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. (

—Basem Wasef

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