Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sacramento, Ca., USA
CALLING RAFFY K!!!!! or First ride on the Spyder
One word can describe this snowmobile for the street: BITCHIN!!!
Now i know you guys are all saying to youself "that's ridiculous", but this thing really is a kick to ride.
Right away it dispelled the first worry i had about it and that was that the steering would be too heavy. The front felt light but obviously was as stable as could be. The steering input is opposite that we 2 wheel guys are used to, steer it the way you want it to go.
The brakes were amazing! The first thing you notice when you get on is the lack of a front brake lever. The brakes are linked and controlled by the pedal that is in the traditional location. I wicked it up to about 60 and stomped on the pedal and the Spyder stopped straight and true, not to mention it almost tossed me over the front.
The power is provided by the same 990 cc Rotax v-twin that powers Aprilla's Mille's and Tuono's. If you have ever had the pleasure of riding one of these bikes, you know that this motor has some of the sweetest power delivery in any v-twin built today. It dosen't hit hard, but builds the power smoothly and consistently. It still makes enough grunt down low for a healthy burnout (when the salesman isn't looking)
There is ample storage in the nose (Porsche style) for a mid sized cary-on type bag or two full size helmets and a couple of jackets. The seat was comfy, maybe a little soft, and the seating postion is much like that on a snowmobile. You sit fairly upright, more like an RT than a GS. The vehicle has a traction control system that will shut down the power at extreme steering angle/speed so the rider won't flip the vehcle over or slide it uncontrolled. I didn't get to test the limits of this system on the short test ride loop but it did kick in around one corner i threw it into.The chassis as a whole was very stable and had a firm not harsh ride.
All in all, i give it a 10 on the fun meter. There really is nothing else like it out there. You don't have to have a moto license to drive it and it has reverse.
So if you have quit the 2 wheel thing, want to get on the road but not on a trike or a sidecar or just want something really BITCHIN', this is it!
Jennifer (the wife and CFO) is meeting me at Capitol Yamaha today after work so she can ride it too. That oughta tell ya somethin' right there
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