Can-Am Spyder’s Third Wheel

    Motorcyclists have been flocking to three-wheelers for years, but the Can-Am Spyder’s new semiautomatic gearbox hopes to draw a whole new crop of riders to the genre. The SE5 iteration of the Spyder adds a clutchless transmission that requires gears to be shifted via a push or a pull of a grip-mounted switch—perfect for those who don’t want to abandon complete control of their rides. We tested this avant-garde toy across L.A.’s freeways and surface streets. Its throaty Hindle performance exhaust actually makes revving a pleasure and the rpm-matched downshifts produce a sporty blipping sound. Two-wheel purists might still shrug at the SE5, but if you seek the stability of a three-wheeler and have distaste for shifting gears, this Spyder might be worth a spin. (www.spyder.brp.com)

    —Basem Wasef

    From Around the Web...
    The marque’s Molsheim assembly plant is where every new Bugatti is personalized and thoroughly...
    Photo by Bruce Benedict
    The goal is to eliminate all serious or fatal injuries by 2020…
    The limited-edition rocket rolls out with 215 hp harnessed by top-tier electronics…
    We take a spin in the new manual V-12 to find out if it is the answer to driving purists’ prayers…
    The new brand’s first bike will roll out at the New York City Motorcycle Show on December 9…
    All proceeds from the sale of the 949 hp one-off will go the country’s recovery efforts…
    Fashioned after the Palace of Versailles, the classic car epitomizes custom coachbuilding…
    The 4-cylinder boxer power plant provides the mid-engine roadster with plenty of muscle…
    Photo by Petrolicious
    Though not street legal in the U.S., this Porsche proved quite popular…
    Photo by Petrolicious
    The Ferrari 312PB won all of the World Sportscar Championship races it entered in 1972…