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    List the pros and cons of the Spyder.

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    pros

    fun
    fast
    handling
    fun
    safety
    friends
    fun
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    PROS:
    - 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.



    CONS:
    - The cost is high
    - Ongoing Dynamic Power Steering issues (Hope to be solved/fixed soon).


    Hope that helps.
    Cheers.

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    PROs:

    Wife digs it
    People dig it
    Stable
    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.
    MY DEALER

    Cons:
    Mileage could be better
    No 6th gear (See mileage)
    BRP's crappy handling of what are becoming pervasive issues
    The bad dealers.
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    Looking for other Charlotte area riders to cruise with and compare Spyders.

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    Pro: They are a hell of a lot of fun to ride

    Con: I don't have one - yet


    Rub

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    Pros (In addition to those mentioned)
    Great visibility.
    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?
    Cons
    Its not above 40 degrees so I can,t ride today.(No Heated Gloves)
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    Pros:
    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.
    Stability.
    Other than the electronics, it's easy to work on.

    Cons:
    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!

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    PROS:

    Best thing I have every owned

    CONS;

    What you make of them. New vehicle -- will be bugs. It's a learning curve for all of us.
    Bill
    Very Happy Spyder Owner

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    New Ryders always welcome!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rub View Post
    Pro: They are a hell of a lot of fun to ride

    Con: I don't have one - yet


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    Pros:
    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
    reverse
    loud horn
    probably more visible than other bikes



    cons:
    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
    expensive service
    some cheap parts on it that notoriously break
    Everything never changes!

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    Pros:
    Ungodly amount of fun
    Everybody loves it
    Brings out the kid in me
    Great 2 up machine

    Cons:
    My skinny butt won't let me ride for more than an hour or so without stopping (even with the Comfort seat)
    Gas mileage
    I just can't ride often enough!
    Last edited by QuadManiac; 02-04-2010 at 05:58 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda B View Post
    Pros:
    opened up the market for people that wouldn't/couldn't ride otherwise (smaller individuals [Hey, that is me!], women that wouldn't ride a two-wheeled bike or couldn't due to size, those with health issues)
    unique and nice looking Well, unique for sure.
    you'll meet your neighbors and many strangers (conversation starter)
    fun as heck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    less dangerous than a two wheeled bike (easier to balance too)
    tons of parts to individualize it (though sometimes it seems it would just be more efficient to duct-tape Gold Bullion bars on it)
    storage space is handy
    if you've never rode anything, you can do this from day 1 (except for that one rider who totaled a Spyder in the Sioux City dealership parking lot while doing a BRP Demo Days course)
    options of semi-automatic or manual
    reverse
    loud horn
    probably more visible than other bikes

    cons:
    expensive to buy but very cost effective when it comes to getting smiles
    gas mileage, my car gets better gas mileage Yeah, should be better.
    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 but a treasure when you do
    expensive service this is my biggest con - cost of ownership
    some cheap parts on it that notoriously break
    I really gotta agree with Amanda. The red comments above are mine - don't blame her.

    The only Con I can only add: I wish they would have NOT named it a Spyder and had just kept it BRP Roadster. That would have saved us all a lot of graphic and customization silliness. Given the number of spIder graphic themes and design elements on BRP's SpYders, accessories and gear - they probably feel the same way.
    Spyder is a legit class of Roadsters.
    Spyder (or Spider)
    "Similar to a roadster but originally with less weather protection. The term originated from a small two-seat horse cart with a folding sunshade made of four bows.[citation needed] With its black cloth top and exposed sides for air circulation, the top resembled a spider. Nowadays it simply means a convertible sports car."

    If Brusa ever gets theirs to market, it, they will probably regret naming it Spyder too.
    http://www.4wheelsnews.com/brusa-spy...icle-revealed/

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    Pros:
    Most of what everyone said above
    The fact that it is mine
    More smiles per mile than anything else I have ever owned.

    Cons:
    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.
    Very Happy Spyder Ryder!


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    Pro:
    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

    Cons
    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.

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    Pro; It's coolest toy I've ever had

    Con; It's winter here and can't enjoy it. Too much salt sand residue in roads.
    Happy Spyder Owner

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    Great post everyone.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris56 View Post
    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

    I love the Skidoo kit! Where did you get yours...
    Last edited by Motza; 02-13-2010 at 03:03 PM.

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    Pros
    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)

    Cons
    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


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    pros.....
    Rush to drive
    can ride all winter even in NH

    cons......
    they dont give you a free RT when you buy 2 RS
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    Quote Originally Posted by groundeffect View Post

    CONS:
    - The cost is high
    - Ongoing Dynamic Power Steering issues (Hope to be solved/fixed soon).
    You are having DPS problem on the new RT already????
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    Quote Originally Posted by M2Wild View Post
    You are having DPS problem on the new RT already????
    No, he only has 32 Kilometers on his now, he was having empathy for those that are having steering problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderWolf View Post
    No, he only has 32 Kilometers on his now, he was having empathy for those that are having steering problems.
    Correct. And I have the RS, not the RT.

    No, I have not experienced any steering issues on my 2010 RS, and I hope I do not.

    Cheers and ryde safe!

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