A 2012 Can Am Spyder RT-S SE5 and a Kymco Like 200i Scooter
Jerry can't shift gears with his left foot, so a paddle shifter or scooter is for us!
2012 Kymco Like 200i Scooter
When we need to go somewhere where speeds over 55 MPH aren't needed, and when we would like to get 80 MPG... then the Kymco scooter is what we take. It will carry both of us at the same time without a problem but for more comfort and flexibility while riding, going solo is more fun. Kymco is a Taiwanese brand with a very strong reputation for quality. Please don't confuse Taiwan quality with mainland China quality (or the lack thereof)!
The Kymco Like 200i has a smooth-shifting CVT automatic transmission, a 163cc, SOHC 4-Stroke engine with EFI, front and rear disc brakes, speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge & clock, under seat storage, helmet hook & top storage box and a great 2 year limited factory warranty. The Like 200i is available in three classic colors: black, red and ivory. The Like 200i LX model is available in a 2 tone blue/white scheme.
When searching for a scooter, we looked at all the major Japanese brands and a few others that have reputations for high quality products. We all know you can't go wrong with a Honda, but the low price and high quality of the Kymco bikes really sealed the deal. We got a great bike at a great price and have really enjoyed owning and riding the Kymco.
We bought ours for MSRP plus TTL. We NEVER buy anything if the dealer charges a freight charge, prep fee, shop fee or doc fee. If the dealer refuses to waive those fees (or reduce the price to absorb those fees) we walk away.
When we want to ride in style and comfort, and super high gas mileage doesn't matter, then we take the Spyder. To be honest, this is the fanciest thing we have ever owned in our lives! With comforts like a power windshield, heated grips, adjustable air ride suspension, power steering, cruise control, etc... it really is a pleasure to ride. The Spyder is extremely powerful and will go from 0 - 80 MPH way before the on-ramp ends. The speedometer goes up to 200 MPH but we have no desire to see if it will actually go that fast.
With Jerry's disability, he cannot shift gears with his left foot. Thus, a scooter or a bike with a paddle shifter on the handlebar is a must. The Spyder is available with either a foot shifter (SM5 model) or a paddle shifter (SE5 model). With the paddle shifter, there is no clutch and no need to let off the throttle to shift gears. Just listen to the engine or watch the tachometer to know when to shift to the next higher gear. The Spyder will downshift on its own if you want, or you can downshift using the paddle shifter.
Even with a front and rear trunk and saddle bags, some folks need more storage. Can Am offers a trailer that is designed to be pulled behind the Can Am RT models. Unfortunately, like every other add-on offered by Can Am, the trailer is quite expensive. We really wish accessories weren't so outrageously expensive because we would buy some... but at their current prices, we will just skip them all. To give you an example, we priced a set of rider floorboards for a Harley Davidson and they were just under $300.00. A set of rider floorboards for the Spyder was $1000.00!! We'll get by just fine with the factory rider pegs.
We bought our Spyder from Mountain Motorsports in Kodak, TN because they were more willing to negotiate than Big #1 in Birmingham, AL. When it came time for the initial service at 600 miles, we took the bike to the Motorsports Superstore in Hamilton, AL who was over $200 cheaper than the Birmingham dealer for the exact same service. So shop around and don't let a dealer bully you or tell you that all those extra fees are necessary. They are only necessary to line the dealer's pocket.
If you contact Mountain Motorsports in Kodak, TN to buy a bike, please ask for Travis and tell him that Mr. Winegard from Alabama (who bought the RT-S SE5 from him) sent you. :)