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It never takes much to get me to talk about anything. Some here encouraged me to write about my new adventures with the Spyder.
Like a lot of Spyder riders, it began with leg problems that ended a 67 year run on two wheels. It was fun while it lasted. Not interested in trikes, the only way to stay in the wind was with a Spyder.
My wife, Carol and I rode about 200K miles together, but although she tried, she wasn't agile enough to ride on the XR and said, it was fun while it lasted, you go and have fun on it.
Fast forward to a week ago, the two of us went to the dealer (the same one I bought the Victory from back in 2010) and we both tried to mount the RT touring model that I thought I wanted. I could mount it, but the legs wouldn't let me sit on it - ouch!
Next to the RT, was this very cool looking F3 Limited and we tried it out and we both fit! We were so happy about that, because not only is the F3 sportier, it was a helluva lot cheaper, because it was a 2017 leftover.
That's enough for now....to be continued.
Next; The old guy freaks out on the test ride.
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Not interested in trikes
Is this not considered a trike?
Congrats on your new chapter. 67 years in the wind is longer than a lot of people LIVE. It's a helluvan accomplishment.
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In the wind is IN THE WIND!
It doesn't matter if it's 2 wheels or 3. Of course with the Spyder there will be no lane splitting....
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Of course with the Spyder there will be no lane splitting....
Or avoiding running over indecisive squirrels.

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Or avoiding running over indecisive squirrels.
I beg to differ; now you have 3 lines of wheel travel as opposed to 1...
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Good looking ride. Now you'll be buying cheaper tires.
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Good looking ride. Now you'll be buying cheaper tires.
Yes and no. The tires that come on Spyders are (believe it or not) motorcycle type tires. But many on the Spyder forum are using car tires.
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very Kewl Ricz,

Can't wait to hear how you are making out on the new ride...enjoy brother!!!

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CHAPTER 2....
On Saturday, we established that Carol can mount the F3 without disgracing herself, so the next hurdle was the test ride. Is Ric up to not leaning, bar steering, and no handle bar levers? We'll see.
Just light to no rain Wednesday, so I trundled over to the dealer for the dreaded test ride. There was the lecture; "Remember, there are no brake and clutch levers and this is how you put in into reverse." REVERSE?!? Oh rapture unbearable! I can park that thing any which way I want to. "The shifter for the transmission is on the left grip - use your thumb for upshifts and your trigger finger for downshifts. The only brake is by your right foot, it operates all three wheels." Then he gives me the drill for starting and what all the buttons on the left are for, and they are for a lot of stuff.
And now, the moment of truth. Engine running, parking brake turned off, first gear engaged, throttle slowly eased down, brakes released and we start rolling. Up the driveway, stop at Water Avenue, wait for a car to pass and turn left toward OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) where there's a left-right jog in the road. As I gain speed, I thumb 'er into second and she does it with a tiny blip without me moving the throttle one bit. Neat!
That left curve is approaching - it's do or die time. Holy crap! This thing is leaning right while I'm trying to tun left! We're rolling over for sure, hit the brakes! Whew, that was close.
Next; Practice makes not quite perfect.
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I'm on the edge of my seat @RICZ as to how this story is gonna' end .....
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