The spyder is the coolest thing I've ever ridden, when I first saw it, I thought something like that would never be for me. I threw a leg over it and it really felt like a motorcycle, the only thing is it didn't fall over when I put both feet on the pegs with the engine off. Think about it, the kick stand will never sink in the black top and the bike will never be blown over by wind. You just stop and get off, the angle of the place you park will never matter again. When I started the engine the sound got me, it idles like a v-twin with soul and takes throttle like a sport bike. The engine makes good power from 3000 rpm and comes on strong at 5000 and pulls hard right to the 9500 rpm red line, if the front tires are going under 35 mph and the handlebars are straight, you can smoke the tires in the first four gears, once the front tires are going over 35mph or the rear wheel kicks out to the side causing the handlebars to go of center the traction control takes over and detunes the engine then the real wheel hooks up and fires you forward like you're shot from a cannon. The transmission is super smooth and shifts with just a slight flick of the foot, reverse gear is easy to access by shifting to first, holding in the clutch and reaching over to the left grip with your right hand and pushing the red reverse button and pushing down one more position on the shift lever. Once the bike is in reverse you let out the clutch and back up, to go forward you pull in the clutch and pull up one on the shift lever to get into first gear, it's easy and does the job, no more pushing back out of the garage. As far as handling goes, it's like nothing you've ever ridden, when going straight it's just like a motorcycle, when you go into a turn the spyder doesn't lean, you use body english somewhat like on a snomobile but not as much, once you get used to it, it handles like it's on rails and will shoot the twisties with the best of them, I don't think you could tip the thing over if you tried, the VSS system (vehicle stability system) can't be fooled or defeated and it stops you from being real stupid. It eats large pot holes with no feed back through the steering or the seat, it just floats over most things without even a bump through the seat. From the back the spyder looks like a pretty radical street bike with its large pipe and wide tire, from the side it looks like, well a spyder because there is nothing else like it. The trunk in the front is the same size as my 45 liter givi case on the rear of my bike now and I plan on putting a Givi on the back of the spyder, that alone will give me more luggage capacity than any sport touring bike. the seating position feels like an FJR 1300 yamaha, there is a large, wide passenger seat and a back rest is available from Can-Am but I'll use the givi. I rode the spyder a total of 90 miles, i rode in the city, on the highway and out on country roads, I could not find fault with anything it did, the spyder is a ginn generator, one of the best I've found, it is a scream to ride. The spyder is a very unique machine, can-am calls it a roadster but it's all motorcycle as far as I'm concerned. I left San Diege with a buning desire to own one, like I stated in an earlier post, I came home and put a deposit on a firt run unit due to be delivered in October of 07, I can't wait till it arrives, BRP did a great job with the engineering of the spyder, it goes, it handles, and it's a very comfortable ride. They chose a great power plant to power it and the ergos are just about sport tour perfect. Of course it won't be for everyone, that's why there are so many different bikes out there to choose from. Again, the spyder is the coolest thing I've ever ridden and I've ridden many, many fun powersport machines.