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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Soon to be Spyder owner maybe

I currently dont have a Spyder but im trying one out tomorrow and if i like it ill be buying one. I currently ride a 2010 Goldwing,a 2008 Honda 230L and a 2018 Yamaha XT 250..Im just wondering how dependable Spyders are...They are new to me
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 03:44 PM
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I hate to say this.....because my '17 hasn't had any problems yet.....but they seem to have a few glitches that come up frequently.

Failing parking brakes might be the most frequent and frustrating.

A lack of good information on the integrated audio system is a common complaint but once you get it figured out it seems pretty good.

THEN.....the new digital dashboard on the '18 models, that requires a smart phone to make some of the nice features work, is a really sad example of something being released before it's ready. Seems like a LOT of '18 owners hate it.

Personally, I'm still not exactly happy with mine. Having trouble getting a stable ride going down the road at speed in a straight line.
The consensus on that seems to be that you need: A laser front wheel alignment, a stiffer sway bar and possibly even different tires to fix that completely. Unless you do the work yourself, that could set you back over $2000. Then it still will be a different feel than 2 wheels. Some owners feel the need to "fix" the handling feel and some don't.

Have you considered converting your Wing to 3 wheels ?
Some days I wish I had looked into that a bit more before getting the Spyder.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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I hate to say this.....because my '17 hasn't had any problems yet.....but they seem to have a few glitches that come up frequently.

Failing parking brakes might be the most frequent and frustrating.

A lack of good information on the integrated audio system is a common complaint but once you get it figured out it seems pretty good.

THEN.....the new digital dashboard on the '18 models, that requires a smart phone to make some of the nice features work, is a really sad example of something being released before it's ready. Seems like a LOT of '18 owners hate it.

Personally, I'm still not exactly happy with mine. Having trouble getting a stable ride going down the road at speed in a straight line.
The consensus on that seems to be that you need: A laser front wheel alignment, a stiffer sway bar and possibly even different tires to fix that completely. Unless you do the work yourself, that could set you back over $2000. Then it still will be a different feel than 2 wheels. Some owners feel the need to "fix" the handling feel and some don't.

Have you considered converting your Wing to 3 wheels ?
Some days I wish I had looked into that a bit more before getting the Spyder.

Never considered converting mine to a trike. I did try out a honda and harley trike and didnt care for either. Tried out a spyder today and liked it. Going back for another test ride tomorrow and ill have to notice how stable it is going straight
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 03:37 PM
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I put 8 lbs extra air in front tires... seemed to help alot
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I hate to say this.....because my '17 hasn't had any problems yet.....but they seem to have a few glitches that come up frequently.

Failing parking brakes might be the most frequent and frustrating.

A lack of good information on the integrated audio system is a common complaint but once you get it figured out it seems pretty good.

THEN.....the new digital dashboard on the '18 models, that requires a smart phone to make some of the nice features work, is a really sad example of something being released before it's ready. Seems like a LOT of '18 owners hate it.

Personally, I'm still not exactly happy with mine. Having trouble getting a stable ride going down the road at speed in a straight line.
The consensus on that seems to be that you need: A laser front wheel alignment, a stiffer sway bar and possibly even different tires to fix that completely. Unless you do the work yourself, that could set you back over $2000. Then it still will be a different feel than 2 wheels. Some owners feel the need to "fix" the handling feel and some don't.

Have you considered converting your Wing to 3 wheels ?
Some days I wish I had looked into that a bit more before getting the Spyder.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 03:53 PM
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I also rode 2 wheels all my riding career, currently own, 82 wing, 81 cb 400T, 83 cm 450E, Hondas, and Suzuki 07 SV650 ,I purchased a 2015 Spyder F3 SM6, I never rode a 3 wheeler before, I have never regretted the purchase, and never enjoyed a machine so much, rode 2 wheels for 53 yrs and Spyder for almost 2Yrs. No problems yet, but, it all depends on ones riding habits and maintenance program.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Talking second test drive

Took the rt for another ride. Learned its alot easier driving by not holding on to the grips so tight like first did. It was 90 degrees today and no heat issues at all.Heat issues were the reason i got rid of my ultra classic....Did notice my forearms were a little sore from turning but im sure ill get used to it. Going back next week for a couple hour test drive to see how comfortable the seat is? Any suggestions on how to be more comfortable riding on a spyder...i know not to squeeze the grips so tight
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 06:57 PM
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Took the rt for another ride. Learned its alot easier driving by not holding on to the grips so tight like first did. It was 90 degrees today and no heat issues at all.Heat issues were the reason i got rid of my ultra classic....Did notice my forearms were a little sore from turning but im sure ill get used to it. Going back next week for a couple hour test drive to see how comfortable the seat is? Any suggestions on how to be more comfortable riding on a spyder...i know not to squeeze the grips so tight
I prefer to when I turn to put my weight on my foot and lean...that way I not pulling or putting any weight on handle bars when turning..even tho the bike does not lean u still have to so ur weight is not on handle bars

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