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Born to Be Wild, the popular theme song for recalcitrant bikers, is a ditty to which I'll often sing along when the mood strikes. On this particular day while riding the Can-Am Spyder RT Limited, the rock 'n roll battle cry couldn't have been more discordant.

Sure, I was exhibiting anarchy — flouting the law by riding 85 mph in a posted 65 mph zone — but considering the architecture of the machine and endless quizzical looks the Spyder inspires, I felt a one-hit-wonder such as Der Kommissar, the little-understood but extremely popular tune from the Austrian band Falco, was a more fitting motif. Pressing "scan" on the Spyder's bar-mounted switchgear, I left Steppenwolf for more appropriate background muzak.

That no one can hear my radio selection while thrumming down the Harbor Freeway isn't the point; it's a matter of self-perception, and right now I'm thoroughly confused. The Spyder's expansive use of bodywork and capaciousness (enough to make a Wing Dinger jealous, 155 liters vs. 147 liters) isn't the cause of my mental trauma, nor is it the RT Limited's abundance of electronic paraphernalia including traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, cruise control, etc.

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