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Re: MAC-PAC: OT: Spyder BRP (3-wheeled motorcycle)
- From: "Steve Makohin" <wateredg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 16:20:15 -0500
- Subject: Re: MAC-PAC: OT: Spyder BRP (3-wheeled motorcycle)
From: "Bruno Valeri" <bvaleri@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "Steve Makohin" <wateredg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
PS: In the words of one friend of mine, it's nice to see Canadians making
a product for a virtually non-existent market :-)
True, but it's in keeping with Bombardier philosophy, part of their DNA
coding, if you will. :)
To think outside the box.
Armand Bombardier invented snowmobiles and created a huge market where non
Bombardier, the company, introduced Sea-Doo watercraft, creating a huge
market where non existed.
They innovated with the ATV market.
The Spyder is an extension of the Powersports product mix. It is not an
attempt at creating a motorcycle. It's a leisure product meant to provide
entertainment in the same way that personal watercraft and snowmobiles do.
In this sense, there is an overlap as many people buy motorcycles for an
entertainment value vs strictly practical tramsportation.
BTW, Rotax, owned by BRP, power several BMW models as well as supply the
990cc V-twin for the Aprilia sportbike. This is the engine now in the
I'm looking forward to riding one for review.
I agree with all your observations. I just do not believe it will sell in
any significant numbers because it is a vehicle that must be licensed to
operate in its intended environment: On paved, public streets. And in many
places, the operator must have special training and a special license
(motorcycle) to qualify. Because of these factors, a large segments of the
"off road" recreational crowd will not make the transition to this vehicle.
I also don't foresee significant numbers of "new market" consumers being
I could be wrong. Time will tell. It's possible the manufacturer is
realizing this product purely as a design exercise, or with limited sales in
mind, for the purpose of increasing mind-share in other markets (snow
vehicles, water vehicles, off road wheeled vehicles).
I certainly hope Cycle Canada can get their hands on one of these and review
it (hopefully you doing the review). Please alert the list if that should
Oakville, Ontario, Canada