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Anyone out there ridden a Can Am?

Looking at upgrading my ride, Iím currently on a 05 LT. The old girl is great and has never failed me but old age (me) and arthritic knees are telling me itís time to make a change. The other factor is the wife, she has had both knees replaced and mounting the bike just doesnít work for her anymore. Iím heading out on a 5K ride next week and I suspect that by the time I get home in three weeks I will have OD on ibuprofen. I have tried J-pegs and Mic-O-Pegs with no real relief.

Where Iím going with this is I rode the new K1600GTL, fantastic bike with nowhere to stretch out my legs. Donít really want to go back to the Motor Company even though it would make a lot of my ridding buds happy and the significant other is pushing hard for me to look at the Can Am RT-S or Limited.

Iím scheduled to test ride the Can Am at the end of the week but was wondering if any of you guys have any words of wisdom you can pass along?

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I rode one two up. It was bizarre, and my wife hated being thrown around in the curves.

A lot of folks think they are the cat's meow.

Personally if I ever get to the point where two wheels won't cut it I would by a Miata (for the same price...) instead. Zoom zoom zoom.


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I have & I hated it . IT IS NOT for me. My wife & I were looking at replacing the 2000 K1200LT & the spider (I thought) was a great bike. It reminded me of riding a jet ski or a snow mobile but not a motorcycle. We went with the K1600GTL as the replacement of the LT & I'm glad we did (so far). I know some day I will need a 3rd wheel to keep riding but that 3rd wheel will not be on the front of a bike for me.

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Ed, My bride and I sat on one and that was enough for us, didn't even want to test ride it, but that is just our opinion. One of my big concerns was the maintenance required on the suspension and tracking mechanisms. I don't want one, but ride it and see if you like it, nobody can tell for sure but you (and your hair dresser).

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Looking at upgrading my ride, Iím currently on a 05 LT. The old girl is great and has never failed me but old age (me) and arthritic knees are telling me itís time to make a change. The other factor is the wife, she has had both knees replaced and mounting the bike just doesnít work for her anymore. Iím heading out on a 5K ride next week and I suspect that by the time I get home in three weeks I will have OD on ibuprofen. I have tried J-pegs and Mic-O-Pegs with no real relief.

Where Iím going with this is I rode the new K1600GTL, fantastic bike with nowhere to stretch out my legs. Donít really want to go back to the Motor Company even though it would make a lot of my ridding buds happy and the significant other is pushing hard for me to look at the Can Am RT-S or Limited.

Iím scheduled to test ride the Can Am at the end of the week but was wondering if any of you guys have any words of wisdom you can pass along?

Ed
Ed, send "Sharkey" (Bruce) a pm. He can give you lots of low-down on the Can-Am. His wife has had one since the first year, and I think he's thinking about getting one for himself as well.

He knows his way around every vehicle he's ever had, so I am sure he can give you a well-educated opinion on what to look for.

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I test rode one a while back and almost threw myself off on the first curve.I found out very quickly to hold on with my knees.I must say though that I have never rode a four wheeler ATV or a trike , just a long time motorcycle rider.I have talked with a number of Can Am riders and they tell me that after you get used to it it is very comfortable and handles great even on the interstate highways.However at seventy one years old I hope I have a few more years of two wheeling.I have always said when I start falling over a lot then I'll go to to three wheels.I think you will find it is a complete change from two wheels , however if thats what it takes for you to continue riding then by all means give it a try.
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A few years ago during the Sydney Motorcycle Show I got to test ride one on public roads where they held the Sydney Olympics, and now run a once-a-year V8 car race.
It was pissing down rain and I didn't have wet weather gear with me.
It was an absolute blast in the straight sections, easily spinning the rear on the wet roads...but come the corners or bends and the damn thing wanted to throw me off sideways.
It feels very "un-natural" to me in the way it sits flat in corners and you have to try to lean your body against the g-forces without the aid of the bike moving under you to compensate.
I felt you'd have to ride very sedately until you got the measure of it.... and even then would never tackle a corner like you do on a bike.
Get a kids trike and try rolling down-hill and taking a sharp turn... this is exactly what it feels like.... its not for me either.....

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Add me to the list of didn't like. There was a Can-Am Demo Day at Concord Mills Mall. Just sign-up and ride. The Spyder was ok going straight, but felt weird in turns on the two-lane road we were on. Small steering inputs resulted in big changes. Turn the bars to track through a turn, turn the bars not to cross the yellow line, turn the bars to keep from running off the road, turn the bars to keep from crossing the yellow line. You get it. Riding the thing is like playing Army Golf. Left, right, left, right, left, right, and so on. Maybe if we'd had more saddle time than about 3 miles, I would have gotten used to the steering.

