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Vanity - Opinion on Can-Am Spyder (3-wheeler)
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Posted on 07/30/2012 5:45:00 AM PDT by Jonah Hex

All,

I'm now north of 50, married, with kids finally moving out of the house. The family van is ready for retirement, so I'm thinking of a fun vehicle for commuting to work (about 10 miles daily) and the occasional "fun" ride down the Colonial Parkway with my wife. I used to ride a Kawasaki 305 back in my 20's, but gave it up when I got married (yeah, I know, whipped).

Anyway, the Can-Am caught my attention as an "alternative" bike. I like quite a few of the features as well as the "quirkiness". I believe I could talk my wife into riding it with me. "If Momma's happy..."

Thinking of arranging a test ride before I seriously start pursuing the idea. Looking for comments/opinions, especially technical/maintainence/safety. I know, a Can-Am is not a real motorcycle, it's a crutch for those who can't or won't ride a real bike. Nevertheless, looking for input, especially from Can-Am riders.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: 3wheeler; canam; motorcycle; nerd; tryke
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Besides, I'd rather have a Morgan. (smile)

1 posted on 07/30/2012 5:45:09 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: Jonah Hex
Do It !!!

Don't wind up wondering ...."What if...?"
2 posted on 07/30/2012 5:52:06 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Jonah Hex

They interest me as well. My knees won’t handle a bike these days but something like that would be great for taking off and going up north for a weekend on a whim.


3 posted on 07/30/2012 5:55:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Jonah Hex

Does your employer require you to report for work on rain days ?


4 posted on 07/30/2012 6:03:42 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Jonah Hex
Sit down and make a list of the pro's and con's of owning a Spyder. Investigate the number of 2 and 3 wheel accidents in your area. My biggest con is inattentive drivers that can kill you in a heartbeat while they are texting or talking on their cell phones.

I'd buy a 2 seat sports car like a BMW Z-series or a Honda and enjoy the ride and the insurance savings over a 3 wheeler.

5 posted on 07/30/2012 6:08:47 AM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But it's going to get a lot Tougher if you vote for Obama in Nov.)
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To: Jonah Hex

My last two bikes were a Honda ST1100 and a Honda Pacific Coast. I finally gave up riding last fall due to the risks. The Can Am Spyder eliminates many of the risks, and helps with perspicacity among the cagers who might otherwise not see you.

My brother has a Can Am Spyder, one of the early sport models. I’ve ridden it and enjoy it immensely. Its been completely reliable but goes through tires quicker than expected.

As soon as the new touring models have been in the used market a number of years (i.e., when they become affordable) I’m probably going to buy one.


6 posted on 07/30/2012 6:13:19 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Jonah Hex

With starting prices of $16,000 new, it’s a luxury item.

If it’s time for a luxury, and $ is not the issue, then do it - enjoy.


7 posted on 07/30/2012 6:14:24 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Jonah Hex

go for the morgan

I have never liked the Can-Am - it looks stupid and you will look stupid driving it

get a 3 wheel rear-wheel chopper if you must (in Tucson, AZ I used one only because there is so much sand you can get killed slipping on it with a 2-wheeled regular bike)

They get gas miulage that sux, considering. I Honda Civic get better gas milage

Just my opinion - and I am grouchy with a headache this AM


8 posted on 07/30/2012 6:14:32 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Jonah Hex

I quit riding years ago. Had Honda Goldwings and Kawasakis. My wife rode her own Goldwing. I do miss the wind in my hair. But mostly I miss my hair...............


9 posted on 07/30/2012 6:15:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Jonah Hex

I would definitely take it for a test ride and see what you think. From what I’ve heard it’s a very different animal than what people think it is.

If you like snow mobiles this seems a lot closer to that than a motorcycle. There is no leaning involved so it seems to be a very different ride. I saw that goofy green Morgan on Top Gear. It does great doughnuts.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 6:19:45 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Jonah Hex

try renting one for a weekend or two or three.


11 posted on 07/30/2012 6:19:53 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Jonah Hex

Heck...I’d do it.

My wife wants a motorcycle desperately. I, however, am afraid of the darn things. But...having sat on a Can-Am, I could see myself riding one. I’ve seen 3 or 4 of them out on the road up here in the rainy Seattle area.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 6:20:34 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Jonah Hex
I just saw this after posting my last comment. It appears to be no safer than a motorcycle.

