Can-Am is rolling out a Spyder Roadster
for 2010 with hard bags and speakers that look quite a bit like the passenger area of a full size touring bike. The T-Rex 14R
has what’s essentially a motorcycle engine, transmission and Givi top cases on its sides for touring.
Does the moniker of motorcycle fit these two machines? What defines a bike in your mind?
Spyder's are straddled and steer in a motorcycling posture. You’re also exposed to the elements and have a passenger riding behind you but looking under the covers, the Rotax engine is more akin to a snowmobile than a motorbike.
The power plant and sequential six-speed transmission of the T-Rex is full on ZX14R complete with chain drive but the side by side cockpit has a steering wheel, seat belts and a faint glimpse of cover from the wide open spaces.
Most DMV's say you need a motorcycle or at least a "3 wheel" endorsement to drive one depending on the state.
They're fast and now more prepared for touring than ever before. They're also giving people a taste of the motorcycle world that are too intimidated to hop on 2 wheels.
What do you think?