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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Spanky McKanky, Oct 13, 2020.
It sounds like a Spyder off road Rally championship would be fun viewing.
Last rider still sitting!
Ummmmm... yeah, naaah... yeah.
^^^I'd be real curious to find how one of these ^^^ with a set of TKC 80's or similar specification dual purpose rubber would go on gravel - as a direct comparison to the conditions that I mentioned the Can Am Spyder I rode in my previous post.
That very well could be a better option as a "three wheeled" gravel tourer/adventure bike in the Oz outback.
If I’m not mistaken @LOFTYBOB purchased one last year, he probably had it on gravel.
Instead of a convertible car, I’d go one of these, tripod cars.
@LOFTYBOB to the three wheeled courtesy phone please...
Always wondered why the Polaris Slingshot never got released here, there was talk early doors of it being available. Guess it’s like the Morgan 3 wheeler, I’d dearly love one but the price of admission is a bit steep. You’ll get 3 Spyder RT LT’s fully optioned and change for the same price.
Never ridden one off road, they do have a lot of “nannies” which would make them a bit sketchy. Yes I tried to break the back end out. There’s now a Ryker Rally which may be interesting.
The Ryker series only come as single seat versions (AFAIK?) which would knock Spanky's desired ambition to ride two up on the head.
The F3 might be a better option...? Not as "big" as the RT series (with all their luggage, panniers and fairings).
The Spyder F3 could well suit to soft luggage etc. along a more "adventure bike" brief... without all the "full dress" of the RT models.
Can Am Spyder models
Mine was a Can Am Spyder, not a side by side. It was acceptable and a bit of fun as a solo, but horrible on bumpy roads or with a pillion on the back. The Tourers with their wider front wheel track are a better option for two up.
As far as the Yamaha went, it was awesome, very sure footed on bumpy surfaces and gravel roads. Only took a little while to get used to the front end (felt heavy at first) but very grippy and put a few sports bikes to shame in the twisties. I still have it in a container back in Adelaide.
Well done Glen
Carn't wait for the pic's
So is the Katana for sale ..... Hmm
Glad to hear your ok..ish now
Hi Paul124ac, I've ordered a 2020 RT Limited. I'm looking at long term ownership of the Spyder so Jo and I can do more day rides, weekends away now we're living in East Gippsland. Places like Omeo, Mitta Mitta, Mallacoota now seem so close. We both prefer to ride anytime we go away and now Jo can cart even more girly stuff
Yes "Lana" the Katana will probably go on sale.
I love it to pieces but the riding position is agony on my hip and lower back.
On a Katana I reckon your wrists will be suffering just as much as your hips and back. I had a mate with one in the early '80s, that was almost 40 years ago and even then 1/2 an hour in the saddle was the best I could manage.
Beautiful looking bike though.
I was talking to a well known rally attendee with a Spyder a few years ago, he said the biggest problem he found was that the drive wheel was a one off size so you could only buy tyres from the dealer. As they are a designed for bitumen roads, it was impossible to get tyres suitable for dirt roads.
I imagine every little kid (and plenty of adults) that walk past a Nikken parked anywhere would stop and watch it for a while to see if it turned into a transformer ready to do battle.
I imagine the Spyder would be an absolute ball tearer on gravel road corners......
You mean, lot's of big skids and roosting mates ??