A cylinder for each wheel

Can-Am gives the 2014 Spyder a triple

I have a soft spot for the Can-Am Spyder. Back when the original Spyder was announced, I was able to get a ride on one—even before they were publically available—after years of not having ridden a motorcycle. I didn’t even have a motorcycle license then, but, fortunately, California doesn’t require one to ride trikes. After my ride, I was so pleased with the experience, I got my motorcycle license back, and bought a motorcycle—though not a Spyder. But it was the vehicle that got me back into motorcycling, so I’ve always loved it.

2013 Can-Am Spyder RTSo, it makes me happy to see that BRP announced today that the RT-spec Spyder will be getting a new power plant for the 2014 model year. Instead of the old 100 HP, 998cc Rotax V-Twin that all Spyders have been kitted out with up ’til now, the big Spyder will get the new Rotax 1330 ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) high torque engine. The new inline triple will produce 115 hp at 7250 rpm and 96 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm, with 40% more torque at low RPM.

In addition to the new engine, the RT will also get a brand new 6-speed transmission with electronic clutch control. It will be available in a manual and semi-automatic version.

The new goodies add 60 lbs of weight, however, with the dry weight of the RT coming in at 1012 lbs.

Prices will range from $23,000 to $31,000.

Meanwhile, the original Rotax V-twin will power the other members of the Spyder line-up.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.