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This one is all about riding the CanAm Spyder in the wet. How does it handle? Is it exciting? Is it scary? Hows the protection? are just some questions that we will answer.
The Spyder is obviously fitted with three tires rather than two as per your traditional bike, the rear is a and the fronts are so you would think you would have plenty of control and traction in the wet. Well the fronts are great- I have not yet suffered any over or under steer (in wet or dry), but the back, there is just too much power going to that single wheel and the back will slide if you aren't controlled in your throttle input. The traction control seems to be slower to respond than I do. Or as the electronics are so smart maybe it is control and just letting me think I know what I am doing.
This ability to slide however makes for some pretty exciting riding and riding like you can't experience on anything other than your quad/ATV in the wet or mud. I have only ever seen the best MotoGP riders going for a controlled slide out of a corner on anything with two wheels. So once again the Spyder is unique.
Becuase of how stable the Spyder is in all circumstances, including the wet it is not a scary experience when the back slides.
The fairings offer reasonable protection however if I was going to be using the bikes for a long tour, a week or more I would recommend investing in the touring screen and the couple of other deflectors that I have seen. I noweher near get as drenched as what I used to on my Ninja however and when I get off there isn't a newly formed puddle in my crotch.
Like any riding or driving you do in the wet extra caution is required, especially on the twisty mountain roads of Springbrook, Mount Tamborine and Burringbar range, you just never know what the road condition is going to be around that next sharp bend.
It is also interesting to note the variation in weather on the Gold Coast from even as small as distance as 5km or a 100m climb so don't let wet weather where you are put you off taking the Spyder for a ride because it doesn't mean where you are going or how you are getting there is going to be wet and our gear is all wet weather so it is going to be comfortable anyway.
We have plenty of them and hopefully you do to (discovered a lot more however when we started this business). But on a serious note MATES is Motorcycle Awareness Training Education Safety- mates.org.au motorcyclists and have a genuine interest in keeping motorcylists safe. Members include a police officer, rider trainers, industry insiders etc. They provide informative articles and discussions on all things motorcycle. So next time you have a few minutes check it out.
Hope everyone read the article written by Alison Cotes in the Escape travel section of QLD's Sunday Mail on Spyder Ryder and the Gold Coast's theme parks. Thanks to Alison for the kind words and to KAZmedia for the photo.
The Gold Coast City Council is going to be running the successful SMART rider training again for 2010. Beginning in March. Training is provided by HART- Honda Advanced Rider Training. The day gets together a bunch of like minded motorcyclists and heads out onto the popular Gold Coast hinterland roads with many stops along the way and one-on-one coaching. The best part of all is the day only costs $45. http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/smart
Recently went and visited the new Spyder dealer located at Lismore- Northen NSW. Ongmac Motorcycles http://www.ongmacmotorcycles.com.au/ I was lucky enough when I visited that they had a new RSS- the special edition sports model in Pearl White just out of the crate getting ready for delivery to some lucky customer. I must say the Pearl White looks awesome.
Details have just been released on the 2010 Spyder RS & RT for Australia check them out now on BRP's website
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For all those with an inner hippy Spyder Ryder has now added another desitination to our tours, this one takes in the famous/infamous little country town Nimbin, best known for it's alternate ways. Come and check out the weird and wonderful as well as northern NSW 's best motorycle roads. http://www.spyderryder.com.au/spyder-tours.html
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Hi, I am Todd the owner and operator of Spyder Ryder Australia- Spyder Roadster Tours & Hire on the Gold Coast. Bike lover, family man and Spyder enthusiast.