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    Default Another Newbie (Spyder is new. Rider is not)

    Hello everyone!
    I'm Jerry. In Vancouver (WA not BC), WA (State, not DC).
    Just picked up a 2017 F3 from ProCaliber.
    Still learning a whole new riding style. Can't help grabbing for the front brake lever. Trying to lean into and counter steer the corners, etc.
    I am having a few technical challenges. I can't seem to get the display settings programmed as I'd like them, and the manual is woefully unhelpful with their step-by-step instructions.
    No matter what I do, it defaults to KM instead of Miles. Cannot figure out how to set the clock/calendar, and set for Fahrenheit instead of Celsius.
    Otherwise, I'm excited to be riding this!
    Anyone in this area that would be willing to teach this old dog a few tricks?
    I'd like to be able to adjust the suspension for my rotundity, and find a decent windshield that can deflect the air over my brain bucket.
    Thanks for the forum! Looks like a few weeks of reading is in my future.
    JerryWA (Your choice to decide if the WA stands for WAshington or WiseAss once you get to know me.)

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    and

    Here is a link to Do's and Don'ts for Most find the information to be very helpful.


    http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/s...-Spyder-owners

    Post a picture or two if possible.

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    I hope you are enjoying your new Spyder!!!!!
    As for setting up you dash, relax, do not try to be in a hurry. It is actually fairly intuitive. 1st, the Modeset button changes from screen to screen. (Modeset is the button you have to press before you start the Spyder) Next, to navigate through a screen use the group of 4 buttons also on the left side, UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT. Look at what the different commands are on each direction button. Depress the one you want and look to see what is next. Just be sure to look at each change before you go to the next screen.
    Your dealer should have set it up for Miles Per Hour and Miles, at the least!!!! Good luck!!!!!
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    , and
    Leave the bike set up in "Metric Mode"...
    it'll impress the uninitiated, when you talk about hitting a corner at 100!

    2010 RT A&C ................................. 2014 RT Limited.
    (Both are gone, but not forgotten!)

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    [QUOTE=JerryWA;1280409]Hello everyone!
    I'm Jerry. In Vancouver (WA not BC), WA (State, not DC).
    Just picked up a 2017 F3 from ProCaliber.


    Welcome Jerry from central Washington, State, not DC. lol. You'll get it figured out, and there is lots of good help here on the forum.
    American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of GOD.

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    Hi Jerry,

    Re: I'm Jerry. In Vancouver (WA not BC), WA (State, not DC).

    Hi, I'm Jerry, across the river in Beaverton.

    I also could not get things from *Celsius to *F by using the manual; tried many times.

    BRP told me to take it to a dealer. I left it as it was; I'm fairly OK with *C anyway. And, I do not pay any attention to this feature anyway.

    And the clock is so worthless, it is correct only twice a day; if that.*

    There is a local chapter ( club ) of Spyder Ryders. Check at the bottom of this page for SpyderLovers Chapters.

    They are listed under Oregon: http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/f....php?52-Oregon

    Jerry Baumchen

    * Just another cheap part BRP used in these things.
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    Default Thanx!

    Thanks for the greetings.
    I almost have it figgered out. The only issue is the clock. I prefer 24 hour, and can't seem to get there.
    I did get the speedo set to mph, and the calendar set, and temp at F.
    Looking forward to meeting you people f-f, and maybe a ride or 2 at an old newbie pace.
    JerryWA

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    Jerry, I've already decided. Now about your F3. Not super familiar with it specifically.
    But why you would bother setting a clock that will only be accurate twice a day ?
    You could clock the temperature more closely with a rectal thermometer.
    Sadly, the speedo is probably at least 3mph optimistic. Instrumentation is
    so Non user friendly as to be a joke.

    Now, reality, ryde, ryde, ryde, learn how to be comfortable on your new Spyder.
    Invest a couple thousand miles doing that. You will get opportunity to "noodle" around
    all the amazing "features", and it all will become evident. Smooth, safe, sailing.
    Flatlander, Navy Veteran, Widower
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    Red face Howdy Neighbor

    Hi Neighbor!

    I, too, am a long time motorcycle rider and am just getting comfortable with my Spyder. Mine is an older model...2010. Have you taken your written exam to get your permit, yet? It's not that hard. I'm on my 90 days "learning" curve before taking the driving exam...although I feel I am just about able to pass it now. Don't let your insurer tell you that you don't need a special endorsement on your license if you have a motorcycle endorsement. That's what my insurer told me...and it's WRONG here in Washington.