Motorcyclist Dies From Injures In Broken Arrow Crash Posted: Jul 30, 2012 7:36 AM CDT Updated: Jul 30, 2012 7:36 AM CDT

Russell Hulstine, NewsOn6.com - email

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

A motorcyclist has died from injuries sustained in a Broken Arrow crash Sunday evening.

Police say the crash at the intersection of Olive and Albany involved a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a motorcycle.

Police say the pickup truck driven by an adult female was stopped westbound in the inside lane at a red light. After the light turned green, police say the driver proceeded to drive through the intersection.

At this point, Broken Arrow Police say her pickup truck was struck in the rear by a three-wheel motorcycle driven by a male adult.

The cyclist was taken to a Tulsa hospital where he later died of his injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

The name of the cyclist was not released pending notification of next of kin.

The crash remains under investigation.


13 posted on 07/30/2012 6:23:47 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Jonah Hex

“Thinking of arranging a test ride before I seriously start pursuing the idea. “

Good idea because it may not be at all what you expect it to be.


14 posted on 07/30/2012 6:25:54 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Salamander

Of possible interest ...


15 posted on 07/30/2012 6:26:13 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Red Badger
I do miss the wind in my hair. But mostly I miss my hair

Gone with the wind...

16 posted on 07/30/2012 6:26:52 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Jonah Hex
I don't ride anymore. Just too many bad drivers.

I enjoy a top down ride in a sports car almost as much, and I feel safer.

17 posted on 07/30/2012 6:27:34 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Jonah Hex
Try one of these....copy of BMV engine with three wheel drive and a reverse gear....

http://www.imz-ural.com/2012-ural-patrol/


18 posted on 07/30/2012 6:29:54 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Jonah Hex

Morgan dealer in PA.
http://www.morgan3wheeler.co.uk/finddealer.html


19 posted on 07/30/2012 6:37:29 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: FatherofFive

I just started riding 2 years ago. I am 58 and exercise regularly. I have noticed most of the older riders have issues man handling big hog bikes.
I do group rides every weekend and there are a couple of spider riders. They all love their bikes but all of them keep having quality issues. Two of them have had the dashboard electronics replaced and still are having problems with the gas gage. So great bikes lousy quality. After dropping my Honda 1100 on a turn hitting sand and breaking my ankle and thumb I just traded in for a honda silverwing scooter which I love. The Suzuki Burgmans are good also. I find the scooter has a much lower center of gravity and combined breaking front and rear brake worked by left hand break is much faster and smoother braking.


20 posted on 07/30/2012 6:45:20 AM PDT by pwatson
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To: listenhillary

Gone, but not forgotten........


21 posted on 07/30/2012 6:49:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: pwatson

Also you can get a used silverwing or Burgmans for $6000 or so with 500 to 10000 miles in excellent shape. New they are 10000 to $16000


22 posted on 07/30/2012 6:53:42 AM PDT by pwatson
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To: Jonah Hex
I'd rather find one of these Can Ams. Not too many left anymore.


23 posted on 07/30/2012 7:02:39 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Jonah Hex

Get a velomobile...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAcy7EVRpXc&feature=youtube_gdata_player


24 posted on 07/30/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Mr. K
I'm with you Mr K.

It's a modified snowmobile.

If you're going to go trike, go hard or go home.


25 posted on 07/30/2012 7:11:13 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: Jonah Hex

They seem far safer than regular motorcycles. I have seen some tricked out ones that look incredible.

I have a Seadoo RXT (Same Company) and they make good products.


26 posted on 07/30/2012 7:12:28 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: ArrogantBustard

You only pinged me to start trouble...LOL


27 posted on 07/30/2012 7:12:49 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: Salamander
You only pinged me to start trouble

Moi?!?!?!?!?!

Nice pic in #25. Is that a reaper on the gas tank? What's the church in the background? That rough-dressed grey stone just screams "Maryland" (to me, anyway).

28 posted on 07/30/2012 7:18:20 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Jonah Hex
Did someone say Can-Am??


29 posted on 07/30/2012 7:22:16 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (EAT MOR CHIKIN)
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To: Jonah Hex

I’d love a Can-Am, but make mine a McLaren. Or a 917/30. ;)


30 posted on 07/30/2012 7:24:45 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (EAT MOR CHIKIN)
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To: ArrogantBustard

“Moi?!?!?!?!?!”

Oui...*vous*...LOL

Yes, those are Reapers on the tank.

There’s others on the back of the sissy bar, the air cleaner and points cover.

Good eye for stone...it’s the big cemetery in Frederick MD that has the Confederate section.


