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Old 02-04-2007, 11:21 AM   #1
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Can-Am Spyder (merged) threadfest...

Spied: Bombardier "Spyder" motorcycle

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2007/02/...cle/#more-4748



Two spy shots have surfaced showing a new motorcycle-styled vehicle being developed by Canadian ATV and snowmobile maker Bombardier. The Bombardier vehicle, known as the Spyder, has two front wheels and one rear wheel which allows for motorcycle-like ride with improved stability. The vehicle is expected to be launched officially on February 9th. Gallery after the jump…



The vehicle features a Rotax 1000cc, 60 degree water-cooled V-twin engine, which will produce about 130 horsepower. The gearbox appears to use a traditional foot-operated changing system, but some reports had suggested a CVT gearbox will be used.



Other features spied by the photographers include electronic stability control and ABS braking systems. The motorcycle is designed to be street legal. Further, the 'trike' might only require a regular 'car' license in some countries such as the United States.



The vehicle is targeted to ship this summer in the States, with a European launch by next summer. More details are expected to follow soon.

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Old 02-04-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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Cool. I always thought Bombardier would make a come back into motorcycles. Whe the rumors of the Can-am comming back surfaced I expected dirt bike, but It turned out to be just the name on an ATV. Although that 3 wheeler isn,t exactly a motorcycle, it could be interesting.
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:31 PM   #3
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Is that passenger wearing ballast weights?
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:38 PM   #4
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Is that passenger wearing ballast weights?
Sure looks like it. They must be making sure the suspension will handle the robust crowd.
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:31 PM   #5
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Here's the official site.
Intro date, Fevb 9.

http://www.opentheroad.com/


Rotax/Aprilia 990 V-twin powered.
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:33 PM   #6
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Cheeper than a new GS. It looks fun, but I can't shake the thought that it's just a motorcycle for people scared to lean. How do you stay on the seat when you start generating serious corner g's?
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:01 PM   #7
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Thumb Spied: Bombardier "Spyder" Motorcycle...

Reportedly being launched by Canadian ATV & Snowmobile maker Bombardier on February 9th, 2007. Available in US Summer of 2007.

Rotax 1000cc, 60 degree V-Twin liquid cooled (ala Aprilia Futura...)

2 front wheels, one rear wheel.

Electronic stability control, ABS.

Pics are copyrighted, but available at the link...

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2007/02/...er-motorcycle/
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:18 AM   #8
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I like it.

Weird that Killboy was the photographer.

I wonder if they tested it at Deals Gap.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:00 AM   #9
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The motor sounds fantastic, now if they can just get rid of one of those front wheels.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:16 AM   #10
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Is the pilion wearing lead blocks on a belt?
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:36 AM   #11
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The Spyder is the bike/trike for those bikers who have been injured/impaired and can't ride 2 wheelers anymore.

There should be more of them being designed and built.

Our injured mates have the right to still be on the road without becoming detainees in 4 wheeled cages.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:45 AM   #12
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Is the pilion wearing lead blocks on a belt?
Looks like a diver's belt to me.



I guess someone told him they were going squidhunting
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:16 AM   #13
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They will have been doing suspension load tests.
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:02 AM   #14
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Is the pilion wearing lead blocks on a belt?
I believe they were simulating a 258lb retiree grandma from Wisconsin.

I don't think it will attract too many GW converts. I didn't see any cup holders.
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Old 02-05-2007, 04:02 AM   #15
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I like it.

Weird that Killboy was the photographer.

I wonder if they tested it at Deals Gap.
Yep, Killboy spotted it on the Dragon several months ago.
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