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Old 05-01-2012, 06:24 AM   #61
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Added one to the stable.

My wife bought one after seeing them at a motorcycle show. Dealer let us test drive them for as long as we wanted. Very different machine, definitely not a motorcycle. She sold her F650 and bought a Spyder because she wanted to. She rode it back from dealership without blinking, two long hours through the country.

Took me a couple of hours on it before I learned to ride it comfortably. Had to learn it isn't a motorcycle even though it has handlebars.Low air pressure in wide tires makes it forgiving for potholes and islands at gas stations (oops!). Runs good, fairly comfortable. Regular gas, decent mileage. Takes up a lot of room in the garage. Ain't gonna split lanes on this.
Definitely not a motorcycle but what the heck, she wanted it and she is riding it. Can carry her cameras and tripod.
Quite funny when she pulls into a restaurant with a group of pirates there, they don't know if they should talk to her or ignore her. Really a conversation starter.
On a long ride I'll take my GS and she'll take her Spyder, we can cover some serious miles quickly that way and she can carry enough "stuff" to keep a girl happy.
Short pleasure rides I'll take the Ural and the dogs plus chairs, she brings the picnic basket and beverages. The two of us on such different vehicles really increases the UDF.
VIR trackdays are fun on a Spyder but you better practice first. Two wheeler will smoke it without a lot of effort.
Most of the reistance to them seems to come from people who can't accept that they aren't a threat to their idea of a motorcycle. Ride anything you want, just enjoy the day and the ride.
It really isn't a motorcycle but they are fun. Another reason for multiple bikes.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:41 AM   #62
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It's not WHAT you ride, it's THAT you ride.
Very well said.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:35 AM   #63
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Most of the reistance to them seems to come from people who can't accept that they aren't a threat to their idea of a motorcycle. Ride anything you want, just enjoy the day and the ride.
It really isn't a motorcycle but they are fun. Another reason for multiple bikes.[/QUOTE]

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:33 AM   #64
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It's not WHAT you ride, it's THAT you ride.


Goddamned right! Actually like Spyders. But, they are not a motorcycle. In a place like So. Cal, however, they seem to be a natural. No m/c license needed, can use carpool lanes, easy to park, about the right weather. They also have enough "road-ego" so they seem much more noticeable than a motorcycle. And then, when you are done using it for your mundane commute, you can actually get on it and blast off for a weekend. Nice.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:38 PM   #65
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The Spyder is considered a motorcycle in Florida.
322.01(26)
(26)“Motorcycle” means a motor vehicle powered by a motor with a displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor, tri-vehicle, or moped.

It is not a tri-vehicle.
322.01(46)
(46) “Tri-vehicle” means an enclosed three-wheeled passenger vehicle that:(a) Is designed to operate with three wheels in contact with the ground;
(b) Has a minimum unladen weight of 900 pounds;
(c) Has a single, completely enclosed, occupant compartment;
(d) Is produced in a minimum quantity of 300 in any calendar year;
(e) Is capable of a speed greater than 60 miles per hour on level ground; and
(f) Is equipped with:1. Seats that are certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating systems” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.207);
2. A steering wheel used to maneuver the vehicle;
3. A propulsion unit located forward or aft of the enclosed occupant compartment;
4. A seat belt for each vehicle occupant certified to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, “Seat belt assemblies” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.209);
5. A windshield and an appropriate windshield wiper and washer system that are certified by the
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:48 PM   #66
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The Spyder is considered a motorcycle in Florida.
322.01(26)
(26)“Motorcycle” means a motor vehicle powered by a motor with a displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor, tri-vehicle, or moped.

It is not a tri-vehicle.
322.01(46)
(46) “Tri-vehicle” means an enclosed three-wheeled passenger vehicle that:(a) Is designed to operate with three wheels in contact with the ground;
(b) Has a minimum unladen weight of 900 pounds;
(c) Has a single, completely enclosed, occupant compartment;
(d) Is produced in a minimum quantity of 300 in any calendar year;
(e) Is capable of a speed greater than 60 miles per hour on level ground; and
(f) Is equipped with:1. Seats that are certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating systems” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.207);
2. A steering wheel used to maneuver the vehicle;
3. A propulsion unit located forward or aft of the enclosed occupant compartment;
4. A seat belt for each vehicle occupant certified to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, “Seat belt assemblies” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.209);
5. A windshield and an appropriate windshield wiper and washer system that are certified by the
Mommy, mommy -- in Florida I'm a fucking motorcycle!

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Old 05-02-2012, 03:09 PM   #67
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:21 PM   #68
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Wow. What a unique idea.



