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Old 09-02-2009, 01:24 PM   #21
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One of these would be pretty cool to blast around on for a while. I saw quite a few of the standard ones in Sturgis, so I would imagine they are selling quite a few of these.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:38 PM   #22
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One of these would be pretty cool to blast around on for a while. I saw quite a few of the standard ones in Sturgis, so I would imagine they are selling quite a few of these.

I also saw a bunch when I was in Sioux Falls the first weekend of Sturgis.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:43 PM   #23
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Just park it next to the Rune and the Aztek and any of the late American Motors cars in the Fugly Wing of the Automotive Museum.

It'll fit right in.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:07 PM   #24
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I'd rather have a Mini.
Speaking of Minies, I saw an old-school Mini on the road today. It was in front of the Volkswagon GTI, that was right in front of me. Man! The older Mini made the GTI look like an Excursion!
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:12 PM   #25
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To paraphrase P.J. O'Rourke, "The best handling, most fun car capable of being shifted into reverse at 90 MPH is a RENTED car."
"Would you like Insurance with your Rental, Sir?"

"Does it cover 'Love Stains' on the headliner? Then tack that baby on there............"
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:24 PM   #26
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I test drove/rode a Spyder before the general introduction (it was the same as the production model) and to put it mildly, it was an unnerving experience. That 'stabile Y' he refers to in the article is scary when going into a turn - body stability program notwithstanding, the thing always feels like it's gonna tip over.

I've seen a bunch of them on the road, during my road trips - they go almost as fast as I do - these guys must like living dangerously.

I love how this is a 'first for the segment'. There's a segment for 3 wheeled touring things?

Like they have competition beyond the $40K T-Rexes and such? Those at least have nice, low centers of gravity. But you can't GO anywhere on one - besides, you have to be a petite size to drive one - us plus sizes will not fit in the c0ckpit of a T-Rex - that goes for people taller than about 5'8" or ~200 pounds.

It's a niche product. They have been looking for the next Ski Doo for 50 years now. It wasn't sailboats. It wasn't dirt bikes. It wasn't speedboats. They did have some success with their Sea Doo, but that market's gone with the economy. I don't think the Spyder is that 'next great thing'.

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Old 09-02-2009, 02:56 PM   #27
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It took me around a year of riding the Spyder to figure out how the limiter would not kick in around the turns and be accelerating hard into and out off the corner. Not sure why you feel like its going to tip over? The whole premise behind this trike is that its impossible to get a wheel off the ground.

As for not being a motorcycle I deffinately agree, the first one I sold was to a Veteran Harley rider. He messed up his leg in an accident and couldnt hold up his Harleys anymore. This was perfect for him and he loves it now.
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We have sold alot more than I thought we would, its brining a different demographic into the Industry. Which overall helps the motorcyclist.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:26 PM   #29
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I smell a retirement business opportunity!

If the guys at Welcome to Spyder-Rentals.com don't beat ya to it!


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So, what would you pay to rent one per day? Motorcycle rental is expensive. These things are far more expensive than scooters. Would you set up two locations? One in Miami and one in Key West for one way customers?
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:42 PM   #30
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Nice write up Fonzie; your dediation to your craft is commendable.

Thanks Kenneth, I think
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