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I've read all the articles on the Spyder and know what BRP's target market is, but I am curious (right from the horses mouth
) why you want a Spyder? What's the appeal for you personally? Why are you buying one instead of a motorcycle or a Miata
 

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I've read all the articles on the Spyder and know what BRP's target market is, but I am curious (right from the horses mouth
) why you want a Spyder? What's the appeal for you personally? Why are you buying one instead of a motorcycle or a Miata
I guess you could say I like the Spyder as a hedge against old age!?!
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I'm 65 and still ride a sport bike: VFR 800, Ducati ST3 and an '07 Suzuki Bandit.
It's getting harder and harder however with each pasing day due to the ergonomics of these bikes. I don't think I can ever be relegated to the stereotype "old man's bike" (no offense to any youngers that like that style .. to each his own .. this is just my feelings) such as the traditional trike, Goldwing, big cruiser (or, any size cruiser for that mater). The SPYDER seems to have the best of all worlds - or, at least most of the "best".

PLUS .. I like all of the "cutting edge" products whether it's electronics, mechanical, vehicles, etc., etc.! ALSO, I guess you can say that I still like to be different. Toolin' around town on a vehicle that makes people turn their heads and say .. "Look at him" makes me feel good ........ of course, I've been like that since I was a teenager!?!! :rolleyes:

I will never, never give up the two-wheels, however.

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I enjoy 2-up riding but on a 600 lbs bike plus a 150 lbs passenger, it starts turning in to more work than fun. I'm hopeful that this 3 wheeler will solve this issue.`
 

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I like to try new things and when I first saw a picture of one I said "gotta get one of those. Where do I sign up"
 

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I enjoy 2-up riding but on a 600 lbs bike plus a 150 lbs passenger, it starts turning in to more work than fun. I'm hopeful that this 3 wheeler will solve this issue.`
I have thought about the same thing. My wife liked to ride with me on my Vulcan, but to be honest I never really enjoyed those rides much.
 

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You beat me to it...I was going to start this thread today.

I had ridden sport (VFR) and sporty (KZ, Nighthawk) and dirt bikes for many years. Eleven years ago I had an accident on my son's dirt bike, on father's day no less, and ended up breaking my neck. So next thing I know I am in the hospital paralyzed from my chest down. After surgery and a few months of rehab I was back walking and living a semi-normal life with residual issues. For the past few years I have been contemplating getting a trike since I am too weak to chance trying to support up a bike. The other main issue is the loss of dexterity in my hands. My right hand is unable to reach for a brake lever but I can still twist a throttle. :) So the foot brake is a perfect solution for this, along with the ABS. I was hoping for the auto tranny to be available just to make things easier but I'm sure I'll manage.

My son is now 23 (me 45) and he rides a GSXR1000. I'm hoping the Spyder will allow us to enjoy the open road the way we did back in the day when I'd take him to school and he was the coolest kid hopping off the back of the VFR.

Seaya guys on the road someday...hopefully soon.
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Hey ya all.

Interesting enough I wasn't even looking for the Spyder and didn't know that demo rides were available when I accidently ran across it while looking for a James Dean Spider car kit.

I spent 2 days on the net gathering everthing that I could find it, Finally I hit the product web site and hit "Try Spyder" and was very lucky to that Fun Bike Center in San Diego was doing demo rides mon - Wed.

So what the heck, I did - they gave me the keys for an hour, I had so much fun that I needed one.

I will be 56 in Dec. and while I love my Harley Cruiser the Spyder is a total different kind of ride.
I get mine the week of Oct 15
 

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I love to ride. Passionately. I had to stop riding my motorcycle due to early onset Parkinson's Disease. I've lost my balance and some of my fine motor skills. Kept my ride covered in my garage over a year before I could bring myself to sell it. While selling it I was reading a motorcycle blog and stumbled into a comment about the Spyder.

The Spyder looked like the perfect last chance to ride before things get worse. I fully intend to ride the he*l out of it starting as soon I get my hands on it! I just hope that day is very soon.

I'll see you on the road!
 

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I am 60 years old, have had a Honda VTX 1300R for a number of years, and have recently developed trouble in my knee. (I came close to dropping the bike stopped at an intersection when my knee went out.) I had looked into the various trikes out there, came across the Spyder, and immediately placed a deposit, sight unseen, for delivery in May. I am impressed with the looks, the technology, and the reputation behind it, and although I love my VTX, I will put it up for sale. (There is also a pretty good chance that my wife will go with me; she never wanted to go on the 2-wheeler!)
(The trike in my avatar is an ultralight that I flew for five years.)
 

