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well, i road the spyder. WOW! i don't know where to begin. awsome power. this thing halls #%* never got anywhere near the red line. didn't need to. brakes, with only having the one foot brake i was a little nervous. well after the first stop sign, this thing will stop on a dime! handling around curves and corners is a little weird, being that i am use to 2 wheel bikes. but after getting use to it i doubt it would be a problem. the spyder i road had 8000mi. on it and it tracked straight as could be. we had some small side wind and i found out that if you tryed to counter steer enough it seemed to get twitchy, so i relaxed a little more and didn't fight it and you guessed, tracking was staight with no twitchiness. we did some back roads, urban and highway. this thing halls a$$! sorry, i still can't get over the power. cruising at 65 and a blip of the throttle i found myself at 80, NOW. very fun indeed. i also have to mention the awsome smooth ride on this thing, never once did i feel a jolt from a pothole. yes i tried to hit most that i saw. my wife was on the back and also commented on the smooth suspension. she thought that a backrest was definitely needed. i did however feel a lot of helmet buffeting, more so than a motorcycle, when on the highway with 18 wheelers in front. funning thing is i felt nothing from the spyder, just my helmet. not too many complaints from me thats for sure. would i buy one? not sure as of yet, can't squeeze someting like this in the side of the garage next to the vehicles. really got a kick out of the front trunk. thought that was pretty kool. all in all this thing is pretty awsome indeed! this is just my perspective of the spyder from 1 test ride on a machine with 8000mi. on the odometer. would love to ride one again, and when i'm in the market for a new ride i will definitely be lookin at the spyder.
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well, i road the spyder. WOW! i don't know where to begin. awsome power. this thing halls #%* never got anywhere near the red line. didn't need to. brakes, with only having the one foot brake i was a little nervous. well after the first stop sign, this thing will stop on a dime! handling around curves and corners is a little weird, being that i am use to 2 wheel bikes. but after getting use to it i doubt it would be a problem. the spyder i road had 8000mi. on it and it tracked straight as could be. we had some small side wind and i found out that if you tryed to counter steer enough it seemed to get twitchy, so i relaxed a little more and didn't fight it and you guessed, tracking was staight with no twitchiness. we did some back roads, urban and highway. this thing halls a$$! sorry, i still can't get over the power. cruising at 65 and a blip of the throttle i found myself at 80, NOW. very fun indeed. i also have to mention the awsome smooth ride on this thing, never once did i feel a jolt from a pothole. yes i tried to hit most that i saw. my wife was on the back and also commented on the smooth suspension. she thought that a backrest was definitely needed. i did however feel a lot of helmet buffeting, more so than a motorcycle, when on the highway with 18 wheelers in front. funning thing is i felt nothing from the spyder, just my helmet. not too many complaints from me thats for sure. would i buy one? not sure as of yet, can't squeeze someting like this in the side of the garage next to the vehicles. really got a kick out of the front trunk. thought that was pretty kool. all in all this thing is pretty awsome indeed! this is just my perspective of the spyder from 1 test ride on a machine with 8000mi. on the odometer. would love to ride one again, and when i'm in the market for a new ride i will definitely be lookin at the spyder.
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I got to ride the Spyder today and came away impressed!! I'm not sure who will buy more of these old guys like me or young guys like the guy who lead us on some nice roads near lake Minnetonka. First of all let me start by letting all of you know I'm 60 and have been riding motorcycles since I was 16. The Spyder is not a motorcycle!!! I't is it's own animal. That said The fun factor is 90% that of a motorcycle. At my age the stability of the spider makes up for the loss of that 10%. What I'm trying to say is a sports car is fun but not as fun as a motorcycle. Now on to the good: Very fast in a straight line. This thing gets up and goes. 0 to 70 was very impressive. The brakes work great and haul the weight down fast. The controls fit me fine I'm 6' 210 pounds with a 34 inch arm length and a 32 inch inseam. The small wind screen is more for looks and the wind hits the rider mid chest and full in the face. I had a full coverage helmet on so the wind didn't bother me. Fit and finish was above average. The Spyder will be easy to keep clean. Now the the 10% less fun for me anyway was it the turns. This thing is just different but I knew that going in. So the big question is did I order one?? Actually I ordered a yellow one in July before I even saw one other than on line. Am I glad I did? You bet!! Can't wait till next May when the wife and I can cruze the lakes on three wheels and feel more secure than on two.
 

