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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Buying my first Spyder RT... some advice


This is my first post here, so excuse if this is a repeat topic..

I would like spend some weekends on ride a motorcycle . I did the Motorcycle basic curse and i loved the Spyder RT. A lot people said the Can-Am spyder are not reliable (mechanics and electrical issues) .

In this point i need Help from Spyders Owners.. advice about whats the things i need to take care when i will buy the Spyder RT...

I get some options:

1. 2012 red color RT-S. 11k miles. 998cc SR5
2. 2014 Orange color RT limited, 1500 miles. 1330cc SR6
3. 2016 White Color RT, 15k miles. 1330cc SR6
4. 2013 Yellow color RT-S, 10k miles, 998cc Manual.

your comments are welcome

Thanks a lot

Orlando, FL.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2019, 06:51 AM
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I own two 2012 RTs and both have been great machines. The biggest thing with the 998s is you are supposed to have valve clearances checked every 25,000 miles or so which can be costly if done at a dealer. Although I would never say disregard the manufacturer recommendation there are many posts of those having this done and everything was within spec. I personally have not had this procedure done and likely won’t. The 1330’s do not require valve checks thus saving this cost down the road if inclined to have it done. The 998s also use a bit of oil (they all do it’s just the way they are) and will burn a bit more fuel than the 1330’s. The 1330’s have a bit more range to a tank of fuel and a little more HP. Both are great machines and really it will come down to what you want to spend. You can generally buy a lower mileage RT with the 998 a few thousand cheaper than one that has a 1330 with higher mileage. That said if considering resale value then you want to go with the 1330.

Advice, don’t discount either both are great depends really on what you are willing to spend. If cost is a non issue, go with the 1330.

Also as far as model years they say the 2013 is the year to stay away from as this year had some issues.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2019, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Klbrnr View Post
If cost is a non issue, go with the 1330.

Also as far as model years they say the 2013 is the year to stay away from as this year had some issues.
And the semi-automatic transmission is a dream.
I would not recommend a manual.

The most common problems with the 2014 and newer models are not huge but can be expensive if out of warranty.
Parking brake motors and the control cluster on the left handle bar are the most common failures I think.

If you buy used, make sure you get at least a 30 day warranty, in writing, and consider buying an extended warranty.

Personal advice: If financing, save up as much down payment as you can BEFORE you buy.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-11-2019, 02:33 PM
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Why are the engine oil dipsticks so hard to screw back in straight??? Noticed that on a 2009 and a 2013 2 cylinder engines. Have they been cross threaded before I bought them used? Just wondered. Thanks, Vern
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