Let's see your Can-Am Spyder

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by TheRackman, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    :nod The overwhelming view of people I know who've test ridden them is that you find every pothole in the road.
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  2. zDollar Bill

    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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    Took a test ride when it was just a concept and I was trying to grab the front brake lever that wasn't there.
    One of the service guys figured out how to disconnect the traction control and claimed it did awesome smokey burnouts.
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  3. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    When I did my test ride I was right behind the can am rep, and I noticed that when I followed his line I missed most of them. Point being, on a test ride you aren't used to the bike. After you ride it for a while you'll start to learn where the wheels are and miss the bumps better. Either way it rides pretty nice, so it's not too big of a deal.

    I've seen it, they do good burnouts.
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  4. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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    Seems to me they might be fine on relatively smooth pavement, but where I ride there are lots of bumps, potholes, crap on the road, you name it, and I would imagine I would frequently be hitting one wheel or another on something. Even with a two-wheeler there are places where you just can't miss all that stuff, but as someone pointed out earlier, cars drive these roads too and depend more on the suspension. But, with the Can Am you have three tracks to keep aware of and they are close together. With a car there are only two tracks, and they are pretty far apart, and of course a motorcycle just has one track.
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  5. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I think these things are pretty cool and I am glad to be seeing more and more of them on the road. I may own one someday. It looks like a lot of fun to me... :D
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  6. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    You don't have to disable any traction control, they'll do burnouts in a straight line. It's the stability control that puts the squeeze on cornering, and oversteering out of corners.
    I did some smoky launches when I test rode one.
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  7. southwade

    southwade ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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  9. duck

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    But, can they lanespliit? (Serious question.)
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  10. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    About as well as a Tri-Glide.
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  11. TheRackman

    TheRackman RideTodayItMayBeYourLast!

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    I Knew only "COOL" people ride the SPYDERS :lol3
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  12. kbuckey

    kbuckey Been here awhile

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    My wife has a sport version. Thing is a hoot to ride and you can trick the rear into stepping out but the recovery tends to be a little rough, cause the power shuts off just when you need it!

    But, she loves it and that's what matters. I would still rather ride a two wheeler but she had to stop riding two wheelers when she had a head injury (two nasty concussions - one from falling on ice, the other falling off her horse - on Hallowe'en a year apart) which has affected her balance. So she sold her bike.

    She tried riding on the back of my bike (in fact I bought a V-Strom just so she'd ride on the back) but she didn't take to it.

    Then, one day she said "Let's go down and test ride a Spyder." I was kind of dumbfounded but took her down and she rides the thing around the parking lot some and then for a test ride and comes back and tells the salesman - I'll take one! But of course she wanted the fancier RS-S version. It looks pretty cool in white. Really a very interesting contraption. And she really does like it.
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  13. TheRackman

    TheRackman RideTodayItMayBeYourLast!

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    THIS ISN'T A FUCKING HACK!

    YOU GUYS HAVE YOUR HEADS UP YOUR ASSES :rofl

    NUKE THIS THREAD!
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  14. El Paso

    El Paso It's a dry heat

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    Yup, I will not only admit I have one... I got one of the first ones out in Feb '08... and I like it! While I've had my Spyder on several 1000 mile+ trips, I prefer my GS on the open road. Around town, or in high wind conditions, though, the Spyder is much happier ride.
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  15. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    Not hack, but pretty sure it falls under "other cooleo 2+ wheeled moto-contraptions"


    .....it's just not a motorcycle, that's my only issue :lol3
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  16. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    Not a hack, but pretty sure it falls under "other cooleo 2+ wheeled moto-contraptions"


    .....it's just not a motorcycle, that's my only issue :lol3
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  17. kailuasurfer

    kailuasurfer Dreamer

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    I test drove one of these last year. On twisties, you really have to move your body around like you are driving a sidecar rig to keep it from lifting up. Very different yet also very familiar riding experience. It is an amazingly technologically advanced machine. I am not quite ready to trade my sidecar rigs for a Spyder, however.
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  18. Oldmanwheeler

    Oldmanwheeler Adventurer

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    Allow me to put this into perspective. After a serious motorcycle accident in which I broke 16 bones and was on life support for 6 weeks and dozens of operations I still had the desire to ride. However, I would never be able to ride a two wheeler no matter how bad I wanted to. I tried a three wheeler but after my third should replacement I could no longer turn it. It was suggested to me to try out a Spyder because they have power assisted steering. I did and today I am still able to ride and to me that's the most important thing of all, being able to get out and enjoy a sport I love. For some of us the Spyder is our only hope so before that for us who are handicapped they may be the only alternative. So be careful how you refer to them because someday you may be in the same boat and then the Spyder will look heavenly. Ride Safe and Ride Smart.
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  19. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    I have a RT for a year now... Only 6000 miles!! I bought it after an accident left with a bad right arm. This is the only way my wife and myself can go together on ride/vacations: I cannot hold an heavy touring bike 2 up anymore. I have a very strange relations with my Spyder: when I look at it in the garage i hate it: all the BS of Miata transformer and "its not a motorcycle" are getting to me specially cause it is not a choice that I will make if I had the choice! Once I ride it, 2 up, in the twisties I realize every time how difficult it is compared to any bike: such a great workout! With sun, rain, fog, it is really a motorcycle and the pleasure is here! It is the most comfy bike i've ever owned and 12h rides are a blast... Even if my left arm is now 3 times the size of the screwed one. I bought a Gear Up to get dirty as dirt bikes are a no no now and it is a different pleasure even if the riding technique is not too far away


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  20. oppozit

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    It's not WHAT you ride, it's THAT you ride.
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