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My wife and I are thinking of a trike and we looked at an RT this past weekend. Going to ride it this weekend. We liked it alot but would like to know thoughts on how the spyder handles compared to a standard Goldwing or Suzuki trike. It seem like a std trike would push in the corners more. Thoughts please!
 

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From personal experience the stability of the 2 wheels in front instead of the back is the reason I decided on the Spyder. I was able to put the traditional trike on 2 wheels and I don't mean the back 2. It would take a lot more to do the same with the Spyder. The storage room of the Spyder is much larger than that of any trike. For those looking for a touring cruiser that's a big plus. I'm sure there will be more posted but they were my reasons for the choice I made.
 

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The difference is kinda like the difference in handling of a Model T and a new Corvette. I would suggest that you test ride both, I know which you will choose.
 

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The difference is kinda like the difference in handling of a Model T and a new Corvette. I would suggest that you test ride both, I know which you will choose.
I agree 100%, if you drive both, you'll know which is the way to go.

Can-Am put the stability control and ABS on the Spyder for safety, and the electric variable power steering to make it user friendly.

Having had a Goldwing trike, I can say one thing for sure.... having two wheels in the back can lead to some really scary vehicle dynamics.

My trike had added rake to make it steer easier, unfortunately, it also led to the throttle cable pulling in more gas when you had the steering all the way to the right...... it caused me to have an accident.....

The best part is a Spyder is 5-10K LESS then a triked out Goldwing.
 

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Charliebrown here: We have a 2008 Spyder and a 2009 Goldwing trike...I ride the Spyder, wifee drives the wing..The spyder has more stability and feels alot better than the wing. The wing is good but cornering can get abit scarey..Altrhough the wing is quite classy but more expensive . Your wallet will also tell you where to go. $33000.00 vs $16000. I ride the back seat with the wing You will find that the Spyder has a different steering and riding . Its all on the plus side..Love the reverse gear. It gets you there but have to be careful on the throttle.
 

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My wife and I are thinking of a trike and we looked at an RT this past weekend. Going to ride it this weekend. We liked it alot but would like to know thoughts on how the spyder handles compared to a standard Goldwing or Suzuki trike. It seem like a std trike would push in the corners more. Thoughts please!
Part of it is physics...with a "standard" trike, you are dragging two "dead" wheels through a turn whereas the Spyder steers into the turn. You can get standard trikes with rear wheel steering but you'll pay for it.

I have encountered several "surprise turns" that were tighter than I thought they'd be. The stability control system on the Spyder saved my butt...I'm sure I would have flipped a standard trike
 

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Had a 09 Harley trike w/Pingle push button shifter for about 6 weeks between the 09 Spyder and the RT Spyder. Both Spyders are much more stable. On a fairly rough road the Harley wobbles all over the place. Spyder is solid and holds the road. The SE5 is much better at shifting than the Pingle. Would ride nothing else!:cool:
 

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My wife and I are thinking of a trike and we looked at an RT this past weekend. Going to ride it this weekend. We liked it alot but would like to know thoughts on how the spyder handles compared to a standard Goldwing or Suzuki trike. It seem like a std trike would push in the corners more. Thoughts please!
Thanks for asking the question, I had exactly the same one. I live in Munich Germany and just did a test ride (2nd time) on a Spyder. As a long time motorcycle rider, I am interested mainly because it could help me get my wife riding with me or even driving it herself. The place that sells Spyders also sells trikes that are made from the ground up in Germany, using VW, Ford, or Peugeot engines. They have a few converted bikes including a Triumph Rocket Trike, but otherwise all made here, with up to 3 seats- take a look if interested: BOOM TRIKES. Some pretty wild stuff!

Anyway Thanks for all the input to help me make a decision. I also thought 2 wheels in front must be safer, with ABS etc etc etc... seems to be the consensus out there.

And yes... it is Oktoberfest time here in München :)
 

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2011 Spyder RTS/SE5 vs. Standard Trike !

I purchased a 2011 RTS/SE5 Spyder (Can-am) a couple of months ago. I was looking at a 2009 Suzuki C50T (800cc) trike made by Lehman straight from their factory. They were selling it for around $18,000. They told me today, that to trike a Goldwing costs about $12,500. That is about what the charge was on the Suzuki C50T. The dealer ( East Coast Cycle Center, Bensalem, Pa.) said there is no comparison with the handling between a CanAm Spyder and a standard trike. The CanAm was much safer to drive. I never got to drive a trike of any kind, however. I would presume that the GW trike would be much smoother because of 6 cyclinders and 1800cc. I saw 2 GW trikes today at the dealer. They really looked sharp. I forgot to talk to the owners and asked them their opinion between the two. I do notice that you pick up more road bumps and highway distortion on the Spyder. I am sure it is due to soooo much tire on the road. The rear picks up the center strip and the 2 fronts pick up on both sides of the lane. I guess even with GW trikes it has to be the same.The GW trikes are really sharp looking, but I get millions of people talking to me at stop lights everywhere I go. They all love the Spyder. I am sure that more people will be driving 3 wheelers then ever before. I know the women feel safer then being on the back of a 2 wheeler. I feel very stable on the Spyder. I get thumbs up with everyone, even the Harley riders.

Gordon (August 12, 2011)
 

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When I decided to go from 2 wheels to possibly a Harley trike I got onto their forum and read a few comments and comparisons they had between the 2 vs. 3 wheels. Since much of my issue was with leaning into turns I decided a trike would be no different. When I spoke to the dealer about the spyder vs. trikes he said...think of a wheel barrow and how it moves..that's the difference between 2 wheels in the back vs. the spyders' stability with 2 in the front..I was sold! Love my RS semi auto and have not regretted selling my bike! Good luck, you can't go wrong with this ride...
 

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same here too hard to keep clean

but I would if those would be legal over here?

same with a goldwing with side car

can you then carry 2 passengers?
 

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I have a Gold Wing trike and a Spyder. I have 61K miles on the Wing and 3,500 on my new RT. They are different rides. Both are great...and it takes time getting used to them. I had to ride 500 on the Wing and 1,000 on the Spyder before I loved both. The GW electronics, radio/CB are much better than the BRP equipment.

Both are stable in their own way, better than the other in different ways. Ya can not go wrong with either machine. Ya pays your money and ya takes your chance. JMHO
 
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