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No body else thinking about a Can Am Spyder?


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Originally Posted by MikeG
No body else thinking about a Can Am Spyder?

No, not for me, its two wheels or nothing. I am 71 and hope te ride my bikes as long as I phisically can.

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Originally Posted by DavidP
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I recently had a friend break his leg in an accident on a 3-wheeler. He's in his 70's and sold his Harley the next day.
David, it's a Honda, not a Harley, and it hasn't sold yet, just in discussion phase...


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FWIW: I normally park my Trident on the center stand, simple enough to get off the bike after a ride and put it on the stand (I used to put it on the stand without dismounting.) But, these days I find myself putting down the side stand before I dismount just in case my ankle or knee decide to give out.
You might have noticed that all the rides I post here are 100 miles or less. The 180 miles of the TSMR this year about wore my old donkey out. I would need a Gold Wing to make a long run, but I'd rather have an MG Midget with the top down.


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Originally Posted by MikeG
No body else thinking about a Can Am Spyder?
As a matter of fact, we've considered it. They are awfully expensive though.

I loaned my Cozy sidecar to a buddy who is almost 80 and has had his chest split open to overhaul his heart twice. It's the only way he can continue to ride. That's a good option, but I'd like a nicer, more comfortable, modern one when it's my time...

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You could get some zzz's on the way to the swap meet.

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...for the guys that cannot kick their bikes I suggest to buy a Triumph pre unit 350; is very soft to kick; even you can do it by hand.
I am not old as you guys but have a damaged body due to a Surfing accident; a car that hit me; arthritis all that could be good if the doctors decided to cooperate but they did not so I am out of the waves (I live at 100m of the waves and make surfboards; you need to test the boards and be into the water to have customers too...nothing of that is important for egotistical doctors) so I lost the muscles hence I feel the pain all day since several years ago.
I always think if I still live when I get older, will be very difficult to kick a bike or defend myself or whatever.
Now I am trying (but I am afraid to) to not lose the Mind; I mean, try to not get dementia; because I am alone; Is only me to take care of myself; so if the body and mind are screwed you cannot ride bikes of course but cannot live too.

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I had simple instruction on lifting that has worked for me, even on that exact K: For anyone interested, it works.
Back up into the bike up against tank/seat, Hold the front brake with fork turned, slowly back up, push and lift with bike rotating on the frnt wheel. It worked some years back, now I think I’ll just walk away and leave it …………. Assuming I can. Sad, but these old K’s are worth anything anymore anyhow.


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Originally Posted by KC in S.B.
I had simple instruction on lifting that has worked for me, even on that exact K: For anyone interested, it works.
Back up into the bike up against tank/seat, Hold the front brake with fork turned, slowly back up, push and lift with bike rotating on the front wheel. .
Yeah, the HD shops teach the ladies how to do it like that. Makes some of the macho men look mighty puzzled...


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Originally Posted by MikeG
No body else thinking about a Can Am Spyder?

I don't think so. A three wheeler has all the disadvantages of a motorcycle, and none of the advantages of a car.

OR

it has all of the disadvantages of a car and none of the advantages of a motorcycle, if you'd rather say it that way.

Plus, you'd never miss a pothole again ....

Nope, when the bikes are no longer an option, and assuming that a car still IS an option, it'll be either a Model-A era roadster or (if I can still climb down into one) a 60's Brit roadster.

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Originally Posted by Lannis
Originally Posted by MikeG
No body else thinking about a Can Am Spyder?


Nope, when the bikes are no longer an option, and assuming that a car still IS an option, it'll be either a Model-A era roadster or (if I can still climb down into one) a 60's Brit roadster.

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Lannis and I think alike about Can-Am Spyders, all the disadvantages of a motorcycle and a car without the advantages of either. The older I get, and the worse my legs get, the more I like little bikes!

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Well I am going to disagree with most of you, a sidecar is the most fun you can have with your clothes on, if you don't like chariots, then you haven't ridden a properly set up one - best way to keep biking, ever.
And you get a free physical work out at the same time, keeps you trim!

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Originally Posted by Twin Pot Phil
Well I am going to disagree with most of you, a sidecar is the most fun you can have with your clothes on, if you don't like chariots, then you haven't ridden a properly set up one - best way to keep biking, ever.
And you get a free physical work out at the same time, keeps you trim!

