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Old 07-30-2012, 04:55 AM   #1
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CAN-AM Spyder. The Good, the Bad and the.......

Any inmates here ridden/owned one of these things that can give me some feedback on them? I'm considering one at the moment and interested on what experiences you have had with them.

What are they like towing a trailer?
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:20 AM   #2
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The good
Comfy, safe (electronic gizmotry stops you crashing), different.

The bad
10ltrs per 100k's on the highway, safe (electronic gizmotry stops you having fun), if you like overtaking it's too wide, like a car.

The Ugly
Can't sell one second hand one, if you buy it it's yours......

My wife and I rode from Melbourne to Canberra, you ride them like quad (no counter steering) and steer into the corner. The electric gadgetry is more than safe, it is invasive and when i pillioned my son through a twisty bit of road in Victoria we both had to lean off the reverse trike into the corner to keep the inside wheel on the ground (if the inside wheel lifts, the electronic trickery cuts in and you slow down).....

My wife says if I want something like a spyder, best I buy a Mazda MX5
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:29 AM   #3
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Don't know about a trailer Nev, but what are they like to ride?.....



..... In one word, scary

The Spyder is NOT, I repeat NOT a motorcycle, and should not be confused with one. Riding down a mildy cambered road was a struggle to keep in a straight line and it felt like it wanted to topple. Turning a corner was absolutely no fun.. Heaps of understeer and a very un motorcycle like experience.

Basically the Spyder is what its maker intended - a snowmobile/jetski for the street and I am sure owners of the aforementioned vehicles will love it.

..... pity no one else will though.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:36 AM   #4
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We know the girl that runs this site, so she should be able to give you all the details on them.

www.ozspyderryders.com

Hubby has been pillioned and ridden one so can give you all the details at the beer night in a couple of weeks.
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I currently own a sidecar so i'm guessing the experience is similar in that you steer rather than lean so i'm fine with that. Is it something that you could cover 450 kilometres in a day comfortably on?
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:40 AM   #6
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We know the girl that runs this site, so she should be able to give you all the details on them.

www.ozspyderryders.com

Hubby has been pillioned and ridden one so can give you all the details at the beer night in a couple of weeks.
Excellent, looking forward to having a chat to him.
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You need medicating Nev.
Its taken you this long to work that out?
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:48 AM   #10
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Don't know about a trailer Nev, but what are they like to ride?.....



..... In one word, scary

The Spyder is NOT, I repeat NOT a motorcycle, and should not be confused with one. Riding down a mildy cambered road was a struggle to keep in a straight line and it felt like it wanted to topple. Turning a corner was absolutely no fun.. Heaps of understeer and a very un motorcycle like experience.

Basically the Spyder is what its maker intended - a snowmobile/jetski for the street and I am sure owners of the aforementioned vehicles will love it.

..... pity no one else will though.
Tracking along road ruts and road depressions is just a wheel alignment issue, easilyfixed......

Scary...nah, fun, yes.......

If you know how ride a quad or snow ski then you will have no issues....
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:54 AM   #11
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I test rode one a few years ago, LOTS of fun, I know a few people that have them and they love em, they will tow a trailer very well, Can Am sell a towbar and a trailer for them but you are better off with another trailer manufacturer for pricing and size.

Go along to one of the Can Am dealers and get onto one of their ride days. They are a thirsty bit of kit though, old mate reckons on the highway he can get 8.5 cruising but if you get up it that figure will dissappear quickly.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:16 AM   #12
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I test rode one a few years ago, LOTS of fun, I know a few people that have them and they love em, they will tow a trailer very well, Can Am sell a towbar and a trailer for them but you are better off with another trailer manufacturer for pricing and size.

Go along to one of the Can Am dealers and get onto one of their ride days. They are a thirsty bit of kit though, old mate reckons on the highway he can get 8.5 cruising but if you get up it that figure will dissappear quickly.
There is a dealer in Melbourne that I might pay a visit to this coming Friday that has a demo. I'll see if I can take it for a run, should be interesting.

So what size fuel tank do they normally run? Is 300 kilometres fuel range unrealistic?
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I currently own a sidecar so i'm guessing the experience is similar in that you steer rather than lean so i'm fine with that. Is it something that you could cover 450 kilometres in a day comfortably on?
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In a few short years, Asphyxiated blue (the artist formerly known as nev) has gone from bikes, to trikes (hacks)... and now it's onto wheelbarrows?

Regards your questions; a bloke in town here (Trelleborg) has one... I was talking to him about just this, when I bumped into him at the beach weekend before last.

He said;

Goes like a cut snake (acceleration)

Corners like a snowmobile/quad (no body lean input... other than to counteract G-forces)

Comfortable - he said he could ride a 500 km + day (motorway) no worries... which was one of the main reasons he got off the bikes (has ridden for 20 plus years).

Handling on asphalt - can be tricky on smaller/uneven, rutted or cambered back roads.

Handling gravel roads* - understeers easily and gets "skatey" at the back... "not recommended" were his words.

* I wouldn't even want to guess what one would be like on outback oz road conditions.

My observations: (From the very short three km squirt I took on it) the seating postion and comparitively limited wheel travel/ground clearance (in relation to a bike), I would imagine than on anything other than a nice sealed surface... it would get fairly tiring rather quickly...

Coincidentally; my reaction/summary when I got off it was remarkably similar to what farqhuar wrote; I said it was like a Sea-Doo for the road.

Trailer...? Never asked the question... I didn't even contemplate it?

Are you sure it's not a Winnebago you're after nev...???
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:34 AM   #14
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I went on a road ride with a bunch of people off a road riding forum. The trip leaders wife brought one along, she was having a ball right up untill one of the last stops. Where she accidently locked the keys in the boot, he had a nice ride home to get the spare
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:39 AM   #15
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You really do have a way with words, Troy.

I'm just throwing the idea around at the moment mate. They look pretty comfortable and I thought may be better suited to towing a light trailer. Given i've never ridden one, I thought i'd get some feedback.
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