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I have been riding motorcycles for 50 years (yes I'm that old:eek:). I have never ridden a 3-wheeler, but I have never been interested until I saw the RT-S. I have 48,000 miles on my BMW K1200LT and am looking for something more stable. I will be test riding one next week. How difficult is the changeover from a million miles on two wheels to the RT-S?
 

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I've only be riding bikes for about 45 years, I just got a new RT-S. It took me about a 100 miles of riding before I started to become comfrotable, I no longer had to think about truning the bars, I just looked at where I wanted to go and thats where the Spyder went.
 

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I've only be riding bikes for about 45 years, I just got a new RT-S. It took me about a 100 miles of riding before I started to become comfrotable, I no longer had to think about truning the bars, I just looked at where I wanted to go and thats where the Spyder went.
What Mich said!
 

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I have been riding bikes since 1964 (my first one was a 1949 Indian Scout which I sold for $125:mad:). My last bike was a BMW K1200GT which I rode to Nova Scotia last summer. I never got used to the high center of gravity which was made worse by my tent/sleeping bag/mattress strapped onto the back. As a result I dropped it 3-times during the trip. Also, in Nova Scotia, I saw mucho Can Am Spyders. After I dropped the BMW the third time, I said to myself that I wanted a Spyder.
So when I got back to Ohio I went looking for Spyders. I ended up purchasing a 2009 SM5 in September. Switching from two to three wheels did take some doing. I think I had to go several hundered miles before I became comfortable with the steering. The only other thing I would change is BRP's insistence that a right hand brake is not necessary. The FIRST mod I would make on any new Spyder would be to put a hand brake on that right. I have highway pegs and the few seconds(117 ft/sec at 80 mph) it takes to move a foot from the peg to the brake would permit you to move many feet in an emergency:( If you had a hand brake, you could activate it immediately:)
Anyway I sold my 2009 SM5(for $11,000) and am waiting for my 2010 RT to come into the dealer.
Like Spyderman says, why drive anything else?
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The top heavy issue with the BMW is exactly what I have been fighting. I really enjoy it for solo rides, but with the wife and fully loaded it has provided some "exciting" moments. I think I really need a RTS to keep from dropping the wife (again).
 

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I have been riding bikes since 1964 (my first one was a 1949 Indian Scout which I sold for $125:mad:). My last bike was a BMW K1200GT which I rode to Nova Scotia last summer. I never got used to the high center of gravity which was made worse by my tent/sleeping bag/mattress strapped onto the back. As a result I dropped it 3-times during the trip. Also, in Nova Scotia, I saw mucho Can Am Spyders. After I dropped the BMW the third time, I said to myself that I wanted a Spyder.
So when I got back to Ohio I went looking for Spyders. I ended up purchasing a 2009 SM5 in September. Switching from two to three wheels did take some doing. I think I had to go several hundered miles before I became comfortable with the steering. The only other thing I would change is BRP's insistence that a right hand brake is not necessary. The FIRST mod I would make on any new Spyder would be to put a hand brake on that right. I have highway pegs and the few seconds(117 ft/sec at 80 mph) it takes to move a foot from the peg to the brake would permit you to move many feet in an emergency:( If you had a hand brake, you could activate it immediately:)
Anyway I sold my 2009 SM5(for $11,000) and am waiting for my 2010 RT to come into the dealer.
Like Spyderman says, why drive anything else?
bt
You'll love the RT. Good choice. ;)
Ryde hard but ryde safe!
 

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The top heavy issue with the BMW is exactly what I have been fighting. I really enjoy it for solo rides, but with the wife and fully loaded it has provided some "exciting" moments. I think I really need a RTS to keep from dropping the wife (again).
You will like the Spyder, it offers the best of motorcycling and the best of three wheels. The RT is in a league of it's own.... best cruiser on two, or three wheels, hands down! You and your wife will enjoy a security you could never have on any two wheeler.
 

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I was on my Harley heading north on the freeway when a guy come ON an OFF ramp, heading south. Hit me, knocked me in to another vehicle. Lost my left leg and eleven months later I bought an 09 SE5 Spyder which I loved. Took delivery of my 2010 RT about 3 weeks ago. Went 200 mile Sunday and would NOT ride anything else.:cool:
 

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I was on my Harley heading north on the freeway when a guy come ON an OFF ramp, heading south. Hit me, knocked me in to another vehicle. Lost my left leg and eleven months later I bought an 09 SE5 Spyder which I loved. Took delivery of my 2010 RT about 3 weeks ago. Went 200 mile Sunday and would NOT ride anything else.:cool:
Congratulations. I'm sure you're going to love it!
Ryde hard but ryde safe!
 

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I was on my Harley heading north on the freeway when a guy come ON an OFF ramp, heading south. Hit me, knocked me in to another vehicle. Lost my left leg and eleven months later I bought an 09 SE5 Spyder which I loved. Took delivery of my 2010 RT about 3 weeks ago. Went 200 mile Sunday and would NOT ride anything else.:cool:
It is great that you are enjoying life and your Spyder. The Spyder has opened (or in your case reopened) cycling to a much larger group. It is only beginning it's rise as many still do not even know it is out.....
 

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We have a similar situation... my husband lost his left leg 20+ years ago. Having been an avid motorcyclist prior to that time, the first thing he did was to figure out how to get back on a bike. Well, as the years go by, other parts (knees, shoulders, etc.) start wearing out.... along comes the Spyder touring model! We bought our 2010 RT-S PE 783 a couple weeks ago and already have 1,000+ miles on it! Yes, it takes a bit of getting used to, but well worth the effort!

We still have our Suzuki 1500 and Honda with a sidecar (currently for sale), but the Spyder can't be beat for comfort and fun. Oh, yeah!!!
 

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We have a similar situation... my husband lost his left leg 20+ years ago. Having been an avid motorcyclist prior to that time, the first thing he did was to figure out how to get back on a bike. Well, as the years go by, other parts (knees, shoulders, etc.) start wearing out.... along comes the Spyder touring model! We bought our 2010 RT-S PE 783 a couple weeks ago and already have 1,000+ miles on it! Yes, it takes a bit of getting used to, but well worth the effort!

We still have our Suzuki 1500 and Honda with a sidecar (currently for sale), but the Spyder can't be beat for comfort and fun. Oh, yeah!!!
Congratulations on you new Spyder! Ryde hard but ryde safe!
 

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Originally Posted by ecurbrolyat
The only other thing I would change is BRP's insistence that a right hand brake is not necessary. The FIRST mod I would make on any new Spyder would be to put a hand brake on that right. I have highway pegs and the few seconds(117 ft/sec at 80 mph) it takes to move a foot from the peg to the brake would permit you to move many feet in an emergency If you had a hand brake, you could activate it immediately


Agreed! a hand brake that would engage all 3 wheels would be a great addition!
 
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