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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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I just talked to one of the dealers.

First run sold out. second run delivery around January/February.

Price: $14,900

Set up and shipping $2,100!!

Total: $17K plus about 9% in fees = $18,530 +/-. They are trying to register them as trikes with DMV. But could not give me an answer as how it will be classified with insurance companies.



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dealers?

Who else is pedaling them besides Capitol?

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American Marine Sports in Rancho Cordova. Just next to Nathan's place on 11379 Pyrites (916) 635-4644

There are several in California http://spyder.brp.com/en-US/ then 'find a dealer'



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Raffy, is one of them gonna git ya back in the saddle?

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I want the LT with the Hannigan side car.

Insurance is not being very responsive and taking their sweet old time. Took them two weeks to finally get an estimate started. So we will have to see when I receive the settlement.

I will need to sell the GS. I also have a court date to dispute the ticket since what my witness said and what the officer wrote down in his report are opposites. With the wrong info, I am now at fault since I was issued a ticket.



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Mama rode it this afternoon, we are a go. Going to check out the other dealers.
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Mama rode it this afternoon, we are a go. Going to check out the other dealers.

Hummm...I can already see where to mount auxiliary lights.



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I can just see 7-10 of these in staggered formation on the interstate. now if everyone would just wear imperial warrior outfits....



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Day 26 and counting......
Yes you can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hang in there Dude!

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Who else is pedaling them besides Capitol?
There is a Polaris dealer on Stockton Blvd in Elk Grove(just south of the Harley dealer) selling them and I believe Sharkey's wife Denise has a deposit on one from a dealer Lodi(where they test rode it) to be delivered in Oct/Nov.

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Marina Boat Sales on Beckman Road, east of 99. Ask for Kevin.

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I will need to sell the GS.
Man, that's like showing the addict the crack pipe! I've been wanting a GS! Unfortunately, SO is farkleizing the house right now...

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I know the feeling. We just put the finishing touches on our house remodel. Last piece in the puzzle was the landscaping. A few more slate stones and we are done.

Words of wisdom:

1) Don't get a pet that outgrows it's tank

2) Don't get a pet that has a 30+ year lifespan.

DAMHIK. Cost a bunch of $s to build/install a pond for said pet.



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I know the feeling. We just put the finishing touches on our house remodel. Last piece in the puzzle was the landscaping. A few more slate stones and we are done.

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1) Don't get a pet that outgrows it's tank

2) Don't get a pet that has a 30+ year lifespan.

DAMHIK. Cost a bunch of $s to build/install a pond for said pet.
Your post damn near belongs in the humor forum, Raffy!!! BTW - if your 'hood is like mine, there are late night roaming pets whose inconsiderate 'guardians' let 'em roam the 'hood at will. We no longer keep Japanese carp in the beeg pond, butt I'm thinkin' maybe a Great White would make a good 'terminator'!!
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We are taking some precautions. Will see how it goes. It's a 100+ gallon turtle pond. I may have to put add window screen type material over the pond.



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We are taking some precautions. Will see how it goes. It's a 100+ gallon turtle pond. I may have to put add window screen type material over the pond.
Good idea on the screening material. Just be sure and 'tent' it slightly, so that falling debris, leaves, etc. don't accumulate and make puddle-like yuck. Leaf blower works great for cleanin' it off. Good luck, Raffy.
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We are taking some precautions. Will see how it goes. It's a 100+ gallon turtle pond. I may have to put add window screen type material over the pond.
Interesting. I have a 100 gallon "turtle pond" in my family room. It's custom built tank for the two red-eared sliders I have had for over 25 years. Desmond and Molly.

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....... a turtle pond!

You guys are out of control
Hey, John. Keeps one from thinkin' about them payments!!

Or, which cage gets to sleep outside the garage now!!
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OK, I bought a bike today.


No, not that kind of bike, but it's still two wheels!



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OK, I bought a bike today.


No, not that kind of bike, but it's still two wheels!


Hal go ahead and fax me thoes instructions for the training wheels I'm older and I remember tab A into slot C .

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PS just where is the beach you'r going to ride that cruiser on?
You haven't seen the beach front property here in Lodi?

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Thumbs down Syder

I also tested the Spyder at Americade. I currently ride an LT Trike and it is much more comfortable, I noticed much more vibration at the front steering than on my Hannigan also because of the slight lean forward there was more pressure on my wrists. I am not running out to buy one, however the price is right.

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