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- 2012 Can-Am Spyder RS-S

2012 Can-Am Spyder RS-S Review

The 2012 Spyder RS-S generates blood pumping performance that goes beyond mere technical specs. Sure, the exclusive wheels, handlebards, spoiler, even the foot pegs, give the 2012 Spyder RS-S a menacing look. But the new FOX racing Shox front suspension, the muscular 998cc Rotax V-Twin engine and proven Vehicle Stability System gives you one heck of a rode.

The Spyder RS roadster is eye-catching and more than capable of making a sporty impression, however, the Spyder RS-S takes performance and styling to the next level. From its dual-spoke front wheels, contrast-stitched seat, carbon-black aluminum parts, painted front spoiler and A-arm covers, and exclusive graphics the Spyder RS-S roadster is dressed for success on the open road. Available with either the SM5 or SE5 transmissions with reverse.

The Can-Am Spyder RS-S line represents the machine for the rider who has a passion for sporty adventure, and the eagerness to go forth and conquer the open road around the country or just around the block. From its performance-oriented, three-wheel, open-air configuration to its cutting-edge design and sporty stance, the Spyder RS-S roadster from BRP is a legitimate head turner, even when standing still. However, this innovative vehicle, which is purpose-built with an performance attitude, crisp acceleration and the intrinsic ability to tame turns. It looks, rides and performs unlike anything in the powersports industry and that's perfect.
This year, the Can-Am Spyder RS-S-S model gets even more sport performance thanks to a front-end that is updated with Fox Racing Shox front suspension. These shocks feature improved compression and rebound damping performance and a threaded pre-load adjuster. The Spyder RS-S-S also comes in two new, eye-catching colors: Neutron Green Metallic / Satin Black and Can-Am Red / Satin Black.

All Can-Am Spyder RS roadsters are loaded with machismo thanks to its proven Rotax® 998cc V-twin engine. The powerplant, which has great torque and shortens roads with a twist of the throttle, is mated to the two available five-speed transmissions. The electronic five-speed (plus reverse) SE5™ transmission, which is controlled by the left hand (thumb and forefinger) and requires no clutching, is optional. A standard SM5 (manual) five-speed transmission also includes reverse.

The Can-Am Spyder RS roadster models all feature an innovative and stable architecture from BRP. Two forward wheels and a double A-arm design are up front and a swingarm with a mono shock and a single rear wheel drives the machine. The Spyder RS is also outfitted with the Vehicle Stability System (VSS), a system developed in partnership with Bosch. Combine the Y configuration, VSS with proven automotive-derived technologies such as anti-lock braking, traction and stability control and the Can-Am Spyder roadster line offers confidence-inspiring handling and control.

The Spyder RS-S generates blood-pumping performance that goes beyond mere technical specs. Sure, the exclusive wheels, handlebars, spoiler – even the foot pegs – give the Spyder RS-S a menacing look. But the new FOX Racing Shox front suspension, the muscular 998cc Rotax V-Twin engine and proven Vehicle Stability System give you one heck of a ride. It’s a combination that creates a roadster so desperate to be unleashed you can almost hear it snarling.

 


Three wheels. Endless possibilities.

The Can-Am roadster’s distinctive Y-shaped footprint certainly catches the eye. But its trademark stance also provides stability and control, inspiring a whole new kind of ride. Accelerate with authority. Corner with confidence. Reinvent your ride.

Technologies like a car. That’s where the similarities end. Anti-lock brakes. Stability control system. Cruise control. A clutchless
semi-automatic transmission. When you incorporate these familiar technologies into a vehicle that is like nothing else on the road, everything changes. In the case of the Can-Am roadster, the result is an open-air riding experience that is instantly accessible and exponentially exhilarating.

A Movement of Thousands .

Whether it’s on the touring-ready Spyder® RT or the sporty Spyder RS, hitting the open road is easier and more exciting than ever. It’s why thousands of riders have already discovered the Can-Am roadster. Ride solo. With a partner. Or together with other riders.

Get your lice nse on a Can-Am roadster .

In most states and provinces, you can use your Can-Am roadster to pass a road test and get your riding endorsement quickly. You’ll see you have every reason to get behind the wheels. Brought to you by BRP. A trusted name in adventure. For over 60 years, we have brought cutting-edge design and technology to the powersports world. From Ski-Doo snowmobiles to Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, to Can-Am ATVs and side-by-sides, to Evinrudeoutboards and more.

The Can-Am roadster delivers the same level of performance, innovation and excitement as its predecessors.

 

 

 

 

2012 Can-Am Spyder RS-S Key Features

What's New for 2012?

