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New chassis for 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT

September 23, 2012
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When it comes to adventurous travel, why pile in a minivan or pay for an uncomfortable berth in a cross-country train or bus? Where’s the enjoyment or freedom in that?

A far more alluring way to journey down the open road is aboard the seat on one of the Can-Am Spyder RT roadsters. This highly innovative and stylish touring three-wheel roadster is made to explore. It confidentially and sophisticatedly revolutionizes travel by combining the open-air freedom of a motorcycle and the peace of mind of a luxury car.

For 2013, BRP has added a host of new features across the lineup. At the heart of the changes is a new chassis that delivers even more comfort and performance for the touring enthusiast. The new chassis features revised front-end geometry that, combined with a revamped front suspension calibration, improves overall cornering and handling. That isn’t all. Every Spyder RT model now comes standard with AM/FM stereo and rear passenger controls, and an updated heat shield for more driver and passenger comfort. All models also have larger front wheels (15 inches) and lower-profile front tires. New this year is a full Brembo braking system with larger calipers and larger brake discs, and a next-generation BOSCH ABS — all of which combine to give the Spyder RT an improvement of 10 percent on its braking distance.

There are also select changes depending on package, like a footboard option for select Spyder RT-S and all Spyder Limited models. Stylish Carbon Black-colored accent and chrome parts are available, as is the revised front fender design on select packages as well. For coloration, 2013 also sees exciting color options come to the entire lineup, too.

The Can-Am Spyder RT roadster lineup is separates itself from the other roadster models thanks to its luxury-car-inspired composition and distinct outer form. This distinguishing style creates a fit-and-finish that’s unique to the industry and attention grabbing. Feature comforts include industry-leading Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), electronic cruise control, 41 gallons (155 L) of onboard storage, passenger-themed ergonomics, adjustable electric windshield, wind deflectors, heated grips, high-end saddle with integrated lumbar supports and much more.

All the Can-Am Spyder RT roadsters are delightful at cruising speeds, but their liquid-cooled 998cc Rotax V-Twin engine has the necessary torque and performance.

Electronic fuel injection ensures instantaneous throttle response and improved fuel efficiency. The Rotax mill puts out 80 lb.-ft. of torque at just 5,000 rpm, so it is exceptional at handling the extra weight of fully loading the cargo holds, a passenger and even a pull-behind trailer. An optional trailer from BRP, the RT-622, offers an additional 164 gallons (622 L) of storage.

A traditional 5-speed gearbox with foot shift and manual clutch (SM5) comes standard on the standard Spyder RT roadster and includes reverse. A semiautomatic, five-speed (including reverse) electronic transmission (SE5) requires no clutching or manual shifts and is available on all the other Spyder RT roadster variations. Shifting is done via the left thumb and left forefinger.

The Can-Am Spyder RT roadster is available in three packages (standard Spyder RT, Spyder RT-S and Spyder RT Limited). The standard Spyder RT is basis for each model, but then each package adds another level of technology and an enhanced level of sophistication. Add-ons include such items as: footboards, new fender design, push- button controls, adjustable rear air suspension, GPS navigation, LED lighting, exclusive colors, exclusive wheels and more.

Can-Am Spyder RT

Snapshot:

The Can-Am Spyder RT roadster is more capable of short or long getaways thanks to the bevy of upgrades and revisions to the chassis, braking system, suspension, better heat shielding and more. For 2013, the Spyder RT roadster features a transmission option and a standard AM/FM radio with passenger controls and iPod integration cable. All these important improvements, along with the model’s proven Rotax engine performance, innovative Y architecture and unmatched handling, make the Spyder RT roadster the answer for those looking to escape and explore in style.

2013 Can-Am Spyder RT

What’s New for 2013?

» Revised chassis

» Updated suspension calibration

» Brembo braking system

» Larger brake discs (270mm)

» Next-generation BOSCH ABS system

» Larger diameter (15-inch) front wheels

» Lower-profile front tires

» SE5 transmission option

» New color option

» AM/FM audio system with iPod† integration cable, weather band and optional satellite radio

» Rear speakers with independent audio control

 

Available transmission:

» 5-speed manual (SM5) with reverse

» NEW 5-speed semi-automatic (SE5) with reverse

 

Available Colors:

» Pure Magnesium Metallic

» Orbital Blue Metallic

 

Key Spyder RT Technologies

Chassis

Y architecture

With its two-wheels up front and single rear wheel in the rear, the Can-Am Spyder RT roadster is defined by its Y architecture. This configuration also provides

the open-air feel of a motorcycle, but complements that feature with the stability reminiscent of a dialed-in sports car — something BRP calls the Y Factor.

Updated SST frame

Proven on the BRP Can-Am ATVs, the updated Surrounding Spar Technology frame, which is an exclusive technology to BRP and is designed to reduce weight while at the same time offering increased durability with less parts. This chassis also contributes to the Spyder RT roadster’s low center of gravity and impressive handling.

