The Can-Am Spyder ("Spyder") is a three-wheeled motor vehicle (two wheels in the front, one in the rear) similar in layout to a modern snowmobile. The Spyder uses an ATV-like chassis with a single rear drive wheel, and two wheels in front for steering. It is often mistakenly referred to as a "roadster" but in techinical terms is more of what has been traditionally called a three wheeled trike. The Spyder has traction and stability control, and antilock brakes. In most US states the Spyder is licensed as a motorcycle. In California and Delaware only a regular driver's license is required--however, helmet laws apply in California as they do for all motorcyclists. There is a luggage space under a "hood" at the front of the vehicle. Saddle bags, top boxes and other accessories for the Spyder are also in existence. The Spyder also has front and rear brakes which are both actuated by the same foot pedal, a true reverse gear, power steering and an optional electric shift transmission. The Spyder comes in two main models, these being: Spyder SM5 The SM5 has a transmission similar to that of a traditional motorcycle, with a left-foot-actuated shifter and a left-hand-actuated clutch. It is a two-down-four-up system, with a transmission-based reverse as a sub-gear below first gear. Spyder SE5 The SE5 Spyder has a semi-automatic transmission. Up-shift and downshift is done by pressing a button (thumb and index finger activated).
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