2. 2008 Can-Am Spyder Test


What? You say a Can-Am Spyder isn’t really a motorcycle? Well, the Spyder shares enough similarities with motorcycles (and is classified as one in many states) and is just odd enough to attract the attention of the MO editorial staff as well as our loyal MOrons. While this 2008 model may have been the first Spyder we reviewed, it certainly wasn’t our last, and clearly, our readers were also curious enough to earn it runner-up status in the single-vehicle review click-counting contest.

The Spyder garnered compliments everywhere Editor Duke rode it: “Since we all didn’t get enough attention as children, we really enjoyed the rock-star levels of attention the Can-Am attracted.” The uniqueness of this fun-to-ride vehicle is likely responsible for this review’s high rankings. Or maybe it was the tire-smoking 150-foot burnout seen in the video.

Read the full review: 2008 Can-Am Spyder Test

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?