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    Can Am Spyder commercial - licensing?

    I just saw a commercial for the Can Am Spyder Roadster and heard them say, "take your motorcycle license test on a Roadster and you can go riding the next day."

    What does this mean? How can they make blanket statements given licensing requirements are state specific? Do they have a 3-wheeled specific riding test? In CA you do not need a motorcycle endorsement to ride a Spyder. In MO you do need to have an M endorsement. So can you take your test on a Spyder and get an M endorsement and then you can legally ride any 2 wheeled motorcycle afterwards?
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    I can only answer for NH. We now have a three wheel course that if you complete it successfully, will allow you to ride three wheeled motorcycles only. We also have the traditional MSF course that still qualifies you with an "M" for two wheeled AND three wheeled motorcycles.
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    Trike laws vary from state to state...some mandate a class M endorsement while others permit you to use the automotive C endorsements...and others go so far as to set up a third classification for three wheelers. As you mentioned, CA treats three wheelers as cages, as was evident during the Governator's well publicized and historic helmetless collision with a cage while he was riding a sidecar rig.
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    So can you take your test on a Spyder and get an M endorsement and then you can legally ride any 2 wheeled motorcycle afterwards?
    In most states they are registered and licensed as motorcycles, so the answer would be "yes." I sure as heck wouldn't want to pay automobile insurance rates or automobile registration fees just because my bike had three wheels instead of two!

    Seems odd to me that California and maybe other states would license them as cars. Why would CA consider them cars, to collect higher registration fees?
    And if they are cars, then you don't have to wear a helmet? What about a seatbelt?

    The CanAm website has a drop-down menu. Pick your state and it tells what sort of license you need for a CanAm. Just quickly browsing a few states, I haven't seen anyone except CA consider them to be cars.
    http://en-us.spyder.brp.com/showroom...uirements.aspx

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    So what if you go on a cross country trip and your state doesn't require an endorsement, but you get pulled over in a state that does?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwjones View Post
    So what if you go on a cross country trip and your state doesn't require an endorsement, but you get pulled over in a state that does?
    It goes by the state of your license, so your home state rules apply. Would ever LEO know this, that I don't know.

    In NC you do not need anything special to ride a three wheel vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markk9 View Post
    It goes by the state of your license, so your home state rules apply. Would ever LEO know this, that I don't know.

    In NC you do not need anything special to ride a three wheel vehicle.
    You still have to follow helmet laws, regardless of your home state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwjones View Post
    You still have to follow helmet laws, regardless of your home state.
    Correct. But in this case, if state "X" says you're now licensed to ride/drive a certain vehicle in state "X", then state "Y" will have to recognize that endorsement as well.

    Now, if you move from "X" to "Y", I would assume that you may have to retake or re-qualify any tests to bring your endorsement up to their required level.
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    Do any states plate a spyder as a car? If so, would you still need to wear a helmet in those states?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoCo Gal View Post
    I just saw a commercial for the Can Am Spyder Roadster and heard them say, "take your motorcycle license test on a Roadster and you can go riding the next day."

    What does this mean? How can they make blanket statements given licensing requirements are state specific? Do they have a 3-wheeled specific riding test? In CA you do not need a motorcycle endorsement to ride a Spyder. In MO you do need to have an M endorsement. So can you take your test on a Spyder and get an M endorsement and then you can legally ride any 2 wheeled motorcycle afterwards?
    Ga laws states any street legal vehicle with less than four wheels falls under the motorcycle category, and therefore has to follow all the rules that apply (helmets, DRL etc)
    The spyder is therefore classified as a motorcycle, and hence the state has to allow you to take your motorcycle endorsement exam with it.

    Yep, its a loophole. But there advertising is correct (at least for Ga).
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