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This is a wing board. If you want a Spyder great, go get one they are nice trikes. But why ask here?:shock:
 

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This is a wing board. If you want a Spyder great, go get one they are nice trikes. But why ask here?:shock:
I don't think he wants one, he is just sharing about the color, kind of like when people post about Harleys or BMW, not only Wing realted stuff get posted here.
 

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I tell ya....that grand tour model is so nice to look at. MEAN as hell from the front and caddy like from the side and rear.

I've driven one....not for me but sure it nice.
 

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Damn - he circumvented the ignore list by being quoted. You can put me back on yours, Neal. Yes, you are correct Joe - that is some funky color.

I took a group on a factory test ride a couple years ago - before the touring model was out. They were certainly different and had a coolness factor to them... but it wasn't for me. Now that the touring model is out - if I ever end up in a position where I cannot hold up the Wing - I would look into it before triking a Wing.
 

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Thanks for posting this, i love the spyders and will one day own one, once i wear out my wing, might take a while ;)

love the orange and black :thumbup:
 

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A gentleman in our riding group showed up at the meeting last night with a Touring Limited model in the pearl white. Can you say WOW. What a clean looking ride. I was impressed with the slow speed steering ability. It takes very little effort to turn. And the saddle looked and felt awesome. Fit and finish was superb.
 

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Looks like Chocolate... I like Chocolate!!!!!!!!!

I'm waiting for them to add a Removable Windshield... XM Radio... A 3 Wheel Drive option (After all, Can Am makes 4x4 ATV's)... Remote Start... Air Conditioned Seats... Factory Travel Trailer... Integrated Bluetooth Communications.... Turbo Boost... Rear Entertainment System... Rear Seat converts to Storage... Integrated Radar detector/jammer... TPMS... Integrated LoJack... Remote Communication Security System with Vicinity Key-less Start control...
 

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This is a wing board. If you want a Spyder great, go get one they are nice trikes. But why ask here?:shock:
This is a wing board...and you are a human being. You ALSO have the right to just skip over a post you don't have any interest in, no?

Unless you don't have any self control.
 

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What's up with that brown is it's the only color you get without it costing you another couple of grand. All the other colors come with additional accessories and will cost you big time.
Sadly - you are probably right :( Forces people into buying the upper levels. Sneaky bastids...

A 3 Wheel Drive option (After all, Can Am makes 4x4 ATV's)...
I had already thought the Spyder could be ridden year-round, even while snowing - but with 3WD that would really make it fun! Throw some Blizzaks on that thing, and you are good to go. Now THAT might make it more appealing :)

Factory Travel Trailer...
They have that.





I'm sure many of those other accessories you listed are in the not to distant future :)

Unless you don't have any self control.
That was established looooong ago.


Since there has been so much positive response to this thread, I will copy in my review thread from another board of the factory ride we did. Keep in mind this is from the first year they were made, so some things have certainly changed.
 

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I thik the Spyer is a great alternative to getting a convertible car.

Like mentioned in other threads...beware, lots o people who have them have no clue how to ride a motorcycle....and they ride them completely out of control.
 

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Early in the year I reserved a handful of slots for a test ride of the Can Am Spyder in Hammond, and yesterday was the day. In attendance were several friends from a Chicagoland based forum.

The overall experience was really good. The ride to get there from 55 & Lemont took a little over a half hour, and that was with encountering traffic here and there on 294 and 80. Once there we had to register on computer terminals and answer some survey questions about the kind of bikes and riding we do, income level, etc. Then there was a 15 minute video explaining the various automatic control assistance systems there were on the machines including ABS, traction control, and a stability control system which is pretty cool. It can essentially predict when the bike is cornering too hard and will be at risk of lifting the inside wheel, and will counter it by retarding the power and braking the outside wheel. Pretty cool to see it in action, really... the inside wheel never leaves the ground and there isn't even a fraction of a second where the operator loses control. Traction control also only kicks in when there is lateral force on the bike - so you can't drift (though it does look damn cool on the bike that had it disabled)... however you can light it up in a straight line (as Xyphois tested for us LOL)

After the video we were given a tour of the controls for the bikes - there were 2 models... a manual and a semi-automatic. 1 down 4 up for the manual - like a touring bike - and the semi-auto has trigger-finger down and thumb up on the left hand. It will downshift for you below 1500rpm, and will prevent upshift below 2500. You also do not have to roll off the gas when shifting - it will retard it for you while conducting the shift. Both bikes also have reverse. There is also a parking brake where a kickstand would normally be, and the auto insists you engage it when you power off the bike by beeping at you incessantly. There is NO handbrake - only the foot pedal, which does take a little getting used to - but it does apply the brakes properly and balanced to front and rear. All the other controls are the same as on a bike, and are properly located.

