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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-13-2016, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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I have ridden bikes all my life but recently gave it up because I was diagnosed with cancer. I have been treated and seem to be doing OK other than I am pretty tired. The doctors all say the tiredness is normal. My most recent bike was a Triumph Trophy SE ABS. I dropped it twice simply because I didn't have the strength to hold it up once it got leaning to one side (while still).

I was considering getting a Goldwing trike but they are pretty expensive. I got to looking at the Can-Am trikes and really like the looks, features, price, etc.

I am considering getting a Can-Am and would like some opinions on whether I am crazy or not. I am 66 years old and other than being tired, I can get around just fine - no walker, wheelchair, etc. I drive wherever I want to go with do problems.

The Can-Am I was looking at (on the web) is a 2017 Spyder RT. From what I have gather in researching the Can-Am trikes I believe this trike has the side bags and a rear storage compartment. I also think it has the 1300 cc engine and can have either the manual or semi-automatic transmission. Is that all correct? Please excuse my ignorance on Can-Am trikes - I was used to my Triumph and before that Hondas (Goldwing and a ST1300).

I would appreciate any opinions!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-13-2016, 09:44 AM
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you are correct on everything you have said so far

I would make sure I went for 3-4 test rides as they are not the same as a regular 2 wheeler and a lot of people can't handle the differences and start bitchin about how they wasted their money

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Palidin is correct, try it before you buy it. I am 69 years old an due to a hip/knee problem, my two wheel days are numbered. Add to that a small prostrate problem.

I bought a used 2013 ST with less than 7000 miles, the deal was great and I am learning to enjoy a different style of ride.

My wife has owned her Can Am Spyder since 2008 and has more than 25,000 trouble free miles on it.

If the RT is the style you want asked the dealer for an extended test ride. Maybe a half day.

Good Luck with you choice,
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-15-2016, 11:45 AM
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3 wheels

I am pushing 70 and have ridden two wheelers off and on for over 50 years. The last one was a 2006 BMW K1200 LT. Great bike, but too top heavy and hard to handle. The CanAm Spyder has been a dream. Purchased in June of 2016 and have over 3000 miles on it already. Don't see how you can go wrong if you don't want to be a cager for the rest of your life.
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I know where you're coming from. Got diagnosed with leukemia in July, by the time I came out of hospital I had decided to sell the V-Strom, my only ride confirmed it, I almost fell off several times on the way to the shop to get a puncture fixed, I got them to deliver it back.

I've got a 2010 RS SE5 and I have to say it's a learning curve. Soon got past trying to put my feet down when stopping, a bit longer trying to grab the front brake that wasn't there, but the hardest thing is cornering and bends. I've done about 1200Km's and still find it a problem judging my speed, I usually stick to the posted speed i.e if it says 65kph that's what I do, on two wheels I would have added 15kph. I often stop to let other cars past, that hurts

So, if you go for three wheels likely you'll find corners and bends the hardest. Good luck if you're having ongoing chemo (I'm on palliative care) exercise helps me, any day above ground is a good day. Good luck.
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Your story is just about what I was going to write...Only I am 72 Traded in My BMW 1200LT a couple of years ago, I loved that Beemer but it was just too heavy, I am on my second spyder now a 2015 RT Ltd my first one was a 2013 With the 998 motor I liked it but now I am back in love with this 1330 RT.

So go for the new Rt you will be glad you did, If you are like me you will soon have your riding friends telling you to slow down so they can keep up!

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I came from a pretty blue '04 ST1300! Beautiful bike, but I also got to the point of not keeping it up. Put over 100K on it, and now it's my son's.

The Spyder IS different to ride but if you've ever riden a 4 wheeler, they steer very similarly. No more leaning.

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As a two time cancer survivor I know what your going through, I went from 195 lbs. to 135 lbs. Sold my Harley Street Glide for same reason. Take a Harley or Holding out, don't bother test riding it just put it in reverse with that piss'y electric reverse motor then get on a Spyder and slip in in reverse and that all the test you'll need to do, reverse is tied to transmission and will back out of any hill with ease.

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As a two time cancer survivor I know what your going through, I went from 195 lbs. to 135 lbs. Sold my Harley Street Glide for same reason. Take a Harley or Goldwing, don't bother test riding it just put it in reverse with that piss'y electric reverse motor then get on a Spyder and slip in in reverse and that all the test you'll need to do, reverse is tied to transmission and will back out of any hill with ease.

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As a two time cancer survivor I know what your going through, I went from 195 lbs. to 135 lbs. Sold my Harley Street Glide for same reason. Take a Harley or Goldwing,
don't bother test riding it just put it in reverse with that piss'y electric reverse motor then get on a Spyder and slip in in reverse and that all the test you'll need to do, reverse is tied to transmission and will back out of any hill with ease.

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