March 28, 2012
Spyder Owners: Are They Bikers Or Not
I have to hold my hand up and admit that I am really thinking about buying a Can Am Spyder soon. Because my youngest child will be leaving high school soon, and then moving on with his own life, my wife and I will be able to manage with just one car. My original plan was to get rid of one of the cars and then buy a two-wheel bike but I have become intrigued by the Spyder. My only question is, would being a Spyder owner make any less of a biker?
I will definitely still own my fantastic riding glasses, my leather jacket and gloves, and my girl riding on the back, but will that be enough? The reason I ask is because I already know about the people who ride their racing bikes in their nylon jackets and don’t know much about the biking community; I know they are referred to as ‘weekend warriors’.
They are not considered “real bikers” by most of the hard-core Harley riders I know. I’d hate to think that just because I was riding Spyder I could become the next biker outcast. If that happens I suppose I’ll have to buy a Lone Wolf patch just to make a spiteful statement about my independence.
It is the Spyder’s stability that is so intriguing to me. In terms of how stable they are, you don’t even need to have a motorcycle license to operate one in three states (Delaware, California and North Carolina). That’s pretty impressive to me, especially seeing that I’m getting older and I’m more about safety than what other people think of me. Stability is very important because during my younger days of riding, I actually rolled my Honda 550-four a few times.
With the Spyder I’ll still have the open road feeling, the wind on my face, and sun my shoulders. I’ll just be safer and, depending on whom you talk to, cooler as well. I might even start a trend and my older biker friends will also buy a Spyder. Maybe.