Can-am spyder f3T at full throttle

- Bikers will laugh. Non-bikers will shake their heads in disbelief. Drivers won't really understand what they are seeing and cyclists require an extra wide birth for fear of being accidentally sucked under the front axle.
- Life with a Can-Am Spyder isn't exactly straightforward, but then you don't buy a £20,000, three-wheeled motorcycle/car/trike hybrid if all marbles are firmly intact.
- The Spyder has always been the rich kid's plaything and, even though its near-bulletproof 1,330cc Rotax engine delivers the thrills, the slightly odd two-wheels-at-the-front-and-one-at-the-rear layout means it's not as practical as a normal bike.
- Squint hard enough and you can see how the latest Spyder F3T does this. The engine, which is typically found in BRP's range of skidoos and snowmobiles, develops a heady 112hp and 130Nm of torque at 7,250rpm.
- Power is sent to the chunky rear wheel, while advanced traction control and ABS is on hand to prevent the front wheels from understeering and washing out on tighter bends.
- Throttle is taken care of via a traditional twist grip but there are thumb shifters to deal with the the semi-automatic gearbox.
- It's a heavy brute, so there's a reverse gear to aid slipping in and out of parking spots. All in all, it takes around ten minutes to get used to the thing, perhaps longer if you've never graced a motorcycle.
- There’s very little wind buffeting to bother our AGV helmet on the open highways thanks to the aggressive styling of the front end, which not only looks cool but sees air pushed over the nose and above a small screen in front of the rider/driver.
- We found that a light feathering of the footbrake was enough to fool the on-board electronics into the occasional rear-wheel lock-up, allowing the tail to snap around, but it's all a bit messy.
- Yes, it's horrendously expensive. Yes, it would be a pain in the bum to ride in the dismal weather of England but here, on the sun-soaked roads of southern Spain, it feels like a wise move.
- It may have been designed for epic US Highway road trips but, when cruising through rural Spain, the Can Am Spyder does prove a hit.

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