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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-03-2019, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy! I live in western Pennsylvania, currently riding a 1993 Honda Goldwing. However... I am looking to purchase a pre-owned 2012 Can Am Spyder RTS. Took it for a test ryde today and I'm pretty excited! Looking forward to learning from seasoned ryders here on the forum.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 07:54 AM
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Welcome.
How long have you been riding 2-wheelers ?
It will take some time to get used to the different handling and feel of 3 wheels.

Also....."old" Spyders are generally not as reliable as old Goldwings.

Have you considered a Goldwing trike ??

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Easy Rider!

I got my first bike (a 600 Honda Shadow) in 2005. After three years, I upped my ride to a Honda Gold Wing. I test rode the Spyder and immediately "got it"...it's not like a two-wheeler at all, but it was still fun. I think the security of the third wheel will make me more confident, and I might find myself riding even more!

It's pretty cool when folks find out that this old lady is riding a big bike... all by herself. However, I can put one foot flat on the ground while the other foot is tip-toe only. As I am getting older, I'm getting "creakier" and my joints hurt more. The third wheel will be a blessing.

Yes, I've considered a GW Trike, but they are so darned expensive! Others in my riding group who own Spyders, love them. The one I'm purchasing has been owned and maintained by a friend in the group.

While your comment about "old" Spyders being less reliable gives me pause, but I am going to stick to Plan A - buy it. I want to learn to ryde it and maintain it so that it has a long and productive life.

Thanks for the welcome and comments. I look forward to learning from you and the others!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 11:42 AM
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I wish you luck.

My first Spyder was a '12 RT.....that I couldn't keep out of the shop it seemed.
Finally traded it in on a newer one.

Maintenance is a bit more difficult as "things" are harder to get to.
And parts specific to the Spyder are rather expensive.......and often are not "in stock".

I had mine all the covers off of mine once.....and won't be doing that again.

I moved from 2 wheels after about 50 years for much the same reasons you mentioned and don't really enjoy doing my own maintenance anymore......on anything.

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