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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-03-2016, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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G'day Everyone ,
From the Hunter Valley in New South Wales . Australia .
Have to give up 2 wheels because of a botched operation on leg.
So I am about to have a go at 3 wheels .
Looking at an RT because I want to be able to keep on Touring OZ and the RT seems to be the best touring Spyder.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-03-2016, 06:50 PM
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Sorry about the leg, currently suffering from some damage in the hip(Old Age). I made a change and bought a 2013 Can AM Spyder ST. Very low miles less than 7,000, great price.

While I have not given up on two wheels, I can still ride until the hip mends or ?

The Spyder is a good machine and the three cylinder models are smoother,get better mileage than the V-Twin models.

I ride solo so the ST works for me and for me the increase in speed is no longer a driver. MPG on the V-Twin can be up around 34-36. This gives me two hour range and by then I need to get off anyway.

Test drive the RT, try to rent one for a day, go on an extended test ride if possible.

Note: My wife has a Spyder and she loves it, 25,000 miles not a bump or a stall.

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Thanks Silvergoose
Has been a rotten thing that happened to me .
Had just bought a new BMW R1200GSW when the hip gave in .
So new hip .Terrific operation .No pain at all . 5 weeks and could have gone back to work .
Except had no control over right foot .Was told it will get better .
After some scans we found out they had stabbed my Sciatic nerve and probably will never get better. We where told lies.
Has been a year and half now still nothing.
I am telling you this because it seems like you will be getting a new hip also.
If you do make sure the surgeon does all the job .
In my case they let a learner sew me up.
Had never even looked at a Spyder , but now it is the only way I can get back on the road.
My wife is pushing me in that direction . Grandaughter has already claimed the rear seat.
Have been to the local can am dealer , sat on them all .
The only one that was really comfortable for me was a top of the line RT $40,000.00
There's a few 2015 models still sitting around going for around $30,000.00 which is about the price I will pay.When the 2017 models come out they should drop further in price.
I am still not sure to go manual or semi auto . But they tell me that nearly all RT's are Semi auto .
The semi auto seems to work pretty good.
Anyway have to sell two bikes before I get to buy a Spyder . Other bike is a Super Tenere.
I think the BMW is sold at this stage.
Thank you for answering Silver Goose
Cheers
Doug
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-04-2016, 04:13 PM
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Doogie224, It seems operations are preformed by the least experence( Lowest Paid doctors) while the manin man/women make the big bucks. I had to have lower spine surgury aft a MC accident. It was the classic in that the driver was in the left turn lane when he thought it would be a good idea to turn right, causing me to fall and the trailer he was pulling ran over me.

Old news, the surgury on my back was to relieve pressure on the satic nerve affecting my left leg, great except they mucked up the right leg, you know the feeling, foot numbness and such.

Look into stem cell tests it might help you. I am on a waiting list for some trails as we speak.

Getting back to bikes, the RT V-Twin should be dropping in price quickly as the new bikes are three cylinders, little more HP, better MPG, newer.

To me the bottom line is to get back to riding and enjoying the sport.

Best thoughts about your recovery and or improvements.

Stay in touch, Good Luck
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Thanks Silvergoose,
Yep just gotta get back on the road .
My Physio says "You wont ever be happy unless you get back to doing what you love"
Been trying but just cant trust myself on 2 wheels anymore.
Being 66 Y/old I guess its time to do things a bit easier.
The dealers wont let me have a test ride because of my gummy leg.
Even though I drive my car there.
So I will have to buy and then try .
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-05-2016, 01:11 PM
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Doggie224, will the dealer rent the spyder to you? The rental should have an insurance rider onit, so they and you will be covered.

If you rent, keep and ride for at least 4 hours. It will ride diffeent, so forget the two wheel habits. Just go with the flow on the Can Am.

It's hell getting old sometime.

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Gday Silvergoose,
I will feel out the dealer next time about hireing .
Yes getting old is a bugger . So many pills n xrays .Haha
Still have a fair amount of time to make up my mind.
Lot of visits to local dealer who is a 100miles away . Lot of sitting on ,thinking , scratching head.
I like the look of the F3 type , but feet out in front leaning back on arms on long trips , but I suppose there's always a back rest .
I have ridden a Triumph Rocket III and thats what I found with them, arms ache after awhile.
My riding mates are pushing to ride from Sydney to Perth in April May next year and looks like we are heading back down to Tasmania as well . We are all in our late 50's and 60's.
l have been to Tasmania once but didnt see it all.
My wife doesn't want to travel and I do so thats why I do it on bike's.
I have sent a message to the car ferry in Melbourne to see if they are going to charge me at car rate or motorcycle rate , on a Spyder.
No answer yet.
Thanks for all your help Silvergoose.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2016, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Gday Silvergoose.
Received a message from the car ferry to Tasmania .
I have to book as a Motorcycle and sidecar.
Just thought I would let u know.
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Doggie224, since you are riding solo most of the time, look into a used ST. I bought one and really like it. It has enough power(106 HP) and weight wise it is lighter than a RT. I know you are lifting it, but the light weight makes for a much more nimble machine.

I never ride with a radio turned on, and cruise control is not a deal breaker for me. Any additonal items,eg,lighting, rear trunks, etc. are the same as or similar to the RS components. I have changed the seat and tires. The used bike had less than 7,000 miles on it and I was able to buy an extended warranty for the next six years.

Good Luck.
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Silvergoose, That has me wondering about power to weight ratio of the RT . I think from memory it is about 80kg heavier .
I will look into an ST.
I will have my little 13Y/O skinny grandaughter with me sometimes .
She really liked the look of the rear seat on the RT .She reckons she could go to sleep sitting in that .
She said she might need a seatbelt Haha.
Thanks Silvergoose
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