    Anyway, Don't worry too much about setting the clock or other weird functions. It is only within the past couple of weeks that I have felt like getting the clock right and figuring out how to set the radio while riding. Since neither are vital for riding safely I have avoided them until now. Like 4Marie said..., "Ryde, ryde, ryde...." I feel that the more I ride, the better I'm getting and the more fun I'm having. My husband just changed the oil and oil filter today while I was out of town on other business and afterwards he rode it around the "block" (That's about a 7 mile loop where I am in the country). He rides a Harley and when he came back he was remarking how much fun it is to ride! Different from his bike, but FUN nonetheless! I have to agree...and if you can find someone to ride with it makes it all the more fun! We are both Legion Riders, and it's a great group of folks to ride with (even if I'm the only Spyder Rider in the group).

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    Hi Rabbit & Jerry,

    Re: "Ryde, ryde, ryde...."

    A good friend ( he is a 2-wheel Suzuki rider ) and I go for a few rides/lunch/etc throughout the summer. We are planning on one next week. Want to join us?

    You can reach me at: jerrybaumchen(at)gmail(dot)com

    Jerry Baumchen
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    Hi Rabbit_B!
    I have my motorcycle endorsement,and I'm waiting for a 3-wheeler class to open near by for that endorsement. For now, I'm just riding to get used to the F3.
    I have an appointment for a laser alignment in a couple weeks. Feels a little 'squirrelly' to me so far.
    Hope I get comfortable enough to join a few rides soon.
    JerryWA

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryB View Post
    Hi Rabbit & Jerry,

    Re: "Ryde, ryde, ryde...."

    A good friend ( he is a 2-wheel Suzuki rider ) and I go for a few rides/lunch/etc throughout the summer. We are planning on one next week. Want to join us?

    You can reach me at: jerrybaumchen(at)gmail(dot)com

    Jerry Baumchen
    Be happy to join you if you don't mind a slow old guy tagging along. Email has been sent.

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    Glad you could join us! Let the smiles, miles , begin!




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    on your new spyder and to the spyder web. Dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryWA View Post
    Hello everyone!
    I'm Jerry. In Vancouver (WA not BC), WA (State, not DC).
    Just picked up a 2017 F3 from ProCaliber.
    Still learning a whole new riding style. Can't help grabbing for the front brake lever. Trying to lean into and counter steer the corners, etc.
    I am having a few technical challenges. I can't seem to get the display settings programmed as I'd like them, and the manual is woefully unhelpful with their step-by-step instructions.
    No matter what I do, it defaults to KM instead of Miles. Cannot figure out how to set the clock/calendar, and set for Fahrenheit instead of Celsius.
    Otherwise, I'm excited to be riding this!
    Anyone in this area that would be willing to teach this old dog a few tricks?
    I'd like to be able to adjust the suspension for my rotundity, and find a decent windshield that can deflect the air over my brain bucket.
    Thanks for the forum! Looks like a few weeks of reading is in my future.
    JerryWA (Your choice to decide if the WA stands for WAshington or WiseAss once you get to know me.)
    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit_B View Post
    Hi Neighbor!

    I, too, am a long time motorcycle rider and am just getting comfortable with my Spyder. Mine is an older model...2010. Have you taken your written exam to get your permit, yet? It's not that hard. I'm on my 90 days "learning" curve before taking the driving exam...although I feel I am just about able to pass it now. Don't let your insurer tell you that you don't need a special endorsement on your license if you have a motorcycle endorsement. That's what my insurer told me...and it's WRONG here in Washington.

    Anyway, Don't worry too much about setting the clock or other weird functions. It is only within the past couple of weeks that I have felt like getting the clock right and figuring out how to set the radio while riding. Since neither are vital for riding safely I have avoided them until now. Like 4Marie said..., "Ryde, ryde, ryde...." I feel that the more I ride, the better I'm getting and the more fun I'm having. My husband just changed the oil and oil filter today while I was out of town on other business and afterwards he rode it around the "block" (That's about a 7 mile loop where I am in the country). He rides a Harley and when he came back he was remarking how much fun it is to ride! Different from his bike, but FUN nonetheless! I have to agree...and if you can find someone to ride with it makes it all the more fun! We are both Legion Riders, and it's a great group of folks to ride with (even if I'm the only Spyder Rider in the group).

    & to you both.

    You'll learn after a short time here, though, that with out a pic, it didn't really happen. So . . . .
    PrairieSpyder (Patti)



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    2014 Spyder RTS SE6, Circuit Yellow. Purchased 4/28/14, 0 miles. Ultimate seat, vented windshield, bump skid, Baja Ron anti-sway bar w/links. About 25k miles when traded in.

    2011 Spyder RTS SE5, viper red. Purchased 9/26/2012, mileage 6,172. Traded 4/28/14, 11,100 miles

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    OK Patti!

    My driveway is a mess, so pics there are not very complimentary. And once I have it running & backed out, it's kinda hard to shut it off & step away.
    I'll get some pics posted next long ride.

    JerryWA

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