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2008 Can-Am Spyder Test

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seruzawa 08-01-2007 10:34 AM

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.

longride 08-01-2007 11:10 AM

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.

Kenneth_Moore 08-01-2007 11:30 AM

"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.

acecycleins 08-01-2007 12:03 PM

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.

Cheesebeast 08-01-2007 12:21 PM

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.

Nanook of the North!

Does Alpinestars make Mukluks?

Cheesebeast 08-01-2007 12:51 PM

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.


tripleripple 08-01-2007 12:57 PM

"Any big-picture-loving 20-something who writes a letter complaining about the lack of BIG pictures in a motorcycle website is missing the point. Sure, you probably like clicking on small pictures and making them big and its but an oversight that sees you without a website with big pictures, but there are many riders out there who are less optically able to handle your *****in big pictures or the ability to choose to make small pictures big with a click, whether a physically challenged war vet or a petite woman."

As we say here...There, fixed that'n for ya.

bbtowns 08-01-2007 01:04 PM

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.

seruzawa 08-01-2007 01:25 PM

Well, look out

Originally Posted by bbtowns (Post 166832)
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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