BRP Debuts Three-Wheeler

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Bombardier Recreational Products has been saying for years that it would be on the road some day. That day could come as soon as this fall in certain states when the company begins shipping its new three-wheeled Spyder.

The Spyder is classified as a motorcycle, but looks something like a snowmobile. It's powered by the same 106 hp 998cc Rotax V-twin engine used by Aprilia. Top speed is a claimed 110 mph.

The base model Spyder will carry an MSRP of $14,999 with a five-speed manual tranny. It has electric power steering, traction control, reverse and anti-lock brakes. The Spyder will be available in limited quantities this fall in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin and Virginia. It also will be available in several Canadian provinces. Plans call for the machine to be available in nine more states in about 18 months.

Plans call for the Spyder to be ridden by 40,000 consumers over the next five months, and to pre-sell 2,500 vehicles by mid-September of this year.

"Our Can-Am Spyder roadster is the next dimension in open-road riding," says Jose Boisjoli, president and CEO of BRP. "With Can-Am Spyder, we are redefining the roadster category by bringing the powersports experience to the road through this new generation of vehicles."

BRP says the Spyder is aimed at men 35 to 55 years old who are image-conscious and enjoy speed.