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so for right now i have an 08 Harley Nightster, we swung by a can am dealer yesterday and just say on a spyder and my fiance loved it. We are seriously considering trading my bike in on it, i do have some worries about power, and about them being entirely made of plastic. i figured that the people on this forum could give me some insight at to how these machines perform and how they hold up. thanks
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The "tupperware" is for show. It can become a nuisance if you work on the machine yourself sometimes. But it is the real deal under the fluff. Performance wise it is very adequate. It's got power when you need it. Specks have it at what...105 hp? Handling is like a cross between a snowmobile, and an ATV...sort of. Main diff between 2 and 3 wheel is you have to physically lean into turns. But all this is really a personal opinion.

Once you take a test ride, you'll have a better idea if it's for you. Coming from a 2 wheel to 3 does take some getting used to as a consensus. I however had zero issues since I vowed never to ride a 2 wheel cycle because I know my own limitations. I have hundreds of hours logged on a sled and jumping on the Spyder was absolutely seamless as it gets. I was hooked on my first test ride just around the parking lot. The on-board computer that runs the VSS makes this a very safe ride. Maybe too safe since overconfidence can be an issue early on. BRP made some good decisions designing the Spyder and a few odd-ball ones (don't all manufacturers?).

WARNING: These Spyders are unique so the biggest thing you need to get used to the crowds it attracks. :D
 

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I ride a 95 cu inch ElectraGlide, and I sold a '04 1200 sporty custom to make room for the Spyder. I wouldn't worry at all about the power, the Spyder has plenty, but you need to understand the Spyder does not ride like a bike, it's a different animal, you need to understand that the Spyder is different from a bike. If you realize that this rides different than a two wheeler you will the experiance. Take a test ride.
 

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so for right now i have an 08 Harley Nightster, we swung by a can am dealer yesterday and just say on a spyder and my fiance loved it. We are seriously considering trading my bike in on it, i do have some worries about power, and about them being entirely made of plastic. i figured that the people on this forum could give me some insight at to how these machines perform and how they hold up. thanks
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We gave up the bmw k1200lt for the spyder rt... I had some reservations at first, but the 950 lb. bmw was getting pretty heavy.. Now I don't have to worry about gravel oil spots every time I stop. It is different.... totally different animal... But you will get used to it rather quickly I would think... Power is not a problem... This thing is quick.. 0-60 in about 4-4.5 sec. and it only has plastic covers.. take a look at the frame underneath... it is massive. The wife loves it much better than the bmw, and it had everything and smooooth. Good luck on your decision. We have had nothing but fun!
 
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