A sidecar's a little different. It's like a motorcycle - it's not really stable at speed, and like a car where you CAN miss a pothole if you do it right.

My plan is to get a sidecar and get my son to learn how to ride it, and when I'm out of driving and riding for good, to take me out in it every once in a while ....

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I tend to agree there, once over around 140mph most road going outfits are not
that stable and require a little work to correct.

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I tend to agree there, once over around 140mph most road going outfits are not
that stable and require a little work to correct.
Do you mean side cars that look like a motorcycle hooked to a coffin or the type that look like a skate board and cut down bike on tiny wheels? wink
But seriously,I have never ridden a sidecar rig so am I really missing something?


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It's an acquired taste Tony, most road bikes with a chair hung on the side are not
really designed for high speed motoring. Getting used to the head shake at lower
speeds is interesting when first experienced. BUT sticking a well set up one into
corners and getting the drift and opposite lock right is bloody marvellous!

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Learning to operate a sidecar rig can indeed be a real "experience."

You must to learn the point at which handling a left-hand turn changes over to acting like a right-hand one, and vice-versa.

And what NickL says about the rig going into "head shake" is true - a real "thrill." Decelerating for a stop sign on a rough road can trigger it, but make sure to have a strong grip on the handlebars with BOTH hands when it happens!

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Originally Posted by Lannis
Originally Posted by MikeG
No body else thinking about a Can Am Spyder?
Plus, you'd never miss a pothole again ....
Potholes are easy to avoid unless you are going too fast, or the pothole is too big.


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I tend to agree there, once over around 140mph most road going outfits are not
that stable and require a little work to correct.
Do you mean side cars that look like a motorcycle hooked to a coffin or the type that look like a skate board and cut down bike on tiny wheels? wink
But seriously,I have never ridden a sidecar rig so am I really missing something?
It was THE most exciting ride of my life, and I've ridden all manner of bikes, flown several different types of aircraft (mostly ultralights), SCUBA dove to 120', worked on gas turbines spinning 20,000 RPM inches from my face, and parachuted from 10,000 feet up.

2005 LCR Suzuki GSXR1000 Formula 1 sidecar, racing in AHRMA

We topped near 150 on the straight at Willow Springs, the shot from the rear was about 80 in the Omega turn (like a horseshoe)

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I never did work up the courage to reach all the way down to that lower hand-hole...

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Speaking of "how old is too old", apparently 72 is still not too old, if you still WANT TO RIDE (or race)

Here's a shot of Malcolm "Britbodger" Dixon, many of you know, at age 72 (photo taken in 2007, I was only 50 at the time), about to LAP me on lap 4 of a 6 lap race!

Dude could ride, but made it look like he was just out for a bit of the scenery on a Sunday afternoon...

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The great thing about race tracks is you're all going the same way and all
on machines of a like type. No intersections etc. Plus most blokes out there
don't want to phone anyone at the time. Safest form of riding.

A road outfit with 16 inch wheels, leading link forks and set up well can be a
great buzz if you have a keen passenger and good brakes.It's not just a bike
with a box attached to one side. If ridden sedately it can be a really nice type
of motoring and ridden sportively on appropriate roads, terrific fun.
I learned to ride on an a10SR with a steib chair when i was 16 and carried out
some of the required mods before the bike was put back to solo trim. My
most memorable outings were always with it as an outfit.

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A guy at my local pub had a Triumph kneeler unit on the road in the 70's.
It had lights as far as I remember.
I had a ride in/on it as a passenger for a mile or two and it was bloody terrifying.
Luckily I was drunk at the time

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Spot on Nick, my intro was through big Brit twins with anything light on the side.

Back in the day THE best road outfit (IMHO) was a Gold Wing on 16 inch wagon wheels on car tyres with leading links (an outfit without leading links is just plain stupid and very hard work), that thing was a real fast mile eater (had to adjust the angle of the Mk1 Monza to stop being a wing when (very well) over the motorway speed limit (who needs a passenger, really) and it handled like a dream at all speeds (as leading links do).

However these days getting older (now 66) is reducing my need for speed on the UK roads (but not tracks), especially as I know my speed based reactions are not good enough for the number of stupids around these days.
I would love a Merlin outfit with one of the current Jap missile engines in, but anno domini and crowded roads here dictates otherwise (not to mention the money!).

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