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We've just had our first ride on the Canadian-made Spyder RT, the touring model, and it's not half bad

The Can-Am Spyder RS has been on sale in Australia for a few years now, a three-wheeled trike that is not quite a car nor a motorcycle. It's the kind of vehicle that attracts more attention than a top-shelf Lamborghini on the road (we can personally attest to this), and has been slowly garnering a user base in Australia.

One of the things that has been on the wish list of many owners and prospective buyers is a touring model. And now that's exactly what Canadian parent company BRP has done: meet the Can-Am Spyder RT.

Boasting a range of luxury features, including super padded seats, heated handgrips for both rider and pillion passenger, an electrically adjustable front screen, an audio system with iPod connectivity, airbags, adjustable suspension and enough pannier space to fit the kitchen sink, the new Spyder RT is now on sale in Australia priced from $32,189.

We recently tested the new 2010 Can-Am Spyder RT model in Victoria and though very strange to ride at first (it has long handlebars controlling two car-like front wheels), the experience was a satisfying one after coming to grips with the handling dynamics.

We'll have a full review of the Spyder RT touring model soon, so we won't go into too much detail just yet.

We will mention, however, that the heated handgrips and thumping audio system were very nice touches – especially during our cold and lonely treks through the high country. And with a semi-automatic gearbox and just one brake pedal, the Spyder RT is exceedinly easy to motivate, which will help it find favour among the non-motorcycling set. 

It's just that finding the confidence to push faster through corners is something that doesn't come naturally to your average motorcyclist...

The hefty price tag ranging between $32k and $42k will likely limit the number of prospective buyers, but there are plenty of positives here for those interested in a rigid three-wheeler, chief amongst them the rorty 990cc Rotax V-twin engine. 'Tis such a sonorous exhaust note... And did we mention you can even get a trailer for this road-going bad boy?

Stay tuned for the full review.

To comment on this article click here Published : Thursday, 27 May 2010
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