Three in physical, two in spirit!

Day 1: 24th Feb 2010 : Gold Coast – Tenterfield

I landed at the Coolangatta airport (Gold Coast) and Todd Webster from Spyder Ryder was already there to pick me up. After a drive of 15 odd minutes I was staring in awe at a garage which had not one, but TWO Spyders restuing like a giant creature waiting to be woken from sleep. My first reaction was, woah, this is humungous.

The Spyders looked like an alien vehicle or perhaps a machine brought by a time traveler from the future. If I were to shoot Back to the Future IV, I would choose this any day over the DeLorean!

I have heard that the Spyder has already been used in sci-fi movies like The Transformers. The Spyder looks best in its profile, which is as long as a stretched limo, and when looked at a rear 3/4 from the right hand side.

Todd was an extremely down to earth person who took all care and time to explain the workings of the machine to me. In his session the only thing which was ringing in my mind was – you have to unlearn everything that you know about riding motorcycles to ride this one.

After getting a few handy tips on handling the Spyder on road and in situations like rain and roundabouts I was ready to go.

Some pointers which first time Spyde owners should pay heed to:

  • There is no counter steering, the wheels do not lean withe bike, unlike the Gilera Fuoco’s scissor like action.
  • The Spyder features a semi automatic transmission, it downshifts automaticaly at low speed to avoid stalling, but it does not upshift by itself.
  • Special care has to be taken at roundabouts, the machine often downshifts due to low speeds, and if you entered the roundabout at a higher gear you might be surprised by the power while exiting due to the auto low gear selection. Trust me, this is not something which you want.

The first 30 kms or so were very scary for me, my brain was telling me its a motorcycle, while the dynamics of the Sypder were totally opposite. It was a hybrid of a motorcycle, a car and a quad.

After 80 kms or so I was pretty confident with it, I started cornering at 70kmph on the twisties in rain. No once the rear lost its line, but it would have slid if I had used all the power the 990CC rotax 106 Bhp engine had to offer.

The traction derived from the Spyder is tremendous, mostly due to the three wheels, the ultra wide rear and the low tyre pressure (15 up front and 28 PSI rear).

More about the riding experience in a later blog. The day today was totally wet and gloomy, most of the time I was riding in rain.

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Spyder in Australia by Motorgrapher

Disclaimer: The Spyder is for sealed road usage only and that any off-road usage is not supported by Spyder Ryder Australia, Brisbane Spyder & CanAm and was done so at my own risk in pursuit of the perfect photo. Most of the off road photos are taken on a side road off the main sealed highway.

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  1. vaish

    awesome photographs bro …and nice ride ..would love to ride that one day ..hope it will come to india soon :)
    keep going :)

    Feb 25, 2010 @ 1:07 am


  2. Siddhant Mishra

    The spyder looks like real monster on roads as compared to any other bike i have ever seen in my life.THE spyder when seen in image makes me go mad , would love to ride the spyder in coming future ……………
    hope u enjoy the ride in a country like australia n enjoy ur ride in d spyder ,with sharing the memories of ur ride by the photos clicked by u with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Feb 25, 2010 @ 1:29 am


  3. Udit

    Woah…nice start sunny. Now this surely looks like one hell of an alien….bt again really really beautiful alien….

    Feb 25, 2010 @ 2:44 am


  4. AlbertArt

    Excellent photos and thoughts. I am a fan of this trike, ever since first seeing photos a year ago. I saw one (yellow one) on the road here in Vancouver, BC and my jaw dropped. Though the only thing I wish they’d redesign is the front (too insecty), and if they added more lean forward of the driver, to go with the long profile (instead of sitting upright).

    I would love to film the Spyder in Vancouver. If you know of any Spyder Owners in Vancouver, BC — please let me know!

    -Al

    Feb 25, 2010 @ 7:46 pm


  5. Navaneeth

    It was a pleasure to see it running.

    quoting albertart – ” and if they added more lean forward of the driver, to go with the long profile (instead of sitting upright).”

    I am thinking as the true intentions of making this trike is for cruising long distances, an upright position is best suited for comfort dont you think? :)

    Imagine hunching for 4 hours straight!! Jeez.

    cheers! from bangalore

    Feb 25, 2010 @ 11:38 pm


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