For the most part, al I have heard has been both positive about the "reflash" and only minor "hard to steer" comments on the bikes that had the issue. The exception is this recent post
where the rider had a major problem.
I'm a car-not, and drive by wire/electric power steering is on the cutting edge. If any have experienced the loss of power brakes or power steering while driving you know how scary it can be. The Spyder recall is a bit different as the power steering is still working, just not doing what the rider expects/wants.
Hear is a link to the original Spyder power steering recall notice
Here is a link to the NHTSA recall
There have been several problems with the re-flash though, in some cases the computer does not "like-it/take-it" and a bunch of codes will pop-up. If this happens, BRP has another notice out saying to contact them for authorization to replace the entire PS unit.
I found this article includes the date of manufacture included in the recall:
It shouldn't come as a surprise that a vehicle as innovative as the three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder would face a few teething problems during its first few years on the market. Unfortunately, one particular aspect of the machine's power steering system has reportedly caused at least three injuries, though none have so far been life threatening. To remedy the apparent defect, Can-Am has agreed to voluntarily recall some 12,500 Spyders (9,932 of them sold in the United States) that were manufactured between July 2007 and May 2009
The recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which can be viewed here
, seems a bit ambiguous on the actual cause or effect of the steering problem, saying only that "the operator of an involved vehicle may need to exert a force greater than expected to initiate the turning of the steering handlebar off centre in order to correct vehicle drift from a straight line path." Uh-huh. Company spokeswoman Johanne Denault shed a little more light on the problem when she told The Canadian Press, "The vehicle is not going to start zig zagging, it's only a small drift."
"Small drift" or not, owners of possibly affected units are urged to contact Bombardier Recreational Products at 1-866-767-0707 or see their local dealers for a free inspection and replacement of the affected bits. Kongsberg Inc., suppliers of the Spyder's power steering system, will reportedly pay for repairs. We've reached out to BRP to see if we could obtain a more thorough explanation of the problem or the intended solution, but we've not yet heard back.