Two of the Spyders were PE models, the third hadn't mentioned if it was an early production or not. Someone mentioned about a fourth Spyder fire in Illinois.
I didn't post the two thread links, because I do know if it would be against SpyderTalk's forum rules. However, I will copy paste a part of the discussions with some photos here. If anyone is interested to find the threads one is titled "PE 1026 is no more" and the other is "Spyder on FIRE".
I'm only asking this question here because if there are more Spyders that have had fires, they really need to be reported to NHTSA in addition to BRP so someone will look to the cause if it's a potential safety problem that we all need to have resolved.
First Spyder Fire incident reported by Georgia owner
Premier Edition 1026 is no more by Spyder1026
05-04-2009, 09:03 PM
The Spyder died at about 4:15 pm today. No one else was hurt. The house and truck had some heat damage, but it could have been much worse.
There was no warning of any impending problems. Everything seem to be perfectly normal. The fire started on the right side, just as I pulled into the garage. Three minuets later and I would have been in the house totally unaware of a fire in the garage. I turned off the ignition and pushed the Spyder out of the garage.
Second Spyder Fire incident reported by Texas owner:
07-05-2009, 11:12 AM by gdmkgm
During a ride on the 4th , we had just pulled into the DQ in Overton Tx. to get a drink when my granddaugher on the back with me said that there was smoke coming from her grandmothers Spyder, at first I thought she had went through some water and it was steam, buit the it turned black and I saw flames in the side holes,got a extingisher from the DQ and put it out, but it still burned under the panels for several minates, don't know the extent on the damage yet waiting for the insurance co., but just looking through the panels it looks pretty bad.
Has anyone heard of this happening before? I just thankful that we were pulling in to a parking lot and not on the hiway.
Third Spyder Fire incident reported by Arizona owner
07-08-2009, 09:48 AM by DarrellHiggins
Another up in smoke - Premier Edition #3224
Mine burnt to the ground on June 22. I had ridden it from my home to my girlfriends home, about 12 miles. As soon as I dismounted I smelled burning, looked down at the seat saddle area and saw smoke that rapidly doubled - redoubled - quadrupled. The volume was so great that I had to get away from it (think explosion). As I was moving away it gave a 'crump' sound and I looked back to see it in flame.
It burnt VERY quickly. Way before the fire department arrived.
I feel very lucky to have NOT been on the thing and to have NOT parked it in my girlfriends garage, as I normally did.
Phoenix is hot - but come on! I wonder what BRP may be thinking ...
Fourth mentioned by another Spyder ryder
FYI the spyder that caught fire in Rockford Il had zero mods done to it. I don't recall if it was 08 or 09 but it was silver. The rider was driving through rock cut state park at a slow speed when it caught fire. I only saw the after pics and it was a total loss. Fire started in the engine compartment.
Edited by Seattle, 09 July 2009 - 07:37 PM.