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    Quote Originally Posted by BobWitte View Post
    Good for him!! But be advised (and be careful!) unlike his two wheelers, a trike is driven more than it is ridden. I wrote a booklet on the subject back in my Trinity Trike Mfg days. Here's the link to it:

    http://www.magic-pc.net/Images/HowTo...cycleTrike.pdf

    Enjoy!
    Bob, you're a doll. Thank you for this! I've shared it with Mike.

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    Teaching Bella to Ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dyenfd View Post
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    That's awesome!!!
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    Here's Mike and his new ride!



    We just went for a little ride. He is eager to have me try riding with him, but I figured he needs more practice learning how the Spyder feels without my weight on the back. So I took "Flicker," and we just did a small 20-mile loop.

    Boy, did it feel good to go out on the road together again!! That hadn't happened since September of last year.

    He admits there's a learning curve, but is confident he'll figure it out with practice. I'm sure he can, too.

    Bob, thanks again for that manual. Mike has already said that he sees what you mean about certain things.
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    Oh, and a small thing:

    "Flicker" turned 12,000 miles on the odometer today. It's service time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodswoman View Post
    Here's Mike and his new ride!



    We just went for a little ride. He is eager to have me try riding with him, but I figured he needs more practice learning how the Spyder feels without my weight on the back. So I took "Flicker," and we just did a small 20-mile loop.

    Boy, did it feel good to go out on the road together again!! That hadn't happened since September of last year.

    He admits there's a learning curve, but is confident he'll figure it out with practice. I'm sure he can, too.

    Bob, thanks again for that manual. Mike has already said that he sees what you mean about certain things.

    Seeing that picture of Mike on his new to him tadpole makes me itch to grab my spray gun and bucket of metal flake! Oh yeah, I'd be online ordering my white walls for the front as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobWitte View Post
    Seeing that picture of Mike on his new to him tadpole makes me itch to grab my spray gun and bucket of metal flake! Oh yeah, I'd be online ordering my white walls for the front as well.
    Ha ha ha ha!!! You go, Bob!
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    Quick update:

    While I was at work today, Mike took the Spyder out for a favorite 100-mile loop. He's determined to get enough practice to get confident on the Spyder before an upcoming rally we're going to attend.

    He told me that if he hadn't needed to mow the grass, he'd have gone out again this afternoon.

    "I've got a lot of lost riding to make up for," he said.

    WHEEEEEE!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodswoman View Post
    Quick update:

    While I was at work today, Mike took the Spyder out for a favorite 100-mile loop. He's determined to get enough practice to get confident on the Spyder before an upcoming rally we're going to attend.

    He told me that if he hadn't needed to mow the grass, he'd have gone out again this afternoon.

    "I've got a lot of lost riding to make up for," he said.

    WHEEEEEE!!!!
    Woodswoman, thanks for sharing this personal insight with us. It has prompted some soul searching of my own.

    One of my summer day trips will be to get a test ride on a Cam Am Ryker. I've always been a realist, and at 78, with arthritic knees, I pay more attention these days to how confident I feel on my CTX when backing into parking places, etc. After all, it doesn't sound realistic to believe I'll still be riding for say five more years.

    So, I've been looking at this "bike" and wanted to get some seat time with it to see if this would be a substitute to release the same endorphins my CTX does. Is not being able to lean and balance the bike going to be a deal breaker for me? It's a question I have to answer for myself.

    It's in my price range, and seems to have a good range of available add-ons. I've listened to Bob say he prefers trikes now, and I think I'll give it a try.

    Remember, the realist doesn't complain about an ill wind, he/she adjusts the sails.
    Professor

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    Professor, Mike continues to be glad he made his transition. He still gets out in the wind, still has the rush of speed. But the burden of worrying whether he's going to drop the bike is lifted.

    He has, with a deep sigh, admitted that this ain't a motorcycle. He misses leaning. He loves motorcycling, and he was -- still is -- fine once he got up to a certain speed and the physics kicks in. But then there were the sorta scary times when he was NOT fine ... and, well, here he is on 3 wheels.

    So Mike is treating this as learning to drive something new. Add another one to the list, along with motorcycles, cars, horse vans, U.S. Army 5-ton trucks, etc.

    While he was looking at Spyders, I had plenty of time to stroll show-room floors and sits on Rykers. Just settling down onto that low-slung seat makes me grin. Bet that machine's a TON of fun!!
    Last edited by Woodswoman; 06-29-2019 at 04:31 PM.
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