Hi Kids,

I’m Rick Lopez and I have been Ridding some sort of 2 wheeler most of my life. My first non-leg powered bike was a Rupp mini bike that I would chase the cows around in the fields. I never caught one with the big 3.5 hp beast but my dad caught me a few times, Well we don’t need to go there.

Point is as I grew up not only could I ride bigger ones I could also break them too. Moving forward I became an engineer which gave me the mind set to always want to know how it works so I could fix it better. Sometimes I would have to do some research to fix or dress up with all those shinny bits.

Sticking to the topic here, My first Can Am Spyder was a used 2012 RT that I learned to take apart and put back together and still worked after. Now my 2nd is a 2016 RTS that you see me on now. This little corner is where I would like to pass on some of my Knowledgethat will be related to the Spyders I look at doing something once a month be it ridding tips, service or the bling that goes with you on the ride

If you have an idea of interest to a Spyder shoot me an email and I will do my best to cover it in later posts.

Rick Lopez

Manfish@att.net

 

 

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Well it’s been a good day on the Spyder now it back home. So what’s to do after you park it. Besides washing off the road grime one of the best things is to plug in the Battery Tender. What?

Here is the reason why. On a Spyder we have a computer and it always needs power. Key on or off. Now don’t get me wrong with leaving the bike parked for a week or two or three it always starts and yes it will without a tender. Here in Florida we have heat then we have heat from the motor. Too much heat will weaken a battery. Even in your car with the salt in the air it takes a toll. So a battery tender is a smart charger not like the battery charger to charge up your car.

It is a low amp even sub amp that is to condition the battery smartly and it will also turn itself off. This smart charger keeps the battery at top condition. I have had battery’s in bikes with the tender last over 4 years without sometimes 2 to 3. Take it from boaters, When you look at a boat add for sale, a plus is an on board charger that is a smart charger and a boat can have 2 or more battery’s on board to take care of. I have always had one on mine too. Can it tell me if my battery is going bad? Yes. They all have a light on them. Green light, All good, Red light on more than 3 days. Then there is some problem. Un hook one of the battery cables, connect the tender to the battery only after a few days light green battery ok start looking at the bike.

That new USB plug for your phone that you hooked up last weekend that went straight to the battery not through the key switch could be it always on draining the battery pulling it down. Cost for a smart tender is 30 to 40 bucks. There is even water proof ones if you park the bike outside.

Contirutor: Rick Lopez

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AuthorCathy Aylstock

Heed these fifty tips to help save your life while you are riding your motorcycle in the urban jungle.

1. Assume you’re invisible:
Because to a lot of drivers, you are. Never make a move based on the assumption that another driver sees you, even if you’ve just made eye contact.

2. Be considerate:
The consequences of strafing the jerk du jour or cutting him off start out bad and get worse. Pretend it was your grandma and think again.

3. Dress for the crash, not the pool or the prom:
Sure, Joaquin’s Fish Tacos is a five-minute trip, but nobody plans to eat pavement. Modern mesh gear means 100-degree heat is no excuse for a T-shirt and board shorts.

4. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst:
Assume that car across the intersection will turn across your bow when the light goes green, with or without a turn signal.

5. Leave your ego at home:
The only people who really care if you were faster on the freeway will be the officer and the judge.

6. Pay attention:
Yes, there is a half-naked girl on the billboard. And the chrome needs a polish. Meanwhile, you could be drifting toward Big Trouble. Focus.

7. Mirrors only show you part of the picture:
Never change direction without turning your head to make sure the coast really is clear.

8. Be patient:
Always take another second or three before you pull out to pass, ride away from a curb or merge into freeway traffic from an on-ramp. It’s what you don’t see that gets you. That extra look could save your butt.

9. Watch your closing speed:
Passing cars at twice their speed or changing lanes to shoot past a row of stopped cars is just asking for trouble.

10. Beware the verge and the merge:
A lot of nasty surprises end up on the sides of the road: empty McDonald’s bags, nails, TV antennas, ladders, you name it. Watch for potentially troublesome debris on both sides of the road.

11. Left-turning cars remain a leading killer of motorcyclists:
Don’t assume someone will wait for you to dart through the intersection. They’re trying to beat the light, too.

12. Think before you act:
Careful whipping around that Camry going 7 mph in a 25-mph zone or you could end up with your head in the driver’s side door when he turns in front of you.

13. Beware of cars running traffic lights:
The first few seconds after a signal light changes are the most perilous. Look both ways before barging into an intersection.

14. Check your mirrors:
Do it every time you change lanes, slow down or stop. Be ready to move if another vehicle is about to occupy the space you’d planned to use.

15. Mind the gap:
Remember Driver’s Ed.? One second’s worth of distance per 10 mph is the old rule of thumb. Better still, scan the next 12 seconds ahead for potential trouble.

16. Beware of tuner cars:
They’re quick, and their drivers tend to be young and aggressive, therefore potentially hazardous.

17. Excessive entrance speed hurts:
It’s the leading cause of single-bike accidents on twisty roads—some cruisers can make unheard of amounts of power. Use it on the way out of a corner, not in.

18. Don’t trust that deer whistle:
Ungulates and other feral beasts prowl at dawn and dusk, so heed those big yellow signs. If you’re riding in a target-rich environment, slow down and watch the shoulders.

19. Learn to use both brakes:
The front does most of your stopping, but for a lot of heavy cruisers a little extra rear brake can really help haul you up fast.

20. Keep the front brake covered—always:
Save a single second of reaction time at 60 mph and you can stop 88 feet shorter. Think about that.