Suspension:

The new gas-charged, anodized-aluminum FOX Racing Shox front shocks on the Spyder RS-S models are adjustable for preload and have improved compression and rebound damping. The shocks, which provide a 33% weight reduction per shock on the stock Spyder RS shocks, wear carbon-blackcolored springs

LCD Display:

New multi-function LCD display with amber coloration for improved contrast at night

Colors:

- Neutron Green Metallic / Satin Black Color
- Can-Am Red / Satin Black Color
- Pure Magnesium Metallic / Steel Black Metallic (Carried over from 2011)

 


 

 


2012 Can-Am Spyder RS-S Features and Benefits

- 998cc Rotax V-Twin engine

- Vehicle Stability System

- Sport windshield

- Multi-function LCD gauge

- 12 US Gal. (44L) of storage

- Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.)

 

PLUS

FOX Racing Shox Podium - All-new, gas-charged front shocks with anodized-aluminum body and pre-load adjustments provide sport-tuned handling.

6 double -spoke front wheels - Angular and aggressive, this black, cast-aluminum design provides increased head-turning power.

Painted Spoiler / A-Arms Covers - Stylish, sporty accents to give your Spyder RS-S an even more high-performance attitude.

Carbon -black aluminum parts - A unique treatment applied to the handlebar, foot pegs, rear sprocket and springs. Simply sinister.

Stitched seat skin - Top-quality seat skin featuring stitching for a refined fit and finish.

 

Vehicle Stability System

The Y™ architecture of the Can-Am roadster allows it to host an innovative and unique stability system. Developed in partnership
with BOSCH† and inspired by automotive technologies, the system integrates ABS, traction control and stability control functions for an incredibly confident ride.

STABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM
The stability control assesses your intended direction via the handlebar and determines the vehicle’s appropriate response. The system individually brakes the wheels and/or reduces excess engine torque until control is regained.

ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM
Sensors monitor the rotation of all three wheels. If any of the wheels is at risk of locking, ABS reduces brake pressure on it. This intervention repeats in rapid succession and can be performed independently on each wheel, allowing for maximum braking performance.

TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM
Whenever the Traction Control System detects excessive rear wheel spin (e.g., in slippery conditions), it reduces engine torque by regulating engine ignition and fuel injection. This enables the roadster to accelerate with minimal corrective input from the rider.

DYNAMIC POWER STEERING
The electronically controlled power steering system provides the rider with a varying assist when turning the handlebars. The amount of assistance varies with the speed of the vehicle to adjust the steering input effort to a comfortable level.

 

Transmission Options

SEMI-AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
No clutch lever. No foot shifter. The Can-Am roadster’s semi-automatic 5-speed transmission uses convenient paddle shifting, a feature typically associated with sports cars. The paddle shift makes for faster, smoother shifting, which means you can get the adrenaline pumping as quickly as you please. Simply apply pressure with your left thumb to shift up and use your forefinger to downshift. It also features reverse for increased maneuverability.

MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Fluid motion stems from the smooth, 5-speed gearbox created specifically for the Can-Am roadster. It also features reverse for increased maneuverability.

 

Optimum Security

The Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.™) helps protect the Can-Am roadster from theft or other unauthorized use. The vehicle will not start unless the rider uses the correctly coded electronic key.


Proven Rotax Engine

998cc V-twin Rota x engine - Over the past 50 years, more than 6 million Rotax® engines have been built, powering the world’s most impressive on- and off-road machines. Every Can-Am roadster is equipped with a 998cc V-Twin Rotax engine calibrated for sport or touring riding. Touring engines offer cruise control and electronic throttle control.

 

 

SPYDER RS SPORT TOURING ACCESSORIES

- Performance Silencer by Hindle

- Custom Seat Skin

- Mono Seat Cowl

- HID Xenon lighting system

- Ultra SPORT WINDSHIELD

- Fog lights

- Phantom black si x-spoke

- Custom Wheel KIT

- Phantom black body kit

- CALIPER TRIM KIT

- Side panel trim kit

 

SPYDER RS SPORT ACCESSORIES.

- Side panel trim kit

- R-35 Rigid Saddlebag Kit

- Wind deflector kit

- adjustable backrest

- Passenger ergonomic

- foot -peg extensions

- Six-spoke custom wheel kit

- REAR Sport RACK

- Com fort Seat

- HID Xenon lighting system Ultra touring windshield

- FOG LIGHTS

 



 

2012 Can-Am Spyder RS-S - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price:
$20,299 USD

ENGINE
Manufacturer BRP-Rotax®
Type 998cc Rotax V-twin engine
Bore & stroke 3.82 in. x 2.68 in. (97 mm x 68 mm)
Injection Multi-point EFI system with 2.24 in. (57 mm) throttle body
Power 106 hp (79 KW) @ 8500 RPM
Torque 77 lb.-ft. (104 Nm) @ 6250 RPM
Transmissions 5-speed manual (SM5) with reverse (not available with Pearl White) OR 5-speed semi-automatic (SE5) with reverse
Magneto 500 watts
Starter Electric
Battery 12 volts / 21 amps/hour, sealed maintenance-free

