Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2009 BRP Can-Am Spyder SE5

The 2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5. Looks quite cool, though we wish it had a bit more power...

We quite like powerful, high-performance trikes here at Faster and Faster, and while the Campagna T-Rex, Carver One and Piaggio MP3/Gilera Fuoco remain our absolute favourite three-wheelers, the Can-Am Spyder is not too far off either.

For 2009, BRP are doing a new variant of the Can-Am Spyder – the SE5 – which features a sequential push-button semi-automatic transmission. Most other things remain the same – the Spyder SE5 is still fitted with Rotax’s eight-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 998cc v-twin that makes 106bhp at 8,500rpm and 104Nm of torque at 6,250rpm.

Final drive is via a carbon-reinforced belt, so there are none of the maintenance-related hassles associated with chain-drive. The SE5 uses a double A-arm with anti-roll bar setup at the front and swingarm/monoshock at the rear.

The Spyder rides on 14-inch front wheels, while the rear wheel is a 15-incher. Tyre sizes are 165/65 at the front and 225/50 at the back. The foot actuated brakes comprise of 260mm discs on all three wheels, with four-piston callipers at front and single-piston calliper at the rear. There are bits like electronic brake force distribution (EBD), anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control system (TCS) and vehicle stability system (VSS), which we’re sure boost the Spyder SE5’s safety factor.

The SE5 weighs 317kg dry, is priced at US$17,000 and comes with a two-year warranty. If we had the money, would we buy one? Umm… probably not. If we were getting a three-wheeler, we’d really have something a bit funkier, something like the Carver One or the Campagna T-Rex. However, with a bit more power – perhaps another 80-100bhp or so – the Spyder SE5 may not be such a bad deal after all…!


Bram said...

The four wheels of a KTM X-BOW is not bad either.

Praveen said...

Yeah, I know this... my boss once this one in U.S. when I said how envious I was, he said wish he could pack it in a box and send it to India... he is a short guy, may be he felt comfortable riding on this three wheeled monster!

Praveen said...

sorry for typo error, i meant, My boss owns this one. he is an american with a young and beautiful wife and no kids. actually he dosen't want kids at all. This jolly guy actually owns a ferrari too... now that one way of fulfilling your selfish desires!

All the best Ralph, Wish you a great time ahead, hope you won't change your mind in the future, even viagra can't help you then!