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Twelfth Monkey

And now for something completely different...

I know someone who I knew had treated himself to some new wheels, and had expected it to be in bike form.  But no, I give you the Can-Am Spyder.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can-Am_Spyder





Weighs two parts of bugger-all, and has a 1,000cc twin, giving it 350-odd bhp per ton.  Can be ridden (or is that driven, we never did reach a conclusion?) without a helmet, and he was kind enough to drive me round the block.  I was promised a scare-free experience, but for someone like me who's only ever been a driver and not a rider, it felt pretty intense.  And this was using about half of its 11,000 or so revs.  He reckons 0-60 in 4.5s, but it felt quicker to me.





So, thanks to the owner for the experience, and for agreeing to me posting pictures here.  I will be sending him a link to the thread, so best behaviour all around, please!


Tim

Looks like a snowmobile for places with no snow  

It's certainly different.
Chocy Rocky

As a non biker, I like it. It looks so much safer than a two wheeled death rocket.

I think the bikers might have a different take however.
Twelfth Monkey

Attracts attention like you wouldn't believe.  The owner has been a biker for a great many years and says the experience is different, particularly how it feels when cornering, but it's no less enjoyable.
Humphrey The Pug

Different, I don't really see the point in these three wheeled bikes, particularly something of that size as you are hardly going to be able to weave through traffic or make better progress in congestion than a car and it doesn't look any more paractical than a conventional two wheeled bike.
Bob Sacamano

It's a bit like a motorbike with stabilisers.
PhilD

Chocy Rocky wrote:
As a non biker, I like it. It looks so much safer than a two wheeled death rocket.

I think the bikers might have a different take however.


As a non biker I'm with Humph, and I'd also say these sort things look less safe to me - you have all the crash protection (or lack of) of a bike but a lot less of the crash avoidance (manoeuvrability, size, etc)
Bob Sacamano

You'll also feel a bit sick when you're stuck in traffic with the cars and all your biker mates are weaving in and out to make progress.
JohnC

I like these. There is a seriously shiny back one (don't know the make) which passes my office regularly and I just think it looks so much fun. Agreed it might not be quite as agile as a bike and it might get stuck behind a few more cars but the acceleration and its short length will dispose of most problems pretty quickly.

The point of this kind of vehicle is fun and I bet it hands it out by the bucket load.
Alf McQueef

Just get the fourth wheel and get an atom!
JohnC

Alf McQueef wrote:
Just get the fourth wheel and get an atom!


The Atom would be about first on my list if the lottery came in (first would be the 5 star holiday the wife would book for the next day but at least I could spec and order it from my poolside lounger).
BeN

I saw one of these on the road the other day. It looked fast!
Twelfth Monkey

JohnC wrote:
The point of this kind of vehicle is fun and I bet it hands it out by the bucket load.


I think that's the whole point, it's only insured for 4,000 miles per annum, he doesn't live anywhere that's at all traffic-congested and it tickles his fancy more than anything else.  I fear an Atom, alas, would increase the cost by a factor rather greater than number of wheels!
Stuntman

Do you need a bike licence to drive it, or can you drive it just with a normal driving licence?
I think you could drive a Grinnall Scorpion with a car licence.

It looks like a great halfway-house for someone wanting to test the waters either for a proper sports bike, or for a hardcore road & track car.
I think I would stick with the 4 wheeled varieties (Atom etc) because it would be a slippery slope otherwise - I'd want a sports bike!
Frank Bullitt

I like it, I wouldn't buy it, but I do like it.
Roadrunner

I can see why he bought it, but my three wheels would come from Malvern.
PhilD

For an Atom you'd need to pay twice as much, for a Morgan three times!
Roadsterstu

It certainly looks like fun. As a weekend toy it looks brilliant but as a commuter tool I doubt it would work so well. I'd never ride that without a helmet, even if you can, however.

Hope he enjoys it!
simonp

There's a lightly used Spyder on autotrader for 9 grand. I doubt you'd get an Atom for that sort of price?
Humphrey The Pug

Do you need a bike licence?
simonp

Apparently not.

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