Since last ensnared in Can-Am's Spyder's Web I am sorry to report that they still have yet to clear up any confusion with regards to licensing requirements. It is true, on the one hand they now state that you cannot use one of their machines to take your motorcycle test. However, they do falsely lead you to believe that you too can ride a Can-Am Spyder without a motorcycle license in Quebec. Which leads me to ponder just how overpaid the folks at BRP actually are given that this is complete and utterly untrue!
Interested parties will be happy to know that, while it is true, all you need in Quebec, Canada is a class 5 (motor vehicle) license to undertake the Road Safety Education Program (RSEP), inevitably you cannot ride one without a motorcycle trike license. For two seasons now I have worked alongside a team that has been charged with the task of giving new BRP Can-Am Spyder owners the aforementioned mandatory course in order to obtain their 6E (trike) license at École de Moto Sur2Roues located here in Sherbrooke, Quebec. On their website BRP claims that you should look at the SAAQ website for more information. The link that they provide you too takes you to a definition of a three (3) wheeled motorcycle, you know, just in case you don't know how to count already. What they neglect to mention is that the RSEP program is designed to allow people to add a Class 6E trike license to their existing Class 5 license. Thus, it is illegal to operate a Spyder in Quebec without a 6E license! Adding insult to injury, you cannot simply just drop by your local Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) outlet to have it added. Why? Good Question. I don't know and neither did the SAAQ teller I asked last time I was there. What I do know is that you have to mail your attestation to the SAAQ located in Quebec City.
Photo © Hasbro
The course itself consists of three (3) hours of theory and four (4) hours of onsite training at an accredited motorcycle school, Sur2Roues. Once complete it takes upwards of two weeks to get the 6E designation attached to your existing Class 5 license from the SAAQ in Quebec City. Despite these Tabanac moments, there is no denying that BRP Can-Am has made a killing with their unusual trike. Misleading information aside, they have garnered a steady following since the Spyder's release in 2007. BRP seems to have targeted everybody of all ages as even toy manufacturers like Hasbro have jumped on the band wagon (for a price no doubt) and have produced Transformers such as the one pictured right. Start em young I suppose not unlike what soft drink & tobacco companies use to do back in the day when candy cigarettes and soft drink gummies were common.
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