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First ride - 2010 Can-Am Sypder

My first ride - 2010 Can-Am Sypder

Written by: Dean Parsons

Photos by: Dean Parsons

With all of the recent snowfall and winter storms we've had lately, luckily, today started with a welcomed glimmer of hope. The forecast predicted a partly sunny sky with temperatures just above freezing. I also had a couple hours off in the afternoon.

(A quick stop along the roadside of First Pond (snow and ice covered) behind the Goulds)

Off my side street and onto the main road through the city, I rode on three wheels. The powerful and eager Rotax 998cc power plant in my Spyder hummed, and was more then willing to cruise with a twist of the wrist as I up-shifted.

The afternoon led me through the small towns along the east coat of the Avalon Peninsula, with breathtaking views of the vibrant blue Atlantic, frozen fresh water ponds, and along some nice twists and turns that I'm familiar with. However, this time I'm on three wheels instead of two… and I'm loving it!

Still getting used to the turns on my Spyder, I've been alternated techniques to find what works best for me. So far I like leaning over the seat slightly on the inside of the turn, while pushing my body to the inside by pressing the outside peg. A little more time in the saddle and I hope to be solid with proper body english.

(Nice turns through the hills going into Petty Harbour)

The smiles continued through the coastal towns and to the peak of the point at Cape Spear.

(A photo-op in nice sunlight on the way to Cape Spear)

(My Spyder at Cape Spear - New Lighthouse in the background)

(My Spyder at Cape Spear - St. John’s off in the distance)

From here I trekked into the city once again, through downtown to the top of Signal Hill for a view overlooking the city on one side, and the horizon where the ocean meets the sky on the other. I stopped into an empty parking lot to practice some of the Can-Am suggested Spyder Roadster training techniques; the swerve, engine kill switch, ABS braking and some more turning and hard cornering. VERY different then on two wheels. Then I headed for home, wanting to skip rush-hour before the traffic got too heavy.

(Looking back at Cape Spear from Signal Hill)

Home again, after a mostly sunny sky, the clouds loomed overhead as I pulled in the driveway and got out my garden hose. Shortly after, the clouds cleared again and beams of light cast a glow over my RS. It sat there gleaming in the driveway, wet from a wash-down to rid the salt and winter road dirt and my smile grew a couple more sizes.

The sunlight dropped below the far hills just as I was drying her off, when I noticed ice crystals had formed on the seat from the temperatures which just dropped below freezing. I powered her into the garage and closed the door behind me as I called it a day. A great day and 92 km (60miles) experiencing the "Y" factor, in the middle of Winter, February 10th, 2010; the first real ride on my Spyder.

(Washing off the salt and winter road dirt)

Can-Am Spyder Specs and Details:
- Rotax® 990 V-Twin engine 
- 3 Spoke aluminum wheels
- Multi-function guage display
- Storage
- Mechanical Reverse
- Cylinders - 2
- 106 hp @ 8500 RPM (79 kW @ 8500 RPM)
- Torque 77lb-fit. @ 6250 RPM (104.3 Nm @ 6250 RPM)

Transmission options:
1. Manual 5-speed gearbox, true mechanical reverse (SM5)
2. Semi-automatic finger-trigger shifting (SE5)

Wheels and Tires:
Front tire KR21 165/65R14 (13-17 psi) with aluminum 14x5 wheels
Rear tire KR21 225/50R15 (26-31 psi) with aluminum 15x7 wheel

Foot actuated, fully integrated hydraulic 3-wheel braking system

Front: 4 piston calipers with 10.2 in. x 0.25 in (260 mm x 6 mm) discs.
Rear: Single-piston caliper with 10.2 in. x 0.25 in (260 mm x 6 mm) disc.

Also features Electronic Brake Distribution, Anti-lock braking system, and a mechanical foot actuated parking brake that applies to the rear caliper.

Front: Double A-Arm with anti-roll bar, 5.67 in. (145 mm) of travel.
Rear: Swing-arm with mono-shock, 5.67 in. (145 mm) of travel.

Safety and Security:
VBS - Vehicle Stability System
ABS - Anti-lock Braking System
TCS - Traction Control System
SCS - Stability Control System with roll-over mitigation
DPS - Dynamic Power Steering
DESS Digitally Encoded Security System

Dry vehicle weight: 699 lb (317 Kg)
Front storage capacity: 11.62 US gal (44 l)
Max front load capacity: 30 lb (15.9 kg)
Fuel capacity: 7.13 US Gal (25 l)
Type of gas: Unleaded, 87 octane minimum

Seat (top) height: 29 in. (737 mm)

Spyder RS - $19,299
Spyder RS-S - $21,799

2010 Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show - A pictorial

This year marked the third year for the Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV show in Moncton. Produced by Master Promotion, owned by the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) - the event appeared to be the popular spot for motorcycle enthusiasts to be in Moncton the weekend of Feb 12-14, 2010.

I haven't heard about the numbers that came through but there were roughly 15,000 last year. I don't know that it was quite as busy as last year but if you're a fan of motorcycles you wouldn't have minded - it just meant it was a little easier to get through the crowds and there'd be a better chance you'd get to sit on a few more bikes.

Most of the big manufacturers were there showing off their newest 2010 models.  There were a few standout bikes for me; notably the new Honda VFR1200, the BMW S1000RR, a Ducati 1198R, and Patrick Trahan's Dakar prepped Honda.

We took a few photo's and thought we'd share.  More content about the show is coming soon.