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    Outstanding comment Paul, we both know I've been looking at the RT/RTL forever, so your comment is well accepted. The 2020 has definitely caught my attention with the 47 gallon storage and can replace my GW/RoadSmith conversion with ease with the additional luggage capacity. Yep, you also right with 'what if' things which comes with every two or three wheel machine. I think about the expense, but perhaps I can snag a 2019 and make the luggage thing work, just take less stuff, but you know how the two up thing works. I really want to get a handle on how the 2020 performs for others during this year, but trying not to overthink it. Thanks again, always good to read your comments, I'm aware you came off a GW three wheeler back in the day and never looked back.

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    I bought a 2014 RTL new and had it for two years. Put 19K miles on it. The 2020 looks to be a big improvement with the saddlebags and rear tourpak. Those were my complaints along with the tires. At 14K I was on my third pair of front tires and two alignments. At 7600 miles I was putting on my second rear tire. After two years I traded for a '17 TriGlide and have never looked back. I have over 45K on it. I wish CanAm would switch to car tires and put a bigger engine in to improve gas mileage. Those two items would get me looking back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfish108 View Post
    I bought a 2014 RTL new and had it for two years. Put 19K miles on it. The 2020 looks to be a big improvement with the saddlebags and rear tourpak. Those were my complaints along with the tires. At 14K I was on my third pair of front tires and two alignments. At 7600 miles I was putting on my second rear tire. After two years I traded for a '17 TriGlide and have never looked back. I have over 45K on it. I wish CanAm would switch to car tires and put a bigger engine in to improve gas mileage. Those two items would get me looking back.
    I'm glad you found something you love to ride.You had a front tire/front end problem that your dealer should have recognized. Kenda tires junk and many have had to replace front tires from the factory because of faulty tires. In 2014 Spyder put on a new Kenda on the rear with a softer compound, it didn't wear very well at all and they switched back, but they are still crummy tires. You could have switch to car tires any time you want to. Hundreds have, I did. I got 35, 000 miles out of my 1st rear car tire. I have car tires on the front also and the have over 40,000 miles and still going strong. The rims on a Spyder are car tire rims so have no trouble taking standard car type tires. The only thing to remember is to lower the tire pressure as the Spyder has nowhere near the weight of a car. I run 15lbs in the front and 20Lbs in the rear. Hope you are getting lots of miles on your Tri.
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    You should have not gone thru that many front tires. Something doesn't sound right.

    Rear tire is a mixed bag on that one . I had the softer Kenda compound didn't last 5800 miles. Then went to the Vee rubber. Even worse yet.

    Then went to a car tire and that held up much better.

    Now going to install the new Kenda Kanine tire and see how that pans out. Tire is on the wheel. Just waiting for a new seal and some new dampeners. Then I will install and wait for spring.

    Had the Tri too. Getting older it was time to move on from driving a tank.

    Bigger engine , is has a inline 3 on it and can be tuned to unleash more power.

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    Yeah, unfortunately you have to travel some distance to get laser aligned and that's what yours needed for sure. Or rather that's my guess. We had to travel to Springfield Missouri to get my wife's RT done and boy did it make a difference she says. That's just in handling. Better tire wear is a bonus. We put a car tire on just as soon as that factory piece of garbage wore out. It's the only way to go.
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    I had two laser alignments at 14K. I would have changed to car tires but after getting one on the back, which the dealer charged $180 to install, I couldn't get anyone in my area to do the fronts. I didn't feel like getting into the tire changing business myself, so we parted ways. It was fun to ride, just not fun dealing with the tires.

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    I hear ya loud and clear. They donít make it easy. But I sure wish I had gotten a good tire change, there almost automatic one, years ago. That thing would have paid for itself several times over. And that would be before we got a Spyder. The Spyder would have just been icing on the cake so to speak.
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    The front tires can be done by a car tire shop . balancing would required a smaller hub cone which I bring with me to the tire store for balancing.

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