Spyders with a rider remind me of little kids and Fisher-Price power wheels. Nothing against them, just can't get past the visual. As for trikes, wonder how long before the Florida retirement community is saturated with them running around with a blinker on. Probably be better to be t-boned by a trike than a Buick.
Sidecar, Spyder then a trike. I have seen a nice blue sidecar rig from a K1100RS. That would be the one. And as things go now, I am not far from doing a sidecar....
When I can no longer lean into the curves I live for day to day, close the lid on me cause I hope to done with my "life ride".
I have ridden both a Spyder and a K1200LT Hannigan Trike, and didn't care for either of them, especially the K12LT trike.
If I can't lean, then I'd just as soon be driving some hot little built up covertible sports car. Takes up abotu the same space, carries more stuff, and I can put the top up in the crappy weather, even have a heater!
Spyders are fast and fun
The Spyder surprised me by how fast and stable it was. It cornered as on rails. Of course I prefer a machine that corners as an airplane but if I could not balance, I would be happy on a Spyder.
My knees are getting weaker but instead of triking my Gold Wing, I downsized in weight to a R1200RT. If that becomes too much for my knees, I would downsize further to a 500 or even a 250. I love leaning.
Of course the wild card in all this is the passenger; I ride solo. If my wife still wanted to ride but I could not hold up a comfortable bike, it would be trike time.
[QUOTE=ANDYVH;820804]If I can't lean, then I'd just as soon be driving some hot little built up covertible sports car. Takes up about the same space, carries more stuff, and I can put the top up in the crappy weather, even have a heater![/QUOTE]
That sums it up for me, too.
I'll downsize from my old RT if I feel the need. Trikes strike me as way too expensive, and if you can't lean, what's the point?
I had a Steib rig for my R69S, back in the day. Way cool and fun in town, etc. However, unless you have an experienced passenger to provide counter balance they are a pain in the a#$ in the twisties. Not sure what I'll do when I no longer can handle 500+/- lb of a bike:-(
My K is much easier to ride than the Ural, but when I leave in the morning 9 out of 10 times I get on the Ural. It's a bear sometimes, but goddam it's fun!:bliss