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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-12-2018, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Indianapolis.
My wife and I are closing on a new RT tomorrow. The temperature is supposed to be in the 30s and I have no heated gear. Probably wait for a warmer day to ride it home.
I've been a motorcycle rider fro many years, but wanted a vehicle I could ride my wife two up. At 71 I'm not doing that on a motorcycle. We have several friends that have migrated from bikes to Spyders and love them.
We are planning on touring a lot next summer now that we have both retired. Looking forward to many miles of fun in the Spring.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2018, 04:39 AM
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Hello from Asheville NC. I'm 71 also and bought RT Limited 2 years ago. Wife and I love it, we left the Harley world. We do a lot of mountain back roads and my two wheel friends have a hard time keeping up. Layer up on the the clothes and pick that thing up it protects from cold and wind pretty good. Enjoy.

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Congrats on the new ride.

The Spyder geometry is ENTIRELY different and it will take some time to become proficient with it.

If you haven't done some long test rides, the trip home will be challenging enough without adding some shivering and teeth chattering into the mix.

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[QUOTE=spydercruza;118880]Hello from Asheville NC. I'm 71 also and bought RT Limited 2 years ago. Wife and I love it, we left the Harley world. We do a lot of mountain back roads and my two wheel friends have a hard time keeping up. Layer up on the the clothes and pick that thing up it protects from cold and wind pretty good. Enjoy.

I'm glad to hear that. I've ridden bikes for years and have traveled extensively on a BMW R1200GS. I wanted something I felt comfortable carrying my wife two up and this seemed to be the answer.
A friend who has one and says he can keep up with about any bike in the twisties.
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Wondered about that

[QUOTE=Easy Rider;118882]Congrats on the new ride.

The Spyder geometry is ENTIRELY different and it will take some time to become proficient with it.

If you haven't done some long test rides, the trip home will be challenging enough without adding some shivering and teeth chattering into the mix.[/QUOTE

I have only ridden the Spyder in the dealer's parking lot. Did the safety course drills. Have not had it out in the real world.
Think I will avoid the interstate coming home.
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Think I will avoid the interstate coming home.
Excellent plan.
In fact, I would suggest NOT finalizing the sale without a "real" test ride.

There are two main problems.

First, everything WORKS different and the things that your body learned to do mostly automatically on 2 wheels just won't work on 3.

Then everything FEELS different. A pavement irregularity that only affects ONE of the wheels can make it feel like it's going to jump off the road.

Most of that is "fixable" just with time in the seat......in a lot of short rides on various roads. That helps your "training" better than long rides.

I've managed to get over my initial dislike of 3 wheels but it has taken a LONG time.

The worst part is asphalt roads with wheel tracks worn into the pavement.
It is almost impossible NOT to have one wheel on top of one of the ridges between the tracks.
That makes for a really unstable feeling.
Alas, in Florida a really HIGH percentage of the roads are like that.

I used to avoid the Interstates like the plague.
With the Spyder, sometimes the ride on freeways is much better than the 2 lane alternatives.

P.S. Your quotes will look better if you are careful to not remove some of the special formatting characters.
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My take away from this is not to think about selling my GS. The Spyder may be my wife's ride. She has never ridden a motorcycle and wanted a Spyder after she took the Spyder course. She has a couple of friends who ride them. One of the gals rides with her husband who is on a bike.
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