Can-Am Spyder-related Stuff
From time to time, Spyder-related opinion pieces will be posted here. ( This page contains links to static pages that were once interactive topics on the goSpyder.net forum, now shut down. )
__—— Wheel alignment on a Can-Am Spyder : Every Spyder owner expects it to be perfect but front wheel alignment is wrong – often by a startlingly large amount – on a majority of Spyders. This is because local Dealers are usually either motorcycle or jet-ski specialists, who typically know nothing about front wheel alignment, and they assemble new Spyders from imported factory crates. They can’t get local car wheel alignment firms to align them because the Spyder, with its single rear wheel, doesn’t fit on typical car-hoist alignment jigs.
I have prepared a separate page covering all the essential facts about alignment ( ≈2012 ), or another page covering the use of the Wheel Alignment Kit for DIY owners ( ≈March, 2014 ), and finally a page about building the equipment needed for accurate laser alignment ( ≈October, 2016 ).
__—— October 2015 : Spyder instrument console troubles! A typical modern vehicle manufacturing problem, common to all manufacturers, but BRP has made a rather stupid ‘modular’ decision. See the separate page about it.
__—— September 2014 : Eric sent me a helmet-cam. A tiny lipstick-style camera that attaches to a helmet and presents a much smaller aero profile than a GoPro. See a sample video here.
__—— April 2014 : A friend recently added Bar Risers to a Spyder ST. Too complicated a description to post here, of course, so a pdf of the mods has been made. See that here.
__—— January 2014 : With the launch of the goSpyder Forum I assembled all the route maps and associated pix that might be useful for planning rides on my patch, although I could not interest Spyder owners in tackling any of them – they all seem to prefer much simpler rides, on main highways only. See here for thumbnails of them.
__—— December 2012 : A critique about pronouncing ‘Bombadier‘. Honestly. It’s actually a real issue. A French-Canadian company with an English name, and lots of arguments about how we should pronounce their name.
__—— October 2012 : A blog about using coordinates in a GPS. A useful hint for travellers, so this has been moved from the News pages.
__—— November 2007 : A blog about using walkie-talkies for bike-to-bike communication.