This is a pretty good argument. I think price will be the deciding factor if they are even cross shopped.Yup.. I think it's going to boil down to price though. If they are similar in pricing I think many will compare the two machines all of the time.
1. Both will require a motorcycle license.
2. Can-am and Polaris off-road products get compared all of the time.
3. Both will give you a similar open road, wind in your face type experience.
5. Riding vs Driving.
Can-am has done very well with the spyder over the past few years. It has certainly filled a void missing in the powersports industry. I've considered getting one a few times as I figured it would be the perfect bike to load up in the toy hauler when traveling to places that don't allow off-road vehicles.
The next big question is... How soon will Can-am recognize the success of the Slingshot and release a competing 3 wheel roadster?
Yes, considering the Slingshot has been in development for at least 4 years, it will be hard for anyone to jump into the game quickly.Man, this thing is the product of years worth of research and development. Do you think CanAm or any other company can answer quickly and safely?
I'm asking because I remember when the first iPhone came out back in WW2, and Blackberry lost me FOREVER because they tricked me into buying their POS Storm... Didn't work out so well.
I think it will and over the next few years I think we'll only see this platform get better and better.
I can shed some light on this topic although I haven't test drove the Slingshot. I can tell you there are many angry Spyder owners out there as BRP and their Spyder dealers have this policy: if you have a complaint or an ongoing problem with a Spyder the dealer can't solve, they hand the problem back to the customer, stating "you have to call BRP (Spyder's mfg in case you didn't know). if you want to get anywhere. BPR in Quebec has a call center for this and the person will be very well trained in giving you empathy, sympathy, or whatever emotional response the situation requires. Then they will open a case number and send you back to contact your dealer like a yo-yo. In my 2 very different experiences here was the end result: NOTHING! The first time they send me a kit, easy to self install, in which every component broke after a fifteen minute ride at 30-45 mph. The only thing that didn't break were iron brackets, but all the plastic component were cracked or shattered. So I went through their process (in my opinion a store that sells you something should be in contact with the mfg, not the customer). Case opened, dealer had their little tete a tete with BRP and BRP told the dealer to tell me it was my fault because I installed the thing wrong. Anyone with a set of screwdrivers with phillips and torque heads could do the install in 15 minutes. BRP offered nothing, not even a discount on a replacement. My dealer ended up selling me the item at cost and this time it worked fine but IMO the plastic parts are cheaply made.I am an avid Victory fan and owner of several Victory machines (Vision, Vegas, Crossroads). My wife also owns a Spyder RT-S SE5, unfortunately. I'm going to assume that the Slingshot is a higher quality machine, just because of who makes it. I certainly can't be worse than Can-Am at the least, no one can. That being said, working on that plastic paneled Can-Am pos is an exercise in patience and vocabulary. The simplest maintenance requires extreme disassembly. I hope the Slingshot isn't like that, but when I saw the photo from the rear, with the shock and drive belt sticking through holes in plastic riveted panels, I was crushed. It reminded me so much of looking at the wife's Spyder. But at least the Can-Am seats 2 and has saddlebags, trunk, frunk (trunk in front) for storage. We can pack enough to take multi day trips, which I don't see as an option with the Slingshot. It may not be designed for long trips, but for a machine that will take up that much of my wallet and garage space, it has to be more than a one trick pony.