Skip to comments.Vanity - Opinion on Can-Am Spyder (3-wheeler)
Posted on 07/30/2012 5:45:00 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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.
Besides, I'd rather have a Morgan. (smile)
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.
Does your employer require you to report for work on rain days ?
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.
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.
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.
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
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...............
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.
try renting one for a weekend or two or three.
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.
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.
“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.
Of possible interest ...
Gone with the wind...
I enjoy a top down ride in a sports car almost as much, and I feel safer.
Morgan dealer in PA.
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.
Gone, but not forgotten........
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
Get a velomobile...
It's a modified snowmobile.
If you're going to go trike, go hard or go home.
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.
You only pinged me to start trouble...LOL
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).
I’d love a Can-Am, but make mine a McLaren. Or a 917/30. ;)
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.
Wouldn't it be cheaper just to paint flames or racing stripes on your Hover-Round?
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.
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.”.
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.
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.
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........
Are there any publicly traded body shop franchises?
I gotta believe the crash repair biz is on an uptick.
“I always look twice to see if there isnt a mower deck attached to the bottom.”
I live near three body shops and they are always full...................
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.
Just wait til the government MANDATES that we all have one............
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.
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!
I ride a Harley, and I put two fingers down when I pass a trike. Your think that it’s BS, is BS.
One word, “Moped”
One word, “Moped”
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
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