Automotive

Latest Spyder, Maverick and Spark target weekend fun

From road, offroad and water, BRP has refreshed products across its entire range
From road, offroad and water, BRP has refreshed products across its entire range
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The Can-Am Maverick X3 is designed to soak up everything the desert can throw at it
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The Can-Am Maverick X3 is designed to soak up everything the desert can throw at it
From road, offroad and water, BRP has refreshed products across its entire range
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From road, offroad and water, BRP has refreshed products across its entire range
The Sea-Doo Spark Trixx is designed to be fun and easy to ride 
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The Sea-Doo Spark Trixx is designed to be fun and easy to ride 
The new Can-Am Spyder isn't the coolest machine going around, but it's not going to topple over at least
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The new Can-Am Spyder isn't the coolest machine going around, but it's not going to topple over at least
The Can-Am Spyder has been upgraded to make it more suitable for touring 
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The Can-Am Spyder has been upgraded to make it more suitable for touring 
The Spyder's rear luggage compartment has room for two full-face helmets
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The Spyder's rear luggage compartment has room for two full-face helmets
The engine from the Can-Am Maverick X3 has 154 hp
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The engine from the Can-Am Maverick X3 has 154 hp
The FOX shocks giving the Maverick its 24-in of suspension travel
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The FOX shocks giving the Maverick its 24-in of suspension travel
The Can-Am Spyder F3 Limited 
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The Can-Am Spyder F3 Limited 
The Spyder F3 Limited is aimed at baggers
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The Spyder F3 Limited is aimed at baggers

They can be expensive, but quirky weekend toys open the door to a whole world of fun beyond what cars and bikes can offer. Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), parent to Can-Am and Seadoo, has been busy refreshing its lineup for weekend warriors, unleashing a new Can-Am Spyder and Maverick alongside an updated Sea-Doo Spark.

Can-Am Spyder F3 Limited

The Spyder F3 Limited is aimed at baggers
The Spyder F3 Limited is aimed at baggers

The Can-Am Spyder sits a little awkwardly in the motorbike world. It's a bit geeky, because it removes the two-wheeled romance from the whole caper and replaces it with three-wheeled stability.

Although it doesn't make for a particularly exciting image, the Spyder's design has made it a capable two-up tourer. To leverage these talents, the new F3 Limited has been given a removable top-case and backrest with room for two full-face helmets.

In the interests of highway comfort, the F3 Limited is fitted with self-leveling air suspension, heated handgrips, footboards and a six-speaker stereo. The F3 Limited even sees the addition of a Sport mode that gives riders the ability to pull out controlled rear tire spins.

Sea-Doo Spark Trixx

The Sea-Doo Spark Trixx is designed to be fun and easy to ride 
The Sea-Doo Spark Trixx is designed to be fun and easy to ride 

As PWCs have become bigger, heavier and thirstier, sales have fallen steadily. In the midst of that fall, Sea-Doo has found a good niche in the market with its Spark. Offering up accessible, efficient fun at a much cheaper price than the big-boys, the Spark has been tweaked to open up a wider range of tricks to riders.

Small changes like the adjustable handlebar risers make it easier to get comfortable, and an extended version on Sea-Doo's variable trim system means the handling can be more precisely adjusted based on the tricks the rider wants to do.

Also new to the Sea-Doo lineup is the Rotax 1500 HO engine. It's 15 hp (11 kW) more powerful than the model it replaces, and that power is more accessible through the midrange. In an attempt to keep running costs down, the motor has been tuned to run on regular pump gas instead of premium.

Can-Am Maverick X3

The Can-Am Maverick X3 is designed to soak up everything the desert can throw at it
The Can-Am Maverick X3 is designed to soak up everything the desert can throw at it

Not to be confused with the BMW SUV bearing the same name, the X3 is designed to be an off-road toy with lightning performance. Power for BRP's flagship side-by-side comes from a turbocharged three-cylinder Rotax engine pumping out 154 hp (115 kW) of power and 153 Nm (113 lb-ft) of torque, which is enough for a 4.9-second 60 mph (98 km/h) sprint time.

It'll accelerate like that across almost any terrain thanks to a FOX 3.0 Podium RC2 HPG suspension system with 24-inches (61 cm) of travel, and Can-Am says the 102-in (259 cm) wheelbase (which is 12 in longer than the nearest competition) and 72-in (183 cm) track make it comfortable in the rough stuff, which it should hold up to thanks to a fully welded chassis. BRP says stability at high speeds on uneven terrain is also helped by the 44/56 weight distribution and 30-in tires.

And if you don't like the X3, you won't have to wait long for another option as BRP has committed to releasing a new side-by-side vehicle every six months up until 2020.

Source: BRP

2 comments
MzunguMkubwa
This company sits at a crossroads with great opportunity to compete in the coming Single-Commuter Transport Vehicle (SCTV) battle against the likes of Polaris (with its Slingshot) and Elio. All that has to happen is to take their Spyder platform and make it into a recumbent design that incorporates basic weather protection, and they're good to go. (Make an alliance with Zero to leverage their awesome SR drive-train and WOW! you'll have a winner!) Also, there's absolutely no reason why a vehicle such as the Maverick described above, with appropriate upgrades, could not be registered and ridden on our roads! This would open up a whole new market of compact, capable and inexpensive commuter vehicles in this country. The strangle-hold of the Big Auto - NADA - DOT alliance simply must be broken down in order to open up the free market to creative solutions, or we're sunk!
CharlieSeattle
For real weekend fun plant gasses and trees on the tore up trails and ground pictured in the article.
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