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    Default Road Smith vs Canam RT Spyder

    Fronm time to time I post a brief thought about my GW/Road Smith vs the Canam Spyder RT.....I contine to compare the two machines to get other comparison information. I chase the RTE Spyder because of my demo rides with the wife, and comparing the suspension. My GW is a 2005, the RS conversion is an early 2012 and tit has served me well. But suspension, in my mind does not compare to the cloudd like ride on the Sypder RT, so 'we' are getting older and prefer the Spyder suspension. The GW has many upsides for me as in, if it ain't don't broke don't fix it. A trike change will cost a bundle, in up front cost and in addition, making it my it my own, and there are 'other' downsides to the Spyder RT as well, so I always bump up to these walls in my mind. I pretty much know what to expect from GW/RS because I have ridden it so long, the the Spyder RT, I don't know from experience. Tough decision, just wonder if anyone might have some thoughts and this might be the forum for more information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbillone View Post
    Fronm time to time I post a brief thought about my GW/Road Smith vs the Canam Spyder RT.....I contine to compare the two machines to get other comparison information. I chase the RTE Spyder because of my demo rides with the wife, and comparing the suspension. My GW is a 2005, the RS conversion is an early 2012 and tit has served me well. But suspension, in my mind does not compare to the cloudd like ride on the Sypder RT, so 'we' are getting older and prefer the Spyder suspension. The GW has many upsides for me as in, if it ain't don't broke don't fix it. A trike change will cost a bundle, in up front cost and in addition, making it my it my own, and there are 'other' downsides to the Spyder RT as well, so I always bump up to these walls in my mind. I pretty much know what to expect from GW/RS because I have ridden it so long, the the Spyder RT, I don't know from experience. Tough decision, just wonder if anyone might have some thoughts and this might be the forum for more information.
    Scott AKA consitter from Late Nighters Fame Has a Tri, And his Wife has a Spyder....He might be able to give you some insight.....I had one of the first Spyder's in NJ [08]...

    And they have improved them ten fold now....
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    If you really want to buy one make absolutely sure there’s a really good canam mechanic close by. When I look at their forum it seems those bikes are incredibly complicated. You’d hate to have to drive or tow it 100 miles if something goes wrong. I have a hard enough time finding a good Goldwing mechanic and there’s a lot more of them around vs. the CanAm.

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    Yes, I hear you loud and clear, that is what stops me in my tracks. I have a shop 10 mins from me but the shop has a horrible rep, so I will probably do without a Spyder.

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    Up until 2008, I only owned Honda's' Suzuki's 'Kawasaki And Yamahas....And i never had to worry or even think about how good the dealers and their mechanics were, Or how near they were to me........Never had a problem with any of them that i couldn't fix my self..

    Then my thinking changed drastically after i bought a Spyder and a series of Harleys [4]....Even my Victory didn't give me any problems..... ....
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    Rhino, to clarify, you had service problems with your Spyder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbillone View Post
    Rhino, to clarify, you had service problems with your Spyder?
    Yes, But to be honest that was in 08.....And i understand that they have improved now...

    .....Will i buy another one, No...
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    That speaks volumes, and I save a lot of money.

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    All's I can say is that I did test ride one last year at Americade......It was actually quite fun! and a different experience....

    We ride with six bikes quite often, 2 can Am's and two trikes, and a Sling shot, and a two wheeler....never heard any of the can Am's ever complain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnerboy View Post
    All's I can say is that I did test ride one last year at Americade......It was actually quite fun! and a different experience....

    We ride with six bikes quite often, 2 can Am's and two trikes, and a Sling shot, and a two wheeler....never heard any of the can Am's ever complain

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    I was asked to leave a Can-Am Forum.....For complaining; AKA Stating Facts......

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