BRP has added a police-specific version of its Can-Am Spyder three-wheel vehicle – the Can-Am Spyder F3-P – to its growing line of products adapted for government and commercial use.
"The three-wheel design eliminates the two biggest concerns of motorcycle officers," said Police Chief James Mills from Benbrook, Texas. "It's almost impossible to tip over and it's easier to be seen by motorists in traffic."
BRP consulted with police motorcycle experts to design and equip its police unit as well as to ensure the Spyder F3-P exceeded the current industry offering. The goal was to provide the best vehicle so law enforcement officers can do their job more safely, effectively and comfortably.
"This new model offers great benefits over traditional police motorcycles," said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brands and Strategy at BRP. "Most important is the added peace-of mind and safety features this vehicle provides officers as they perform their important duties in our communities."
The Can-Am Spyder F3-P is based on the F3 model, which features a cruising riding position and a lower centre of gravity, making it the most nimble Spyder yet. Along with its distinctive Y-frame configuration and array of sophisticated safety and security systems, the Spyder F3-P adds a layer of convenience with its police accessories such as a siren, LED emergency lights, and increased cargo capacity, wired with 12V and USB connectors. Officers can also customize their bike's fit for their size, stature, and riding style with the F3 model's industry-exclusive UFIT system of adjustable foot peg positions and alternative handlebars.
Cargo capacity received special attention to accommodate everything today's motorcycle officers must carry. In addition to the trademark trunk in the nose of the Spyder vehicle, there is a standard aluminum top case and two optional side cases, for a total capacity of 140 L (37 gal).
Acceleration and power come from a state-of-the-art Rotax 1330 ACE engine and flows through a reliable 6-speed semi-automatic transmission. The braking system is especially impressive for a police motorcycle – it is a simple one-pedal operation and its stopping distance was the best among its competitors at the 2015 and 2016 Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation, according to the company.
As the Spyder F3-P is a factory version of a civilian vehicle, it can be serviced easily by each department or at any Can-Am dealership in North America to get vehicles back on duty quickly, and without compromising BRP's standard limited warranty.
The Can-Am Spyder F3-P is BRP's latest addition to BRP's growing Commercial and Government line-up, which includes the Sea-Doo SAR watercraft for search and rescue operations on waterways or Can-Am Law Enforcement off-road vehicles.
BRP is known for its design, development, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories, and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.5 billion from 107 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide.