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Posted: 02/06/21 09:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For the last 7 years we have made towing a motorcycle behind our 24' class C a huge part of our RV experience. We head out seeking not only great camping but the finest motorcycle roads the west has to offer. We set up in a nice CG and roll out every morning exploring, often one of the many national Parks {did Yellowstone and Grand Teton last June} and trust me, the best way to see any NP is from the back of a bike but I digress.

About a month ago I made the switch from my Indian Springfield to a Can Am Spyder. My bride and I are 70 and 69 years old and pushing an 875# motorcycle was likely to become problematic at some point so reluctantly we moved to the stability and comfort of three wheels. My research included a lot of measuring to be sure our new ride would fit in our 6 X 10' cargo trailer and it was going to be close.

I moved the cable anchors on the load ramp as far outboard as possible buying me another 2" and that seems to have made all the difference. With winter weather keeping the Spyder garage bound today was my first opportunity to verify it would fit in the cargo trailer and happily it does... just barely. I have about 1" of clearance getting past the cables and after that it's all good. The cargo trailer keeps the Spyder out of the weather as well as out of the view of the bad guys, nice to have a custom garage that follows the coach like a faithful puppy. The Spyder weighs 998# and the trailer is 1200# keeping us well under the GVWR of 2,990.

Now we can look forward to continuing our formerly 2 wheel/now 3 wheel adventures, returning to the all of the comforts of home in our coach after every ride.

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Posted: 02/07/21 04:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great execution and nice plan. Enjoy

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VERY nice tricycle! I know exactly what you mean about sight-seeing in national parks in the "OPEN".

We never did the "motorcycle" route, rather the "2-seat convertible" route. We towed a 2000 MR2 Spyder m/t for two years. What a joy to sight-see with the top down. It was a very easy tow vehicle. We had to give it up because we found ourselves taking it on 4x4 trails through dry river washes and such to get to trail heads. During our second trip, we made the decision to replace it with a 4x4. The defining moment was when we parked with nothing but Jeep Wranglers at a trail head....the looks we got were priceless. Here was our MR2 in tow.
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We own a 2007 Saturn Sky m/t today. The gears in my head are turning thinking just maybe.....take it on trips where we won't be doing off-roading. Blue-Ox makes a setup for it's sister the Pontiac Solstice. It would be an experiment to say the least.
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Posted: 02/07/21 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Didn't realize how wide the Can Am's are at the back. Synthetic "saddle bags"? Glad it fits, looks like fun. [emoticon]


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In addition to the twin saddlebags there are front and rear trunks that hold a ton of gear. We haven't gotten to ride as much as we like due to the weather but are looking forward to spring, summer and fall. We will be heading up tot the Rockies of southern Colorado this summer for our annual camp/ride trip with a week or so on the San Juan River at the Riverside RV Park just outside of Pagosa Springs.

Here is a shot taken on a previous trip when we were riding the Indian:

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Looks like a really nice way to go. I'm looking forward to seeing the sights "in the open" in a couple of years. I just bought a new Heritage Softail 114 but don't have an RV just yet. I'll need to figure out the best way to roll for me, whether it's a toy hauler TT, a Rampage lift and TT or a motorhome and small enclosed trailer like yours. And when the time comes I'll likely look for something with three wheels. I like the classic look of the Harley trikes, but I would imagine the Can-Am offers vastly better ride and performance.

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Nice ride, for sure. Good plans, too.

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What has been your experience riding on three compared to two wheels

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Vw triker wrote:

What has been your experience riding on three compared to two wheels


Keep in mind I have only logged 500 miles over the last couple of months but...

No two machines could be much more different than my Indian Springfield and the Can Am Spyder. The Indian weighed 875# but was arguably the best handling bagger Indian or a anyone else for that matter ever built. It was smooth and powerful, a virtual "Torque monster" that you could short shift all day long and still scoot but... it was getting to a lot to handle and the stability of the Spyder is awesome. Having reverse is a lot more convenient than you might think and that is another feature that I love on the Spyder.

The Spyder is even smoother with plenty of power and much quieter. The stability of the Spyder is great but the steering is very sensitive and takes a little getting used to. The creature comforts of both are fairly even with air suspension but the Spyder is adjustable on the fly. The heated grips for both driver and passenger on the Can Am are awesome and though I never use it the audio system on the Can Am is very nice.

Two very significant differences on the Can Am are the auto transmission with a paddle shifter. You manually upshift but downshifting can be fully automatic or you can manually downshift anytime you feel the need and the auto trans is buttery smooth up or down shifting. The other is the electric adjust on the fly windshield which I did not think I would use much but it gets used on all out every ride depending on conditions. Also the Can AM as noted has a ton of storage and my bride finds the Can Am even more comfortable than the Indian which she loved {we put 26,000 miles on the Indian in 2.5 years often doing 400+mile days.}

I am still early into the learning curve with the Spyder but having ridden more than 100,000 miles in the last 7.5 years on motorcycles adapting to the new ride has been nothing but fun.

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Posting, pictures and comments are very interesting to this RVer with no motorcycle experience.


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