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Old 05-06-2011, 12:07 AM   #1
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Trikes or Can-AM spyder.

Any personal experience in comparison to 2-wheels? My wife is interested in getting one but I have no input or experience with them. Any info and such would be great. pros, cons etc.. I would like for her to ride with me on her own bike sometime in the future.. Thanks guys.
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:17 AM   #2
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rode the Can-Am Spyder last fall at the Galveston Rally and it was pretty cool.

It's definitely not a motorcycle but it is a lot of fun and WAAAAAY more stable than a traditional one-front, two-back wheeled trike.

It's more like riding a snowmobile, which is not really a good comparison because few people down here know what that is like.

I would ride a Spyder before any other three wheeled bike because of the features and stability.
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I'd love to take the Can-Am out for a spin. They look like fun. I don't think I would want to own one. They are very pricey.
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I have a spyder and it is a hoot, I enjoy it every time I take it out, its like riding a big 4 wheeler, it is my wifes toy and I feel better about her taking it out than a motorcycle, I know at least she aint gonna drop it, and women in general have a different attitude than men, we like to see what every thing we ride/drive will do, and women usually just go out putting around on them, so when she use to leave by herself on the bike I was allways nervous about her getting hurt with me not there, now I feel much better when she jumps on the spyder that she will be ok, I believe there is a dealer off 105 in conroe that will let U test drive them, but they do take a bit of getting use to, and just fyi they will haul azz, and they have lots of safety features but they will light up that fat rear tire
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Another option, just not sure where they can be bought around here.
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I'd much rather have two wheels up front, than two in the back for traction reasons.
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Two in front provides more stability when decelerating, while two in the back when accelerating. Since most emergency maneuvers are in deceleration events you want two in the front. Also if you overcook a turn; two in the front. It is pretty easy to back off acceleration, but sometime you do not have an option of backing off in deceleration event. My opinion; can am > trike.
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I saw a guy in the MP3 400 around the Galleria Area like two weeks ago.

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With the price of the gas expect to see more and more scooters around. A lot of people in the office is already asking me about how to get into motorcycling.
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I have ridden on Spyders and worked on them at a Can Am dealer. They are pretty neat, but they are not an alternative to a motorcycle. The description posted already comparing them to a snowmobile is right on. They are snowmobiles with wheels and brakes. They do have bump steer and they do handle very weird if you are looking for a motorcycle. All that being said they are a nice way to get out and see the country side, plus they have a lot more cargo space than a real motorcycle...If you got $17k to $20k to spend on one you better make sure she is serious about riding it.
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I have ridden on Spyders and worked on them at a Can Am dealer. They are pretty neat, but they are not an alternative to a motorcycle. The description posted already comparing them to a snowmobile is right on. They are snowmobiles with wheels and brakes. They do have bump steer and they do handle very weird if you are looking for a motorcycle. All that being said they are a nice way to get out and see the country side, plus they have a lot more cargo space than a real motorcycle...If you got $17k to $20k to spend on one you better make sure she is serious about riding it.
Wow. $17K-20K. How about she tag along with you in a slightly used Miata? Get a fourth wheel, open air, and she can pack a nice big cooler with lunch for you guys.
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just take her to rent one, if she likes it and can see actually having one then rock on.

otherwise it will be a toy that will sit unused, which blows.
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dunno, why not just get her a bike? My wife loves her 636.
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EXACTLY.....two wheels in the back is too dangerous.
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With the price of the gas expect to see more and more scooters around. A lot of people in the office is already asking me about how to get into motorcycling.
this thing ^ is way uglier than the spyder! I saw one on 610 one day and it looked so dam unstable and fugly
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I'd much rather have two wheels up front, than two in the back for STABILITY reasons.
fixed it for you.

A traditional three wheeled trike is inherently unstable and will try to flip on its side in any kind of avoidance maneuver.
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Can Am...

Trikes (conversions) are unstable in emergency (sudden change in direction) manuvers....

Just saying...
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Wow. $17K-20K. How about she tag along with you in a slightly used Miata? Get a fourth wheel, open air, and she can pack a nice big cooler with lunch for you guys.
said it.. I told her.. 17K, maybe get a big fat slow cruiser.. But the post above does make sense that it is more stable. She wants to ride with me and wants a canam..

Thanks for clarifying that it is more stable than a Trike.. and also the RENT ONE alternative.. I suppose she won't know what she'd wanna ride until she takes one out for a spin.

She argues that the Can am will turn better and be easier to maneuver than a motorcycle.. I argue that it would be harder to maneuver because it would require more effort. But I'm a rider already so I have the look right, push right, lean right, go right mentality. as opposed to ATV or snowmobiles.

I did see that one pic where the 2 wheels in the front looks like it leaned? lol.. weird. Thanks for all the input guys..
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Trikes (conversions) are unstable in emergency (sudden change in direction) manuvers....

Just saying...

Have no idea where you are getting your information from. I have been riding a Goldwing CSC Trike for years along with my other two wheel bikes, and they are far from being unstable.

If you have a conversion done by a reputable company, today's trikes are among some of the most stable vehicles on the road.
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