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Wife has one, Loves it.. It's fun... It's not a bike.. There is some centrifugal force when turning.. If you go ahead and lean to the inside then it kind of counters it...You kind of look funny, But it's a gas to drive.......

It's not a bike...

Did I say it's not a bike... As far as running goes.. It's fast, fairly comfortable, and goes like stink... It'll scare the crap out of you if you let it.. But it has software to keep you from being stupid and killing yourself on it... Theoretically it won't lift a wheel...

It fun to do burnouts in the grass and whatnot on....

Let me just say this, Once and for all.

It's not a bike..

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If you ride a bike you'll hate it. We call them snowmobiles on wheels, The only difference is that you can actually bank a snowmobile. I tried it and hated it.

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Hi Garry!

I feel the same way. But I think Can Am will probably do well because there are alot of guys in their fifties and sixties who have never ridden a bike and are starting to develop a taste for the open road. For many of them, because they don't have the experience and aren't able to multi-task that well, a bike where you don't have to worry about clutching shifting and leaning but can just twist the throttle is much safer. I have a couple of neighbours that have them and just love them. For these guys it is just the perfect solution as I would be afraid to give these guys the keys to a two wheeler no matter how much experience they had.
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I've never ridden one but I do have a Hannigan sidecar. It is infinitely more fun to ride the LT without the sidecar for the reason already mentioned. The sidecar wont let the bike lean into the corners so you have to lean your body into the corner or put velcro on the seat of your pants.

There seem to be 2 schools of thought on the Can Ams. You either love them (the feeling held by those who actually own them) or you hate them (the feeling that seems to be held held by those who have never sat on one or by those who have actually ridden one a short distance).

My GUESS is that they would handle better than a side car rig because they were purpose built to be 3 wheelers and not modified two wheelers.

If it came down to it I would ride a trike of some sort if my health forced me to either embrace the third wheel or give up riding. I can assure you that you will adapt to leaning your body into the corners but it is more fun for now to let the bike lean instead.

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The power steering makes them easier to steer than a side car rig.Felt a lot like a snowmobile to me when I test rode one.

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I test rode one about 2 yrs ago. TOTALLY different ride experience. I like it because it's different, but I dislike it because of the fuel economy. Reading the reports and owners reports, the RT only gets about 33mpg IF you ride sedately. I also thought the RT was grossly under powered. My friend had the S and he said it was a hoot to ride and had plenty of power....and he's ridden sport bikes all his life. He traded a B-King in on his Spyder, so he knows power and handling.

Would I buy one? Maybe. They are kinda unique.


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Here is another one to look at:
http://www.thoroughbred-motorsports.com/

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Nope, I haven't ridden one but I have been on an ATV, which steers similarly. I don't like it.

I'll go the "Ghost Wheels" on my LT way before I'd go the trike or Can Am way.

71 years old and still keeping it up at slow speeds and stops. Yee Haa!

I LOVE the motorcycle feel in the twisties.......................that's primarily why I even ride a motorcycle in the first place!

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At that price, I'd go for a Miata instead!

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While at a family reunion in Arkansas this summer, the wife & I came upon a Can-Am midnight blue. She's says you can trade for that. What? She had been hearing me talk about the new 1600's coming out, etc. She told me then that I could have one...AFTER she gets her new Mustang convertible. Now I could have a Can-Am? Go figure. I think they would be great for a second bike, but I'm not ready to give up the two wheels just yet.

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We have one. W got tired of looking at the back of my head and got her endorsement. 2 wheels didn't do it for her (4'10"); never got comfortable. Tried a Spyder and ordered one. Quite fun to farkelize - bags, top box, even McCruise! She lets me ryde it 'on occasion'.

Love the roll-on power. A bit noisier than the LT. We both push her envelope, really fun in twisties. Ryde is TOTALLY different than a 2-wheel ride. I hop back and forth between it and the LT.

When first trying it, keep grip loose on the bars, or it will feel twitchy. Does not lean, rider leans into the turns.

Great around town. Great on long rydes. Stable at warp speeds. Know what I will have if I have to give up 2 wheels.

Ryde them both - RS (fits like sport bike) and RT (fits like our LT). LOTS of farkles available.

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