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Can-Am Spyder roadster: three wheeled motorcycle

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February 19, 2007

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February 20, 2007 BRP has unveiled its first "on-road" vehicle, the 2008 Can-Am Spyder roadster. This three-wheel vehicle, with two wheels in the front and one in the rear, offers a completely new and stunning look. Powered by a proven 990cc V Twin engine designed and manufactured by BRP-Rotax, Spyder roadster, with its unique Y-architecture, can be described as part motorcycle and part convertible sports car. Later this year twelve selected American states and four Canadian provinces will offer Can-Am Spyder roadsters through BRP's existing dealer network, followed by France and Spain in early 2008. BRP will then expand its Can-Am Spyder offer to more North American states, Canadian provinces, Europe and other countries, and expects to be present worldwide within three to four years.

"Our Can-Am Spyder roadster is the next dimension in open-road riding. A true paradigm shift, the Spyder roadster offers a balance of performance and peace of mind with features like the Vehicle Stability System (VSS), engineered in conjunction with Bosch†, which includes anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO, BRP.

BRP's reputation was built on its ability to innovate and design products for powersports enthusiasts. After more than five years of research, the Can-Am Spyder roadster is now delivering on the company's promise to offer a complete line of recreational motorized products in four segments: on snow, on water, as well as both off and on road.

While confirming that the Can-Am Spyder roadsters would be assembled in Valcourt, Boisjoli added: "This is a historic event for BRP, particularly for our Valcourt and Austrian employees, as it confirms the strategic role of BRP's Québec manufacturing facilities for assembling complex and sophisticated vehicles, and BRP-Rotax's leadership in engine development. With Can-Am Spyder, we are redefining the roadster category by bringing the powersports experience to the road through this new generation of vehicles. BRP is entering a new era that will provide growth opportunities for our company worldwide and potentially create new jobs,'' he concluded.

Plans are to start manufacturing units by fall 2007 with a progressive ramp-up of the production over the next three years to meet market demand.

"This event also marks BRP's first truly global launch," said Chris Dawson, vice-president, Strategic planning & Head of Can-Am Spyder Program. "In 2007, BRP will deploy the first phase of its go-to-market strategy: twelve selected American states and four Canadian provinces will offer Can-Am Spyder roadsters through BRP's existing dealer network, followed by France and Spain in early 2008. In its second phase, BRP will expand its Can-Am Spyder offer to more North American states, Canadian provinces, Europe and other countries, and expects to be present worldwide within three to four years," he concluded.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
13 Comments

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Facebook User

only know ,seen this year its fantastic ,i maby try it

Facebook User

VERY COOL !!!!!

Constance Sproul

I want one, let\'s have a contest for one. Pleeeeze I would love to drive up to my client\'s house in one of these!!

Pj Hoover

I have chased these up Mulholland drive... they are SLOW and don\'t corner all thay well (high center of gravity, limited range of motion on sway/lean.) NOT a performance machine.

R3alityCheque

This CanAm venture reminds me of El Camino: part sedan, part truck and good as neither one. I am surprised that Canada participated in this. Considering their wet/cold climate I see this as a novelty more so than a trend setter. And promoting it in Europe?? -Not only it is cold and wet, but also has narrow/tight roads to travel on. Get real . . . T

tommyz

Not everything that Can be done Must be done. When I start up a Harley/BSA/BMW I know that I\'m astride a serious bike. These experimententations are nothing more than that - blips in the circle of biking.

Laurence Hudson

I\'ve seen one or two on the road, looks very nice , but, they\'re more for people of a certain age who are afraid of falling off a 2 wheeler. It\'s not as fast as a good sportsbike, but, again it looks good.

Tom Sobieski

Yeh, I have to ask the question, Why?

What does this vehicle achieve that a two wheeler or four wheeler cannot do better?

I mean in bad weather I\'d prefer a four wheeler due to its enclosed nature and it\'s handling. For fun or for areas that have tight roads and/or are rife with traffic, a two wheeler would be preferable to this.

I can\'t see what this vehicle achieves apart from looking different.

Jacob William

Hello; I am 63 and want to know if the spyder roadster is a good deal for an old lady?

Cheryl Messersmith

There is nothing unstable or bad about 3 wheels on snow, ice, wet pavement, or tight roads. It is a shame they did not lower the driver in a complete enclosure, but that is not hard to accomplish. Two wheels are inherently unstable unsafe. Four wheels are unnecessarily heavy and actually have less stability then three as well. With a normal driving enclosure, this is what all people will be driving in 20 years. It is interesting to see that this is a 2007 article, and since then they have done very well, showing that some of these critical comments were wrong.

Rigby5

It's a bike! It's a trike! It's a snowmobile! No its a SNOWMACYCLE?!

What a sight to behold THE FUTURE IS NOW!

Cawton Mentor

Well what can I say ...I realy love to have one motorcicle line this ...

Daniel Valenzuela
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