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Can-Am 3 wheel motorcycle ... pretty amazing machine!

Melensdad

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Not mine but I was playing around with one of these last night. Very interesting. Very interesting.

Semi-automatic transmission. It auto-shifts DOWN but manually shifts UP with a paddle shifter. No clutch. So no ability to work the friction zone. Pretty instantly moves from one gear to the next. They do have a fully manual transmission version on some of the other models. These come in multiple configuration, from fully dressed up for touring with integrated luggage cases to stripped down 'naked' versions. This one is more the equivalent of a 'super sport' bike model.

It is also equipped with a reverse gear for pulling out of parking spots.

Only 1 foot brake, no hand brakes.

Large front trunk that occupies the space in front of the windshield. No photo of that, but it was big enough to bring home groceries.

NO lean. So while I wanted to lean in to the turns it turned more like a car with the controls of a snowmobile? Easiest way to describe the ride is that it is like a snowmobile with wheels that hits EVERY pothole in the road. On a 2 wheel motorcycle if there is a pothole on the right you ride on the left. Or on the left you ride on the right. Pothole in the middle, just go to either side. But this thing is as wide as a compact car and it tracks the right/left & middle so every pothole is a target for one of the wheels. And the tires are pretty much car tires.

Owner is one of my club members at the fencing club, he and I planning a "swap" the bike one night, just to piss off our wives, and take each others bikes home for the night. He wants a DCT really badly but when Covid shut down production and the supplies dried up he took a look at the CanAm. His wife doesn't want him to have a 2 wheel motorcycle, mine doesn't want me to bring home anymore toys, so just swapping for a night could cause multiple marital problems, but it would only be for 1 night.

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Melensdad

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So I'm now seriously looking at these CanAms.

I used to think they were weird but they are actually really cool.
 
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Looks neat. I've never ridden one but admired them. I considered them when trike shopping but I opted for what I think is more comfort of the Goldwing trike. Took a bit to get used to the no lean.
My wife has no interest in driving a bike but wanted to ride. The goldwing trike gave us the most in comfort for two riders.

If there is a chance you and Mrs B would ride together you might also consider trying out a Goldwing Trike.

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There is touring version of the CanAm with big plush seats and wind protection, heated seats/grips, radios, and plenty of touring accessories. This is not that version!

The one I played with is more of a sport bike type, leaning more to the performance side of the equation. My bet is you don't take the Goldwing out for a quick trip to the store, that would be like pulling out a limo to do the job a Jetta will more easily accomplish. Same concept, this guy uses it for his everyday ride, the front trunk is measured in gallons of capacity, so it is a fun & practical ride for shorter distances. The lack of wind protection on his version means he is probably not going to take it on any trips, but more to scoot around town.

I think think its pretty darn cool after playing with it. Much more interesting than I would have guessed. Lay a hand on one you may find yourself a convert if you want a cool toy.
 

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Interesting. But no new toy allowed in my house for now.
I did not know they made a touring version of the Can Am. That would be nice.
Actually if weather permits I'm taking the GW to the store, to get pizza, everywhere I can. Just over 500 miles on it in the two weeks I've owned it, and we've had a lot of rain during this time. It is as easy to get up and go on as it is to get in any car or truck, so for fun I hop on and go.
 

Melensdad

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Interesting. But no new toy allowed in my house for now.
I did not know they made a touring version of the Can Am. That would be nice.
Actually if weather permits I'm taking the GW to the store, to get pizza, everywhere I can. Just over 500 miles on it in the two weeks I've owned it, and we've had a lot of rain during this time. It is as easy to get up and go on as it is to get in any car or truck, so for fun I hop on and go.
AWESOME that you use it like that and not reserve it for trips.

Lots of very low mileage used motorcycles out there because they are not used as 'daily drivers'

I tend to ride mine as a daily rider for any trip that allows me do so. It was a beautiful day yesterday and I had to take the car because I was picking up some furniture grade wood for a shelf. I was bummed I could not take the bike. But later I did ride to the fencing club.
 
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I've been seriously looking at them for a while as an option to get back riding again. The touring model looks pretty sweet and is very well equipped for long hauls.


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As much as I would love to get one and get out riding, 6 children under age 17 are keeping me from making the dive into the wallet to buy one. Plus, there's only so much time to enjoy summer. Between camp and boating, there just aren't enough hours in the day to dedicate to a spyder.
 
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