Double A-arm front suspension with anti-roll bar

The revised double A-arm front suspension geometry, which includes dual shocks and more than 6.85 inches (174 mm) of suspension travel — was built to please with its precision handling and point-and-shoot dynamics. A standard anti-roll bar ensures optimal cornering while delivering a smooth and stable ride. The Spyder RT model has a slightly wider track than the Spyder RS roadster model for improved stability and handling. And in 2013 the suspension calibration is revised across the line.

Rear swing arm with shock

The single-rear wheel-and-tire set-up supplies superb traction and acceleration while the single shock absorber — with pneumatic adjustable preload — is more than capable of soaking up the road and providing a cushioned ride.

Electronically adjusted rear suspension

Onboard controls located in the console allow the driver to pneumatically adjust the rear air suspension preload to optimize ride quality for varying passenger and cargo configurations. [Standard on Spyder RT-S and Spyder RT Limited only]

Dynamic Power Steering

DPS is electronically controlled and provides the rider with varying levels of steering assist. The system is speed sensitive and also factors in steering angle and acceleration, to keep the rider comfortable and in control no matter the situation or speed.

Powertrain

Rotax 998cc V-twin engine

The Rotax 998cc engine in the Spyder RT has peak torque available at lower rpm 80 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm). The muscular Rotax engine has proven itself in motorcycle racing over the years and is as powerful as it is reliable. Electronic fuel injection means precise throttle response, crisp acceleration, reliable starting and improved fuel economy.

Belt Drive

The Spyder RT roadster features a final belt drive, as opposed to a chain or shaft drive design, which attaches to the rear sprocket. This set-up efficiently and smoothly transfers power to the ground and offers simple maintenance.

SM5 transmission

The SM5 transmission features a smooth-shifting 5-speed gearbox with reverse with a traditional manual clutch and foot shifter.

SE5 transmission

The optional semi-automatic transmission uses an electronic 5-speed gearbox with reverse that is controlled by the rider’s left thumb and forefinger. Shift up using the left thumb lever and then down shift using the left forefinger. The intelligent system also automatically downshifts when the roadster comes to a stop.

Reverse

The easy-to-use reverse mechanism features a push-button design and improves maneuvering in tight areas.

Vehicle Stability System

VSS, developed in partnership with Bosch, incorporates proven technologies borrowed from the automotive industry and combines those with the Y architecture to create unmatched control during adverse situations. The engineers behind this system seamlessly integrated Stability Control, Traction Control and an Anti-lock braking system and specifically calibrated VSS for use in the Spyder roadster and its three-wheel configuration. The Vehicle Stability System provides peace of mind for an incredibly confident ride.

The VSS also earned the 2010 Automotive News PACE awards for innovation partnership.

Stability Control System

This system relates the Spyder roadster’s intended direction, using inputs for handlebar and throttle positioning and the vehicle’s actual direction and then acts seamlessly and immediately to correct the situation. If they are not the same, the system reduces engine rpm and/or individually slows (actively brakes) the wheels to correct the course.

Next generation BOSCH Anti-lock Braking System

An updated ABS system from BOSCH not only helps to maintain the vehicle’s maneuverability during aggressive braking situations, but it also gives the Spyder roadster a shorter stopping distance than most automobiles. The system uses integrated wheel sensors to determine if a wheel is at risk of locking under braking. To keep maneuverability optimal, the system seamlessly and rapidly engages and disengages (or pulses) the brake to allow the driver to steer in the intended direction.

Traction Control System

If the rear wheel loses traction, the TCS will sense it and instantaneously reduces engine rpm until sufficient grip returns.

Convenience/Comfort

Key to the Spyder RT touring roadster experience; a gratifyingly comfortable experience.

Electric adjustable windshield

The windshield on the Spyder RT roadsters easily adjusts in height with the press of a button.

Ultra Comfort Touring Saddle

Ergonomically designed, the first-class seat includes a passenger backrest and driver lumbar support.

Multi-function gauge display

The amber-colored multi-function Dot-matrix display offers improved clarity for night riding. It also includes a digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip and hour meters, gear position, temperature, engine lights, electronic fuel gauge and clock.

Onboard Storage

When riding long distances, it’s reassuring to know the Spyder RT roadster has 41 gallons (155 L) of storage standard. Storage areas include a lockable front trunk, lockable glove box and both side and rear compartments.

D.E.S.S. security system

BRP engineers added an extra level of security with the proven Digital Encoded Security System. This system requires the properly coded electronic key in order to operate the roadster.

Passenger comfort items

Passenger-controlled heated handgrips offer two intensity levels and add an extra level of comfort in cooler temperatures. Integrated armrests and manually adjustable floorboards provide a more comfortable perch for the rear rider. And in 2013 the passenger can control the volume and choice of music across the lineup.

