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    Hello Everyone,

    Here in SF Bay Area of Left Coast. As of right now I am only looking into a Spyder. I have been riding bikes most of my life but only solos. I had a bad crash 18 months ago and I can't run up a lot of miles on these motorbikes. I like to do long distance things (spent almost 20 years doing competitive events like the Iron Butt) so I have been considering the Ryker version of the CanAm as a way to still be able to run up the miles with wind in my face and not need to stop every few miles to take a breather. Right now I'm good for 150 miles on a Sunday morning but after that I'm pretty much ready for a stop.

    I thought this would be a good place to get some idea of what the world of the three wheeler was like. So here goes; I spent most of my life racing cars but always had a passion for motorbikes with they often being my main form of transport. When I stopped racing myself I started building customer cars and when I retired I turned to building road race bikes. My close friends are racing the vintage bikes that I have build at places all over the USA and we've also done the Manx Classic and the Phillip Island Classic plus the Daytona Vintage races held right after the 200. I tell you all this for two reasons. First I don't mind working on things to make them better and second even being an OLD FART I still have a major need tor speed.

    So as part of letting you get an idea about me I am in hopes that you all might give me your thoughts on which Ryker I should be looking at and what improvements should I be considering to make the bloody thing work best. I will go with the 900 and I wont need more HP but I do want the thing to handle. The nice touring versions would not really be my cupa. I tend to pack light and my wife rides herself so no passengers.

    I was most impressed with this forum so please let me know your thoughts, ideas and opinions both good and bad. Thank you in advance.

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    Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich46 View Post
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    So as part of letting you get an idea about me I am in hopes that you all might give me your thoughts on which Ryker I should be looking at and what improvements should I be considering to make the bloody thing work best.
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    Agree with fredgal, Opt for an F3s, much more suited for your needs, Ryker is more for offroad, and toying around a bit, no offense to the Ryker ryders, I think they are a blast, but for what the OP starter, says in the post, need for speed, and better handling, I would go for an F3 every day of the week, and twice on Sunday....

    F3 outta the box, performs fairly well, best upgrades, see my signature, start with stiffer swaybar, then auto-tires, then shocks, and then if you really need the speed, pedal commander, and a ECU tune...
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    I'd opt for the basic F3 and if your budget allows the F3S. Add ons in this order: BajaRon sway bar and end links, Pedal Commander, auto tires, shocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich46 View Post
    So as part of letting you get an idea about me I am in hopes that you all might give me your thoughts on which Ryker I should be looking at and what improvements should I be considering to make the bloody thing work best. I will go with the 900 and I wont need more HP but I do want the thing to handle. The nice touring versions would not really be my cupa. I tend to pack light and my wife rides herself so no passengers.

    I was most impressed with this forum so please let me know your thoughts, ideas and opinions both good and bad. Thank you in advance.

    Cheers
    Rich
    We could have been brothers separated at birth! I have gnarly injuries from a near head-on then crash on my Ducati S4RS and no longer have enough core left to support a bike... As for what you should get, that is a personal choice and you should ride everything you can get on! I DO honestly think a Ryker will be "underwhelming" to you! I would steer you to the F3 Spyder. I'm in the far North/East Bay in Solano (Green Valley) and you can come and sit on mine for ergos and such, if ya want. Santa Rosa has a couple of them but the big selection will be at Elk Grove Power Sports!

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    Ryker is pretty "bare bones" compared to the Spyder line up. Not as comfortable a ride as the F3 or RT.

    If you can, I suggest test riding the different versions. A Can Am dealer should have all three. If you want to consistently do 150 milers, the F3 may be a better choice.

    Only you can find that out by test rides.

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    Welcome, love our RT.

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    You said you wanted a Ryker. Get the Ryker Rally. Built for in case you decide to venture off onto a gravel road.
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    Hi Rich,
    You should share some pictures of your classic road racing bikes. That sounds really cool!! My brother used to be serious into motorcycle hillclimbing but now runs a hillclimb and occasionally build a custom, nearly hand made hillclimb bike by lengthening and stretching, with custom long swingarm, a late model motocross frame with a modern engine like a GX1000 or GX750 Suzuki, or, long ago, a 1700+ cc HD bada@@ Sportster-powered hillclimber.

    I have a 2021RTL and have had a 2009 Spyder GS, one of the original Spyders for six years or so. The RTL is nice, smooth, and comfortable, and handles better, by far than the 2009 GS did stock, before I put a Baja Ron sway bar, Vredestein tires, and good shocks on the GS. But the RTL doesn't sound like what you want for sportiness.

    I spent a far amount of time riding a F3S that had a F4 windshield and rear hard bags added. The F3S was a blast to ride. Same engine as the 1330 triple in the RTL, but geared lower and lots sportier and quicker. Plus, it was comfortable enough to enjoy putting some miles on. The triple is smooth with great power and torque across a wide rpm range.

    I haven't ridden a Ryker, but hear they handle very well and are quite sporty. They are also very small and don't have much storage relative to the F3 or RT series Spyders, plus have little to no wind protection stock. If you are tall guy, they may be a bit cramped too as they are small.

    My biggest gripe would be the CVT belt transmission that the Rykers have. The CVT is simple and cheap...but it "decides" what the gear ratio is and not so much you. I have had ATVs with the CVT and didn't particularly care for them for the previous mentioned reason. Since you build custom vintage race bikes, I am betting that you like to shift gears. If so, keep that in mind when checking out the Ryker.

    My "sporty" Spyder would be the F3S with some mods to improve handling and functionality, hands down, and one with the hand clutch and full manual 6 speed transmission would be at the top of this list.

    Good luck with trying out the various Spyders that may fit your needs and safe riding. Welcome!

    Rod

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    Hey All

    Am sorry it took so long to get back with a big thank you all for your kindness. What a friendly forum. I will soon have time to pass along a good profile on what I'm about and some pic's of the race bikes from Phillips Island, Daytona, and the Isle of Man - all Vintage stuff,

    Right now just thanks again.

    Cheers
    Rich
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    Rich,

    I agree a Spyder sounds more like your cuppa, rather than the Ryker. The F3 could do it, but the F3 is built around a Harley type of ride positioning, so if you like that type of body position, then that's it. If you prefer a more traditional motorcycle ride position, ie: ride on top with feet down, then there are other models out there. Most would be used, since new stuff has limited choices. You might like an older model with the old Aprilia L-twin engine, since that engine is racing derived it might float your boat. Let your fingers do some searching to see. RS, GS, RT, and more are all out there on the used market.
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