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Read the Manual:

You know they always are saying "read the manual before you do anything! Well, I did but it did not help in this case. We had ridden somewhere and wanted to secure our helmets in the travel trunk. So we stashed them in the box and slammed the lid and stuck the key in the lot and turned it one quarter turn clockwise and then returned the key to center and tested the lock's . It was not locked. Tried it again. Same results. Was it broken? Oh well, I said, and we left it unlocked hoping we would get a window seat. Arriving back home I got the book out and read up on "how to lock the travel trunk." Simply turn the key one quarter turn clockwise and remove the key. Pretty simple isn't it?

The Saga of the Glove Compartment (Box) Lock:

This is so funny it makes telling on yourself so easy. The other day I went for a short ride and it was really sunny and bright out. So I needed to wear my dark sunglasses and not my photo grays. So since I had been keeping them in the "glove compartment" I went to it, pushed down on the required spot. The cover popped open and there were my dark sunglasses. I made the exchange and returned them to the compartment and latched the cover down. When I got home I needed my photo grays back and reversed the procedure and secured my dark glasses in the glove box.

The next day I needed to swap glasses again and the lid would not unlatch after a bunch of tries. So I went with the photo grays and suffered from the glare as they just don't get as dark as regular sun glasses. When I got home I got the "book out again." But this time I got fooled I was doing it right.

So come Tuesday morning I saddled up and headed out to "Daytona Fun Machines in Holly Hill." When I arrived in the parking lot I decided to try it one more time before getting in to the Service Managers case with my good sun glasses being held captive and only 45 miles on the odometer. The dad burn lid popped open just like it should have two days earlier.   I went inside snickering when I came up on my salesman.  Who asked "what are you snickering about?  I told him and we both got a good laugh out of it.  He wanted to see if it was indeed fixed.  So he came out and tried it at least a dozen times and came to the conclusion that between the garage door remote control, the glass case and the slope of the glove box compartment tray they all got together at the bottom of the sloped compartment and held the cover up just enough that it would not unlatch and the ride in to the parking lot and my stopping quickly moved it just enough to allow it to unlock.  Moral of this adventure - don't put anything you definitely need in the glove compartment.

Installing the Can-Am/Garmin Zumo 660 GPS:

 Friday I installed the Can-Am Spyder GPS device on the Spyder. Took it for a test ride and found it not to be working. When I got home again I dug the book out again.  This time I found my mistake really quick. During the original installation I missed the part about installing the battery. Actually, I did not miss it as I tried to find out how to install it and since I could not find a way to open up the battery compartment and the heavy weight of the "Garmin Zumo GPS" led me to believe the dealership had done it for me. This time I dumped the contents of the GPS box on the kitchen table and identified every component part until I had one bubble wrapped tiny package left. Guess what it was? If you guessed, the battery pack, you win the prize.

Now the big thing was how do you get the battery box cover off? Since I was working on the kitchen table I had already put down a garage towel so that meant I could get a little bit physical with it. With the book open I found what they designated as the battery box cover locking device. THIS ONE WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO MOVE.  But I sacrificed a thumb nail to the cause and got it to move and while I had it in the open position I turned the unit over with the other hand and rapped the table top with the back of my hand. That provided just enough force to pop the cover loose to where I could get finger nails under the edges and it popped right out.

Inserting the missing battery and reinstalling the cover is a no-brainer. The rest of the setup and installation is pretty GPS routine stuff.

Don't Misplace Your Key:

Saturday morning it was time for a ride despite the heat. Jim, the salesman that sold me on the "Spyder RT Limited" mentioned that he had never seen a working Spyder installed GPS. So I decided it would be a good day for show and tell. Arriving at the dealership I went inside and grabbed him for show and tell time.

After we had our show and tell demonstration I removed the GPS and stowed it where I had been putting it away at, in the front storage compartment and slammed the cover shut while walking away and thought I dropped my key in my pocket. After looking around the store for things that I could not continue to live without I made a purchase - windshield cleaner. I headed outside to discover a real big problem, no key to open up or start the Spyder. Wearing a pair of jeans with 10 pockets in them I took everything out of my pockets and found no key!

