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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-06-2019, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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After following RICZ Tales From A Spyder Virgin, it got me thinking. Hard. Real Hard...

My wife (who rides her own bike) and I began having discussions about what our motorcycling future would like in a few years. We each have our own ailments (me - knees and shoulder, and her - hands and legs) and we know that we will eventually have to give up being on two wheels, and move on to something a little more 'age friendly'.

We have come to the conclusion that we get so much pleasure from being on our bikes, that we would age ~ even faster ~ if we didn't have riding to look forward to. So, we began looking at riding options, and decided that moving to 2-up on 3 wheels is much better that not riding at all.

So, like RICZ, we checked out the Spyder, and while his story was interesting, we still were not convinced that is what we wanted. After doing quite a bit of online research, we both decided that moving to a traditional Trike is what we wanted. With the obvious choices of getting either a Harley Tri-Glide, or a Honda Goldwing Trike. We weren't exactly thrilled with the Tri-Glide, so we looked further into a Goldwing Trike. This is when we discovered that many Goldwing's are converted to Trikes by the California Sidecar Company. With so many older model 'Wings still on the road (and fetching top dollar), there must be something to these CSC conversions.

So we went to their website in search of more information, and found this: Ventura - California Sidecar

I immediately thought "How cool (and rare) it would be to have a VICTORY TRIKE!" Then, r-e-a-l-i-t-y hit me:
Victory parts will be next to impossible to find in less than 10 years. After investing that amount amount of money into converting my Cross-Country, that if a major component were to 'give up the ghost', then my 'rare' 3-wheeler' becomes nothing but yard art.

So my conundrum? Do I spend the money to have a Victory Trike, knowing that we may have to give up riding when a part breaks (or find a different bike), or do I go ahead and buy a Goldwing Trike, which will have parts available long after we have decided to give up riding altogether?
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I would stay on 2 wheels as long as you can. I am not as advanced in age as some on here but I do suffer from lower back problems and had a major back problem that started back last winter and lasted till this past fall. Lots of therapy and minor surgery and I am now back to 80% which is better than the near 0% of movement I was dealing with. Not to drag this story on but I did look at a Spyder ( I had test drove them in the past) and after test driving (yes "driving") one again I just did not get the same excitement out of it. To each their own but when the day comes that either my back or my age stops my 2-wheel riding then I will probably get a little convertible car.

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Never ridden one. They do look odd but I see plenty of them on the roads so they must be fun to many.
A traditional trike is a safe option. You can go order new parts for a '79 goldwing if you want so parts availability is never a concern.
They have "trike" kits that look more like training wheels where you still keep the rear tire and all that you have now. Those are easily moved to another bike. Not sure about availability for those fitting a Vic but I know it's cheaper.
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To each their own, as they say. My suggestion is to lurk on the respective forums - I did that after deciding a Spyder was for us and I intend to do my own maintenance. The main thing I appreciate about Spyders is that they are purpose built to be a three wheeler, as opposed to trikes, which are converted from two wheelers. Spyders have nanny systems that keep it on the ground and in the curve if the operator gets stupid. I can see where my front wheels are and can avoid problems. I have seen trikers scrape a rear fender. Spyder models like mine or Vindex's wife's have 4 trunks and have much more storage than a trike. You can easily fit car tires on a Spyder - much cheaper and longer lasting.
I hope I provided some food for thought and the vehicle you "graduate" to will give you much enjoyment.

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Can Am Spyder's are safer than ANY trike made due to their design. Honda made some small fat wheeled trike's for kids a long time ago and stopped because of the kids having wrecks on them due to instability. Think about it long enough and you'll see. Remember all the wrecks you had as a kid on your tricycle ! .......RICZ is right on everything he said too.

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I converted my XCT to a trike. I am puzzled by olddad64’s claim that Spyders are more stable than a rear wheel trike. I am three weeks new to my trike and am already able to ride 40 mph curves at 55-60, with no feeling of instability.

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I would think, in my completely unprofessional opinion, the trike with 2 front wheels is more stable because in a curve, it's easier to lift an inside rear when than an inside front wheel (given the rest of the variables are the same). That doesn't mean your 2 rear-wheel trike isn't stable, clearly it is. Only saying that the 2 wheels in front might be more stable.



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Spyders have a nanny that when a front wheel gets off the ground, it won't let you add more throttle. Like I said, it prevents stupid.
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I would think, in my completely unprofessional opinion, the trike with 2 front wheels is more stable because in a curve, it's easier to lift an inside rear when than an inside front wheel (given the rest of the variables are the same). That doesn't mean your 2 rear-wheel trike isn't stable, clearly it is. Only saying that the 2 wheels in front might be more stable.
I see, now. It makes perfect sense.

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