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Issues with buying a CanAM ... help please

My 1st post here .... I've been reading on this MB for a while. Just joined.

And, I was thinking about purchasing a used/new Spyder. I already have two-wheelers and this would be something I would hope to enjoy adding to the group.

Please don't take this in the wrong way ... but, I have to tell you ... with all the issues I've read about on this board that some of these machines seem to have, I'm a bit leery of doing so.

How concerned should I be with the "electronic/mechanical issues" these CanAms seem to have? I'm not a 'close to the house' rider. I typically put on 10k miles a year on my bikes. A ride 'round the block is 3.5 hours. I don't want to be stranded somewhere with a glitch, or failure.

Thanx for your opinions. Appreciate your help.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-06-2012, 05:02 PM
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they are just like any other vehicle, some people have issues and others don't

best thing to do is to do your research, find a good dealer with a good service dept then go from there

IF you buy used make sure all the updates and recalls have been done then ask the questions

I think most people don't have the major horror stories you see here. Most of us have a few small issues, that a good dealer will sort out quickly.

Don't let the horror stories throw you off becuase they are in the minority I think..

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Of course, thanx, Paladin ...

But, local is more expensive. I can buy out of state and save $3-4K on a new (1211) CanAm.

Local has nothing. And, they are smallish dealerships. One place online has over 90 Spyders. Local has two and will not deal. No pre-owned. Add in the 7% tax and we're talking a good amount of change.

Also, local dealer is not known for good service. Bought a FJR from them. Would not do any transaction with that place again. Tho, the price was right.
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Consider the local mechanic issues before you purchase; hate to sound negative, but if you get a lemon, you'll probably want to have someone within a short distance to handle the maintenance for you.

Then again, if you get a good one, it doesn't really matter! Find out all you can about the particular machine (VIN) before you buy.


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unfortunatly it sounds like you are between a rock and hard place

do like Sass says, find out everything you can about the machine you are looking at

but if your local service dealer is lousy, then you may find the ryde to be not the happiest in the world IF you happen to have gotten a lemon

good luck in your search and hopefully you will be ryding one soon

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Again, thanx, guys ... appreciate your help.

If I decide to buy new ... perhaps buy a 2011 that is NEW IN THE BOX! from out of state and have it shipped. The cost of a new '11 is nearly as much as a used '09 locally. And, hopefully ... many of the glitches have been worked out as well?

What 'issues' should I look out for on a new Spyder? Anything stand out?
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I would look at a used one say a 09 or 10 one that has had all the services and updates done this way if it was maintain properly you should be find and all the bugs are already taken care off, look at the condition how well it was cared for how the rider took care of it. Buying a new anything can of course have it's problems but I also believe by now that BRP has gotten all the bugs out so a new model might not be a bad idea except price, there is a big difference between new and used. If you go with a used there are a lot out there this forum and other forum members list there's for sale and of course ebay you will find a lot for sale and then you can also go to a local dealer and I am sure they will have many that were traded in but then you will pay more than you will if you buy from an owner.
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Here is the problem. You only have at best half a story. So many times we hear "My XYZ is a POS. Breaks down regularly.". Well, did you do the maintenance? Did you mod the hell out of it? Also, what about those that had no issues? Do you hear from them or just a few that have issues?

I heard of someone buying a top of the line brand new Lexus. Didn't make it out of the dealer parking lot before it broke something major. So, does that mean a Lexus (not the porn star) is bad? Or are you hearing one side of the story or just one bad luck case?

That said, I bought new because the used units were too expensive for what they were, IMO.
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My 1st post here .... I've been reading on this MB for a while. Just joined.

And, I was thinking about purchasing a used/new Spyder. I already have two-wheelers and this would be something I would hope to enjoy adding to the group.

Please don't take this in the wrong way ... but, I have to tell you ... with all the issues I've read about on this board that some of these machines seem to have, I'm a bit leery of doing so.

How concerned should I be with the "electronic/mechanical issues" these CanAms seem to have? I'm not a 'close to the house' rider. I typically put on 10k miles a year on my bikes. A ride 'round the block is 3.5 hours. I don't want to be stranded somewhere with a glitch, or failure.

Thanx for your opinions. Appreciate your help.
if you want a good tike by a Harley... i am... i have had so many issues on both the 2013 & 2014 RT Limited Spyders... i am over it..
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Issues about Can Am

Bagger, welcome to the forum. Every family has an ugly member, get over it. Can Am's have had some of their problems waved around like dirty laundry.

Can Ams have a very sophisticated operating system, due in part, to the needs and desires of the buyer.
One member suggested buying a Harley Trike, ask the next question, why. Harley and Honda and so many other manufacturers that built a trike out of pieces. The trikes from Honda or Harley do not have the sophisticated braking system of Can Am. The Can Am has antilock brakes that work from a single pedal and compensates for passengers, the other two do not have that. Can Am has speed sensitive steering, the others must rely on frame modifications to get the steering "right". Look at the engineering that has been put into the Can AM Spyder, first: two wheels up front. Steering a vehicle puts a lot of force on the steering components, along with the suspension. With two wheels up front, the bike does not understeer( skidding the front tires during a turn). The other point I would like to make about the two wheels up front, is in a fast turn you can not left the inside wheel. Can Am has a system that will cut the power, until control is regained. Do Not try that with a Honda or Harley. Review also the tire sizes. the width of the front tires are almost the same as the single rear tire, better balance. Look at a Honda or Harley trike the front tires are very small when compared to the rear, also look at the wear on the front tire, being a motorcycle tire the profile is round as opposed to the tires used on the Can Ams. Can Ams use tires with a square profile, like cars, providing much better road holding and wear characteristics.
My wife rides a Spyder and has logged more than 26,000 miles. Yes, we had a couple of hiccups early on, but was never left on the side of the road. My Spyder has more than 10,000 miles on it. both units pull trailers.

I could go on, but in the end, it is up to you.

Yes, I have other bikes, six currently. I have owned three Harleys and five Goldwings, good machines, but they had their own set of problems. I have been riding for more than fifty years and have done my own maint.

Good Luck

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