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    Default My Initial Impressions of The 2018

    The Missus and I took a ride to the dealership this morning. It was time to sign a bunch of paperwork, and take a bunch of pictures!
    I came away with some pretty positive first impressions

    The new foam grips are comfy
    he new dash is PLENTY visible!
    The smoked headlight and foglight covers are AWESOME!
    The rear storge compartment still has a 12 volt power port in it.
    The USB plug is up in the frunk
    The Parking brake switch has been moved...
    ...as has the mode switch
    And the Set switch has gone!
    (You just push in on the end of the joystick!
    The rear air suspension is now completely self-adjusting: no more buttons for it!
    The windshield support bracket is now blacked-out
    I don't think that you get any luggage with the bike... WTH!
    The Gold pieces have a very satin finish to them. (I might like it a bit more "Goldy")
    The six-speaker stereo system ROCKS!! VERY crisp, and lots of volume.
    ( I tested it with some "Iron Man", and "Zombie Stomp"! )
    It even has a left-right balance this year, in addition to the front-rear fader.
    Pulling error codes is no longer like a "secret handshake". There's an item on the menu for it.

    2018 13.jpg2018 14.jpg2018 26.jpg2018 15.jpg

    If my Ass is in the saddle: my head is in the clouds!


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    Looks like a nice ride. Now if it would just warm up a bit.....
    Trent - 2017 asphalt grey RT Limited, yes I need to update my pic

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    Default ??????

    hey guy ! you know have 3 cycles ? this is a neat color , you post the front shot from the driver seat ... ?

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    Default o.k.

    sorry buddy , I see the video , good vid for the first one !

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    Thanks! The Missus was running the camera; I was just walking around with a dumb look on my face!

    If my Ass is in the saddle: my head is in the clouds!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    Thanks! The Missus was running the camera; I was just walking around with a dumb look on my face!

    And you do it so well!



    Bob,

    Nice looking ride! How long do you think it will take you to get the hang of the dash?
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    Congrats and Thanks for the initial impressions!
    Safe Rides, David and Sharon Goebel
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    Quote Originally Posted by PW2013STL View Post
    And you do it so well!



    Bob,

    Nice looking ride! How long do you think it will take you to get the hang of the dash?
    I'm sitting here trying to read that manual right now...
    If my Ass is in the saddle: my head is in the clouds!


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    Thanks for the updates. Some riding impressions soon we hope.

    Currently Owned: 2011 RT A&C SE5 (magnesium), 2014 RTS-SE6 (yellow), 2015 Vulcan 900 LTD

    Previously : 2008 GS-SM5 (silver), 2009 RS-SE5 (red), 2010 RT-S Premier Editon #474 (black) Pictures of 2008 and 2009 Spyders are in Alaska Albums 2009 and 2010.
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    Default initial impression of 2018

    That is one sweet looking ride Bob; congratulations
    All the great movements in the world began with a cup of coffee!


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    CONGRATS BOB!! Looks real sharp. The color isn't bad either.
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    Default Time to fully update

    Missing something?


    Last edited by Blue Star; 02-11-2018 at 01:30 AM.

    Is it Friday yet? ... Oh yeah, I forgot. I'm retired

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    Learn all you can ................... so i can pick your brain.

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    Default Thanks for the review....

    Now we will have to wait for the riding review..But gives you time to read and garage test....
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    Nice looking ride. Your bump-skid lights look like Triclid lights which I have. They are nothing short of awesome. The new dash display and electronics will take some getting use to. Lots of good, fun things to learn.....
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    Default 2018 Spyder

    LOVE, that Bump Skid with the LED lighting. PS: Ready for the RYDE Report when the weather give us a break.
    2016 RT LIMITED, YES, color 'BLUE'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Star View Post
    Missing something?


    That's probably the first thing that I'll do, once I get it home!
    If my Ass is in the saddle: my head is in the clouds!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruzr Joe View Post
    Learn all you can ................... so i can pick your brain.

    Did you know that there was a Country singer named "Slim Pickins" ??

    Cruzr Joe

    "Slim Pickins"?

    You've sure got that right!

    Does that mean that we'll have to perform the dreaded "Redneck Mind-meld"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Denman View Post
    That's probably the first thing that I'll do, once I get it home!
    My apologies, I thought you had it home already. If you need someone to ryde it home for you I volunteer.

    Is it Friday yet? ... Oh yeah, I forgot. I'm retired

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    They're delivering it as soon as there's a break in the weather, and the roads clear up.
    If my Ass is in the saddle: my head is in the clouds!


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    Bob,

    waiting to hear the ride reports. As soon as the snow disappears, and the roads are clear of salt, brine.

    We want to see the pictures of the your new 2018 in your driveway.

    Deanna
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    The BRP logos front and back should have been in gold not chrome ! Ride is looking good !
    Happy Owner



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    I think that "The Dashboard" should have been painted "GOLD" to match the other accents. Just a pop of color in that area.

    I am kind a partial to the painted dashboard. Look at my "Threads started or any of my posts!

    Deanna

    Last edited by Deanna777; 02-11-2018 at 01:14 PM. Reason: Added to post @ 1:13 on 2/11/18
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    WRAPMYSPYDER.COM Sceptor Kit Reflective Decals-Orange
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    WRAPMYSPYDER.COM Air Dam Web Decal Black Reflective
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    The trim around it is...
    If my Ass is in the saddle: my head is in the clouds!


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