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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    My wife is only 5'3" so it is hard to find a bike or even a scooter that will allow her to be flat foote


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    I am 5'00" with a 27" inseam. I have NEVER been able to flat foot a motorcycle. I come closer on my factory lowered F700GS than anything I've owned. If being able to flat foot a motorcycle is a deal breaker for her, I think there might be other issues such as confidence. You only can get that by experience. Sometimes it is just a matter of how badly you want to ride, therefore you take the time to get the proper training, then put those things you learn into practice regularly. It is no business of mine, but I just do not get a good feeling about her riding at this point. Kindest regards....Gail
    Oh Gail - where art thou when I need you.

    Every year, I encounter dozens of perspective students that would benefit from your commentary.

    I get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friedle View Post
    Course is offered in Newburgh, NY (off Rt 84 near the Hudson River) through Motorcycle Training solutions. Not that far from Harrisburg and very reasonable course cost with small class size Lots of lodging in the area.

    info@ridemts1.com 845-784-4911 for schedule information or to register. Tell them I sent you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friedle View Post
    Just received an text from MTS informing me they will be doing a 3 wheel course in May, but no specific date yet.

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    Friedle, thanks for the tip. My wife and I have registered for the 3Wheel course in Lancaster, PA. Not sponsored by Can Am, but hosted by the PAMSP.
    We purchase a used 2012 Spyder this weekend and she found it very easy to manouver, without the fear of falling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerrider View Post
    We purchase a used 2012 Spyder this weekend and she found it very easy to manouver, without the fear of falling.
    Good deal
    Post a picture when the weather improves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerrider View Post
    Friedle, thanks for the tip. My wife and I have registered for the 3Wheel course in Lancaster, PA. Not sponsored by Can Am, but hosted by the PAMSP.
    We purchase a used 2012 Spyder this weekend and she found it very easy to manouver, without the fear of falling.
    Excellent !! Enjoy the training, but take it easy at first. The Spyder won't fall over, but the rider can indeed be thrown off if not aware of the vehicle dynamics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friedle View Post
    Excellent !! Enjoy the training, but take it easy at first. The Spyder won't fall over, but the rider can indeed be thrown off if not aware of the vehicle dynamics.

    Friedle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Friedle View Post
    Excellent !! Enjoy the training, but take it easy at first. The Spyder won't fall over, but the rider can indeed be thrown off if not aware of the vehicle dynamics.

    Friedle
    Absolutely, I agree. I grew up in Quebec racing snowmobile "Skydoo", and felt immediately at ease when I test drove the can am. My wife though will need a bit more training. I should have taken her to my homeland this past winter for some Skydoo training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerphile View Post
    It seems to combine the worst attributes of a car with the worst attributes of a motorcycle. I'd pass on it and find a nice Mazda Miata.

    I've said this 1000 times.
    It is absolutely true.


    another way of looking at it......

    I think a Spyder feels like an ATV, personal watercraft or snowmobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friedle View Post
    Excellent !! Enjoy the training, but take it easy at first. The Horse won't fall over, but the rider can indeed be thrown off if not aware of the vehicle dynamics.

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    Let me comment on three-wheelers. There are at least three main types: two wheels in front, two wheels in back, and sidecars.

    It is a pure matter of physics which is most stable. Just draw the triangles and the vector forces. Two in front is less likely to tip than two in back. Remember the trike on Laugh In? And since the Harley Servicar of the 50's or earlier we have had these types of trikes, including a fleet of Hannigan Wing and K1200LT based trikes. Sidecars are somewhere in the middle with "flying the car" possible, even to the point of planting the passenger on his or her head.

    All three are totally different than countersteering a two wheel motorcycle faster than 10 or 15 mph. So any such vehicle requires training and practice = experience.

    And I continue to believe it is harder for a highly experienced two-wheel rider to transition to the handling of a three wheeler than for a new rider to master that handling. On three occasions I did major maintenance or repair work on side car rigs. And on three occasions I had major trepidations taking them for a post-service checkout ride.

    And Miatas are for wimps. Corvettes, Chargers, Mustangs, M3s or F350s are for the aged-out two wheel jockies. As always, YMMV if you have a Miata.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Good deal
    Post a picture when the weather improves.
    We picked up the Spyder this weekend since it was warmer and sunnier.
    Sylvia put some serious seat time and love the new toy. She feel much more comfortabl on the tricyle than on th Suzuki Burgman.

    She's all smile,..

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerrider View Post
    We picked up the Spyder this weekend since it was warmer and sunnier.
    Looks good
    Is the back rest removable so she has more room to carry gear?
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    Experienced Can Am rider

    Throwing in my 5 cents.
    I retired in 2017 and wanted to get back into riding. Still had my '86 K100 RT, but I was having balance issues. A friend had recently purchased a Spyder RT Limited and he & his wife just loved it. Long story short, he bought a newer Spyder and we ended up with his old one. Upon retirement we did a trip to Newfoundland to visit an old friend. Had a trailer for the whole trip. Yes, you don't ride it like a a motorcycle. Yes, I was a little nervous at first around corners, etc. BUT, after a few rides I was happily riding at speed. My Spyder is a semiautomatic; you shift up (no clutch), it shifts down (or you can manually). When you come to a stop, the bike will be in 1st. My wife and I both love the Spyder. It is VERY SAFE; has all the "nannies" so you don't tip the bike. One pedal to control the brakes. Cruise control, power steering, lots of storage space, very good protection, etc. I would recommend it to anyone, but especially ladies. Just don't expect to ride it like a motorcycle! If you've driven an ATV, that's what it rides like.

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    Sounds extremely BORING to me .
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    Sounds extremely BORING to me .
    Like a Toyota Corolla with a missing wheel.

    But whatever floats your boat.

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