Mz Pam wants a Can Am Spyder

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Deans BMW, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    She decided that the Aprilia Mana GT was not for her so I took it to San Jose BMW for them to sale...:cry

    She has decided that she wants a Can Am Spyder after spending some time on one at the dealer in Prescott Valley, Az. She took to it like a Duck takes to water. I thought it was great also, a lot of fun.

    This is the one she wants.

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    What does the collective think?? Hell, they cost more than a car, but she is more than worth it.
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  2. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    I think Spyders are cool and I want to drive one. One day, I might have some difficulty being on two wheels, but still want the open air experience and decent performance. I think the Spyder works on both counts....

    And most importantly, it keeps your knees in the breeze...so I say go for it...:D
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  3. BC61

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    buy a convertible...
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  4. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer

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    That one looks like the Spyder mated with a Gold Wing. Tell her to get the sportier version. Say that is she doesn't, we will all tease you, and you can't handle that kind of pressure.
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  5. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    I've test ridden them on a few occasions and think they are a lot of fun. If you are not confident on 2 wheels but still want the experience, I think the Spyder is the way to go. It's designed to be a 3-wheel vehicle unlike trike conversions or hacks. The stability control software works very well, it would be hard to overturn one. And it still allows smoky burnouts, not that I would do anything like that. Yes they are expensive, but there is really nothing else out there like them.

    The touring model has higher handlebars, which is good because I think the standard model ones are too low for long distance comfort. Lots of storage. If it's what she wants, why not?
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  6. samadams0824

    samadams0824 Been here awhile

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    Never really got the "Snowmobile on Asphalt" thing.

    I'll keep my lean angle.

    My vote is for a motorcycle with gears, might be more involving.

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  7. JohninVT

    JohninVT Been here awhile

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    Did you already buy it? Have her take it on a test ride over a rough road with a tall crown on it. If she still wants it afterwards....go nuts. The snowmobile on asphalt metaphor is very accurate.

    I rode/drove the first generation one on a typical New England road and thought it required a ton of steering input. It felt like it needed attention 101% of the time and it wasn't a very relaxing experience. I was also annoyed I couldn't do donuts on it. The electronic nannies were very intrusive.

    The new ones may be completely different.
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  8. njd

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    Just curious, what didn't she like about the mana?
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  9. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    I think they are way cool. The problem is, that people often compare it to a motorcycle and it is not a motorcycle. It is what it is and enjoy it for what it is.

    I say go for it :deal
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  10. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Just test rode an RS model (with a clutch lever and manual shifting) two days ago at N.H. Bike Week.

    Interesting.....

    First of all....it rained hard just as our group went out (once it starts raining, all the other manufacturers halt test rides- not Can-Am. That says a lot, eh?)

    First couple of stop signs, I put my foot down- habit.

    I found it easy to get used to the differences between a bike and the Spyder. Biggest difference wasn't the "DON'T countersteer", but the side-to-side rocking as the two front wheels independently rolled over bumps and dips. Drives like a snowmobile is very true.

    Probably should be safer in case of an animal hit or other accident.

    If I didn't or couldn't ride a bike, this would be a good alternative.

    IMHO......

    John
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  11. bisbonian

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    I test rode one a couple of years ago and had a blast on it.

    If it were a bit cheaper and got better mileage I'd be more interested but you know how that goes.

    I found that I had to ride it like an ATV with plenty of body english but I could really haul the mail on it.

    If that's what she wants and you can afford it then why not?
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  12. NJ-Brett

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    My wife wants one, I looked at the price, not unless I hit the lottery!
    Parking it in the garage would pose problems as well, a bike I can put against the wall and get a car in there, the spiders look large!

    Not sure I see the point over a small sports car....
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  13. GB

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    Moved to the 3 wheeled forum.. where you might hear from actual owners.

    I drove one and liked it, but it doesn't lean.. which is the fun in riding...

    My one concern is the 1000 cc twin that needs to motivate close to 900 lbs. The demo ride wouldn't let us go on the highway, so I couldn't see how well it moves when passing on 2 lane roads.

    Hey Dean... you got the new K16GT and she gets a new toy too!! :thumb
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  14. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    way too much money for what it is, IMHO
    the thing is.... no matter how much they DOLL THAT BABY UP.... she still has an INFERIOR MOTOR UNDER THE HOOD
    the company is doing well, but those ROTAX MOTORS MUST GO
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  15. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    The rotax may only be a 990 that is being asked to move a large platform, but INFERIOR to what?? And why are you YELLING :rofl

    My neighbor has the auto shift and put appx 12K on it. It is much like the snowmobile on pavement analogy, but it is a hoot and even in the mountains it will flat out scoot if ridden for what it is and not for what it isn't. Big gas tank (6.X gallons) and high 30's - low 40's m.p.g., traction control makes playing in the snow hard with o.e.m. summer tires :evil

    Good luck to her.

    Cheers
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  16. Snivly Dweeb

    Snivly Dweeb Been here awhile

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    I see a lot where I am.

    Three issues that they have going for them is

    1-Quebec has the some of the strictest motorcycle license restrictions on the continent, it takes about 2 seasons to get your full permit,however someone with a standard auto license only has to do an 8 hour course to get certified for one.

    2-Most 2 wheel riders are on average not impressed but from what I hear the market they are targeting is the atv/snowmobile rider that apparently makes up 50 percent of their sales.

    3-There are a lot of people that won't even look at a motorcycle, suprisingly even my wife thought of a test drive.:eek1

    Price wise not cheap ,but the base models are about the same as an R1200RT, FJR,ST1300 range.

    Snivly in Montreal
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  17. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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    If it's a way for her or you or her and you to enjoy more road time. . . I don't see the downside.

    They ride like a road-going snowmobile. Which isn't a bad thing. Getting some leverage to the rear and getting a bit of a slide seems like fun.

    But good Gawd are they fugly. Looks like some designer said 'lets see how much styling we can slather on one vehicle'. It makes a three wheeled Goldwing look downright svelte!

    But if it lights her candle, that's all that counts. .
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  18. fwlslyr

    fwlslyr Adventurer

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    A lot of people are afraid of riding street bikes. The spyder will give them a similar experience. When your on a spyder you still get that feeling of being outdoors. Go for it!
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  19. ClearwaterBMW

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    yeah...
    not sure why i was yelling
    too many caps... i know
    the funny thing is... we have a dealer here in my area... Barney's Cycles...
    and the guy who runs the place is a friend of mine
    i visit there quite a lot... always sitting on one whenever i'm in the showroom
    that top-of-the-line version is ridiculously over-priced in MY estimation
    but.... they sell every single one they bring in
    and i'll never understand why... but, only because of the price
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  20. boxertwin

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    I wasn't too fond of them until five or so of them showed up at the Chelan Sidecar rally. I got interested. Then I had breakfast with a fellow who has the RT (I think). He said he's owned lots of bikes including three Gold Wings and a Harley tourer. Says that he is far less fatigued at the end of the day after riding his Can Am than he was after a day on a Gold Wing. He was also pulling a trailer.
    I am glad a market has surfaced for them. I disagree with the sentiment that they are for people who cannot ride a bike.
    Indeed they are expensive, but so is a 1200 GS with a DMC or CSM tub attached.
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