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    So, i'm finally back in the saddle and looking for my new Spyder. I've found and F3-T and an RT SE6. Other than the rear cargo, running boards and speakers, what are the differences? I can get the F3-T for 18K and the RT for 21.6. So roughly a 3500. difference. Seems I can buy boards and rear storage for less if I really wanted it but I personally don't think I need the rear storage unless the side bags can't hold my helmet.
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    These are two different rides - the choice depends on which is more comfortable for you and /or your passenger.

    Side bags on F3 don't hold anything hardly - they will not hold my helmet neither will the frunk.
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    Have you test ridden both machines to decide which model's ride best suits you? If not, you're worrying about secondary issues. JMO.
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    The F3L frunk holds my 3X HJC modular just fine. The saddle bags don’t hold much but you can add an aftermarket trunk like a Shad for trips. It would still be a good idea to ride both and see which you prefer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ph2ocraft View Post
    So, i'm finally back in the saddle and looking for my new Spyder. I've found and F3-T and an RT SE6. Other than the rear cargo, running boards and speakers, what are the differences? I can get the F3-T for 18K and the RT for 21.6. So roughly a 3500. difference. Seems I can buy boards and rear storage for less if I really wanted it but I personally don't think I need the rear storage unless the side bags can't hold my helmet.
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    Two other differences include Heated Grips and Automatic Self-leveling Rear Air Suspension. This Fall, I really came to appreciate the heated grips on my RT and would add them in a second if I owned an F3-T.

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    As mentioned, it's really important to try and test ride both. Besides features and comfort for you, one of the most important things that I don't think gets mentioned enough is handling! While I haven't owned an RT series, I have had plenty of chances to drive one, and I think the F3 series is a much better handling machine! And, my 2X Schuberth modular helmet does fit in the frunk of my F3 Daytona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanSD View Post
    Two other differences include Heated Grips and Automatic Self-leveling Rear Air Suspension. This Fall, I really came to appreciate the heated grips on my RT and would add them in a second if I owned an F3-T.
    The heated grips on my 2014 RT really spoiled me. Although I will probably always have 2 bike, at least one of them will have heated grips. When I ordered my 2016 F3T, the first thing I asked for was for them to add heated grips. They are not as good as the ones on the RT (only one setting, and it is about like low on the RT at best), but better than nothing.

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    I have an RT and have been shopping for either an F3T or "L". To me there are several major differences.

    First of all, wind and weather protection. The RT has much better protection from the elements, including an electric windscreen that is adjustable. The F3 windscreen is fixed with no adjustment. The RT has more body work that protects the rider from the elements. If you like being out "there" or if you like a higher level of protection, that will lead you in one direction or another.

    Then there is the riding position. The F3 has the down in it, feet forward riding position, akin to a cruiser. The RT has the more traditional riding position of being up higher/on top with the feet more underneath. People have preferences and opinions, but it's up to the rider to decide.

    Maybe because you're lower and the center of gravity is lower on the F3, it feels livelier and seems to handle better than the RT. As I understand it, the newer models are fitting with the DPS II, which is a revised and improved power steering module. I have not ridden a new RT, so I can't say if that changes the handling characteristics on that model or not.

    Again, whether it's because of overall improvements or model differences, I can't say; however, what I can say is the newer F3's I've ridden have better braking. Although, I don't like the brake pedal position on the F3. However, I think that can be modified to preference.

    As mentioned, the storage on the F3 is very limited. Whoever designed the side cases should be fired. From the outside, they look great, but once inside they're really small and limited. The taillight assembly intrudes into the storage excessively and really limits what goes in there. The top box on the "L" is nice and roomy, but like the side cases, are somewhat light and plasticy, and the hinges on the top box are flimsy and care must be exercised in closing.

    Also, touched upon is the frunk space. Because of the change in radiator design, the F3 has a greatly reduced frunk capacity.

    If touring, the RT is clearly superior. If daytripping, or if the performance is your issue, the F3 is the better choice. IMHO
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