I will have to defend the Syder. I have test ridden two. Then I rented one for two days. They were the previous engine.
The two day rental consisted of one day sort of local and about 200 miles. My wife will not ride with me but she did on the Spyder. That may be good or bad depending on if you want The Wife along. LOL
The second day I rode solo from Dallas to Oklahoma City, about 400 miles round trip. I took the back roads on the way up an hit the curves pretty hard. On the way back I was on I-35 running between 75 and 80. It was great.
I like the safety built into it when it comes to curves. Flipping a trike would be easy but the Spyder controls the braking and speed if the lean gets out of peramentures. I did not have a problem with acceleration. I am used to fast and quick. No it is not a dragster nor a moto GT.
The place I rented from did say they required "tweeking" after each rental. At that time the owner/chief mechanic said they had one processor so when it went all stopped. Hopefully they have improved that.
If a guy feels more comfortable on three wheels than 4 don't make fun of him. He is still riding! I would rather ride on three than on 4 or not at all. If we live long enough all of us will have stability problems. So to keep riding 3 wheels is better than no wheels. I know some guys that say if I can't ride on two I won't ride, their business. I had an uncle like that. He was miserable the last years of his life. These guys remind me of those who say if it ain't a Harley it ain't a motorcycle as they ride off to their favorite bar and averaging 1,000 miles a year at most.
I like the Spyder better than any trike I have ridden (I like sidecars better than trikes). The Spyders I rode were quite spunky. The new engine is even better. Getting used to the steering, it is quick, was my greatest difficulty. Reliability is something I'd have to investigate. Resale is of no interest to me as I keep stuff until it is worthless anyway.
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rode 07 Black Cherry VTX 1300R
States+DC & 11
i,both w/aux tank & Race Tech SuspensionIBA:Mile Eater Bronze &Silver,SS3000,3xSS2000,EclipseSS1000Gold, 20SS1000,6xBB1500,3TX1000,NPT 29/76; Lake Superior Circle Tour
15 to 20K per yr between the two MCs