Three in physical, two in spirit!

So what is this, thing?

Ever since the first photos of the Spyder made its way on to thousands of hard core motorcyclists’ screens in Dec 2006, it has been an epicenter of many discussions deciding if it could satiate the needs of a true blue two-wheeler motorcyclist.

The only three wheelers I have been in are the Bajaj auto rickshaws that run amock and aplenty in India. And yes, I have been on many motorcycles, the orginal two wheeler variety, as god intended them to be. Have traveled extensively on fine machines like the Concours, Fireblade and very recently the mad BKing.

This will be my first brush with the Spyder, and I am really looking forward to it. I am curiously fascinated by the machinery, physics and the looks of this machine, which has evidently found its way into the hearts of many motorcyclists who were swearing that this machine could not be in their garage. I wonder what changed their minds?

Let us see if it makes way into my heart! I will be traveling in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD) on the eastern coast of Australia for 6 days on the Spyder. I will definitely not have the money to buy one if I fall into love, but I will make sure to let you know if you should get your cheque ready…

I thank Todd from SpyderRyder and the folks at BrisbaneSpyder to enable me to test this alien machine on one of the finest countries to ride on this planet.

I am not really a verbal guy, but a motoGrapher, so I will let my photos do the talking with a sprinkling of literature as and when required!

My trip starts on 23rd February 2010 from Gold Coast and it ends back at the same place 5 days later and approximately 2000 kms with the following approximate route:

Day 1: 24th February 2010 Wednesday: Tweed Heads – Lismore – Casino – Tenterfield 260 kms

Day 2: 25th February 2010 Thursday :Tenterfield – Glen Innes – Armidale– Uralla – Walcha-Gloucester (400kms)

Day 3: 26th February 2010 Friday: Gloucestor – Raymond Terrace – Bulahdelah – Taree : 250 kms

Day 4: 27th February 2010 Saturday:  Taree – Wauchope – Armidale: 306 kms

Day 5: 28th February 2010 Sunday:  Armidale – Coffs Harbour – Grafton : 275 kms

Day 6: 1st March 2010 Monday:  Grafton – Casino – Woodenbong – Tweed Heads: 360 kms

I will try to update the blogs at least thrice during the roadtrip and within two days after its completion.

Meanwhile, if you want to help underpriviliged children in India, please support my fellow rider, Rahul, who is riding on a Ninja 250 around India until 28th Feb 2010. Please donate whatever amount after reading this page: http://www.xbhp.com/gad

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  1. JDan(Devilboy)

    Way to go buddy!

    After the Gilera, its the turn for Spider in the 3-wheel category.
    Enjoy your trip and looking forward for your writeup and the shots.

    Have fun and safe ride.

    Feb 23, 2010 @ 9:28 pm


  2. Shaan

    Nice, All the best for the good will ride. It is so nice to see such a will to help. Keep it up. Ride Safe.

    Feb 23, 2010 @ 11:41 pm


  3. Desideep

    Hey Sunny bhai. good going i was amazing when i saw this thing the first time. i hope to ride it one day but for sure would not own one.. hehehe

    Feb 25, 2010 @ 1:01 pm


  4. Martin

    Hi Sunny

    Re -”but it would have slid if I had used all the power ” in my 2 years experience with the Spyder I doubt you would have go it to slide. The stability system/traction control would have stepped in before you could slide it.

    Also back tire pressures should not be 18 psi (that could be a typo) I run 28 psi.
    Not being critical – your photos are brilliant. Hope you enjoy the trip.

    Feb 26, 2010 @ 10:12 am


  5. MotoGrapher

    @martin: Perhaps you are right! I hardly have any riding days withthe Spyder.

    And yes, it is 193 Kpa or 28 Psi, was a mistake, thanks for the heads up, fixed now!

    Feb 27, 2010 @ 9:10 am


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