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Motorcycle Or Lawnmower ???

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  1. fupar
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    I apologize if this isn't the right place for this post. I just thought this would be interesting.

    Let me say, in advance, that I am sorry about the quality of the picture. This was taken at a moment's notice, with my phone camera.

    Take a look at this motorcycle. It is a Can-Am Spyder. It has 2 tires in the front, and 1 tire in the rear. While I do think the bike is interesting, it's just not my cup of tea.

    It looks like it would be kinda fun to take this thing out to a dirt track, and power-slide the rear tire.

  2. micg10
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    i've seen them here in Aus aswell, like you not for me either, not sure what they are or who makes them
    cheers mick

  3. Tacgtriwer
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    Can Ams are really good machines. They make you take a 20 min. class before a test ride. Steering is a little different they say, and 2 can ams wrecked at the IMS show last year, (running off the road type thing).

    I see them as another fun and fuel efficient way of transportation, and thats a good thing, even if I myself like 2 wheels.

  4. macrozzfan
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    I like the idea but they look fugly. hate that they look like a jetski or snowmobile. Plus they are Hella expensive for what they are. I want to say the 900cc models is running 18,000 around here.

    I'd be interested in seeing a chopper inspired one...I'm thinking cross a plymouth prowler's front wheels and suspension with 260-300 rear tire.

  5. tunc
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    a lawncycle maybe
    the mrs wont go on me bike but said if i got one of those she would

    said they were to dear
    got out of that one
    ah well 2 wheels it is

  6. Revint
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    Interesting but not my cup of tea either.

  7. MichaelW283
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    BRP, Bombadier, makes the Can-Am Spyder.

    I was at two Can-Am Spyder days, one here in Reno and one in Tucson at Ride Now.

    They are not a motorcycle, that much is certain. You do not lean in turns.

    I too think they are a little over priced. People that own them hint at an animosity between 2 wheel purists and the Can-Am Spyder rider.

    I think the true trike with the 2 wheels in the back is less stable in extreme conditions but the original trike typically offers much more storage capacity.

    It is definitely a stable platform compared to 2 wheels for around town and getting groceries and I would ride one of those before you got me into one of those smart cars.

  8. nlokodeda19
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    Let me start out by saying they are kind of weird looking, but one of my buddies has one. He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident a few years ago when a piece of metal fell off of a trailer and hit him so he can't ride on 2 wheels any longer. He originally got a totally one off awesome trike built for him, but he needed something the wife would feel comfortable on so he got the spider. Now he uses the trike for show and the spider for his daily driver.

  9. retzdaret
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    It looks like it would be fun to drive, but it's not a motorcycle in my mind. More like a small car. I know it has bars and you ride on top of it, but it just doesn't count. I still would love to try it out.

  10. micg10
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    Let me start out by saying they are kind of weird looking, but one of my buddies has one. He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident a few years ago when a piece of metal fell off of a trailer and hit him so he can't ride on 2 wheels any longer. He originally got a totally one off awesome trike built for him, but he needed something the wife would feel comfortable on so he got the spider. Now he uses the trike for show and the spider for his daily driver.
    if one of these "bikes" is what it takes to get your mate and his wife back on the road then they can't be all that bad! i take my hat off to your mate for having the guts to get back on.
    cheers mick

  11. yaro
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    I have seen them on motorcycle show. You could seat on them, but not ride it. I would love to check it out how it handles, but I'm not interested to get one.

  12. BumplepeeBop
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    I saw my first one last summer.

    Cruising down the interstate and saw something in my mirrors. Couldn't figure out what it was. You know how bike mirrors vibrate. It was catching up with me so I wasn't too intent on slowing way down. Pretty soon I decided it must be a bike with a trailer, cause I could see a rider and an extra set of wheels. And then it passed me! The extra set of wheels were in the front! Had seen magazine pictures and knew they existed but that was my first time seeing one in person. And a gal was driving it. With Calif. plates. Thought about catching up with her when a big pickup and trailer pulled in right behind her. A guy driving, with Calif. plates. Must have been her husband. Damn.

  13. AtrianF
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    I apologize if this isn't the right place for this post. I just thought this would be interesting.Let me say, in advance, that I am sorry about the quality of the picture. This was taken at a moment's notice, with my phone camera.Take a look at this motorcycle. It is a Can-Am Spyder. It has 2 tires in the front, and 1 tire in the rear. While I do think the bike is interesting, it's just not my cup of tea.It looks like it would be kinda fun to take this thing out to a dirt track, and power-slide the rear tire.
    I see a CanAm Spyder at the Toowoomba Show last year. They allowed me to sit on it but wouldn't allow me to take for a test ride unless I left a $18000 deposit first. Will admit it felt very different.

    Adrian

  14. Pavbj
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    About a year ago I took a Demo Spyder for a 5 mile ride. For a 998 CC they are pretty quick. I found it to be a bit uncomfortable for my height. (6'3") Cornering feels a bit weird at first, but on a winding river road it was fun to drive. While the wife and me knew it wasn't for us, it surely fills the needs for some people who can no longer handle two wheels. A buddy of mine who lost most of the use of his legs in a bike/cage contest last year was going to go that route, but found he can no longer straddle any motorized vehicle. (His pelvis and hip socket were very badly damaged in the wreck.) I would have loved to see him riding one, at least we could have continued our 34 year riding partnership.....

  15. Pabi
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    I see these all the time around my house, usually riding in packs of 3-6 of them. I think the guy around the corner from me must be a dealer (or associated with one) because there are about 40 of them parked at his house all the time...

  16. AtrianF
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    Have a look at this one Cant remember the name of the thing but I remember some of the details

    650cc rear mounted engine, 120 mph.
    Steers like a car (steering wheel) but the body leans like a bike. If you gently turn the wheel the trike turns very sedately but if you are aggressive with the wheel the body ends up at around 40 degree lean and extremely manouverable (rear wheels obviously dont lean). See this thing on a TV show where they were doing a review and the reviewer was having a lot of fun.
    If I remember the name I'll let you know. Oh and the top can be removed and its a 2 seater one behind the other.
    Have a look at this sorry if its already been posted here.

    carver-worldwide.com

    Adrian

  17. retzdaret
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    Now this one really asks the question of lawnmower or motorcycle because it really is both.

    blog.motorcycle.com

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