I have a New Year's Day tradition that must be strictly adhered to. Born of my past college NYE-induced hangovers, it consists of blankets, pizza delivery, college football and absolutely nothing else. Sounds intense, I know.

Now that I have an infant at home, I probably won't turn up to the Bacardi-shot levels of countdowns past, but this annual celebration of sloth is still oh so necessary. There are very few things that could pull me away from this beloved tradition, and one of them is the 2014 Can-Am Spyder RS-S sitting in my garage.


In the past year, I've been fortunate to test some amazing cars. There was the Nissan GT-R Track, the Audi A8 L, the C7 Corvette Stingray and many others. None of them prompted as many questions, as many random "Whoo-hoo!" cheers and as many stares as the Spyder. Only the Fisker Karma attracted nearly as much attention and wonder, and most of that centered around whether or not the company would survive the year (it didn't).

With Stability Control, Traction Control and three-wheel ABS, it's safer than a motorcycle and easy enough that n00bs with little to zero motorcycle experience – like me – can feel immediately comfortable behind the handlebars. It also looks badass and blasts around with plenty of character. So is the Spyder RS-S the perfect compromise for car-lovers looking for the freedom of a bike?

I'm a fan. So much so, that I might pull myself out of my cherished January 1 cave and tear off into the mountains with my dad on his Harley. After tooling around city streets for the last three days I'm itching to get the Spyder into some curves and watch that exposed suspension do work.

Over the next few days I plan to post plenty of updates on Twitter, and a blog about the New Year's drive. There are a few things I need to suss out on the road first, so stay tuned and tag along. But what about you? Have you ridden a Spyder? Is it the answer for our non-four-wheel woes?

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