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Has anyone come across the problem of your RT stalling at traffic lights? I've only had it since Saturday and so far it has stalled out about 4 times when I was stopped at a red light in 1st gear. it starts right up again but it is the stalling that is getting me. I have to make a call to the dealer today for another issue (fog lights not working) and to order my xm hook up so I'm going to ask to bring it in tomorrow to check this out. Any thoughts??
 

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I have read on other threads about the stalling issue. I've had my RT Limited since July 7th and havn't had this problem but I am well aware of it. Search the threads and you'll see you're problem. I'm still learning my bike and have almost 300 miles on it now. Welcome!:)
 

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Could be the gas you put in it.... though I don't know why I think that, so consider me rambling....
 

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Here is my Experence, and the attached message went to VP N.A. Yves Leduc

To whom it may concern,
My name is John Berghofer, I purchased a 2011 Can Am Spyder RT LTD from Jim Potts Motor Group 1033 Wanda Lane, Woodstock, IL 60098 on July 17, 2011.

I have been looking at buying a Honda Goldwing Trike for 10 plus years now. When Can Am came out with the Spyder, I was intrigued but reluctant to sign on for a new concept bike, especially since this would be my first motorcycle. I waited and watched the Spyder grow and improve over the years. I was happy to see the Spyder make a touring bike, since that was the way I wanted to go to in the first place.

So here I am in May 2011 contemplating purchasing a Honda Goldwing Trike or a Spyder RT LTD. It took me months to decide what I was going to do. I had two friends go to Wing Ding down in Deals Gap this year, and they told me that there was a 6-hour wait to take the Spyder out for a test ride. With that knowledge, I figured if there was that amount of interest at a Honda sponsored event, Can Am must be on to something. Therefore, I took the leap, went out, and purchased a new 2011 RT LTD with 2 miles on it when the contract was signed on July 17, 2011.

After all of the paperwork was completed, six friends and I took my new Spyder out for her maiden voyage. Unfortunately, I did not realize how short my euphoria would be.

15 miles down the road as we pulled up to the restaurant we were having lunch at, the bike stalls out, so here I am sitting on a brand new Can Am, surrounded by Honda’s and Harley’s and I have a stalled Spyder. Of course, I can take the jokes about the newbie on his bike with training wheels, and even not knowing how to shift like a man, but the Spyders' reputation took a hard hit when it came to her performance with long term Honda and Harley owners around. We finished our lunch and headed back out for a day of riding. By the end of the first day, I put on a meager 150 miles, and lost count of how many times she stalled after 10+ times and almost getting rear ended almost every time.

I emailed Jim Potts, the Owner of the Dealership that I purchased her through when I got home that evening, and notified him of the situation. I had to take my brand new Spyder back to the shop with 180 miles on her on 07/23/2011; Jim had his Mechanic “Gator” on the job right away. It turned out that Gator had to reflash the computer and redo other settings that were not correct from the factory, and sent me on my way.

I then set off for a 268-mile trip to break her in and get to the 600-mile service. For the first 20 miles, she was running better than before and the comfort level was better also. However, as for her first time out, that was short lived. I noticed that she started running rough and it was not only noticeable in the throttle, but you could feel and hear the bike misfiring. I started to notice she was thirstier than normal and my second half of my gas tank was evaporating. She stalled once when I was at the overlook on RT 20 just outside Galena .She stalled again in downtown Galena when I was sitting at a stop sign. Then on the way home, she got really rough

About 50 miles later, I had a few lights go on and went into limp home mode. I believe it said check DPS (it was orange and looked like my steering control. The light that looks like a Spyder with squiggles above the 3000 rpm was on along with the blinking engine light. I limped it a few miles back into Sycamore, I stopped and shut her down for 5 min and restarted. No lights no warnings. I gassed her up and drove her home. Jim Potts sent a trailer for her to bring her back to the shop for a third time in two weeks.

With today’s technology, I would expect that Can Am could trace my VIN number and find out every person who had a hand in assembling this Spyder RT LTD. Because I would like answers, as to how this Spyder RT LTD passed Can Am’s quality controls with this many issues right out of the crate. I did not purchase a brand new $30,000.00 Spyder RT LTD, so it can rack up more shop time than road time.

I do not hold the Dealership accountable for this Spyder RT LTD being substandard; the Dealership is doing everything it can to get my Spyder RT LTD back to me in proper working condition, as it should have been from the beginning.

BRP is trying to gain market share in the touring motorcycle category; and I am a rolling billboard for BRP and Can Am. This is not the way you start a favorable relationship with your customers who advertise your product every time they ride. In addition, 13 days after I purchased my Spyder, I have yet to get any of my paperwork on it. Is it too much to ask of a Corporation, when someone drops $30,000.00 for your product, to next day or even two day out the paperwork to the new owner?

I would like to know what BRP is going to do to compensate me for all the inconvenience and time wasted that I could have been on the road enjoying my Spyder RT LTD. Due to the malfunctions I could have been numerous accidents because of poor quality controls on Can Am’s part.

Carlo called me and left a messsage on 08/01/11, but we have been playing phone tag.

I am going to request that Can Am replace my bike with a Brand New Factoy line Bike. I have lost all security in riding this Motorcycle! As per Illinois Law, they only have one more time in the shop and then it is a LEMON! Then I will be contacting the Illinois States Attorney. So lets keep our fingers crossed Spyder Owners!!!!!
 

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Thanks for your information it's very interesting. I'm making an appointment today to take it in for a check. The dealer said if it happened again they would put it on the computer to check for any codes. I just want to make sure that all is working properly. I was hoping to put some miles on it the next few days. So far I've only been able to ride it back and forth to work. Thanks again I'm thankful for any and all information I can get. This was a long and expensive purchase for me coming from a Burgman Exec. So far I love the ride when I can.
 

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Has anyone come across the problem of your RT stalling at traffic lights? I've only had it since Saturday and so far it has stalled out about 4 times when I was stopped at a red light in 1st gear. it starts right up again but it is the stalling that is getting me. I have to make a call to the dealer today for another issue (fog lights not working) and to order my xm hook up so I'm going to ask to bring it in tomorrow to check this out. Any thoughts??
Have you had the 2011-07 and 08 Service bulletin performed yet? One adjusts the throttle body which has been a problem with stalling on 2011 LT's.
The other fixes the loose grommets on the side cover.

While you are it, have them fix the 2011-09 bulletin on the parking brake spring.
 

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Thanks. You guys are awesome with the information. I made a list of everything everyone has said so I hope to have all the bases covered. I can't wait to get it on the open road for some good riding. My poor Jeep sits in the driveway now collecting dust. I just have a few things to tweak like the sat. radio adapter. and trailer hitch. Other than that this is an awesome ride. I'm sorry I waited so long.
 
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