Sachs Madass 125 Observations of a Perpetual Motorcyclist

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Living with a Giant

Recently I received some from one of our readers for the Readers folder. One of the photos was of a Can-Am Having never ridden one I was to learn what they are to live with, so I asked Ian for his

Thanks Ian Manock.

When I met my three years ago, she was by my not having a car, with my means of transportation being my (A Suzuki GS500F at the time). She had lost her younger brother to a accident a year before we met and she expressed an interest in riding, was hesitant because of her brother’s and also a chronic back which would likely see her to a wheelchair if she had an off.

Therefore she was between a rock and a hard regarding wanting to ride, but scared of the consequences if things bad. I knew that were options now available for wanting to get out on a motorcycle, but perhaps a safer option than two

I introduced her to the idea of a three-wheeler, be it a scooter such as the Piaggio a standard cruiser based with dual rear drive or the new Can Am Spyder with front wheels and rear belt drive. The only side to the scooter and Spyder was the need to have a motorcycle and in the case of the Spyder, a full licence because of its engine

Anyway, in mid 2011 she said she really liked the idea of the and so we organised to join a Spyder ride day conducted by BRP at the Sydney Equestrian Centre in late Although she was my pillion for the day, she enjoyed the experience and after the day was she had that look on her face reminded me of Toad’s glassy and behaviour in the Wind in the Willows he saw his first motorcar. She was completely

Knowing that she had to get her motorcycle without her knowing I booked her in for her Upright Course in January, I also secretly organised the of her Christmas present for 2011,  a Madass 125 motorcycle, on which she learn once she had her L’s and get experience for the test that she would have to pass. Of course was also the requisite kitting out helmet, jacket, pants, and boots.

The attraction of the Spyder however was too for her and it was one of those things that had to be sooner rather than so we ended up in January 2012 me having my Triumph Sprint and the going from no motorcycles to two the space of two months. Talk being unfair.

Anyway, she the Stay Upright course in obtained her Learner’s licence and rode her little Madass until July when she sat the test and passed without an recorded. The countdown was then on for her to the prescribed 12 month period of her age) before she was eligible for her open licence.

The aim is that she ride the Spyder and I will be on my until one day I also start more time on the Spyder two wheels.  In the meantime we had also possession of our new 2010  Can Am RTS complete with factory and we commenced our Spyder riding and experience.

I must admit, the dynamics and behaviour of the Spyder completely different from I was to from both the motorcycle and also car driving perspectives. The doesn’t lean into like a normal bike, square onto corners, putting a substantial centrifugal on  the rider and pillion. although the bike doesn’t the rider and pillion have to lean to counteract these as speed increases.

Additionally unlike a normal there is no counter steering in turning the Spyder into a The rider simply turns the like a car and holds the position the Spyder negotiates the turn. speed, tight turns are given that you still a right hand twist control.

 There was the need to get to the RTS’s semi-automatic gearbox (5 left hand flappy plus a reverse) as well as the brake lever, a foot located on the right hand I can admit there were a few initially I went to grab right hand brake and found my hand empty. brakes on the Spyder compared to a are brilliant, with braking on all wheels linked and also ABS.

The various electronic and stability controls also in making the Spyder a safer of transport, with traction  reducing rear wheel and stability control sensing a front wheel might be in a corner and backing off the power so as to all three wheels on the ground. In the 12 that we have now owned the we have travelled some kms, including a number of rallies and have ridden as far as  Sunshine Coast, towing the for the 2012 Spyder Royale

At this rally there over 100 Spyders from the east coast of Australia. The Royale will be held at in Victoria in October 2013, the before the MotoGP at Philip so Victorians will get to see a large of Spyders  along the Great Road I am sure.

One of the interesting and aspects of riding a Spyder, is you get to meet a different demographic of There are not as many younger but having said that, a large number of riders transitioned from a life of two wheels to now riding three.

In a few instances these riders still retained their machines ( I am an example of this), but as you get backs, wrists, knees, and other joints often to have an impact on the type of and the type of motorcycle you are able to  Also, the Spyder enables with disabilities, who might not be to ride two wheels, to get out on the road on a without too much trouble.

We have a couple of riders who are leg amputees riding here in NSW I know of, and in the USA there are a number of riders who have converted Spyder’s controls for complete operation and the rear area to a light folding wheelchair. The real downside of the Spyder is it is a little thirsty. Fuel could be better, but when you the size of the engine (Rotax V Twin) and weight of the bike and two up  — over 500kgs) is a small price to pay for the sheer that riding the Spyder

Overall the wife and I are very with our Spyder and it has enabled us to enjoy together the freedom and that motorcycling provides. We are in the process of setting up special to enable us to take out two dogs out on the with us – following all the legal of course. For someone who is wanting a riding experience, someone who has the end of their two-wheeled riding or like my wife, someone who a safer riding option for reason, I highly recommend the as an alternate means of getting out on the road

Ian Manock, White Rock

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