Oh, they look cool, I’ll give them that. When I first saw the pics of them, I had to have one. We put down a (refundable, thank goodness) deposit on one several months early and were all ready to head over and pick it up as soon as it came out.
Then we test rode one. “We” being myself and my spouse, both of whom have been riding motorcycles since 1991. When the test ride (the longest 20 minutes of my life, it seemed) was over, we both got off the trikes, headed away from the perky sales people, and looked at each other trepidatiously. “Well…” he said, “What did you think?”
“I hated it.”
He looked relieved. He hated it too. We were both afraid the other would love it and want one.
Why, you ask? The two big reasons:
For anybody who rides a motorcycle, the controls are all wrong. There is no hand brake, only a foot brake. And every time you go over a bump, unless you’re very careful, your foot comes crashing down on the foot brake and jolts you around (or worse).
The thing steers like a battleship. Several times I nearly ran it off the road in my effort to get it to go where I wanted it to go. You can’t countersteer it at all, which is very unintuitive for something that’s supposed to approximate a motorcycle. I thought it was just me (I’m not great in the upper body strength department) but the spouse, who is, agreed with me.
So anybody who’s contemplating a Spyder purchase, please heed my advice: test ride it before you drop 15 grand. You might not agree with me. You might love it. Some people do. But if you do agree, you’ll be glad you found out.
Sorry for the hijack–and yes, the Spyder does undoubtedly look cool and if you like it, you will look cool riding it.