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I don’t quite understand why the Can-Am should be a good first “motorcycle” for beginner riders. The handling is completely different, even much more physical, and really has nothing to do with motorcycling. Riding a Can-Am is not developing skills that would be transferable to riding a motorcycle, so there is no advantage to starting with it as a first step to get into motorcycling. It’s its own class of a vehicle, more similar to an ATV or snowmobile. So it would make more sense to call it an alternative to a motorcycle but not a good first beginner bike.

Lucy Lower
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, January 3, 2019
I have a friend who got scared by his Indian Roadmaster due to its large footprint and heavy weight, so he migrated to a trike. Mind you, he didn't have a crash or mishap, he was afraid of his new Indian bagger. I call him a chickens___. It's one thing to make a choice, but if it's because you are afraid, it's your fear making the choice. I don't really feel the same way about him as I used to. I try to face my fears, not run away from them. Once you start running, it's hard to stop. I understand motorcycle publications writing about trikes, but I am not in favor of it. Why don't they start their own magazine.

Charles
Holden, MA
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Editor Response
There's no shame in choosing a trike over a motorcycle. In fact, plenty of people own a motorcycle and a trike. Like this article describes, trike riders share many of the same joys two-wheeled motorcyclists enjoy and each type of vehicle has its own unique advantages. It's possible that your friend simply doesn't feel physically able to hold up a large two-wheeled motorcycle.

Fear can overtake people to the point where they feel their life is in jeopardy. I understand your point, but also try not to judge anyone for making their own assessment on how far they are willing to push their own comfort level and personal risk.

Two wheels or three... we are all riders who love the experience of the open road.
Szulewski Tricia
I ride a Can-Am RS-S (4 years, 37,000 miles (the gold one), and I love it. Not sure I would call it a "non-motorcycle," but he is my baby. He is actually my third Spyder, moving to three wheels in 2007, due to medical issues.

I am impatiently waiting for the Ryker to come out so my husband and I can test ride them. I want to get one for him so we can ride together.




Spyder (Sam)
Pipe Creek, TX
Saturday, November 24, 2018
I can’t wait for the MSF course, hopefully next spring, to have the chance to ride this vehicle. Folks are correct in saying that this is not a traditional motorcycle but it looks like it comes close to being a motorcycle. I ride two wheels but one day I know that I won’t be able to. This vehicle may be an inexpensive and just as fun option. Thank you for the review of the test ride. It’s been said before: “it’s all the same wind” and “ride your own ride” which in this case could refer to your choice of vehicles.

Karla
Loves Park, IL
Sunday, November 4, 2018
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