The 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 hits 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and corners like a high-tech snowmobile or quad. It is sporty and breaks all your assumptions about what riding a three-wheel vehicle means.
For a motorcyclist, it is another tool in the shed, not to replace your shiny sportbike but to offer a different experience of occasional fun. For a never-before rider, it offers a sporty open-air experience and taste of what two-wheels is like.
Then there are those injured or paralyzed that can use a Can-Am Spyder to stay riding. With a base MSRP of $19,499, the Spyder F3 isn’t cheap but I feel it justified for what you’re getting.
The 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 is about head-in-the-wind adventure, not stop and go traffic. This latest offering is ripe with stability tech and improvements including a 160 lb weight savings over the current RT model.
The Can-Am Spyder F3 locates the rider lower and further back, moving the pegs forward and redirecting force exerted on the rider’s arms during cornering to the legs. Additionally, BRP’s proprietary “U-Fit System” allows the rider to choose between five different footpeg positions and four different handle bar option.
For power, the 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 received an all-new Rotax 1,330cc 3-cylinder engine with manual 6-speed transmission or semi-automatic SE transmission. Total power is claimed at 115hp and 96 ft-lb of torque.
Holding the big-bore triple wide open, thumbing through the gears to 160 km/h (99 mph) when crossing the braking markers then jumping on the powerful Brembo ABS braking system was an experience FAR gnarlier than expected. Anticipate 250 miles on a single tank of fuel and nearly 10,000 miles between oil changes.
Bottom line is BRP’s Can-Am Spyder in general is smooth fun, especially the latest 2015 Spyder F3-S. It only takes 5 minutes in the saddle to shatter any preconceived notions. Are those who’ve only ridden a Spyder considered motorcyclists?
That is up for debate. What is clear is this three-wheel vehicle is another weapon in open-air adventure. It’s its own animal and owns its space in the industry. How can you argue with a performance-minded vehicle that gets you grinning ear-to-ear under throttle?