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    Default My First Extended ride on the Ryker

    OK, I have spent the majority of my riding time since 2009 on Spyders. (My other rides are a Triumph Sprint ST and a Suzuki DR650 dual sport). To date, I am guessing my Spyder miles to be at around 50,000, the bulk of which have been on RT's. I cut my teeth on GS's, loved the ST's, enjoyed the RT's, but really came to prefer the F3's. My longest three wheeled journey has been 2,200 miles round trip on an RT.
    The vast majority of my rides are less than 100 miles. If I were travelling long distances I would most prefer an F3 Limited, followed by an RT. But, i have found myself attracted to the Ryker Rally. I rode one at the dealer conference in Denver, then had a really great, extended ride on one on Sunday. Here is what I have experienced.
    The Ryker looks small next to a Spyder. It has a really minimalist, basic, old school feel that was barely present on the old RS/GS and virtually non existent on the RT/F3. You can feel the vibration of the engine thru your feet, butt and hands. It has a distinct "character" that carries itself throughout the RPM range. It is smooth, but not RT/F3 smooth. The CVT engages softly and you can purr along at 4k if you are gentle on the throttle. Chugging thru town at 25-45 mph was reasonably quiet and effortless. However, if you are aggressive, it responds in kind. The acceleration is especially brisk to 50mph once the rear tire finds traction, and continued throttle seems very rewarding to 85. At highway speeds the engine sound and feel is noticeable but not too intrusive. Every motorcycle has a sweet spot at highway speeds. The Ryker seems to like 70-75. It will go to triple digits, but isn't pleasant there. (Actually, i don't think any of the Spyders are particularly good at 80+, but an F3 is better at it.) Steering is different on a Ryker than a Spyder. It is most like an F3, where you can really leverage your outside foot pressure on the pegs to set the chassis and "drive" the bike thru the twisties. Only much, much more so in the Ryker. Set the suspension right, and you can pivot the bike thru the apex of the corner using the rear wheel and outside front tire. Run it in Sport or Rally mode and you can drift it hereby steering the bike with the throttle. What I mean i guess is you can "back" this bike into a corner if you like to be uber aggressive like I am. I could never do that as effectively on an F3 and not at all on an RT. Otherwise, if you don't ride it like a fool (me), it takes a bit more effort to steer, but the feedback is positive and very predictable.
    I love the raw feel of the Ryker. I want some vibration and I do not want a liquid smooth experience. I want to feel the road, and I want my bike to really respond to my wants. i might not want to go across the country on a Ryker. I think I'd get tired (steering input) and I'd darn sure need cruise control. I don't know, I'd have to think about it a bit..... But nothing matches this little bike for the thrill it offers. That's it.DSCN7948.jpgDSCN7949.jpg

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    Thank you for a very good review I am still waiting for mine to come in so I love reading things like this while I wait

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    Very good review.

    I think BRP has a winner here.

    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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    Congratulations and a great review.

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    Every review just shows the way people Love it- Whether it be Dank and his Pal- Or SnowCats videos- OR That Stone guy who was a biker and feel in Love with the "Cute" Ryker-OR Shawn Smoaks blogs- Everyone loves it and I have to Watch winter for 2 Months before I can pick it Up??
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    Nice Review, they sure look like a lot of fun

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    Good review. Thanks for all the input.
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    Default Nice review....

    Thanks for that... nice review and comparison for those on the fence about the ryker. Long trips seem doable so they can stop worrying about that issue....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge707 View Post
    Every review just shows the way people Love it- Whether it be Dank and his Pal- Or SnowCats videos- OR That Stone guy who was a biker and feel in Love with the "Cute" Ryker-OR Shawn Smoaks blogs- Everyone loves it and I have to Watch winter for 2 Months before I can pick it Up??
    So far all the comments I have gotten on the appearance of mine have been very positive. Everything from the Batmobile to Bumble Bee the transformer. As far as referring to it as "cute", yeah I can see that; in a baby copperhead sort of way.
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    Baby Copperhead... that's pretty funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triumphcycleman View Post
    Baby Copperhead... that's pretty funny!
    I fished that baby out of my swimming pool. The water was cold and he was tired and acted the perfect little gentleman. Notice the yellow tip on his tail; just like YellaCat.

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    Copperheads are very common in parts of Western Pennsylvania. I am going to take a picture of a nature trail head just for you!

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