CHASSIS
Frame SST Spyder
Front suspension Double A-arm with anti-roll bar
Front suspension travel 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Rear suspension Swing-arm with monoshock
Rear suspension travel 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Brake type Foot-activated hydraulic 3-wheel braking system
Front brakes 4-piston calipers with (250 mm x 6 mm) discs
Rear brake Single-piston sliding pins caliper with (250 mm x 6 mm) disc
EBD Electronic Brake Distribution
Parking brake Foot-activated, engages rear caliper
Front tires 165 / 65 R14
Rear tire 225 / 50 R15
Front wheels Aluminum 3-spoke Metallic Silver, 14 x 5 in. (355 mm x 127 mm)
Rear wheel Aluminum Metallic Silver, 15 x 7 in. (381 mm x 178 mm)

SAFETY & SECURITY
VSS Vehicle Stability System
SCS Stability Control System
TCS Traction Control System
ABS Anti-lock Braking System
DESS Digitally Encoded Security System
DPS Dynamic Power Steering

DIMENSIONS
L x W x H 105 x 59.3 x 45.1 in. (2,667 x 1,506 x 1,145 mm)
Wheel base 68 in. (1,727 mm)
Seat height 29 in. (737 mm)
Ground clearance 4.5 in. (115 mm)
Dry weight 699 lb. (317 kg)
Front storage capacity 12 US gal. (44 L)
Maximum vehicle load 440 lb. (200 kg)
Fuel capacity 6.6 US gal. (25 L)

FEATURES
Instrumentation Multi-function LCD/analog gauge: digital speedometer, tachometer,
odometer, trip & hour meters, gear position, temperature,
engine lights, electronic fuel gauge, clock
Lighting 2 halogen headlamps (60W)
Windshield Sport
Warranty 2 years
Transmissions available SM5 – 5-speed manual with reverse (not available with Pearl White) OR
SE5 – 5-speed semi-automatic with reverse
Colors available
Pearl White
Steel Black Metallic


 

2012 Can-Am Spyder RS-S - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price:
$18,499 CDN

ENGINE
Manufacturer BRP-Rotax®
Type 998cc Rotax V-twin engine
Bore & stroke 3.82 in. x 2.68 in. (97 mm x 68 mm)
Injection Multi-point EFI system with 2.24 in. (57 mm) throttle body
Power 106 hp (79 KW) @ 8500 RPM
Torque 77 lb.-ft. (104 Nm) @ 6250 RPM
Transmissions 5-speed manual (SM5) with reverse (not available with Pearl White) OR 5-speed semi-automatic (SE5) with reverse
Magneto 500 watts
Starter Electric
Battery 12 volts / 21 amps/hour, sealed maintenance-free

CHASSIS
Frame SST Spyder
Front suspension Double A-arm with anti-roll bar
Front suspension travel 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Rear suspension Swing-arm with monoshock
Rear suspension travel 5.7 in. (145 mm)
Brake type Foot-activated hydraulic 3-wheel braking system
Front brakes 4-piston calipers with (250 mm x 6 mm) discs
Rear brake Single-piston sliding pins caliper with (250 mm x 6 mm) disc
EBD Electronic Brake Distribution
Parking brake Foot-activated, engages rear caliper
Front tires 165 / 65 R14
Rear tire 225 / 50 R15
Front wheels Aluminum 3-spoke Metallic Silver, 14 x 5 in. (355 mm x 127 mm)
Rear wheel Aluminum Metallic Silver, 15 x 7 in. (381 mm x 178 mm)

SAFETY & SECURITY
VSS Vehicle Stability System
SCS Stability Control System
TCS Traction Control System
ABS Anti-lock Braking System
DESS Digitally Encoded Security System
DPS Dynamic Power Steering

DIMENSIONS
L x W x H 105 x 59.3 x 45.1 in. (2,667 x 1,506 x 1,145 mm)
Wheel base 68 in. (1,727 mm)
Seat height 29 in. (737 mm)
Ground clearance 4.5 in. (115 mm)
Dry weight 699 lb. (317 kg)
Front storage capacity 12 US gal. (44 L)
Maximum vehicle load 440 lb. (200 kg)
Fuel capacity 6.6 US gal. (25 L)

FEATURES
Instrumentation Multi-function LCD/analog gauge: digital speedometer, tachometer,
odometer, trip & hour meters, gear position, temperature,
engine lights, electronic fuel gauge, clock
Lighting 2 halogen headlamps (60W)
Windshield Sport
Warranty 2 years
Transmissions available SM5 – 5-speed manual with reverse (not available with Pearl White) OR
SE5 – 5-speed semi-automatic with reverse

Colours available
Pearl White
Steel Black Metallic

*Price, Specifications and photos may change without notice.


 

 

 

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