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Chuck
02-17-2009, 04:20 AM
So have you all seen these zippin around your town??? They're starting to get more and more popular here in Florida. I've seen them quite a bit recently.. on the road, poker runs and at the area Bike Nights and I have to be honest... I was curious. My riding buddies and I mostly just shake our heads when we see them because we're just not sure what to think.

So Saturday over in Tampa they had a big promo event where you could go and test ride one for about 40 minutes. So I grabbed my son Christian (who goes with me everwhere when I'm on the motorcycle) and we headed over to check 'em out.

So... a brief recap... The event was very well put together. I was definitely impressed by how efficient and friendly the staff was. First we had to do a brief registration process then watch a short video about the Spyder and some of it's safety equipment. I don't remember all the neat little acronyms for the safety features but there were quite a few. They have ABS and some sort of traction control. They also have a sensor to keep you from flipping the thing over when you go around turns.

After the video we had to do a quick breathalyzer (sp???) test which I thought was cool (never did one before) and then the first dissapointment.. they made me wear a helmet. I wasn't too thrilled about that at all. I rarely ever wear a helmet on my bike. If Jen and I go out together we both wear one or if the temp gets below 40F I'll put one on other then that I hate 'em.

So after getting my loaner helmet we headed to a little test track in the parking lot where we got a short explantaion of all the controls and then took them out for a few laps in the parking lot. We had the choice between an electric automatic transmission or a manual. Nobody wanted the auto :D

After that it was time to mount up and hit the road. First impressions.... weird!!! I'm so used to a bike that actually turning a handlebar to move seemed really foreign. I've never drove a snowmobile but I was told they are very similar. Not putting your feet down when your stopped, no front break handle etc just made the whole thing seem very odd.

Remember the safety features we talked about a minute ago?? I made it my personal mission to test every one of them and I did!!! The first one to get tested was the ABS. It did great. I did however scare the sh1t out of the guy in front of me but oh well... I'll never see him again anyway. They took us on a pretty good road with lots of corners and I tried my best to get that thing on 2 wheels but I never did. I know I was close a few times but it just wouldn't do it. I also tried to catch a little air going over some speed humps but no luck there either.

After the ride we came back, I turned in my helmet and grabbed some of the free burgers :)

The Pros: It was extremely smooth. The shifting, stopping & acceleration were great. I thought it had good power and solid acceleration for a 900cc engine. All of the safety features/sensors worked great.

The Cons: felt very unstable but to be fair I imagine after some time on it that would get better. My calves were on flipping fire! My legs got very hot riding it which was uncomfortable. But my biggest problem... BOREDOM! Anybody who rides can tell you there is nothing quite like banking into a nice curve.. on this thing... Yawn! I couldn't stand it. For me it was a definite NO. If I were physically unable to ride on 2 wheels then I would consider this before a trike but that's about it. They might be fun for a few hours on a Saturday but as a primary "bike".... forget it.

I think it will be a long time before these get much respect in the bike community. I'm surprised the 1% guys don't beat people up just for riding them! :laugh:

This is what they look like if you've never seen one.

http://i391.photobucket.com/albums/oo353/SpyderRyder1/0907d655.jpg

http://spyder.brp.com/en-US/Home.html

Josh
02-17-2009, 04:25 AM
No helmet for you Chuck? Don't die I enjoy talking to you. Those thinks are really cool. I want to try one. I just rode my BILs Suzuki 450 quadracer yesterday. If you have never tried one you should. They are a total blast. Sideways all day.

MattHughesRocks
02-17-2009, 04:29 AM
Kinda like a fat chick, fun to ride but you wouldnt want your friends to see you on one :w00t:

:happy0198:

Chuck
02-17-2009, 04:31 AM
No helmet for you Chuck? Don't die I enjoy talking to you. Those thinks are really cool. I want to try one. I just rode my BILs Suzuki 450 quadracer yesterday. If you have never tried one you should. They are a total blast. Sideways all day.

Nah bro... I don't do the helmet thing.. maybe someday but not currently. Quads are a blast but that's the thing with these... the safety controls keep you from breaking the back end loose or having any fun at all.

You're on a Triumph right? I'm pondering a Rocket III for my next bike.:)

Chuck
02-17-2009, 04:33 AM
Kinda like a fat chick, fun to ride but you wouldnt want your friends to see you on one :w00t:

:happy0198:

LOL... true story... I got off the Spyder and the ride leader said "What did you think?" I answered "It was kinda like kissing your first cousin.. just because you can dosen't mean you should" He replied "Um.. that was an interesting answer" then walked away :D

Bonnie
02-17-2009, 05:30 AM
Kinda like a fat chick, fun to ride but you wouldnt want your friends to see you on one :w00t:

:happy0198:

Michelle, Michelle :rolleyes:

Well, it does look kinda weird--front top like a snowmobile with fat wheels and back like a motorcycle. But, I would like to try it except I don't like that bright yellow color.

But, what did you mean about the "steering" like in turning corners--this vs. motorcycle? I know how a bike banks on curves but you acted like it was quite different on this spyder. :unsure-1:

rockdawg21
02-17-2009, 05:54 AM
So that and motorcycles are legal to ride on the street, but not 4-wheelers. It's BS.