21. Look where you want to go:
Use the miracle of target fixation to your advantage. The motorcycle goes where you look, so focus on the solution instead of the problem.

22. Keep your eyes moving:
Traffic is always shifting, so keep scanning for potential trouble. Don’t lock your eyes on any one thing for too long unless you’re actually dealing with trouble.

23. Come to a full stop at that next stop sign:
Put a foot down. Look again. Anything less forces a snap decision with no time to spot potential trouble.

Raise your gaze:
24. It’s too late to do anything about the 20 feet immediately in front of your fender, so scan the road far enough ahead to see trouble and change trajectory.

25. Get your mind right in the driveway:
Most accidents happen during the first 15 minutes of a ride, below 40 mph, near an intersection or driveway. Yes, that could be your driveway.

26. Never dive into a gap in stalled traffic:
Cars may have stopped for a reason, and you may not be able to see why until it’s too late to do anything about it.

27. Don’t saddle up more than you can handle:
If you weigh 95 pounds, avoid that 795-pound cruiser. Get something lighter and more manageable.

28. Watch for car doors opening into traffic:
And smacking a car that’s swerving around some goofball’s open door is just as painful.

29. Don’t get in an intersection rut:
Watch for a two-way stop after a string of four-way intersections. If you expect cross-traffic to stop, there could be a painful surprise when it doesn’t.

30. Stay in your comfort zone when you’re with a group:
Riding over your head is a good way to end up in a ditch. Any bunch worth riding with will have a rendezvous point where you’ll be able to link up again.

31. Give your eyes some time to adjust:
A minute or two of low light heading from a well-lighted garage onto dark streets is a good thing. Otherwise, you’re essentially flying blind for the first mile or so.

32. Master the slow U-turn:
Practice. Park your butt on the outside edge of the seat and lean the bike into the turn, using your body as a counterweight as you pivot around the rear wheel.

33. Who put a stop sign at the top of this hill?
Don’t panic. Use the rear brake to keep from rolling back down. Use Mr. Throttle and Mr. Clutch normally—and smoothly—to pull away.

34. If it looks slippery, assume it is:
A patch of suspicious pavement could be just about anything. Butter Flavor Crisco? Gravel? Mobil 1? Or maybe it’s nothing. Better to slow down for nothing than go on your head.

35. Bang! A blowout! Now what?
No sudden moves. The motorcycle isn’t happy, so be prepared to apply a little calming muscle to maintain course. Ease back the throttle, brake gingerly with the good wheel and pull over very smoothly to the shoulder. Big sigh.

36. Drops on the face shield?
It’s raining. Lightly misted pavement can be slipperier than when it’s been rinsed by a downpour, and you never know how much grip there is. Apply maximum-level concentration, caution and smoothness.

37. Everything is harder to see after dark:
Adjust your headlights, carry a clear face shield and have your game all the way on after dark, especially during commuter hours

38. Emotions in check?
To paraphrase Mr. Ice Cube, chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self. Emotions are as powerful as any drug, so take inventory every time you saddle up. If you’re mad, sad, exhausted or anxious, stay put.

39. Wear good gear:
Wear stuff that fits you and the weather. If you’re too hot or too cold or fighting with a jacket that binds across the shoulders, you’re dangerous. It’s that simple.

40. Leave the iPod at home:
You won’t hear that cement truck in time with Spinal Tap cranked to 11, but they might like your headphones in intensive care.

41. Learn to swerve:
Be able to do two tight turns in quick succession. Flick left around the bag of briquettes, then right back to your original trajectory. The bike will follow your eyes, so look at the way around, not the briquettes. Now practice until it’s a reflex.

42. Be smooth at low speeds:
Take some angst out, especially of slow-speed maneuvers, with a bit of rear brake. It adds a welcome bit of stability by minimizing unwelcome weight transfer and potentially bothersome driveline lash.

43. Flashing is good for you:
Turn signals get your attention by flashing, right? So a few easy taps on the pedal or lever before stopping makes your brake light more eye-catching to trailing traffic.

44. Intersections are scary, so hedge your bets:
Put another vehicle between your bike and the possibility of someone running the stop sign/red light on your right and you cut your chances of getting nailed in half.

45. Tune your peripheral vision:
Pick a point near the center of that wall over there. Now scan as far as you can by moving your attention, not your gaze. The more you can see without turning your head, the sooner you can react to trouble.

46. All alone at a light that won’t turn green?
Put as much motorcycle as possible directly above the sensor wire—usually buried in the pavement beneath you and located by a round or square pattern behind the limit line. If the light still won’t change, try putting your kickstand down, right on the wire. You should be on your way in seconds.

47. Don’t troll next to—or right behind—Mr. Peterbilt:
If one of those 18 retreads blows up—which they do with some regularity—it de-treads, and that can be ugly. Unless you like dodging huge chunks of flying rubber, keep your distance.

48. Take the panic out of panic stops:
Develop an intimate relationship with your front brake. Seek out some safe, open pavement. Starting slowly, find that fine line between maximum braking and a locked wheel, and then do it again and again.

49. Make your tires right:
None of this stuff matters unless your skins are right. Don’t take ’em for granted. Make sure pressure is spot-on every time you ride. Check for cuts, nails and other junk they might have picked up, as well as for general wear.

50. Take a deep breath:
Count to 10. Visualize whirled peas. Forgetting about some clown’s 80-mph indiscretion beats running the risk of ruining your life, or ending it.

Contributor: Rick Lopez

 

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