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I went to San Deigo and saw and rode the spyder, I liked it enough to put a deposit on a silver one as soon as I got home. It is by far the coolest thing I've ever ridden, the down side is, I won't get it till October 1st.
 

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I went to San Deigo and saw and rode the spyder, I liked it enough to put a deposit on a silver one as soon as I got home. It is by far the coolest thing I've ever ridden, the down side is, I won't get it till October 1st.
Very cool. Tell us about the ride.

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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.
 

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Who can tell me about the instrumentation...were you able to see the speedometer, etc okay? What kind of stuff is on instrument panel, what gauges, etc? Also, did you feel cramped? Would a tall person feel cramped? Are there freeway pegs on it or can they be added? From all the pics I've seen, it just looks like after a few miles the rider's knees would fee like they needed to be stretched out.
 

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Who can tell me about the instrumentation...were you able to see the speedometer, etc okay? What kind of stuff is on instrument panel, what gauges, etc? Also, did you feel cramped? Would a tall person feel cramped? Are there freeway pegs on it or can they be added? From all the pics I've seen, it just looks like after a few miles the rider's knees would fee like they needed to be stretched out.
and what engine is in it ?
 

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Man it's going to be a long summer.......
No kidding is this a tease or what, take me out to San diego, let me ride it over and over again, take my deposit in February and tell me I can't have it till October. I really want the Spyder, it's the only sport tourer I looked at that I got excited about, I've been looking for 5 years, The spyder is awsome, I can't wait to get it. I'm going to order all the options before I get the bike. I called it a bike because it is, no matter what BRP calls it
 

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The Spyder uses the same engine Aprilia uses in almost all of their bikes.

My Dad's been looking at trike conversions for Gold Wings, and I've done my best to discourage it. Telling him he's too old to ride a tricycle, maybe we should find him a nice Buick Electra instead.
This is the first three-wheel street machine I'd look twice at, other than to point and laugh. Saw it on a TV show, this thing looks cool.

I can't wait for a demo ride.
 

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Hey, Ross from BC Canada here
Was able to get one of only 17 being released in BC, cant wait for the test drive in mid April
This reversed trike concept is way cool, cant wait to get this baby on the road

Hey if any fellow spyderyders from the Lowermainland view this thread email me and we'll hook up for a cruise when our machines are delivered
later!
 

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Hey, Ross from BC Canada here
Was able to get one of only 17 being released in BC, cant wait for the test drive in mid April
This reversed trike concept is way cool, cant wait to get this baby on the road

Hey if any fellow spyderyders from the Lowermainland view this thread email me and we'll hook up for a cruise when our machines are delivered
later!
Welcome....great member name
 

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Yep. I m excited as well. I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ordered the last one available(silver) for Septembers delivery from Antigo Yamaha,in Antigo WI.

I m scheduled to go on a demo ride on July 7th at Robs Performance in Johnson Creek WI.(just east of Milwaukee) I left a link in the demo rides thread about scheduling a ride.

Appleton Powersports had 5 machines available for Januarys delivery as of April 7th.

Joe,the Spyder sales guy from Antigo Yamaha,sent me two full sized Spyder promo posters with a pic on both sides. Will look great on the wall by my pool table.

If anyone else is gonna show up at Robs Performance on July 7th,let me know.


Also,keep those demo ride stories coming!!

Brad

 
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