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Can't wait till next May when the wife and I can cruze the lakes on three wheels and feel more secure than on two.
Thats one of the main reasons I liked it.The stability.I m 55 years old. I ve owned a few full dressed bikes and have had some incidents of tipping over while going slow,especially 2 up. When the wife and I took one for a ride, I really enjoyed the smoothness and power it provided. Not having to worry about tippage when going slow is a big advantage.Tho,as Dave noted,the steering will take a bit getting used to. I ve driven ATV s for a few years,and it steers more like an ATV than a motorcycle.

I ordered one back in March after I sat on one at a SkiDoo new products tour. I knew I was going out on a limb,but after riding it I m very excited for its delivery. Hopefully,early fall delivery.
 

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Thats one of the main reasons I liked it.The stability.I m 55 years old. I ve owned a few full dressed bikes and have had some incidents of tipping over while going slow,especially 2 up. When the wife and I took one for a ride, I really enjoyed the smoothness and power it provided. Not having to worry about tippage when going slow is a big advantage.Tho,as Dave noted,the steering will take a bit getting used to. I ve driven ATV s for a few years,and it steers more like an ATV than a motorcycle.

I ordered one back in March after I sat on one at a SkiDoo new products tour. I knew I was going out on a limb,but after riding it I m very excited for its delivery. Hopefully,early fall delivery.
I'm right there with ya. Been riding for maybe 20 years off & on. Currently I own a BMW R1150 R/T and it's a great bike, problem is... 160lbs of passenger gets pretty old pretty quick. Turns into more WORK than actually enjoying the ride, for me anyway. I'm hopeful that the Spyder will really help in resolving this issue. I do LOVE my wife and want her along on the rides we take, I just want to enjoy them too!
 

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had a 3 hour demo today!! yea, it was sooo cool,, got the wife to ride 2 up, Although cant touch anything on this bike, there are a few things I entend to change,, right up front,, ISO grips!! Had an absolute blast with it today, all the looks and stairs was great!!!! and to get 3 hours to cruise on it,, just awesome!!! hmmm think ill take it for a demo tomorrow too!!!
 

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went for my 3rd demo ride today 8-25-07 ..rep was there and he did tell me that the air duct on the right side has been changed to blow air somewhere other than at your leg....and the foot pegs rubbers have been changed with a tougher type of material......and there is a riser for the handle bars available from can am says raises them 1"(25mm) works with all stock wiring & cables...#219400087....$39.99 (us)...49.99(ca)

also got a awesome 2008 spyder roadster catalog with all the riding gear & accessories with prices.
and picts with the acc installed..and 2 large posters of the spyder..and another spyder disk/dvd

etc..etc..blah blah......................
 

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My Spyder demo ride was last Thursday. Dealer discussed the parking brake on the left side behind the footpeg and the reverse gear throttle lever where the choke use to be on regular bikes on the left handlebar. I stalled the machine trying to roll out of the parking space. I forgot to unset the parking brake. The rest of the ride was very good.

Accelerating was good. I could feel each gear pop from 1st to 5th. I did notice that 8 times out of 10 I was able to go from 2nd gear down to Neutral than from 1st gear up to Neutral. Cruising in city only in 3rd gear.

Braking was good. ABS brakes all on the right brake pedal. No secondary brake lever on the right handle bar, just the throttle. Smart braking from low speeds and highway speeds.

Sitting in the seat felt like sitting on a pony. The seating stance felt wider than a regular bike. Good for me, I complained how my leg joint ached on my ninja with the positioning closer to the narrow seat.

Attraction was off the scale. I lost my dealer at an intersection. While waiting for traffic to clear, I watched all the pedestrians crossing the street and the those waiting on the sidewalk staring at the Spyder and talking about it. Lots of sunglasses, smiles, and curious looks. I got a few waves and pointing fingers from some folks.

Overall a good demo ride. Remember that Neutral pops from 2nd gear down and reverse is very usefull.
 
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