Can-Am Spyder Fires Under Investigation

I saw a really interesting motorcycle story from ABC News this morning:

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.

The probe covers about 52,000 motorcycles from the 2008 through 2014 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Friday that the fires appear to be unrelated to three recalls of the motorcycles. One Spyder was destroyed last month in a fire while being used by the Morgantown, West Virginia, Police Department. Another burned in the Mojave Desert region of California.

These are supposed to be modern machines on wheels that increase the safety of riders. When I was at a bike show, a dealer was trying to lure me into taking one for a test drive. “You’d never have to work on it,” he said. That sealed the deal: I’ll never get a bike that I can’t work on. A machine so complicated that at-home repairs would be impossible.

Right now, there are 52,000 three-wheeled motorcycles that are capable of turning into a blazing fire. I’ve seen a few in Chicagoland but they’re not very common — if that’s an accurate number of Spyder motorcycles, then there’s about 1,000 per state. That could be a very significant motorcycle safety issue that impacts many people; not just riders.

If it caught a motorcycle cop’s bike on fire, it could happen to just about anyone.

Photo courtesy of Steindy on Wikipedia

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