2014 Can-Am Spyder RT: Unique in Every Way

Sep 16, 2013 View Comments by

2014 Can-Am Spyder RT: Unique in Every WaySurely by now we all know the basics about riding, or driving, a Can-Am Spyder… or have, at minimum, read about the roadsters here and in the pages of RoadRUNNER. Perhaps thanks to a past unit review or by way of Jim Parks’ Lewis and Clark Trail series, we now know this “backwards trike” very well. With inherent stability, high-tech ingenuity, and Canadian bravado, Can-Am has updated its most touring-capable model for the upcoming year.

The Can-Am line-up for 2014 was announced this past weekend in the sweltering heat of Orlando, FL to BRP’s worldwide dealer network as well as the press. With more than simply a few new colors and accessories, the headlining Spyder RT Roadster received more horsepower, more torque, and, oh, one more cylinder head!

Last year’s 998cc Rotax V-Twin makes way for an inline triple with 332 additional cubic centimeters of displacement and 40-percent more low-end torque! The all-new Rotax 1330cc ACE engine (Advanced Combustion Efficiency – 12:1 compression ratio) produces 115-horsepower at 7,250-rpm and 96 ft-lbs of torque at only 5,000-rpm to haul around even trailer-toting travelers with ease.

Upgrades for the current (2013) model year—the increase in wheel size from 14- to 15-inches, the addition of Brembo brakes and the updates to the chassis—were merely set-ups for what was to become the 2014 editions with the ACE engine and our first impressions are positive: smooth, stable, and nicely appointed.

The Spyder is still offered with two transmission choices, the foot-shift/manual clutch version (SM6) and the semi-automatic electronic transmission (SE6), both now with a six-speed gearbox plus an additional reverse gear.

Body styling and heat management also take a few steps into the future with a pair of radiators up front, wider air scoops as part of the newly designed fascia, and curvier lines all around. There is also the usual raft of technical features that come with each new Spyder along with a catalog of accessories and options: some retro fitting to previous model years as well.

An ECO mode offers help in getting the most from your fuel with optimal shift point indicators this are also helpful to those new to riding in the wind and shifting gears by foot or thumb!

Can-Am wants to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the open road—riders or not—and the Spyder is designed to help people get over hurdles like balance and gear changes with a machine built for every person wanting to explore their world.

The Spyder RT-S adds special paint schemes, wheel choices, and an electronically adjustable rear air-control suspension.

The Spyder RT Limited is the flagship of the entire line-up, (26 color and spec options in all!) and adds a Garmin Zumo 660 GPS, aluminum 12-spoke chrome wheels, chrome accents, a special embroidered saddle, and exclusive colors.

The returning sporty Spyder RS and sport-touring Spyder ST will retain the same 998cc engine of current model year units with the addition of new colors, wheels, updates to the electronic packages, and the same individually tuned FOX Shocks package seen on the RT.

Watch for a more complete riding impression in an upcoming issue of RoadRUNNER.


Engine: Rotax 1330 ACE in-line 3 cylinders EFI

Cooling: liquid

Transmission: 6-speed manual w/ reverse (SM6) or 6-speed semi-automatic w/ reverse (SE6)

Suspension Front: double A-arm w/ anti-roll bar / SACHS shocks

Suspension Rear: swing arm / air preload SACHS shock

Brakes Front / Rear: 270mm discs w/ Brembo 4-piston calipers / 270mm disc w/ Brembo single-piston floating caliper

Seat Height: 30.4in

Fuel Capacity: 6.9gal

Dry Weight: 1,012lbs

Colors: Timeless Black, Pearl White, Circuit Yellow Metallic (RT-S only), Cognac, Silver Platinum Satin (Limited only)

By Alfonse Palaima


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