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BRP's Can-Am Spyder RT is three-wheeled fun (pictures)

The XCAR team tend to get their kicks with four-wheeled vehicles most of the time, but the Can-Am Spyder looked like too much fun to miss.

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Drew Stearne

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In the UK you only need a regular driver's license to drive the three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder. I took it for a spin.

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I'd never ridden a motorcycle before so this was a completely new experience to me.

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After only a few minutes, I was happy controlling it and I could take to the open road.

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The controls are simple: twist-handle throttle and foot-operated bakes.

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The RT model is setup as a grand tourer, with a more upright driving position and extra luggage space.

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Unlike some three-wheeled motorcycles, the body doesn't roll in turns. The vehicle stays perfectly level, although leaning into the turns is recommended at speed.

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For someone who's used to the security of a car I was a little concerned about getting on the Spyder.

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But immediately the vehicle fills you with confidence and you're able to drive it spiritedly straight away.

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The in-line three-cylinder engine delivers a surprising amount of torque.

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BRP is probably better known for its snowmobiles. The Spyder is its only road-going vehicle.

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The windshield can be raised for a more protected drive -- recommended for motorways.

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The Spyder happily cruised along at 70mph on British motorways.

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The most fun, though, was on twisty country roads.

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For someone who never really considered riding a motorcycle, this certainly had me hooked.

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The engine was powerful enough to generate some wheel-spin off the line.

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We clocked 0-60 at under 5 seconds.

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The power to weight ratio is equal to that of a sports car.

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People are divided over the Spyder's looks, but I was a fan.

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You certainly don't see many of them on the road and you get a lot of stares as you drive past.

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The semi-automatic gearbox allows you to retain a lot of control over your gear selection without having to grapple with a clutch.

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