Top Gear vs mutant trike
Crazy part-car-part-bike Can-Am Spyder is a quick, curious and massively entertaining plaything. We love it
Posted: 26 Oct 2010
Things are just as weird through a corner. Turn the handlebars and the front wheels twitch immediately, with no pause between the input and the reaction. If you're turning left you're supposed to lean right, to the outside of the machine, which feels totally wrong and adds to the sense of imminent departure. But even in the wet it grips hard, clinging to the corner while you cling to it.
And it's fast. Twisting the throttle unleashes a flurry of windrush and fly splats before it's time to brake, using the pedal under your right foot. Nothing unusual about that, but unlike the one in a car, this pedal requires a toe-poke rather than a firm press with your sole. Not sure about you, but my right toe isn't the burliest part of my anatomy, and using it to bring 317kg-plus-rider to a halt brings fear to the eyes.