County Mike
02-17-2009, 12:08 PM
So that and motorcycles are legal to ride on the street, but not 4-wheelers. It's BS.

You can ride 4-wheelers on the street. They're called CARS! :)

The spider looks kinda cool but I don't see any real benefit over a motorcycle. Maybe if they encapsulated the rider a little more so you could ride comfortably in colder weather or rain. Otherwise, what's the point?

Llamafighter
02-17-2009, 02:04 PM
Chucktales awoohoo!
Every day he's put there making Chucktales Awoohoo!

I saw one of these n my neighborhood and thought it as a customized snowcat or something. Very weird indeed!

Llamafighter
02-17-2009, 02:04 PM
LOL... true story... I got off the Spyder and the ride leader said "What did you think?" I answered "It was kinda like kissing your first cousin.. just because you can dosen't mean you should" He replied "Um.. that was an interesting answer" then walked away :D

Hhahahaha!

Chuck
02-17-2009, 02:35 PM
But, what did you mean about the "steering" like in turning corners--this vs. motorcycle? I know how a bike banks on curves but you acted like it was quite different on this spyder. :unsure-1:

The Spyder won't lean... at all. So when you enter a curve you're "pushing" it through... you just turn the handlebars in the direction of the curve and that's it.

On a motorcycle there is very, very little (if any) turning of the handlebars to take a corner. It's all about leaning the bike over. Obviously there are exceptions like low speeds and raked out choppers but for the most part turning is done by leaning you body/bike in the way you want to go. Going around corners on the spyder felt like taking a flat curve on a rollercoaster.

Taking a corner the right way on a motorcycle is seamless... it's nirvana on 2 wheels... you and the bike are one....

There is only 1 thing in this world I enjoy more then being on a motorcycle.... and I don't often wear a helmet to do that either. :D

Chuck
02-17-2009, 02:40 PM
So that and motorcycles are legal to ride on the street, but not 4-wheelers. It's BS.

There may be... but I'm not sure. There was a company here in Florida that was importing quads and trying to push to get them street legal. They were called GG Quads and they looked pretty impressive. I signed up for their newsletter but haven't received one in quite a while. I'm not sure it the project is still around or not but they were pretty cool.

Here is a link to a test ride in 2006....

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/17/799/Motorcycle-Article/2007-GG-Quad-Quick-Ride.aspx

Moose
02-17-2009, 03:04 PM
Looks like a Hot Wheel.

Josh
02-17-2009, 04:27 PM
They really should start allowing quads to be legal on the road. They would have to be lowered a lot. I know a lot of company's are working on it right now. My BIL is putting his 180 HP GSXR engine into his quad next week. That would be a blast on the street.

Josh
02-17-2009, 04:32 PM
Nah bro... I don't do the helmet thing.. maybe someday but not currently. Quads are a blast but that's the thing with these... the safety controls keep you from breaking the back end loose or having any fun at all.

You're on a Triumph right? I'm pondering a Rocket III for my next bike.:)
Yeah I ride a 675. I pulled up next to a Rocket III a while back. Those things are killer. Have you seen this video about them?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKEuzxC4eGc

Chuck
02-17-2009, 11:14 PM
Yeah I ride a 675. I pulled up next to a Rocket III a while back. Those things are killer. Have you seen this video about them?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKEuzxC4eGc


Thanks Josh, that one was awesome!

I hadn't seen that one yet!!

Bonnie
02-17-2009, 11:31 PM
That was pretty cool, Josh!

Did I hear them say something about "using a woman's brain"...I believe I did. :laugh:

Now, which one of you guys wants to test how well it stops. No, not as the rider; the other guy, the one on the ground with his "treasures" at risk. :Whistle: I wonder how much he gets paid.

Seriously, though, that Rocket III looks really nice!

Josh
02-17-2009, 11:50 PM
That was pretty cool, Josh!

Did I hear them say something about "using a woman's brain"...I believe I did. :laugh:

Now, which one of you guys wants to test how well it stops. No, not as the rider; the other guy, the one on the ground with his "treasures" at risk. :Whistle: I wonder how much he gets paid.

Seriously, though, that Rocket III looks really nice!
They had to use a woman's brain. It's more exciting if you never know what it's going to do.

Sugar Shane
02-18-2009, 12:08 AM
They really should start allowing quads to be legal on the road. They would have to be lowered a lot. I know a lot of company's are working on it right now. My BIL is putting his 180 HP GSXR engine into his quad next week. That would be a blast on the street.

I transplanted a Yamaha R6 engine into a Honda 300EX frame a while back. Talk about 4 wheel suicide!!!!! And 4 wheel sex!!! LOL!!!!!

Bonnie
02-18-2009, 12:08 AM
They had to use a woman's brain. It's more exciting if you never know what it's going to do.

:laugh:

Yeah, I believe they mentioned it allowed the bike to change directions quickly!

Josh
02-18-2009, 02:34 AM
I transplanted a Yamaha R6 engine into a Honda 300EX frame a while back. Talk about 4 wheel suicide!!!!! And 4 wheel sex!!! LOL!!!!!
Oh man that must have been so much fun. Those R6s are almost like a two stroke. Not a lot of power until the upper revs but then you blast off. An R6 would be a better engine too because it's a lot lighter than a 1000.