Can-Am Spyder: Where's the front brake lever?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by duck, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. duck

    duck Banned

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    I've seen them riding but today I was at a shop getting brake pads and they had them on the floor so I went over to take a look. WTF? There's no front brake lever. Do they have all the brakes linked and operated by the pedal or something?
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    I'm going to guess since they all have cvt transmissions, it's the lever on the left side.
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  3. CajunRider

    CajunRider Been here awhile

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    Negative...

    Linked bakes, like a car. One break pedal (right foot pedal) controls the breaks on all 3 tires.

    I think they're also ABS with traction control, so the brakes are actually digitally controlled for better handling.

    Also, no CVT. It's a standard transmission, but electronic shifting mechanism is an option.
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  4. DAKEZ

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    ^^^ This ^^^
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  5. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    I think there is an aftermarket company that makes a hand brake kit for the Spyder.
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  6. Oilhed

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    The way it should be made. Better for experienced riders and the walking impaired. Now if they can work on the mileage.
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  7. Laconic

    Laconic Cognitively Privileged

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    Yes, linked to the pedal only, and if you test ride one you need to be thinking about it... :D
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  8. GB

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    When I had one for a test ride, I kept reaching for the brake lever... I'm not sure what the logic behind having only a pedal: catering to an older arthritic demographic? "safety"... the right hand operates the throttle only.. ?? :dunno

    Moved to the 3 wheeled forum; Hacks.
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  9. Rainmaster

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    I remember paying attention the them 3 wheelers when the magazines and the web first started mentioned them and vividly remember reading that their development was being delayed on account of "handling" issues as the trykes wanted to flip under various conditions. The fix was an electronic stabilty control system. After that and learning how much they would sell for I lost interest. Just like that oddball Segway thing that even dropped George Bush on a test drive when the elctronics malfunctioned. I will stick to my old fashioned "old tech" bikes. If I fall off of them, I know who to blame. Yours truly :lol3
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  10. Terrytori

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    I'm guessing that marketing determined that most purchasers would be either new to biking or out of the sport for a long time and that they would have a greater familiarity with foot controls.

    Marketing departments have been known to get it wrong from time to time.
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  11. duck

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    Not to bang on the mods but I don't see how a Spyder qualifies as a hack - except for the part where your balance is going and you don't want to fall over at stop lights.:lol3
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  12. koifarm

    koifarm Twas ever thus!

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    I test rode one at a dealer recently, I don't really care for them but the front brake issue is tricky. Just from experience I don't think I'd want to hit the front binders at all with the three wheel setup, my sense of it is that it would swap ends quickly in an emergency stop. Reasoning that the bulk of the weight/mass is behind the front axle, it would make sense to have an interlocked three wheel system to stop safely in the event of a panic stop.
    Just a thought...
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  13. kbuckey

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    My wife bought one. The first time I rode it I reached for the front brake lever every time I wanted to stop or slow down. Dang! But the brakes do work very well when you get used to them. Also the thing is just totally different from a motorcycle to ride. (Not unlike a hack in that respect, but very different even from a hack, I'm sure) My first issue was the thing kept tilting with the road! Seems strange to say but it took me a while to feel comfortable that just because it tilted left or right it was still going to go straight ahead. I find it is a lot of fun to ride, but it's a lot more work to go fast in the twisties than a motorcycle.

    The "automatic" transmission works very well, too. Coming to a stop you can just put on the brake and it will downshift through the gears to first. When riding the twisties it shifts up and down quickly and smoothly. Engine braking is very good.

    A very nicely engineered vehicle from what I can tell and does what it's supposed to do. Just don't confuse it with a motorcycle!
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  14. regal403

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    This forum is for "Sidecars & other cooleo 2+ wheeled moto-contraptions."
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  15. RockyMtnRoadRash

    RockyMtnRoadRash Useful and decorative

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    Waaaaaait...

    If you can't independently engage the front brakes how do you induce drift to disperse the side forces? Won't that make cornering a lot more dramatic than it needs to be?
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  16. DirtyDR

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    Computer cotrolled traction control also, for those fast corners.
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  17. RockyMtnRoadRash

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    So... the computer will drift it for you? :huh

    Most traction control systems I've encountered were designed to prevent slippage, but I guess there's nothing that says you couldn't make one that does the opposite.

    I'm unsettled. I'll approach riding one very differently now.
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  18. DirtyDR

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    Pretty sure the computerized traction control is to keep it from drifting. I read up on all of it when they first came out but with all of the computers and such in them I lost interest real quick. I bought a Ural instead.
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  19. RockyMtnRoadRash

    RockyMtnRoadRash Useful and decorative

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    That's kinda what I was afraid of. As taught to me by Vernon in person, David in books, and my own Ural on the road, being able to induce controlled drift is a non-trivial factor in a good, smooth, drama-free turn. I'd better ride one to see how it goes. It's the only sensible option.
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  20. WVhillbilly

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    So it's a car?

    :amazon
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