PROS and CONS
List the pros and cons of the Spyder.
God grant me the serenity to accept what i can't change, strength to change what i can't accept, and hiding places for the bodies of those who piss me of
full moon soon to be blue
- Big trunk
- Futuristic design and styling
- Great power
- 3 Wheel "Y" stable stance
- Comfortable back seat for passenger, stock
- Accessories are widely available from BRP and others
- I enjoy that I can still work on it as any other motorcycle (except BUDS)
- The Spyder has a great following and support system outside the dealer network (ie: Spyderslovers.com Spydertalk.com, etc...)
- Can-Am from what I can see, stand behind their products when things go wrong.
- The cost is high
- Ongoing Dynamic Power Steering issues (Hope to be solved/fixed soon).
Hope that helps.
Very Active Member
Wife digs it
People dig it
Safe - stops on a dime
Best ride ever in heavy rain.
Storage - best touring setup up I found
You can still ride on two wheels - in turns.
Spyderlovers.com and all of you.
Mileage could be better
No 6th gear (See mileage)
BRP's crappy handling of what are becoming pervasive issues
The bad dealers.
WackyDan - Fun, not crazy.
Charlotte (Matthews), NC
Silver Moon SM5 - V35 and V46 Givis, CHAD, Motolight 35w steering lights, Dash Powerlets, Helibar risers, Garage door opener, Eastern Beaver PC-8, Digital voltmeter, Kewl Metal Intake, Evoluzione Sway Bar, RT Shocks and Juice Box PRO.
*Mower deck in development*
2008 model -new in crate, April 09
Looking for other Charlotte area riders to cruise with and compare Spyders.
HAPPY SPYDER OWNER
Pro: They are a hell of a lot of fun to ride
Con: I don't have one - yet
Very Active Member
Pros (In addition to those mentioned)
When I,m on my my line of sight is about 2 feet above the roof of a compact car, about a foot above the roof of a Mid size car and about equal to my Ford Sport Trac!! Have you noticed this feature?
Its not above 40 degrees so I can,t ride today.(No Heated Gloves)
2015 F3 sm6, Custom Dynamics fender lights.
Silver 2012 RT
, Ultimate Seat, CalSci Windshield, BajaRon
Sway Bar, TricLed Fender Strip Lights and Rear Running/Brake light, Amber Mirror turn signal lights!
Sea Doo Spark 2014 Jet Ski!!!!
FUN! Nothing like it.
Allows us gimps and geezers to extend our riding years.
Attracts attention (mostly favourable).
Price reasonable compared to other 3 wheeled options.
Handles better than other 3 wheeled options.
Other than the electronics, it's easy to work on.
DPS (power steering) PROBLEM WONT GO AWAY! Even when it isn't happenlng it's always at the back of your mind. Solve it, BRP!
Dealers are too few and far between, and if you find a good tech, he's like gold.
Parts take forever to arrive.
Quality control issues like cracking coolant resevoirs, flimsey rear fenders, leaky airboxes, chaffing hoses, wearing drive splines etc., etc.
Too much electronic junk makes problem diagnosis difficult. You require BUDS, a ouija board, a crystal ball and good luck. Many problems baffle the dealer techs, the BRP gurus, and sometimes even the combined efforts of the Spyderlovers.
Painful ergonomics require expensive aftermarket correction on RS models.
And finally, Spyders are addictive! I enjoy the darn thing so much that I'm going to keep it, even when my good sense tells me to trade it off!
Pros and Cons
opened up the market for people that wouldn't/couldn't ride otherwise (smaller individuals, women that wouldn't ride a two-wheeled bike or couldn't due to size, those with health issues)
unique and nice looking
you'll meet your neighbors and many strangers (conversation starter)
fun as heck
less dangerous than a two wheeled bike
tons of parts to individualize it
storage space is handy
if you've never rode anything, you can do this from day 1
options of semi-automatic or manual
probably more visible than other bikes
expensive to buy
gas mileage, my car gets better gas mileage
steering issues that are unresolved
so much computerized crap that it's hard to figure the thing out
not set up for a comfortable ride, but you can buy parts to make it so
a good dealer is hard to find
some cheap parts on it that notoriously break
Everything never changes!