Cruise control

Electronic cruise control adds another layer of luxury and makes longer rides more comfortable for the driver.

Spyder RT-S

Snapshot:

From its electronically adjustable rear air-control suspension to its passenger accommodations and stellar fit-and-finish, the Can-Am Spyder RT-S roadster makes long journeys very enjoyable. This touring model received selected updates and important front suspension changes for an improved riding experience. The Spyder RT-S is available in four attractive color schemes, including a new Circuit Yellow Metallic color. The highly attractive Quantum Blue Metallic, Viper Red and Pure Magnesium Metallic also return for 2013.

Can-Am Spyder RT-S

Added Features over Spyder RT model

» Redesigned front fenders with LED lighting

» Aluminum 12-spoke wheel with Carbon Black coloration finish for an exclusive look

» Electronically adjustable rear air suspension with auto leveling

» Heated passenger grips with control

» Special-edition Carbon Black trim

» Fog lamps and LED running lights

» Push-button electronic front cargo release

» Front cargo light and front liner

» Secondary gauges (fuel information, engine temperature)

» Rider footboards (w/ SE5 transmission only)

 

What’s New for 2013?

» Revised chassis

» Rider footboards (SE5 model only)

» Updated suspension calibration

» Redesigned front fenders with LED lighting

» Brembo braking system

» Larger brake discs (270mm)

» Next-generation BOSCH ABS system

» Larger diameter (15-inch) front wheels

» Lower-profile front tires

» Carbon black trim package

» New color (see below)

 

Available colors:

» NEW Circuit Yellow Metallic

» Quantum Blue Metallic

» Viper Red

» Pure Magnesium Metallic

 

Wheels:

» 15-inch Carbon Black aluminum 12-spoke front wheels.

 

Available transmissions:

» SM5 5-speed manual with reverse

» SE5 5-speed electronic semi-automatic with reverse

» NEW Circuit Yellow Metallic

» Quantum Blue Metallic

» Viper Red

» Pure Magnesium Metallic

 

Spyder RT Limited

Snapshot

BRP has traditionally and successfully launched luxurious “limited” models in many segments of the powersports market. For 2013, the Spyder RT Limited roadster is even more magnificent with its exclusive upgrades.

2013 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited

The Spyder RT Limited starts with a Spyder RT-S platform and improves upon it with an integrated GPS system, driver footboards, two exclusive colors, four travel bags, chrome accents and a specially embroidered seat. However, with its Rotax V-Twin engine, proprietary and updated SST chassis, precision handling and unmatched comfort, the Spyder RT Limited roadster is much more than just an elegant façade — it’s the cream of the crop.

Added Features over Spyder RT Limited

» Handlebar-mounted Garmin‡ Zumo‡ 660 color touchscreen GPS, integrated into vehicle electronics system

» New aluminum 12-spoke chrome wheels

» New chrome accents: Driver and passenger footboards

» Embroidered Spyder RT Limited seat

» 4 Semi-rigid travel bags for side, front and rear cargo compartments

» Exclusive colorations

 

What’s new for 2013?

» Revised chassis

» Rider footboards

» Redesigned front fenders with LED lighting

» Updated suspension calibration

» Brembo braking system

» Larger brake discs (270mm)

» Next-generation BOSCH ABS system

» Larger diameter (15-inch) front wheels

» Lower-profile front tires

» More chrome parts (Rider and passenger footboards and support casting)

» New colors and seat color options (see below)

 

Available colors:

» NEW Blackcurrant with black seat

» Pearl White with NEW Dark chocolate seat color

» Lava Bronze Metallic with NEW Antler Brown seat

» Lava Bronze Metallic with black seat

 

Wheels:

» Aluminum 12-spoke front wheels with an attractive chrome finish.

» NEW Blackcurrant with black seat

» Pearl White w/ NEW Dark chocolate seat color

» Lava Bronze Metallic w/ NEW Antler Brown seat

» Lava Bronze Metallic with black seat

 

Chrome Accents:

» Chrome was added to the passenger footboard supports and driver footboards to enhance the Spyder RT Limited roadster’s premium fit-and-finish.

 

Available transmission:

» SE5 5-speed electronic semi-automatic with reverse

Comments

14 Responses to “New chassis for 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT”

  1. dennis owens on September 24th, 2012 3:54 pm

    once again BRP has ignored engine performance as well as footdoards for the manual transmission! the suspension upgrade should have been made in 2011 after input from owners, but then the after markets guys ( elka, etc ) wouldn’t have been able to nail us for big bucks! BRP responds as well as H-D when it comes to listening to customers and they are just as proud when it comes to pricing accessories! an $89’00 liscense plate frame is a good example.

