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Can-Am Spyder RT 2010 Review


by Marc Cantin ,

You can find your adventure aboard the base RT, the RT Audio and Convenience, and the full house RT-S, Various levels of standard and optional equipment, and a bespoke trailer, can turn your RT into a long-range camping and touring machine.

The elegant and easy to read dashboard. Philippe Champoux/

All dressed please
All three RT models come with the Rotax-built 998cc V-Twin originally seen on Aprilia and Buell 1125 bikes, and adapted to the needs of the RT, a heavy touring machine. With 100hp at 7500rpm and a nice flat torque curve that shows up at a nice and low 2,000rpm and peaks at 80 lb-ft at 5500rpm, the RT remains an adequate performer with my 110kg on board. More power would be fun, but not at the expense of the generous torque at everyday revs.

The list of standard equipment and options on the three RT models (Base, RT Audio and Convenience, RT-S) is more than impressive. Highlights include

– A choice of manual or assisted shifting for the 5-speed and reverse gearbox

– 5-step push-button preload adjustability of the swingarm-mounted monoshock

– A toolkit with tire pressure gauge and spare key-matching lock barrel for the trailer

– 12-volt sockets and communication ports, driven by a 650W alternator

– The sophisticated VSS (Vehicle Stabilizing System – Bosch version 8.0) that includes ABS, traction control, yaw control and speed limiting on cornering. The various VSS functions are described in greater detail at

– The Roadster Electronic Control Center (RECC), an illuminated four-point clickwheel on the left grip, to navigate the information and functions like any in-dash stereo, CB, digital speedometer and tachometer, language and choice of units.

Almost forgot the heated grip adjuster - BRP did not forget though... (Philippe Champoux/

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