Ungodly amount of fun
Everybody loves it
Brings out the kid in me
Great 2 up machine
My skinny butt won't let me ride for more than an hour or so without stopping (even with the Comfort seat)
I just can't ride often enough!
Last edited by QuadManiac; 02-04-2010 at 05:58 PM.
'08 SE5 #123 - Red - F1 Slider - BRP Comfort Seat - Spyder City 3" Riser
Very Active Member
Last edited by Tom in NM; 02-05-2010 at 12:53 AM.
2008 GS SE5 -> 2013 STS SE5 -> 2015 F3-S SE6 . . . Still riding & smiling.
Most of what everyone said above
The fact that it is mine
More smiles per mile than anything else I have ever owned.
Our good dealership closed, so I am looking for a new one
I haven't hit any other cons yet, and am hoping not to.
Nothing better for running errands around town
Holds a bag of groceries in the "trunk"
Quite a bit of aftermarket stuff available to help lighten your wallet
Lots of stuff to ask Santa for
Never fear a gravel road again
My wife will actually ride it (alone!!!)
Draws crowds everywhere
Plenty of power
Trying not to get run over by gawkers on the freeway
Having to try a bunch of farkles before you find the right ones and can get it dialed in
The ATV frame - jury's still out on that one
No handlebar to hang stuff on
Cost cutting on parts (radiator overflow tank, gas cap, etc)
While BRP hasn't always made me happy with their responses, the responses always came quickly, politely, and complete.
Great post everyone.
its a two-seater
my girl loves her
king of the alps
incredibly design and innovation
no skidoo-kit available
no seadoo -kit available
wasn`t allowed to store it in our livingroom during the winter
smaller shield - lower sport-seat - GPS -adapter happy member of the spyder-crash-test-club - waiting for the HYBRID - SPYDER
Last edited by Motza; 02-13-2010 at 03:03 PM.
Very Active Member
Was fun to ride with a bad DPS.
More fun to ride with new DPS.
Gets better gas mileage than 5.3 liter Z71 Off Road.
Great for running errands.
No longer one of the Seven Dwarfs----Grumpy.
Smiles even while stopped for traffic, bridge and road construction.
Paying off Chevron card.
Can put in my bedroom during bad weather (Tropical Storm)
Service not covered under warranty.
Costs of extras.
Santa doesn't come to my house.
Tami taking my gas card to GA.
Smiles all the time.
Happy Spyder Owner
2008 SM5, Trunk Liner, 2" Block Riser, ESI 3" Risers, Evoluzione Cycle o2 Sensor Mod, Corbin Seat and Large Oval Backrest, Madstad RoboBrackets and 24" Clear Windshield, Chrome Clear Catseye LED Tail/Brake/License Plate Light, Brake Strobe, Kuryakyn Grips, Kewlmetals Performance Air kit, Custom Dynamic Orange LED's, Spyder 1 Attitude Performance Exhaust RSS-18-B, Day Runners, Day Pucks, Rivco Highway Pegs, ESI Mirror Extensions, Rivco Floorboards.
Rush to drive
can ride all winter even in NH
they dont give you a free RT when you buy 2 RS
THOSE WHO LIVE BY THE SWORD DIE BY THE SWORD... BUT...THOSE WHO MASTER THE SWORD SURVIVE BY THE SWORD....
Rev. J. Proctor
HAPPY SPYDER OWNER
You are having DPS problem on the new RT already????
Originally Posted by groundeffect
Silver SM5 PE# 1274, Hindle Exhaust, Touring Windshield, Caliper Trim, B.E.S.T. 3 Year Ext, Nuvi 255 GPS, Fog Lights, Sport Rack, Back Rest, 12V Outlet, Talon 3300p Alarm, NMN Mud Flap and TipZ LEDs, SpyderLovers Emblems, Kuryakyn Widow Pegs and Axel Trim, Luimoto seat skin, Evo Air Filter and O2 Mod, Cranker Tank Bag, Blue Sea fuse block, MAD/AMS/MBG, Oddyssey battery, IPS.
Service Bulletin Applied: Gen II parking brake, 2nd SW patch, evap can/hose update, Gen II DPS
Correct. And I have the RS, not the RT.
Originally Posted by SpyderWolf
No, I have not experienced any steering issues on my 2010 RS, and I hope I do not.
Cheers and ryde safe!