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Old 05-19-2008, 04:54 AM   #1
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Test Ride: A different kind of trike

I hope I am posting in the correct topic, as you can see I have not posted very much here. If it need to be moved I hope the mods feel free to do so, and you have my apologies for being such a n00b.
We took a test ride on one of these Saturday at Cowtown Powersports in FTW. No I am not replacing my Voyager anytime soon except maybe with another Voyager. I kind of liked it although it would definitely would take some getting used to. I see it as definite alternative to 2 wheels when I get to where I can't do that anymore. I want to stay in wind for as long as I can,
It definitely has some power, the rear would break loose when it was urged to. Handling was good on smooth roads, but on bumpy roads it to a bit twitchy. The electric power steering is VERY responsive. I think with more seat time you would get used to the steering. The biggest problem I had was remembering that all of the brakes are operated by the right foot (no hand brake for the front). The brakes are ABS. The other was fighting the urge to put my feet down when coming to a stop. The one we rode was a manual shift, the electric shift wasn't available. I was told the motor is same that is used in 1000cc V-twin Aprilla. The final drive is belt. My wife, Kathy did not care for it very much. She rides a cruiser and did not care for the riding position at all.
Here are some pic:

Getting ready

Looks pretty Cool??

Off I go??

Still going like a herd of turtles

Kathy's turn

Off she goes whining all the way

Here she comes back still whining

Get me off this thing
I really believe she liked it more than she would have me believe. She said it would be something she would consider if the riding position were changed from the sporting to a curiser style.
I was a fun experience for both of us.
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Old 05-19-2008, 05:12 AM   #2
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Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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I wonder if the handlebars can be raised to a more neutral position. I have a KLR and enjoy an upright riding position instead of the crotch rocket position. Guess I'd have to ride the Spyder first though. It does need panniers for more storage.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:34 PM   #4
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That sure is a funky looking machine - I would really like riding one sometime.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:59 PM   #5
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Am I the only one who doesn't understand the appeal of symmetrical 3-wheelers?
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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I sat on one today while picking up a part for my KLR at the dealer. I like the concept but the sport riding position turns me off. Oh well. Neat looking though!
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