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    Hello all. It has been quite some time since I posted last. I had to sell my 2012 RT two years ago due to my husband's illness. He passed in February and it's been tough. I am thinking of purchasing another Spyder to try and get myself back. I am 68 now and know I only have a few years of riding left in me, but boy I miss it. I am wondering about your thoughts on which model to get. F3 or another RT. I will probably have to go used, but I am thinking 2016 or 2017. They seem to be more expensive than I thought, but I really need this for my mental health. Just a general question for now, but will probably have some more questions later. I can do some mechanical things myself as long as it isn't to complicated. My husband was a motorhead and did most of the work if it was needed. Thank you for any help that is offered. Lori
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babyblue View Post
    Hello all. It has been quite some time since I posted last. I had to sell my 2012 RT two years ago due to my husband's illness. He passed in February and it's been tough. I am thinking of purchasing another Spyder to try and get myself back. I am 68 now and know I only have a few years of riding left in me, but boy I miss it. I am wondering about your thoughts on which model to get. F3 or another RT. I will probably have to go used, but I am thinking 2016 or 2017. They seem to be more expensive than I thought, but I really need this for my mental health. Just a general question for now, but will probably have some more questions later. I can do some mechanical things myself as long as it isn't to complicated. My husband was a motorhead and did most of the work if it was needed. Thank you for any help that is offered. Lori
    IF I was in the market ( for you ) I'd be looking for a used F-3 .... it's lower maintenance and good gas mileage .... pretty good reputation for reliability and it has the old style instrument cluster and radio ...... which in my humble opinion is a plus..... good luck .... I would recommend a Ryker, however, I have heard it's harder to steer them for some reason, but try one and see ......... Mike
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    I'm selling a 2014 RTL at a good price.
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    BabyBlue, Lori, Caswell is still a great place to get a Spyder, You have a lunch ride this Saturday leaving at 10:00am from Caswell Cycle if your Interested.
    Call Kay or Les and see what they may have for Inventory that will fit your needs.

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    As far as I’m concerned, if I were you, I’d take a serious look at the one that UtahPete is selling. It’s a 2014, and I don’t think that a 2014 should be ruled out. I’m 79 and still ride my ‘14 RTS. Good luck in your search.


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    If you're going to do short trips I would think about a Ryker, but if you're going to long haul, it maybe the F3!! Glad you're getting back in the saddle!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEKNIGHT911 View Post
    .... I would recommend a Ryker, however, I have heard it's harder to steer them for some reason, but try one and see ......... Mike
    The Ryker's don't have power steering!

    On them, regardless of the Ryker model/version, it's all down to the old style 'Armstrong Steering System'... not that it's really that hard to steer them, once you get moving; but there comes a time in everyone's life when any effort saving feature &/or facility really counts!
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    There are a few available variations, I definitely prefer the dash & components 2015-17. Definitely try test ryde on a ryker, smaller minimal “spyderish” & or if rentals available in your area maybe get experiment with whatever they have available
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    I would have recommended an RTL in a heartbeat. I'm intrigued by the F3 recommendations. Why, other than reduced cost?
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    Sorry to hear, wish you the best. RT is my recommendation for what it's worth. Don't see why you wouldn't have plenty of riding years left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonylmiller View Post
    I would have recommended an RTL in a heartbeat. I'm intrigued by the F3 recommendations. Why, other than reduced cost?
    Well the F-3 is quite a bit lighter than the RT models....& because the seat is lower it's easier for shorter women to get on / off ...JMHO .... Mike

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    Perusing this thread, this is the 1st time I ever heard anyone claim a Ryker is hard to steer. Having said that, i bought a new 2020 Ryker Rally in the spring of 2020, rode it for better than a year before trading it in on the 2021 Spyder RT I now ride. Looking back, I never felt that my Ryker was even remotely hard to steer. All that said, the RT has power steering and it is effortless to turn

    I would say this to Lori- Take all of the above for a test ride at your nearest & or participating dealers that offer test rides. On the money front, Id play this one close to the vest. IOW, dont tell any of the dealer personnel youre having money issues, & thats only so you can test ride the Rykers, RT, & the F3s. Once youve ridden enough to get a feel for what you like, Id still hold back talking money until youre certain what youd like to spend. Heck!, at that point you might find your next 3 wheeler from a private seller

    Be it far from me to try and steer you into any particular Can Am 3 wheeler but for the sake of argument, lets say youre enthralled with the way the Ryker rides and handles. Remember this, the first year Ryker base model had an MSRP of $7500. Picking up a lightly used one from a private seller for under $5 K is not unheard of