/thread jack

In all seriousness. I've driven a T-Rex and the sound of a ZX-14 screaming inches behind your head should be on everyone's bucket list.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:33 PM   #69
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The Spyder is considered a motorcycle in Florida.
322.01(26)
(26)“Motorcycle” means a motor vehicle powered by a motor with a displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor, tri-vehicle, or moped.

It is not a tri-vehicle.
322.01(46)
(46) “Tri-vehicle” means an enclosed three-wheeled passenger vehicle that:(a) Is designed to operate with three wheels in contact with the ground;
(b) Has a minimum unladen weight of 900 pounds;
(c) Has a single, completely enclosed, occupant compartment;
(d) Is produced in a minimum quantity of 300 in any calendar year;
(e) Is capable of a speed greater than 60 miles per hour on level ground; and
(f) Is equipped with:1. Seats that are certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating systems” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.207);
2. A steering wheel used to maneuver the vehicle;
3. A propulsion unit located forward or aft of the enclosed occupant compartment;
4. A seat belt for each vehicle occupant certified to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, “Seat belt assemblies” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.209);
5. A windshield and an appropriate windshield wiper and washer system that are certified by the
Actually, it would not meet the definition you have posted:

Has a single, completely enclosed, occupant compartment;
Is equipped with:1. Seats that are certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating systems” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.207);

A steering wheel used to maneuver the vehicle;

A seat belt for each vehicle occupant certified to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, “Seat belt assemblies” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.209);

A windshield and an appropriate windshield wiper and washer system that are certified by the

A T-Rex perhaps, but NOT a Spyder.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:46 PM   #70
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The Spyder is considered a motorcycle in Florida.
322.01(26)
(26)“Motorcycle” means a motor vehicle powered by a motor with a displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters, having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor, tri-vehicle, or moped.

It is not a tri-vehicle.
322.01(46)
(46) “Tri-vehicle” means an enclosed three-wheeled passenger vehicle that:(a) Is designed to operate with three wheels in contact with the ground;
(b) Has a minimum unladen weight of 900 pounds;
(c) Has a single, completely enclosed, occupant compartment;
(d) Is produced in a minimum quantity of 300 in any calendar year;
(e) Is capable of a speed greater than 60 miles per hour on level ground; and
(f) Is equipped with:1. Seats that are certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating systems” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.207);
2. A steering wheel used to maneuver the vehicle;
3. A propulsion unit located forward or aft of the enclosed occupant compartment;
4. A seat belt for each vehicle occupant certified to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, “Seat belt assemblies” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.209);
5. A windshield and an appropriate windshield wiper and washer system that are certified by the
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Actually, it would not meet the definition you have posted:

Has a single, completely enclosed, occupant compartment;
Is equipped with:1. Seats that are certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, “Seating systems” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.207);

A steering wheel used to maneuver the vehicle;

A seat belt for each vehicle occupant certified to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, “Seat belt assemblies” (49 C.F.R. s. 571.209);

A windshield and an appropriate windshield wiper and washer system that are certified by the

A T-Rex perhaps, but NOT a Spyder.
^^ you missed that part eh?

He's saying it doesn't meet those requirements, and therefore is a motorcycle (by law)
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #71
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It's interesting that apparently only two states don't require one to obtain a m/c endorsement to drive the Spyder. Of course, one would imagine with its compactness and fuel economy its use would be encouraged... but of course there are all those nice testing fees to pick up. I remember when I was a kid hanging in (then) West Berlin and seeing all those weird Messerschmitt three wheelers and being told losing the 4th wheel was all about beating the road tax. Here only CA and Delaware give you a bit of a break.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:18 PM   #72
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Is it a hack? Why is it posted here?
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:44 PM   #73
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Here are a few pic of my Best GirlFriend and her Spyder...
She loves it.. She is very small like I am..
And she just didn't feel comfy on her other Moto's that she had owned...
She has 25+K on it now .. She bought it last spring ..
If you are on the SpyderLovers BBS she is AKA .. FlamingoBabe







OK now is it a motorcycle/Trike/Hack ... NO it's a Spyder....

When I test rode a Spyder back in 08 YOU have to have a MC lic...

Also why can't it be here ? The forum is called :

Hacks ......Sidecars & other cooleo 2+ wheeled moto-contraptions....
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:30 PM   #74
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"Sidecars & other cooleo 2+ wheeled moto-contraptions"
I was just about to post that.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #75
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The Spyder is considered a motorcycle in Florida.
And what makes you think you matter?

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