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I've been trying to get an idea of the type of person interested in the Spyder. The local dealer says he has been suprised to find that the typical person putting down a deposit hasn't fit Can Am's demographic profile at all.

As for me, I've been riding motorcycles on the street for the better part of 17 years now, and I love it, but having recently gotten married, and now with a child, I have severely curtailed my riding as of late. When I was single, those exposed to the risk I took was small, basically just me, but now that my family relies on me for an income, I find it harder and harder to justify the risk.

My wife is also a sportbike fan. It is one of the things that brought us together. Though she doesn't ride herself, other than as my passenger, she has always expressed an interest in not only learning, but getting a motorcycle of her own. This concerns me for the same reasons listed above.

So the Spyder seems like a good fit for my family. I can ride it, my wife (when she learns how to shift) can ride it, and her sister, recently of driving age, can also ride it.

Anyone out there have a similar or different reason for their interest? I'd like to hear about it.
 

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I'd be glad to answer this question:


I'm 24 years old and witnessed 2 horrific motorcycle accidents before. I've always wanted to ride and lost interest right there being in the busy suburbs, and knowing that if I don't feel comfortable being on one, then I shouldn't go until I am comfortable. Then my father (who has 2 motorcycle's) told me about the Can-Am Spyder he just heard about. I instantly fell for the bike knowing that I will be safe on it, and my family & relatives know I will be safe on it, so I ordered it!
 

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I'd be glad to answer this question:


I'm 24 years old and witnessed 2 horrific motorcycle accidents before. I've always wanted to ride and lost interest right there being in the busy suburbs, and knowing that if I don't feel comfortable being on one, then I shouldn't go until I am comfortable. Then my father (who has 2 motorcycle's) told me about the Can-Am Spyder he just heard about. I instantly fell for the bike knowing that I will be safe on it, and my family & relatives know I will be safe on it, so I ordered it!
I've been riding motorcycles on the street and in the woods for 34 years and have owned over 40 motorcycles, in my life, everything from an all out motocrosser to an electra-glide classic and everything in between. the past few years I've been doing the dual sport thing and lovin it. My local dealer took me out to San Diego for the Spyder unveiling and once I saw and rode the thing it found a place in my heart. It is, by far, the coolest thing I've ever ridden in my life. Out in S.D. I was the guy by the ride tent waiting for a no show and got to ride it most of the weekend, every time a demo goes through the local dealer, I'm there. I put my deposit down in February and hope BRP will deliver early. If BRP really wants the public to see the spyder in action, they will deliver mine, I ride over 16,000 miles a year and cover a lot of ground. My spyder will be out there, you can bank on that.
 

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I've been riding motorcycles for 40+years and do most of my riding 2 up. Our weight plus the weight of the bike is over 1,000 pounds. That is a lot of weight to hold up in stop and go traffic when riding in town. I'm 60 and have been retired for the past 2 years. I will be keeping the motorcycle for when I want to ride alone and will use the Spyder for 2 up riding with my wife. I put down my deposit yesterday and hope to get my Spyder next spring. Great forum Shane, thanks for starting it.
 

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I've been riding motorcycles for 40+years and do most of my riding 2 up. Our weight plus the weight of the bike is over 1,000 pounds. That is a lot of weight to hold up in stop and go traffic when riding in town. I'm 60 and have been retired for the past 2 years. I will be keeping the motorcycle for when I want to ride alone and will use the Spyder for 2 up riding with my wife. I put down my deposit yesterday and hope to get my Spyder next spring. Great forum Shane, thanks for starting it.
Thanks Dave, but I'm just another lucky soul who found this forum. I've spent a lot of time on the internet researching the Spyder and this is the only place where I have found a specific forum for the Spyder. I've dealt a lot with Marc here on the forum, and I don't know if he started it, but he has been very helpful, letting me link to it from my site and a whole bunch of other things. Anyways, welcome Dave, if what I have learned lately holds true you should see your Spyder by March. Keep your fingers crossed.
 

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I've never had a road-only bike before. Years ago had a CR250 dirt bike, then later on a multi-purpose honda bike... XL250 I think.

I'm 40 now and read about these in Popular Science... thought they looked really cool and the idea was interesting. Once I rode one I put the $2000 down right then.

Maybe the safety was in the back of my thoughts, but any bike on the road can be a danger.... mostly because of idiot car drivers that don't see you.
 

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I bought a Spyder and my reason is because I love riding but am too short to fit comfortably on a two wheeler bike. I wrecked my Bandit because of it. The second I got on the Spyder, I knew I would be an owner! Can Am totally missed the boat on their demographics when they didn't include short women!
i guess they figured there were alot of average-height fifty year old men with 15large, than short women....
Although, i would imagine that it couldnt be too tough to modify one for a short woman... raise the footpegs?
 
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