I will be getting a spider next year and I am torn between manual or semi auto. I am worried of being stranded by the semi auto if the shifter where to malfunction or the battery to go dead. What are anybodies thoughts on this?
I have tried both and prefer the manual shift .I purchased a 2011 RTS and love it.Mainly two up riding with the wife,love the storage and the looks u get when riding or stopped anywhere.Be ready to answer lots of questions.
I really really wanted the manual but they just couldn't get one at the time so I accepted the simi auto. Have to say that I am glad now and if I had it to do over again knowing what I know now I would get the simi auto.
I guess its a matter of opinion and prefferance. I have both RS's, the wife drives the SE and i drive the standard and prefer it. I think the reason i like the standard is I drive quite aggressivley and I find the standard works better for that kind of riding.
With that being said, my dream is to get rid of the RS SE and get an RT. And for a RT model, i would definatley get the SE.
I just bought a 2008 GS SE5..I think its great....so smooth...you can still drive as if its a manual in that it shifts quickly & without delay...use your concentration to enjoy your ride instead of clutch movement...you won't regret it at all...