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  2. Chris Lejeune on September 25th, 2012 10:50 am

    Stil à very Nice bike ,i have Myself the rt from 2010
    I was hoping for à new engine like for or six cilinder, THE rotax v twin is good buth give à lot of noise.
    À bigger ingine gifs more confort

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  3. Dave on September 27th, 2012 9:52 pm

    Might be old fashioned, but a hand brake would be nice std equip on these bikes…..What do you think???? I vote to put them on std vs getting an after market one….After all if an after market makes them, there must be a demand….

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    Brian roberts Reply:

    I’ll second that

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  4. Jerry Shaw on November 11th, 2012 10:51 pm

    Will BMP ever consider a tilting trike configuration for the front wheels? Love my 2011 Can Am Spyder RT, but hate the creepy sensation I get when in a turn especially on a highway at 65-75 mph especially when the curve is not banked. The steering feels like it is wobbling and coould under or over steer very quickly. Forget changing the suspension-make the steering less anxiety provoking and more like a two wheeler where I felt more control-more one with the bike!

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    mike boccardo Reply:

    spend $199 and one to two hours install bajaron swaybar just put one on and its like night and day. flat turns no pitching or leaning on turns and you can then soften front springs backto 2-3

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  5. Les Galloway on November 26th, 2012 10:58 pm

    I really hope that the RT-LTD floorboards can be retro-fitted to the 2012 model. The uncomfortable foot pegs have been my only real complaint since I bought mine last May. Most of the after market ones look cheesy!

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  6. Dave Grotkowski on December 6th, 2012 12:05 am

    Enjoying our 2009 RS SE transmission. . Sure would like adjustable foot pegs for passenger and driver as lots of leg cramping in the one knee bended position on longer rides.
    I am missing my right leg and had to install a after market hand brake kit.
    Would like to upgrade to a 2013 limited model. Sure wish a hand brake was standard equipment.
    We now have 9000 kms on 2009 RS and deliver advising all tires need replacing. Short life for tires I would think.

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  7. RJ White on December 21st, 2012 2:06 pm

    I have a 2011 model which I have 13,000 miles on, my main mode of transportation. I would have liked the larger brakes on mine as the drivers around here cause more than a few panic stops. Not only that, but the brakes always feel mushy. I had to buy the aftermarket footboards. The pegs were killing me. Got rid of the muffler and went with a performance muffler. Throttle response is great now. Still wish for more low end torque like the big bikes. I don’t like to have to use high rev’s to get power from the motor. Makes it feel like riding a crotch rocket. Don’t get me wrong. I love my bike. I would probably buy one of these new ones, but then I would have to go do a bunch of mods that make mine comfortable.

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  8. Bob Sellers Clovis N.M. on February 16th, 2013 4:00 pm

    I’ve been riding on and off road for 40 yrs. rode honda all the time, the spyder is the best all around. I have my goldwing for sale !!. the only picks i have are the back seat is a little tight for my wife ??. I’m not going to say why.?? driver floor boards look nice on 2013 model . Need better fuel milage, a bigger engine might help that. I own a 2012 LTD. I LOVE MY BIKE . Thank You.

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  9. Gary from California on March 8th, 2013 4:02 pm

    I have a 2011 Spyder RT, Some one has said he change his muffler from stock to modified for more power. What type of muffler? Also has anyone looked into the new floorboards on a 2013 model to see if they will mount on a later model? and if so HOW. But a little bit pricy. Thanks

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  10. rodney ham on May 5th, 2013 3:49 pm

    I have been riding the trike style of motorcycle since 2004. I had to wait until 2010 to have a dealer close enough to consider a can-am. When I test rode my first rt I instantly fell in love with it. After having it for a few days I quickly become discouraged with how to perform the daily maintenance checks before going on a relative long ride(250+ miles). I cannot ride until I check my oil and coolant level. I can’t believe there hasn’t been extensive complaints with this concern. I have rode 4 other models of trikes which don’t need to be mentioned by model type but I feel the can-am needs the most low speed practice of any of them.It took me all of 1000 mi. to feel totally comfortable with speeds of 70 mph and higher.As said before my experince with trikes is alot (60,000 mi. or more) and I tell everyone who calls or asks to really take their time. This is a fabulose machine but definitely the most under powered touring motorcycle on the road. As what has been mentioned many times b efore I wish the company would listen to the rider more than the cosmetic designers.

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    Dan McNally Reply:

    Rodney . . . check your oil and coolant when you return from a ride . . . then you know its good for the next one, and you don’t have to spend the time warming it up to full operating temp before starting out. I check my air before I ride, and everything else when I get home.

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  11. Jerry Glassman on June 2nd, 2013 9:18 pm

    Just purchased a RTS 2013, have’t rode much yet, but can’t find the miles per gal. listed anywhere. Can you tell me what to expect on city driving and hwy. Is there any news letters published by the company re. recalls etc.?

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