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I am 60 years old, have had a Honda VTX 1300R for a number of years, and have recently developed trouble in my knee. (I came close to dropping the bike stopped at an intersection when my knee went out.) I had looked into the various trikes out there, came across the Spyder, and immediately placed a deposit, sight unseen, for delivery in May. I am impressed with the looks, the technology, and the reputation behind it, and although I love my VTX, I will put it up for sale. (There is also a pretty good chance that my wife will go with me; she never wanted to go on the 2-wheeler!)
(The trike in my avatar is an ultralight that I flew for five years.)
I must admire your willingness to continue your passion to ride and do what obviously you love to to do. I only hope to have such conviction when I reach a point in my life that such things are so important.
 

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My husband first saw the poster for a Spyder when we went shopping for a scooter for me. The dealership that had the poster up didn't have much to say about it and this was back in May. I bought my scooter in June from a different dealership and since that time found out they were having demo rides at the first dealership where we saw the poster originally. Since I had my cycle endorsement and my husband did not, I got to drive the Spyder not him. They only let me take it around a city block and that just wasn't enough to get a "feel" for it. I told him they were okay but I would stick to my scooter. The salesmen did nothing to encourage us to buy or put a deposit on the Spyder, no real info or anything like that. Well, one day I had to take my scooter in for some maintanence work and my husband and the head mechanic start talking. It turns out this mechanic was one of the 15 original guys invited to Spyder school and he knew everything about this machine. After about an hour long conversation, my husband put a deposit on his Spyder. I was still flip flopping back and forth between an upgraded Burgman 400 scooter by Suzuki or my own Spyder. After two weeks deliberation and more research I too decided on a Spyder. We plan on using these for our main transportation in the good weather months and going down to one nice car and one beater car that is paid for. We love new things, we love gadgets and we are going to love touring together on these things. By the way, the dealership that we ended up buying these from is getting the demos back in Oct. for test rides again. This time we get to go out together and have about a 40 minute ride. Yup, the husband got his endorsement now too. So I guess that is the long answer to we are getting them just because we want them.
 

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I own snowmobiles and ATV's the Spyder is the perfect transistion to the street. The upside is I won't have to trailer it to use it or wait for snow!
 

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I've read all the articles on the Spyder and know what BRP's target market is, but I am curious (right from the horses mouth
) why you want a Spyder? What's the appeal for you personally? Why are you buying one instead of a motorcycle or a Miata
Styling. Safety. Standing Out.
 

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Well, I had a stroke at 49, had just purchased a Moto-Guzzi Jackal which has less than 800 miles on it, (anybody interested?) I also have an old 81 Sportster beater which needs rehab, and can also be bought cheap, Anyway, I was out of work, in rehab etc. for 6 months and lost much strength in my legs and balance.
It's been seven years, and many of my friends want to know when I'll get back into the saddle. I looked at many traditional trikes...they didn't move me. Then a friend of mine saw the ad for Spyder, and he lives fairly close to a dealer in Mass. So we signed up for a test ride, went about 20 miles, and I was blown away!
Put my deposit down that day, back in mid-June. Expect delivery in Spring, which is ok because of snow and crap. I also have a snowmobile for the winter, which is a ball too, especially when we have snow!!!

So that's it...here we go again....Been riding since early seventies, and I missed it more than I realized.

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I like different. I don't like to ride what everyone else is riding or those who think I should be riding (Harley). That's why I ride a Honda Rune and a Suzuki M109R. When I saw the Sprder in a cycle mag in Feb, I knew right away I was going to own one. I went to Bike Week in Daytona and was told by a BRP rep (idiot)
that they were sold out till Jan 2008
. That really bumed me out until I called my dealer and was told their allocation was 4 so I gave them the grand and the rest is history.
 

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Well This will be my first ride. I was looking at getting a 350z or a TRex.

When, I first seen the TRex back in 95' it was 15k. I said 1 day I will have one of these after getting my adult life started.(wife, house, kid, etc) The time is now for a new toy.
The T-Rex is now 50k the 350z 35k. So the 350z was the winner in price. Until a friend of mine was tell me they had a Trex at my local dealer for 15k. So I went there on the spot the get this steal of a deal and low and behold it was not a Trex but something different something NEW and 15k I thought wasn,t that bad. The Spyder was what it was. I fell in love with it and the sport of riding bikes.

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For me, it will make the perfect street legal quad once I convert it. If I couldnt make it into a quad I dont think I would have bought it.

My street legal R1 powered banshee is fun, but way, and I mean WAYYYYY too much power for the chasis. Fun to cruize around daytona on, but not for a long trip. The 4 wheel spyder will be the perfect cruizing machine for me.

--John
 
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