July 1, 2009
(NewsUSA) – With cold temperatures left in the dust,
motorsport enthusiasts everywhere are unburying the carwash bucket, detailing their favorite rides
and putting on driving gloves. Gas tanks are filled, and mirrors adjusted – it's riding season
This year it's not just traditional warm-weather vehicles hitting the open road, though. The
latest buzz with auto and moto aficionados is the 2008 Can-Am Spyder roadster. It looks like a
combination of a convertible sports car and a motorcycle, boasting a unique Y-geometry with two
wheels in the front and one in the rear.
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), the manufacturer of Sea-Doo watercraft, Ski-Doo
snowmobiles, Can-Am ATVs and Evinrude E-Tec outboard engines introduced the Spyder roadster in
2007. This year, an all-new SE-5 transmission option is available, allowing even more enthusiasts
to experience the thrill of the open road.
Truly the newest feature for the riding enthusiast, the Spyder's SE-5 transmission
caters to those looking for a clutchless technology with "get on and go" convenience not found in
traditional motorcycles. The SE-5 boasts an index finger push-button shifter. It is a completely
new way to cruise busy city streets or ride the road less traveled. Oh, and if you forget to
downshift, the SE-5 will do it for you.
Marc Lacroix, marketing director for Spyder, has been working with the concept since its
prototype stages. "The Spyder SE-5 offers advanced technology with ease of use and performance
similar to what you find in today's top sports cars," says Lacroix.
The Spyder roadster is available in 35 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. It
comes standard with a vehicle-stability system, including anti-lock brakes, stability control and
rollover mitigation. It has a 998cc Rotax V-Twin engine and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.5
seconds, topping out at 110 mph.
The units are sold through BRP's Can-Am dealer network. To learn more about the
availability of the Can-Am Spyder roadster and to try it yourself, visit your local dealer or check