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    I almost went for an F3 but the dealer sort of talked me out of it. Not because she wanted to sell me a more expensive bike, but because I mentioned the wife and I going on long hauls together. So far though, no long hauls, but still happy I got the RT instead.
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    Hey T.P. I literally just got back from Caswells. I bought my first Spyder from them. I went to look at a 2017 F3 LTD with 21,000 miles. I sat on it and well, it just didn't speak to me. I didn't like it. The previous owner had stuck velcro strips on it for stuff too. Just as I arrived, a gentleman was selling his 2016 F3 S Special Black. (Still doing some research). Jaimie came out and said I have a better deal for you. The F3 S only had 4,000 miles. I liked the sleek look of it. It will be a different ride from my old RT, but I learn quickly. LOL, I have to as I will have a 90 mile ride home. I am having them go over it even though it has low mileage and change out the handlebars. She looks "mean" and I like it. I think I will be quite happy. I am starting to feel alive again and really looking forward to riding! I have always liked going to Caswells. Kay and Les are so friendly as well as their employees.
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    Thanks Jake. I did do a walk around a Ryker today. Quite honestly I just didn't care for it. Coming from a RT background probably makes me jaded a bit. I ended up purchasing a 2016 F3 S Special Black with 4000 miles. Fingers crossed!
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    Thanks Mikey, me too!

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    Enjoy the miles of smiles and wind therapy!! Make sure and post a photo of your new ride in the Spyder Garage area of the forum when you get it home. Live to Ride, Ride to Live!
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    You will like the F3. I had three RT's since they first came out. Two 998's and one 1330. I liked the 1330 best. That said, we finally both got F3L's. it took me 50 miles of riding to like it better than the RT's we were used to.

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    If I didn't already have a 2016 RTS I'd probably looking seriously at UtahPetes 2014. I love the cognac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babyblue View Post
    Hey T.P. I literally just got back from Caswells. I bought my first Spyder from them. I went to look at a 2017 F3 LTD with 21,000 miles. I sat on it and well, it just didn't speak to me. I didn't like it. The previous owner had stuck velcro strips on it for stuff too. Just as I arrived, a gentleman was selling his 2016 F3 S Special Black. (Still doing some research). Jaimie came out and said I have a better deal for you. The F3 S only had 4,000 miles. I liked the sleek look of it. It will be a different ride from my old RT, but I learn quickly. LOL, I have to as I will have a 90 mile ride home. I am having them go over it even though it has low mileage and change out the handlebars. She looks "mean" and I like it. I think I will be quite happy. I am starting to feel alive again and really looking forward to riding! I have always liked going to Caswells. Kay and Les are so friendly as well as their employees.
    That you are happy and excited, is really all that matters. Now about this whole "I am 68 now and know I only have a few years of riding left in me, but boy I miss it." BALONEY! I'm 68, short and a little overweight, but just now transitioning from two to three wheels. Never-ever think you are done until your body says I'm done. As long as you have a positive attitude about keeping on going, you will. I'm planning to ryde the Spyder long after my arthritic hips and knees say "no more two wheelers."

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    . Gotta agree cruisinTX, Bfromla posted up exactly the right poster earlier in this thread!

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    I prefer the comfort of the RTL. I also prefer the digital dash.
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    "I am 68 now and know I only have a few years of riding left in me..."
    I'm sure you know yourself better than I do, but HEY, don't sell yourself short! I am only just beginning to feel that maybe I should write the same statement, but I'd have to change the "68" to "almost 83".
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadbrucie View Post
    As far as I’m concerned, if I were you, I’d take a serious look at the one that UtahPete is selling. It’s a 2014, and I don’t think that a 2014 should be ruled out. I’m 79 and still ride my ‘14 RTS. Good luck in your search.

    Big Bad Brucie is right! Utah Pete's (exactly like mine and Blue Knight's) would be perfect for you. And, at a fair price. You'd have plenty of power and comfort as well.
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    Hi Saluda. I ended up purchasing a F3-T in black. Used 2016 with 4100 miles. I had a budget in mind and this bike came in the day I went to look at a F3 LTD. The dealer worked the numbers and came in on my budget including taxes and all the other stuff. There were no RT's in MN and cost was a bit prohibitive. I am paying the dealer extra to go over it and get an oil change. Turns out it has been sitting 8 months since the last change. I pick her up this Thursday. For the first time in 5 years I am feeling alive. Thank you for your reply!
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