2017 Can-Am Spyder Review Jan 25, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The 2017 Can-Am Spyder is the latest version of the fun three-wheeler that has been around since 2008. Halfway between a car and a motorcycle, Spyders have improved stability, size, features, and comfort over a regular motorcycle, but they can be slower and harder to maneuver than a smaller motorcycle. At the same time, you still get the wind in your face feeling of a motorcycle with less risk. It turns out that some buyers agree: more than 100,000 models have been built since 2008.
The current Spyder lineup includes cruising, touring, and sport models. The different models focus on different qualities, but all 2017 Spyders are fun—even thrilling—rides. The 2017 models are the new-and-improved sport-cruising F3, touring cruiser F3-T, and the RT luxury tourer. (2016 models include the sportier ST and RS editions.)
New Sport Mode
One of the exciting additions for the 2017 Can-Am Spyder is the new Sport Mode on the F3-S models. The F3-S combines a stable cruising position with improved handling and performance. The new Sport Modes lets you enjoy a controlled rear-wheel drift for zippy turns. When you activate the Sport Mode, the Stability Control System will stay on, but the Traction Control System will turn off. In the past, the Spyder let you do a straight-line rolling burnout at slow speeds even with an active Traction Control System. Now that you can turn it off, you will get to access more of the power from the 115-horsepower, 96-pound-foot, 1,330-cc Rotax ACE triple engine.
The entry-level Spyder F3-S for 2017 lets you stick with the six-speed manual transmission or use a six-speed semi-automatic. It has cruise control, Eco mode, a belt final drive, reverse, a UFit custom ergonomic system, dynamic power steering, an antitheft system, and gas-charged Fox Podium shocks in front. The unique Daytona 500 Edition of this model has race-inspired styling and graphics with a Daytona 500 logo, black stripes, a super-sport front grill, a gauge spoiler, and a drag-style handlebar.
Spyder F3-T Touring
The familiar 2017 Can-Am Spyder F3-T Touring is nearly identical to the previous version. A larger and more comfortable version of the F3, the touring model has improved cargo capacity and wind protection for long hauls, for a slightly higher price. It still has an upper fairing console complete with a windshield, integrated saddlebags, a glovebox, and an audio system. It is compatible with the available Freedom trailer for longer trips.
Spyder RT Models
The top-of-the-line models are the RT-S, and RT, RT-S, and RT Limited. They have most of the same features as the F3-Touring models, along with electrically adjustable windscreens, heated grips, a self-leveling air suspension, and an integrated passenger backrest that includes speakers and a trunk. The RT-S has rider floorboards, fog lights, heated passenger grips, rear air suspension that adjusts automatically, and LED accent lights. The RT Limited adds a Garmin unit, front cargo roller bag, chrome wheels and accents, and special signatures.
No matter which 2017 Can-Am Spyder you choose, you will be in for a thrilling ride compared to a normal car without some of the drawbacks of a motorcycle. Driving a Spyder has been compared to riding a snowmobile or street-legal ATV, combining fun and utility in one package.