· Administrator - "Loose Nut" - Bandera, Texas
2001 VS1100 Classic (sold), 2006 HD EG(totaled) 2006 Vulcan 900 and 2019 HD Freewheeler (current)
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I saw one. That is not a Harley-Davidson and I'm sure that William, Walter, and Arthur are rolling over in their graves.
A few years ago my wife stood up on the rear pegs at low speed and dumped us. She stopped riding two up so we got a used Spyder - I kept the RG until earlier this year when I sold it and went back to the 650. Personally I dislike it but my wife will ride with me. Since we are in our late 70's we don't do long trips. Maybe a 150 miles to the coast and back for clam chowder or a ride through the mtns. The 2012 Spyder RS LTD (bought used) has all the bells and whistles. It has the auto shift which is OK, get 30-35 mgp. which IMHO sux. It's comfortable at speed, 70 mph with her on it but is will break a ton easy (she doesn't know that.) On one hand it's an expensive toy sitting in the shop for a once a month ride but happy wife happy life. I'm so glad I'm back on the 650. I forgot how nice it was to ride a scoot that doesn't approach 900 lbs. I will say on the last ride with my group, 200 miles plus mostly hwy I missed the RG's comfort.My boss at work just picked up a newer (2013) BMW 1800
It was listed at $18K and got it for $14K. From a Harley dealer.
His old bike was a 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 classic.
Going from the classic to the BMW was a shocking step. He said you have to be on your toes all the time to keep from dropping it.
It's crazy top heavy at slow speeds. He said on the highway it zings and is smooth as silk. He only rode it a little over 300 miles when he did put it down and cracked the rear hard bag. BMW wants $800
to replace it. I really just did not think he was ready or even prepared
for how much bike he was getting into. It's cool but a handful.
On the Can Am Spyder, I had a chance to test drive one of these in 2012. Massive machines. Rather comfortable, Plenty of power on tap.
Thats about it, The downs to this Trike are :
Horribly over priced, A nightmare to work on the engine, Rear tires wear very fast, Very hard to find a track to ride in without oil.
It's also very easy to catch either front tire on objects that normal motorcycles go right past. Looks good from the driver seat but dorky from a distance.
I had been thinking about starting a business Called Commuter customs. In which we buy and sell small cc bikes that are customized lightly and outfitted for daily (to and from work) drivers.
My peterbilt and my freightliner also had it new cars it's the evolution of the industryRide-by-wire is the motorcycle version of vehicle's drive by wire. The throttle is connected electronically and there is no cable to the fuel injection system (forget carbs). BMWs, Indian, many Harleys and others have had it for a while now and it seems to work fine. My 04 F-150 has it, my Kia Optima has it and my prior Impala had it and none have had any problem with it.
I've used the Fobo 2 TPMS on the last two bikes I've had. It's the most expensive, but the most reliable. I've tried some of the cheaper knockoffs like the one above and I still prefer the Fobo.has anybody used a tire pressure monitoring system like this before? your thoughts? i used the TPMS from Ride-On several years ago. worked well, but it seems the battery in each sensor needs to be replaced every 1-2 years. and it was one of the most difficult processes to do with literally no instructions from the company. i had to find instructions a random person published themself to find out how, and even after replacing the batteries i couldn't get them to work again. but if something like this actually has user-friendly battery replacement, i'd be willing to try again.
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