The seating position is relaxed, but leaned forward just a bit to give it a bit of a sport feel - more like a sport-tour like an ST or an FJR. The seat and position feel identical to the REV chassis snowmobiles from Ski-Doo. For 2-up riders there is an optional backrest which adjusts fore and aft and looks to release with a pin. THere is a "trunk" at the front of the bike which is quite large - enough for a good sized carry-on bag, and is under the front cover/hood. All the bikes we had had short windscreens that were about the same level of effectiveness as what is on a typical sportbike, but there are several factory windshield options including a full, goldwing sized screen.

The engine is a 990 V-twin Rotax and has plenty of torque and oomph, especially for the size of the bike and it's weight (about 675 dry).

After the intro, we were all asked to take one of the bikes around a small course to get a feel for both the brake and how the steering handles. At first it feels like they turn really wide - but I found that once you learn *how* it corners, it can turn incredibly sharp considering it has the front width of an import car.

Once everyone did a lap on the little test course - 2 escorts joined us (one in front and one in back), and took us on the streets. We did some residential streets and business, then hit a curvy frontage road along I80. The suspension was butter - soaking up lots of chop like it wasn't even there, and the steering was very tight, responsive and sports-car/go-kart in feel. Halfway through the ride, some us switched autos and manuals.

Though you didn't _have_ to lean in like on a quad or sled as the stability system won't let you upset the bike - pretty much everyone did, I noticed. jhu312 has never ridden a quad, sled, or jet ski before - only bikes - so it was rather counter-intuitive for him, and he said he was even trying to counter-steer. He said he didn't like it as a result, as it was opposite of everything he has learned on a bike for steering and control. I think with some time spent on a quad or sled or even the Can Am he would get more acclimated to it however, and hopefully enjoy it more.

Acceleration was quite quick, but in the first couple gears you hit the torque curve pretty quickly and have to shift. At a couple points I got to 80 or 85ish and the front few bikes were still pulling away from me - it certainly did not feel like 80+ at all. No idea what the top speed is, and while it won't get there as quick as a regular bike - it is by no means a slouch. The general consensus afterwards was that having 1 or 2 in a group of sportbikes might not be the best situation, but a group of Can Ams riding together would be a lot of fun.

After the 25 minutes ride we went down the block to a family diner and ate good food at super cheap. CHeaper than CHinatown! :D We fed 7 people for $37, including 2 burgers and 2 fries for one person. Turns out they are open 24 hours too, so possible new destination for food :D Bring cash - no plastic. It was on Kennedy Ave - north of 80, 1 block south of Extreme Powersports... John - what was the name of it again?

While there - Xyphois brought up the idea of the usability of the Can Am in the snow. It was like light-bulbs went on over everyone's head. It would be like snowmobiling on the highway :) Put some Blizzaks on that thing, and you'd be all set!

In short - it is worth a test ride for sure if you get the chance. I'd do it again, and i would like to take one on a longer ride once to try it in a variety of situations - and also take it to a parking lot to see exactly how it behaves under really tight, hard cornering before hitting too hard of twists on the roads. Pricetag was 14-16 depending on transmission, lighting, and a couple other things, but there is an extensive factory accessory catalog including wheels, clothing, luggage, exhausts (Jardine I think? Sounded sweet!), and there are even hard side bags for it ala ST/FJR. Could be a blast on a long ride or weekend tour.


Anyway enough rambling... here come the pix.

Part of the course and registration area


Part of our fleet - the others left shortly after we got there on their own ride


Checkin it out


Xyphois posin it up. This one had HID's, foglights and the exhaust (on the other side, sorry)


"...and right here is the NAAAWWWWSSSSSS"


jhu321 on the test track


Bill


Outlaw1028


Xyphois


Bossman


Som fat, old guy


Hittin the road










Expert photography of the ****ing sky and the dash while underway... LOL Dammit...


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"...yeah, I can hook you up with a dozen of these... oh? Yeah, well **** that guy - buy from me!"
 

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Cool pics, i did the test ride thing in nashville ill .
it was a lot of fun, it was the first time i have had to be tested for alcohol,
strange to do the breathalizer but i guess they have to cover themselves.
 
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