Originally Posted by Mike_H
The guy who owned it was all dressed up in HOG gear and proud as can be of his new 'motorcycle'.
I dunno. It has three wheels, a body and an engine from a Ford light truck. It also had a steering wheel (not handlebars) and a trunk. And taillights form a 3-series. BMW car. Seems to me like it's a car, and not a motorcycle.
Whatever floats your boat, I guess, but taking one wheel off of a car doesn't make it a motorcycle, in my opinion.
Did the guy actually say
it was a motorcycle? Or, are you putting words in his mouth? By definition a motorcycle has two wheels, and if he doesn't understand that he's got bigger problems than people judging him on his choice of ride.
I will say that I never got really comfortable on the Spyder until I rode it on three or four separate occasions and quit trying to ride it like a motorcycle. It is a different skill set and very foreign to us that learned on two wheels. It is a blast to ride, if you know how to ride it and not just operate it. The Can-Am rep I talked with said their marketing was never geared towards motorcyclists, but rather the thousands of ATV and snowmobile riders out there.
The Spyder is not a motorcycle, that's a fact. My question is ... So what? Does it really mean they're a poser like someone else responded in this thread? There's lots of reasons someone may choose to ride a bike with more than two wheels. It doesn't make their
riding experience any less enjoyable, it enhances
it. It makes them want
to ride. It's not for everybody but again...So what?
The Spyder is getting people who would never dream of riding a motorcycle out of they're cars and "in the wind". They start to understand the things we deal with every time we ride, and they tell their friends about it. They also tell them all the things they love about riding. This is good for all
It also allows people who were ready to give it up for whatever reason, the chance to continue to enjoy riding. There's more to it that scraped pegs and a lack of chickenstrips, but that gets lost on some people.
People who don't give my motorcycles a second glance go out of their way to look over the Spyder. Gail and I can't go anywhere without someone walking up and interrogating us about it. I hope more manufacturers come out with their version of the Spyder because more of these things on the road is good for riders of all types.