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test rode the Spyder RT

Wow, what a machine! They have really packed some nice engineering in those things.

We went on about a 30 -40 min test ride Sat. I had the option of the RS or the RT, so I took the RT. My buddy took the RS.

The RT was loaded: stereo, electric windshield, heated grips, cruise, electronic suspension, electronic parking brake, fog lights, and comfort seat.

How did it handle? Well, at first it felt really sketchy, like the frontend wanted to wander, but as the drive went along, I didn't seem as bad. Maybe because I bumped up the suspension. Going through sweepers, it felt like it wanted to go straight and I felt like I had to keep correcting in the curve. There again, I think that was me more than the "Roadster" (as they call it). It is a totally different riding style. You do not countersteer and you do not put your foot down at stops. There is no front brake lever. All the ABS brakes (standard) are linked to the foot brake (on the right, thank god). Before the ride they went over a "safety" talk and told us about the no brake lever and DO NOT put your foot down at stops. They also said it's easiest to use the footpegs to mount the Roadster just like you'd get on a horse. So, next was a warm up lap to get familiar with the thing. Just a small circle with a couple of stops and to get you used to the width of it and the turning. Well, first thing I did was throw a leg over. At 6'3", I don't need no stinkin' foot pegs to mount. Well, according to them, I do. So, off I go. First stop, ok. Second stop ok. I round the circle and come to a stop by the instructors, and what do I do? I reach for the brake lever, but catch myself, but not before the instructor sees me. Another hand slap. And instinctively, as I come to a stop, I put my left foot down. Another hand slap. But I did get to go for the ride.

As far as leg room, like I said I'm 6'3" and I was not cramped at all. There was one owner there that was 6'6" and he said he felt fine - maybe lower the pegs a little. He's added bar risers to his RS so he's not leaned over as far. Yes, the RS is sportier, where the RT is more positioned like the LT or Wing. BTW, the passenger floorboards are adjustable.

Power? Well, we didn't get a chance to open it up, so I'm really not sure. It seemed to me like doing 50 in 5th gear (5 speed gear box) was bogging it down. I think that Rotax engine likes 4 - 5K rpms. One thing for sure, a GT it ain't.

Now, here's some of stats, which I reckon you could look up on your own, but.....

RT - 100HP, 80ft/lbs torque
RS - 106Hp, 70ft/lbs

est gas mileage - RT - 30mpg
RS - 35mpg (owners were verifying this number)

Fuel cap - RT - ~6gals
RS - ~7gals

vehicle weight - RT - 929lbs
RS - 699lbs

load capacity - RT - 525lbs
RS - 440lbs

Pricing (MSRP) - RT - $21k - $25K
RS - $16K - $19K

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Re: test rode the Spyder RT

I'd like to have one of those for a 2nd bike. Of course the SO would probably ride it a lot too...
I think she's going to retire next year, & wants a Camaro or Mustang convertable. But maybe I can coerce?

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Re: test rode the Spyder RT

Would you buy one over a regular bike? And if you had health problems preventing you from riding, do you think its better than a trike or a hack?

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Would you buy one over a regular bike?


Good question. I don't think I would, but that friend I went with is serious about trading his B-King in on the RS because his wife is more comfortable on the Spyder.

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And if you had health problems preventing you from riding, do you think its better than a trike or a hack?
I like hacks, but I don't like trikes. If I had a choice between a hack, a trike or the Spyder, I'd definitely take the Spyder. I love the engineering in that thing. It's the type of vehicle I wouldn't hesitate riding in any weather. I don't like riding in the rain here in San Antonio because the roads get so slick, but with the Spyder's traction control and stability system, it would work great.

I would also seriously consider the Spyder as a 2-up tourer. I think the passenger would feel more secure and you definitely wouldn't have to worry about dropping the thing after a long day. The only drawback is the sucky gas mileage.


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I forgot to mention the service intervals. According to the factory guys, first service is at 600 miles(thats normal), then every 3K after that. But that's just fluids, and probably the belt drive. The valves are done every 12K. I did not think to ask the dealer what the service intervals would cost.


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