Can-Am Q??

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by gmk999, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    anyone here wheelie or stoppie a Can-Am Spyder?:ear
    I have never heard-of or seen any one do it, But with all of them out there someone must have.
    Photos, vids ,links please
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  2. Too Many Toys

    Too Many Toys Adventure Poseur

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    Ain't going to happen unless you could somehow disconnect all the electronics. ABS, Stability Control, etc. prevents such shenanigans. :D

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  3. k-moe

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    Even then......not gonna happen. Have a real good look at the front bodywork, then have a real good look at how much the front end weighs.
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  4. Wreckster

    Wreckster Been here awhile

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    I've always wondered.......






    Who has taken one of them fancy 3 wheel contraptions through the snow?:evil
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  5. Mr_Snips

    Mr_Snips Husky BRAAAAAAAAP!

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    I'm curious who has built a serious drag machine out of one...big super wide rear tire and i presume alot of room to shove turbos and nitrous.
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  6. Steve G.

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    I got a 3 hour stint on a 2011 model last summer. The thing will do a 200 ft smoke monster of a burnout,,,pop a wheelie,,,I can't see it. Do a stoppie? Boy, the thing really stops well, but I think it has more electronic stability over-ride happening, it could not happen.
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  7. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    My neighbor. He said it was "fun" (quotes are his :rofl )
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  8. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    *Cracks knuckles*

    You can't wheelie a Spyder. Too much weight is forward, and not enough power goes to the rear wheel.

    You can't stoppie a Spyder. Not enough weight is forward, and the linked brakes and Nanny (the electronics controlling wheel slip and power to the wheels) keep it planted in a stop. (REALLY planted... the hardest thing in moving from a Spyder to a bike is how lazy a Spyder makes you in the braking department, you're easily spoiled by how well they stop, in any situation).

    You can burnout a Spyder, but it's a lame little piffle. 95% of the time the Nanny will prevent you from doing a burnout. But if you launch just right, you can get a little wheel spin going as you launch. But nothing worth doing IMO-- you can't do a standing burnout, for example.

    As for turbo and nitrous, there have been aftermarket kits for the former (Aerocharger makes one), none for the latter that I now of. But the Spyder isn't a speed demon, at all, so the best you're doing is increasing the off-the-line performance. There are cheaper and easier ways of improving the performance than with a turbo kit (aftermarket exhaust, intakes, fuel controllers, etc.), plus the verdict on the turbo kits have been finicky and even downright destructive (the Spyder's got too many electronic moving parts, it gets upset easily).
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  9. corndog67

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    This is a motorcycle forum, not an oddball bike/carthing sort of forum.
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  10. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    As a Ural slave, I resemble that remark.:evil

    I would love to get a chance to pilot a BRP 3 wheeler if the opportunity comes up at a local dealer, seems like a well thought out design.
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    The Spyders also have that neat electronic feature that cuts power in corners as soon as the inner front wheel tries to lift off,if it didnt do that and the inside wheel came up I think it would jet off the road in a direction of it's own choosing.
    Not a real performance device. Leaning front wheels would be cool.
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  12. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    As a Spyder slave, I'd love to ride a Ural. Neat weird riding machines are fun! :clap

    Oh, and I forgot to add earlier: the Nanny kinda ruins the fun in the snow, too. I've ridden it in snow but it loves to slip and slide while the traction control finds a footing. If only one could run some power to the *front* wheels, then it would be gangbusters in the snow, but alas, no joy in the current design.
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  13. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    If we are ever in the same neighbourhood, we can swap rides. But the Ural definitely doesn't have any Nannies, all 40 odd solid Russkie ponies are delivered free of any electronic traction or braking control devices.

    If you are successful in getting it up to speeds where things can go sideways, you're your definitely on your own Comrade as there is no tech coming to your rescue, but I have had some great times spinning and doing donuts in snow and mud.
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  14. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    How do you split lanes (one of the reasons I ride a bike)?
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  15. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    The most hack riding I've ever done was puttering around a parking lot on some 250cc hacks used at a riding school I visited. Grin-inducing pucker-fun, certainly a VERY unique experience, nothing like a bike (or a Spyder, or a conventional trike).

    Alas, I'd never have the nerve to practice on someone's pride and joy. The Spyder, however, I've got no qualms about loaning that out to interested parties. Heck, I've even let my brother and girlfriend ride it, and they both have crashed more bikes than I've ever owned. :evil
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  16. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    You don't. :cry

    Not a (legal) problem in 49 other states, of course.

    But, in a jif, I've discovered that it's narrower than it looks. I've had no trouble finding an escape route when I needed to get out of a lane in an "Oh bleep!" hurry, but no, it's too wide for lane splitting during a commute.
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  17. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    Pucker inducing fun for sure, I ride my Ural mostly on backroads and trails where bad things can happen at low speeds, but the use of a come-along and a BFG (big freakin' hammer) can fix most of the messes I create.

    Although I have had to use a chain saw on occasion (when I stuck it in the v of a stand of trees sliding off a ridge top ATV trail once, see my avatar).

    If the Ural had a low range or even a lower ratio first, it would be an awesome off roader but as designed, clutch smoke is a common emission when off pavement.
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  18. damurph

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    I have ridden the Spyder and I have a buddy who rides year round on his. Yes we get winter here bigtime and the problem climbing the steep hills in the snow is the traction control. On a long hill when there is rear wheel slippage the power gets cut back. Keep slipping and the power cuts back some more. By the time you get to the top of the hill you wonder if the machine has enough oomph to get you over the crest. He has the heated grips and winglets on the windshield to slow the onset of cold. I have no such luxuries on the KLR.
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