Can-Am Spyder, Test Drive One With Us
First of all, there are a couple of things you should know about me. Number one is, I haven’t been on a motorcycle since I was 19 and I rode on the back of John Klinger’s bike from Redwood City to the beach. Beautiful day . . . but, like 400 years ago. Number two is that I come from a fast family: my Dad raced stock cars, my favorite Aunt road a motorcycle as her main means of transportation and my Sister, my Sister actually raced motorcycles. I didn’t get the speed gene, but I’ve seen it in action up close and personal.
Enter the Can-Am Spyder. What I love about this vehicle is that you have the feeling of freedom inherent in a motorcycle ride blended with the ease and stability of driving a car. There are sportier models than the Spyder I test drove, but not being a “knee dragger” I can’t speak to that market. We’d have to ask my Sister about that. For my part, this touring model was a perfect fit. It’s wide in the front, where the two wheels are, so the feel is much more stout than say, riding a bike. Because the wide part is in front of you, not behind like a tricycle, you forget that there’s only one wheel in the back.
The seat is comfy, with lower back support and the driving position is very upright which is great for long rides. Make no mistake though, this thing can scoot (top speeds of 100 mph)! And it’s surprisingly agile. Watch the video as Stefan Pietsch takes me through the five steps to start up and get a quick tip for putting on your helmet from me.
My big concerns going into this were shifting and braking. I make it a rule never to go faster than I am capable of stopping. This has been especially helpful when learning to ski for example. I can drive a manual transmission in a car or truck, in fact I even prefer it, but never learned how to toe shift on a motorcycle. I had a friend with a scooter in college. When he fell and broke his wrist, he asked me to drive his scooter home for him. I went 5 miles in first gear! The Can-Am Spyder had me covered. It’s easier than shifting a bicycle and the brake pedal is operated with your right foot!
Take a Spyder for a spin! Have fun. Stay safe. Obey the speed limit. Wear your helmet. And tell me if you think I used a stunt double in the video. 😉