31 posted on 07/30/2012 7:31:08 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: Jonah Hex
My opinion is that the commercials that show the Harley guy nodding his head in approval as he scopes out the Can-Am parked at the biker bar, and the other bikers flashing the super-secret-bikers-are-cool gang sign at the Can-Am riders as they pass on the road are complete and utter BS.

Wouldn't it be cheaper just to paint flames or racing stripes on your Hover-Round?

32 posted on 07/30/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT by Washi (The secret ingredient in a Chick-Fil-A sandwich is liberal outrage. Delicious.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

http://www.mountolivetcemeteryinc.com/


33 posted on 07/30/2012 7:36:00 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: spokeshave

We bought a Ural earlier this year. Hubby has had 3 hip replacements and was worried he would drop his big bike (Victory Kingpin). We like it so much we are going to get a sidecar for the Kingpin. Great for around town and shopping.


34 posted on 07/30/2012 7:36:09 AM PDT by AZHSer
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To: Washi

Are you serious?

I have not seen those commercials.

I do ‘2 finger’ them when I pass them but I do it to *every* bike I pass, out of courtesy.

[no Harley rider *I* know is secretly lusting in his/her heart for one, though]

What we ‘flash’ at each other is more of a ‘good luck’ symbol.

Two fingers flashed low means “keep both wheels down”.

It’s got nothing to do with “cool”.

Somebody once remarked that they always saw bikers doing that and figured we all knew each other, personally.

I just said “Yeah. Every biker on earth knows every other biker.”.

:::rolls eyes:::


35 posted on 07/30/2012 7:45:13 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: Washi; Salamander; Mr. K; Jonah Hex

Well, in fairness, I have caught a lot of bikers (including myself) staring at people riding Can-Ams.

But it’s not so much “nodding in approval” as it is pure wonderment at how totally geeky they look.

I always look twice to see if there isn’t a mower deck attached to the bottom.


36 posted on 07/30/2012 7:55:23 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Red Badger

After 25+ years of riding, I recently sold my V-max.

Can’t justify the cost to use ratio living in Minnesota.

That and too many tards texting and the growing size of potholes here.


37 posted on 07/30/2012 7:56:30 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Next time you are at a red light, take a look around you at all the other drivers.

In the olden days, everybody was picking their nose, now they are texting/talking on their cell phones.

Some are doing both........


38 posted on 07/30/2012 8:00:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
In the olden days, everybody was picking their nose, now they are texting/talking on their cell phones..

Are there any publicly traded body shop franchises?

I gotta believe the crash repair biz is on an uptick.

39 posted on 07/30/2012 8:04:19 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: shibumi

“I always look twice to see if there isn’t a mower deck attached to the bottom.”

Bwahahahahaaa.


40 posted on 07/30/2012 8:19:02 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: nascarnation

I live near three body shops and they are always full...................


41 posted on 07/30/2012 8:20:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Jonah Hex; martin_fierro

Motorcycle Ping!...............


42 posted on 07/30/2012 8:22:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

I remember the good ol’ days when I could disappear for hours and nobody could get hold of me.

Now, if I ‘don’t pick up’, I get griped at for not having the phone on/with me/whatever.

What part of “I want to be unreachable and *away* from everything” is so hard to understand?

Cell phones are an invisible leash.


43 posted on 07/30/2012 8:37:38 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: Salamander

Just wait til the government MANDATES that we all have one............


44 posted on 07/30/2012 8:39:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

I’d be surprised by that but apparently, everybody already does and they’re all driving in front of me on every road so the government needn’t bother.


45 posted on 07/30/2012 8:53:12 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: Jonah Hex

A friend of mine traded in his GoldWing for a Spyder about 4 months ago. He says he has put more miles on that Spyder in that time than he did in 2 years of the Honda.

He traded because he had knee surgery. He LOVES his Can-Am Spyder. He wife loves it as well because she no longer worries about possibly falling over.

I am scared to death of motorcycles but he has me thinking of buying a Spyder!


46 posted on 07/30/2012 8:59:57 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Washi

I ride a Harley, and I put two fingers down when I pass a trike. Your think that it’s BS, is BS.


47 posted on 07/30/2012 9:35:24 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Jonah Hex

One word, “Moped”


48 posted on 07/30/2012 9:59:52 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Jonah Hex

One word, “Moped”


49 posted on 07/30/2012 10:00:04 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Jonah Hex; All

2 words - “Go Galt”; if you can get along without it, don’t spend. Also, you may want the money for more important things in 3 months.

Only 1 exception to Galt - BLOAT


50 posted on 07/30/2012 10:49:05 AM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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