I've read the reviews that are luke warm, but often times this does not translate to real world, like our V that get no respect or press...
I have a friend with a moderate handicap that is considering the Spyder - anyone have any experience with them to recommend the bike/trike/motomobile or not?
I demo spyder every year at Americade (Bike rally in New York).
First off, they are very very different from a motorcycle, I wouldn't even put them in the same bucket.
I consider them to be legal "4 Wheelers/Quads" becuase thats exactly how it feels when operating them.
- They are cool (different)
- Feel like a kid when you jump on it (if you have been riding motorcycles)
- Lots of sophisticated technology (if your a geek like me)
- Paddle Shift , No Clutch, Auto Downshift (Pretty Cool if your lazy)
- Very Quick considering
- Great Riding Position
- Lots of Technology Keeping it on the road (always afraid of faliure)
- It's Big, so not as nimble on the road
- Its not a motorcycle (some guys dont respect it)
- The Biggest Downfall: Its Ride is like a quad
Let me further explain the biggest downfall: "It Rides like a quad".
First off, let me tell you that most people during these demo rides CAN NOT get used to the feeling of how to drive it within the 30 min demo window. Unless you ride a quad, the feeling is just "not right". This is because it does not lean, meaning the force when turning is very very strong. Unlike a bike (when you lean into a turn the force pushes you into the seat), the spyder doesnt lean (meaning that your body is moving in the opposite direction of the spyder). This forces you to exert a lot of effort to stay on, and, well, it gets Old FAST.
Most people, that I have talked to, dislike the Spyder for this reason (and I am also in this bucket). Don't get me wrong, riding this thing for 30 mins is fun as heck, but long term, there is just no way I could get used to it. I had to use my legs, arms, abs, back, all of it just to stay on when going aruond twisties.
If your friend lives in an area which is mainly highway driving, or straight roads, then I am sure my opinion doesn't matter much, but where I live, curvey roads are the norm, not straight ones.
But to be honest, if this is the only way that I could "ride", then I would still buy it. Just make sure your friend can handle the G-Force in turns. Good luck!