2013 Can-Am Spyder ST
RT-S version and STBy (I am an Owner) on Jul 13, 2013
I became disabled after having 3 surgeries on my neck and I still suffer with chronic pain. I have been riding since 1968. My legs occasionally give out from under me and the Can-Am Spyder has let me ride again. I bought an ST on May 14,2013 and after only 6 weeks of riding and 1100 miles I did not ... like the way it handled. I would be riding along and it would feel as if the bike would drop to the left and right. I complained about it to the dealer and the mechanic told me he could not feel it. Well, on June 24,2013 I decided to trade up to the RT-S because I wanted the Cruise Control and Radio along with the extra storage. Those options are not available on the ST unless you get the ST Limited.On June 24,2013 I traded in my Spyder ST for a new RT-S, I ran into the same mechanic and he told me that he had taken an ST home for the weekend, He said that I was right that it did feel like you were going to tip over even though you were riding on 3 wheels. He felt the same as I did while riding and that there has to be some sort of problem with the suspension. On June 25, 2013 I rode my new RT-S 600 miles to visit my daughter in Virginia. I felt comfortable riding even if it did take me 2 days, because I made a number of stops due to my pain, mostly due to the weight of the full face helmet. Also every time that I did stop I would loose an hour riding time from people asking me about the Spyder and admiring it.I would recommend that if you are considering purchasing a new Spyder to go ahead and spend the difference for the RT-S rather than doing what I did and losing some money buying the ST first and finding that between the handling and options available for the ST versus the RT you will be much happier. I did not go with the RT Limited due to the fact that I found that it only came with the Automatic elctronic shift and and the one I test drove seemed to lose speed if driving up an incline while in Cruise Control. I also had my own Garmin GPS and I did not feel the Garmin 550 that comes with the Limited and is an option on the RT-S was not worth $998 extra. I am planning on buying a handle-bar mount for my Garmin but that is only $80. So go out and get yourself a new Spyder RT-s and enjoy the thrill of riding again. It has given me great riding experience and I have also met alot of people. You will not be disappointed. ps Just remember that riding the Spyder no matter which model you decide to buy you Must remember that you have to turn the handlebar along with leaning into the turns, mush like riding a snowmobile.
my spyderBy (I am an Enthusiast) on May 25, 2013
I think a Spyder is the greatest ever made.
I am a disabled Vet and can't ride a normal bike anymore so my review of this marvelous machine is one of great grandeur. me and a lot of other people who used to own and ride Harleys' can ride again if only we had a Spyder. It requires no effort ... to hold it up so people with little use of hands etc can still manage to ride again. With reverse it opens up a whole new market for you to advertise in. If I had the money I would love to own one these but it will never happen for me but I truly hope others with injuries can buy one of these so they can be independent and ride again. My review is that this is one heck of a great ride!!!