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Your Motorcycles: A Scooter, 4 Motorcycles, and a Can-Am Spyder

This rider finally found her dream ride, and it has three wheels

By Elaine Taddeo, Liverpool, New York
9/28/2017

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Elaine went through a series of motorcycles before she trading up to this 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe. But it would not be her favorite motorcycle.

When I was 52 years old I took the written motorcycle permit test and passed so I could ride the 150cc scooters my husband bought for us to use at our campground. I was amazed that the short 20-question test asked virtually nothing about what I had read in the DMV guide. Ten questions were about how drugs and alcohol impair your driving. Six were about recognizing street signs. Out of the remaining four, only two had some slight reference to riding a motorcycle.

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So now I was free to ride my scary, not-so-stable Chinese-made scooter on the roads. I signed up for a road test that took all of eight minutes and was handed my license right there in a parking lot.

I was happy enough on my scooter until one day my husband made a comment that I would never be able to ride a real motorcycle. That’s all it took. I bought a 2002 Yamaha V Star 650 that I absolutely hated. I stalled it on every incline.


I lasted two months before going into a dealer and upgrading to a Yamaha V Star 950 with floorboards and fuel injection. But my hand would fall asleep on the throttle after 15 minutes and the bike was 90 percent plastic parts. The next summer I decided to try a Harley-Davidson.

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Elaine rode her Softail Deluxe for three years before trading it for something she could tour on more comfortably.

I purchased a 2008 Harley-Davidson Low Rider with only 3,000 miles and every chrome accessory installed from a guy who had bought for his girlfriend to ride but who wasn't interested. I had that for a couple years and got tired of my right leg being drenched in sweat from the heat of the bike.

When I sold it, I had a nice $500 profit that lasted about two minutes. When my husband rode the bike up into the purchaser’s pickup truck using a small motorcycle ramp perched on the tailgate, the extra weight bent the tailgate. There went my $500 profit to fix the new owner’s truck.

I then upgraded to a 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe. It was beautiful and I loved it for three years but I wanted something that was more comfortable on longer rides so I bought a used 2013 bright yellow Can-Am Spyder RT Limited.

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Elaine loves her Can-Am Spyder RT Limited. She says, “It’s the best thing I’ve ridden to date!”


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