the other hand, is cool with the rumble & all but not meant for long rides. I can’t wait to get off that after an hour.

August 23, 2010 at 6:42 am
(12) PeteG says:

I agree that this bike fills a missing gap and will appeal to a specific group, just like a cruiser or sports bike will. I have traded in my Honda CBR F4i as my wife and I like the longer weekend cruising, you can’t do a full day country ride on a sports bike with some light shopping on a sports bike. These types of machines fit the gap nicely, we have been looking at them and for awhile it was a toss up between it and a Goldwing, in the end we are going with the Spider.

September 20, 2010 at 5:04 am
(13) agarikon says:

Can these take a tight corner faster than a sport bike?

April 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm
(14) Older but Wiser says:

I’ve never liked motorcycles, but I would consider this one. My dislikes about most motorcycles: too noisy, too dangerous, too many idiots on motorcycles (don’t follow road courtsey, hog the road and won’t let cars get by, etc). As long as this thing is quiet, like a Honda GoldWing, I think it will certainly sell. I like the GoldWing because it is quiet and it’s safer than most bikes, but it is quite heavy. If you lay one of those over, it’s difficult to get it upright. With this CanAm Spyder, it’s stable, it’s safer, and it looks fun. The comment from Ski-doo strikes me as a typical comment about “any self respecting motorcyclist”… first… most 2 wheelers have no respect for anyone, including themselves.

May 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm
(15) Colin says:

I have an RS Sm5 and I am having a ball, nick named it the “Fun Machine”. I have had motorbikes and if I had the $s would buy another bike and keep the Spyder as well.Two totally different types of ryding, but totally enjoyable for two different reasons.
My opinion, don’t compare with a motorcycle, see it for what it is. (not a motorcycle)

August 7, 2011 at 11:10 am
(16) Motogordo says:

I am one of the many Spyder RTS/SE5 owners. I purchased it June 15, 2011 and I now have over 1,400 miles. I have had every cycle from a 75cc Yamaha in 1978 to the 1500cc Honda Goldwings and everything in between. Over 45 motorcycles have been in my garages over the years. Not all at one time, of course. LOL. You do have to get a few miles under your belt before you become comfortable on the Spyder, since it doesn’t compare to a motorcycle or trike at all. It’s one of a kind, but really great and fun to ride. I feel very stable on this Spyder and don’t have to worry about holding up the 929lbs. the machine weighs. It has a great stereo system, cruise control, air adjustable rear shock, electro-mechanical parking brake, 5 forward gears and 1 reverse. The shift is controlled by a paddle on the handlebars. It is smooth and easy to shift. No clutch. ABS brakes and 3 discs. Adjustable electric windshield that adjusts up and down about 3 1/2 inches. The storage is fantastic. It has a large trunk up front, 2 side compartments and 1 trunk at the rear. Adjustable floor boards for the passenger, heated front and rear grips, digital and analog computer system that shows all the goodies on the dash. It is not as smooth and as quiet as the Goldwing, but absolutely a blast to drive. Everyone who see it wants to know all about it , since it has only been on the market since 2010.( The sport models have been out since 2007. They have a fabulous 2 year warranty, parts and labor with no deductible. You can also get up to 5 years longer on warranties that are available. It is great for touring and you do feel secure and safe with this vehicle. Just give it a few hundred miles to get used to the different riding feel.
Gordon

September 15, 2011 at 4:56 am
(17) David says:

well I have ridden a motorcycle for 37 years, and only owned 5 cars in that time…… So as I also now own a Spyder RT? I guess I am not a self respecting motorcyclist???
it’s a great addition to riding, it has the luggage capacity of a gold wing, and the comfort…. and its different and fun to ride, especialy round mountain roads which we have a plenty in NZ.
if I get to an age of not being able to ride a 2 wheeler?? I have found a great alternative…….

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