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    Default Finally getting a Spyder!

    After years and years of wanting a Spyder it's finally happening. I had a discussion with the wife/CFO the other night. I'm not getting any younger. I'll be 60 in January 2020. My dad passed on 25 years ago at the age of 60 and this has always weighed heavy on my mind. That's why we retired as young as possible which was done 1 1/2 years ago. I'm not the type that has ever composed a bucket list but there were always two things that I wanted to do in life. One of them was realized in 2009 when saw my favorite band that had broken up in 1974 whom I never got to see by that time. Maybe that's a trite thing but it was a big one for me. The other is to get a Spyder and ride. We are getting a new 2018 RT Touring Limited from iMotorsports.

    I've never rode before so I have no license. I have no desire to ride a two-wheel bike. But I'm going for the Can am class next weekend to learn how to ride the Spyder and also get my license. By the next week or so, I expect the delivery of the Spyder and then off we go.

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    Congratulations, welcome to the forum and please post some pics!!!!!

    I think your going to like it.
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    Congrats to you on the RT.
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    Default congratulations....🎉🎉🎉

    Sooo much sweeter if you had to wait, save, skimp, plan and canive to get there but here you are. Enjoy the ryde It only gets better from here on
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    That’s awesome news! My story is similar in that the first motorcycle I rode was a Spyder and I had to provide a rationale to the CFO. Unless the same material is covered by the Can Am course I highly recommend taking the motorcycle safety course anyway. I learned a lot in that. Calif doesn’t require a motorcycle endorsement for a Spyder but many do so be sure you don’t need it.

    Other than that, ride ride ride then ride some more!
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    Wow awesome, Go for it you will love it. Make sure and post a picture of your new Spyder in the Spyder Garage when you get it home!! Live to Ride, Ride to Live.

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    and on the new

    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.
    5 Spyders, 10 years, 145,375 miles


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    Congrats on your Spyder purchase. Enjoy.
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    Just got back from a 5 hour ride on the one sunny day I could have between all the rains we're getting and it's so, so, so good. Learn and Ride Safe.
    May you have many, many happy miles of smiles.
    Safe Rides,
    David and Sharon Goebel
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    I think you and others who have never ridden a motorcycle and go straight to a Spyder have an advantage over those of us who rode MCs for decades. I did the two wheel thing for 67 years and it is real hard to rewire my synapses for Spyder riding, especially in left hand off camber curves. When the bike leans right when I'm trying to turn left, my brain is saying, We're going to die for sure!!!
    Good luck, you are going to have a ball out there, finding reasons to hop on and go, meeting new friends and seeing the world from a different perspective. In a car, it's like seeing a movie. On a bike, you are in the movie.
    Ours is a red, black and chrome 2017 F3 Limited. Bought new in 2/2019. The avatar is my first bike back in 1952, a Simplex Servi-Cycle. Photo taken at the Barber Museum.

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    Wonderful post and here's to many years of miles and smiles.
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    Congrats on the new adventure. You were much more successful in gaining the CFO support... about 14 years more successful to be truthful. We just finished another Texas Hill Country ride on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Jump on the saddle and enjoy the ride

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    Congratulations! My story is somewhat similar to yours. My wife and I got our Spyder 3 years ago and finally got to see Foreigner in concert last year. RICZ' analogy between a car and a motorcycle is a pretty apt description of riding a motorcycle, so go out there and make some movies!
    On the road again...........and forever young!

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    Yesterday is a cancelled check.
    Tomorrow is a promissory note.
    Today is cash.......spend it wisely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntotrr View Post
    One of them was realized in 2009 when saw my favorite band that had broken up in 1974 whom I never got to see by that time.
    I'm curious, which band?
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    .....look on the " Spyder general Forum " page for the " Do's and Do Not's " …. lots of good info about how to operate a Spyder successfully .....Mike

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    Congratulations on getting the CFO to come around. You're going to absolutely have a blast on your new Spyder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbim View Post
    I'm curious, which band?
    jbim - it was Mott The Hoople. The original members reunited in 2009 after 35 years. My wife and I went to London for the first three of the five sold-out shows they did. It was almost like a religious experience, such joy. There were a lot of not-too-many-dry-eyes in the house those nights. It's funny how music affects us.

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