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Old 08-01-2007, 11:08 AM   #1
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:34 AM   #2
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Interesting that they can bring it in at less weight than an ST1300. Sort of like a street legal go-cart. This thing would be a hoot to ride around on.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:10 PM   #3
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Looks like lots of fun to rip around on. I'd give one a spin, but I doubt one would end up in my garage.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:30 PM   #4
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"The Can-Am name is familiar to motorcyclists who were around during the 1970s and didn’t take Hunter S. Thompson-levels of hallucinogens."

And to some of us who did.
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:03 PM   #5
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I know some of you "purist" will balk, but there's reasoning in this thing. It will attract new and old riders. Newbies will love the ease of use theory behind the thing. Oldies (those that gave up tour-bikes because of weight) will find a valid reason to hit the road again. You can't buy a triked 'Wing or FLH for this price anywhere. I'm 41 and my daughter loves riding with me. Problem is, she's 9 and her feet don't actually touch the pegs. It limits us to "short" rides for safety sake. My wife hates the fact that I ride hard in cornering (even two-up). The stability control system will allow me to ride hard but will keep the Spyder planted. And if ANYONE is wondering- Almost every motorcycle insurance company out there has put the thing in a "sport-tour" category. So, premiums for the 35 and up crowd will be great.
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:21 PM   #6
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I suppose the tires are "car" tires judging from the size- 165/65R14s in the front and a 225/50 R15 in the rear. This means snow tires would be a possibility.

I would have to have the heated seat and heated grips.

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Old 08-01-2007, 01:51 PM   #7
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Melange a trois would be a simple mix of three. Quite wholesome.

Menage a trois, well, less wholesome.

I read it initially as "Menage a trois", cause I am a perv.

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Old 08-01-2007, 01:57 PM   #8
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It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, but despite owning half the motorcycles made in the last 20 years, I just don't see myself buying one. However renting one might be a hoot, and I'd bet they'd do a fair amount of business that way. I'm thinking their main market is going to be folks who have wanted to ride a motorcycle but are too intimidated for one reason or antoher. Would love to see some actual performance data; dyno results, 1/4 mile, 0-60, track speeds (especially compared to comparable bikes in the price range). I know it's not performance that will be the primary sales driver, I'm just curious.
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Would love to see some actual performance data; dyno results, 1/4 mile, 0-60, track speeds (especially compared to comparable bikes in the price range).
Because this thing is just tailor made for some airfoils to hold the tires down at high speed. It might just get g forces greater than 1.0 and out corner some race replicas.
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