Going back inside with a look of death on my face I asked all the department heads if anyone had turned in a Spyder key - no! I then enlisted the aid of others to back check me and see if I had missed it and they found nothing either. Now this is getting serious to say the least.

Now I knew my wife Anne had originally started the day out on a shopping trip. So I first called her at home, leaving a "Help Me" plea, then her cell, then her OnStar, finally I paged her but no Anne!

Finally she got the page and called. She found her cell was on vibrate. She would head home and get the spare key and bring it down. She finally showed up with a key and we opened the compartment we were in last time the key was in hand no key. Now I am really panic attacking where is the darn key?

Anne says did you check your pockets? Yes 3 X! The 4 X she found it stuck in a corner. I had on a pair with all these darned pockets and it got caught in the squared corner standing up in all that pocket expansion fabric.

Originally my initial plan was to go by the bike place then go out to meet a friend, Art Byrnes, for Spyder show and tell. So I had called him and told him where I was stuck at and why. Art had just showed up so we had show an tell with my Spyder then went inside to try and sell him a Spyder! We left at 11:45 I got there at 9:15!

Modifications to the Spyder:

We have made a modification to our Spyder Roadster that really tied it all together. During Biketoberfest 2011 we talked to a lot of Spyder Ryder/Owners about what they had done to their Spyder's since taking procession.

A long time friend of Anne's, dating back to her years at Daytona Beach Community College where she was a Secretary, has a Metallic Blue Spyder Roadster and he had the black tail section panel removed and painted the same color as his Spyder. Then Anne was following me home one day from where we had met up for lunch and commented "you know Larry was right. Something needs to be done to the black panel. At a distance it goes away and gives the illusion that the bike is smaller. I started paying attention to the back ends of others and concurred so we decided to investigate the costs involved. Having determined it was within budget we had it done by our local dealer, Daytona Fun Machines (DFM).

Took it in on a Thursday as requested by the Service Manager, Mark, and they took the panel off and transported it to the "Body Werks, a reputable local paint and body repair facility. The following Tuesday afternoon DFM called us and said, "come and get it!"

On our arrival in the DFM parking lot I immediately spotted it and commented "wow, what a difference." Since then I have shown it off to other "Spyder Ryder's" with the same comments. The photo's are on the photo page..

High Mounted Stop and Tail Light

I really should stop looking at other people's Spyder's. Also need to quit surfing the internet too. Recently we were out running errands and came up on a pair of Canadian Spyder's going up US 1 and noticed that this one Spyder had a high mounted stop/tail light mounted on his trunk lid. We watched it for several stop lights and decided "we need one of those!"

So I started surfing the internet at my usual Can Am sites and found just what I wanted at    ESI Cycle Products.  My Can-Am dealer, Daytona Fun Machines established an account with them and ordered one for us.  When it came in they installed it in less then two hours and we went and picked the Spyder back up.  During the pre-pickup test and demonstration inspection I noticed the tail light function was not working.  This necessitated a trip back into the shop and after completely dismantling the whole rear end it was traced out to be a broken wire that had slipped out of the supplied wire connector.  No one's error it was just one of those things that happens from time to time.  It sure does increase rear end visibility of the Spyder which makes me happy when riding.

Front Fender Tip and Rear Lights

The minute I saw my first Spyder with this modification to it I knew a set was in my future. The ones that I like the best are marketed by Custom Dynamics also distributed by ESI Cycle Products.

Front Fender TIPS Kit

The TIPS kit is a wiring only modification that turns the front fender marker lamp into a turn signal and marker light.

Rear Fender Reflector Replacement Lamp Kit

This kit replaces the adhesive backed red reflector mounted on the back of the fenders. My reflector on the left side was starting to peel off anyway. So I opted to replace them with red LED lamps that served as marker and turns signal lamps. They are so bright that they add substantially to your day and night time visibility from the rear. I have always maintained that one can never have enough front, side and rear visibility on a motorcycle.

With these lights installed and wired up the fender lights, front and back, serve as markers and turn signals. They blink when the others on the bike blink off these blink on. When in the run mode they switch back to daylight bright marker lamps