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Can-Am Spyder

Anyone on the board own one yet?



After carefully considering the options and circumstances, it's looking more and more like this will be Gail's next ride. Looking for some comments from anyone with a little experience with one. I've done the test ride thing and I liked it a lot (for what it is). Can-Am forum is just getting going, so there aren't many "objective" opinions yet.

This unfortunately will force the sale of my '06 FJR, but that's how it goes.

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SWEET! For Gail huh? Rrrrrrrrrright!
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Re: Can-Am Spyder

Well, I can ride it too.

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I don't own one, but haven't heard any actual owners complain. They all seem to love the bike,

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Sharky's (Bruce) wife Denise has one. She did an SS1000 on it I think.



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Well. if you have to lose the FJR for something, at least you picked something rally cool! SO, will Gail be allowing test rides at CCR??

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Shouldn't this be in the "Trike" forum

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Well. if you have to lose the FJR for something, at least you picked something rally cool! SO, will Gail be allowing test rides at CCR??
Only for you David.

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Now you KNOW I'm going to take you up on that!

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Yep. Got one here! Premier #731. Silver. Hers, akshully, but I do get to play with it! And, guess who installs farkles? So far - Bar raiser (their term), HeatTroller, Power socket, Autocom with ICOM setup. Coming: backrest, rack, GIVI trunk, heated grips.

Short version - VERY well made, tho a bit on the heavy side. Fit and finish is quite good. An absolute blast to ride. If you get on one - don't grab a big handful of throttle unless you are READY!

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MY wife Denise has one. 3700+ miles including an SS1000 last week and 650+ this weekend. Corners great and is very comfortable average 32 to 35 mpg with 7.1 gallon tank.

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I rode the new Spyder from Can-am. Interesting ride. I like the style and the look. Ergonomics are pretty good. The engine has more than enough grunt and the electronic stability control and ABS work quite well, to good for some I suppose. I couldn’t get it to slide the rear end around. It monitors motion in all directions and controls wheels spin in relations to all the wheels, and uses the independent brakes, throttle control and engine timing to keep everything rolling along nicely. The power assisted steering makes it effortless to control. It goes where you point it and it gets the fast. It has a slight yaw, so it leans a little into the curves.

It was like riding a very well behaved, big powerful ATV, with out the steering torque or tire squirm.

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MY wife Denise has one. 3700+ miles including an SS1000 last week and 650+ this weekend. Corners great and is very comfortable average 32 to 35 mpg with 7.1 gallon tank.
Bruce (and Jim) thanks for the feedback.

I'm wondering if your wife used to ride a motorcycle previously, how easily did she transition to the Spyder. Dave is concerned that the Spyder requires much more effort, and will wear me out sooner in the curves. I'm pretty short, does Denise have any trouble with the reach or peg position?

Jim, how easy is this to pull apart for add ons and maintenance?


Here's a picture from my short test ride.

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Denise started out riding dirt bikes when we were younger then a 125 Suzuki Stinger street bike. Then the kids came along and she didn't ride much. In 1999 her and my daughter took the MSF course and she bought a Sportster, Ultra Classic with a Lehman Trike kit which she has about 70,000 miles on and then last year she saw a Spyder test rode it and put an deposit down on it and waited almost a year for it. It is very comfortable. Our SS1000 was actually 1163 miles. She said the seat is an 1000 mile seat the last 163 miles it started to bother her. The only modifications so far are satellite radio, throttle rocker, and this friday when she gets it serviced is 1" handlebar riser. In the future maybe a different windshield and Hid headlights. Denise is 5' 4" tall and a 30" inseam. And we aren't spring chickens either. It has speed senitive power steering and a clutch operated reverse very easy to maneuver in parking lot, open road, and tight twisteze. Our ride this weekend took us over Hiway 36 in Ca. 140 miles of twisteze.

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Any prediction on how long those tires are going to last? I know they are "car" sizes, but I believe the only place as yet to get the Z rated Kendras is at a (Can-Am) Spyder dealer. I'm hearing $300 for a set. Not sure how regular car tires would perform, or hold up, at the low pressures they run. I would hope 10-15k, but who knows....

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Gail (& Dave) -
The pulling apart is much easier than I expected. (Shoulda took a pic when it was tupperwareless.) Panels are held with screws (much like the LT's) and plastic clip/rivets. Gauges pop out and the fuse block goes in there. We've added fuse block, fogs, bar raiser (their term), HeatTroller (for W's liner), and Autocom (intercom and bike-to-bike). W is 4'10" and this is the first machine that really fits her. She came from a 250 Virago (that really didn't fit).

No word on the tires yet, but surely with all the IBA runs someone will run a set down soon. IIRC it's not so much the pressure in the tires that controls the wear, but the profile of the tire when underway - reference the old Smitty's trailers that ran at 15-20psi and got pretty good mileage.

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