Bikers in for ride of their lives
IT has three wheels, can go from zero to 100kmh in just four seconds and steers “just like a Formula One race car”.
There are about 350 of these motorcycles in Australia, and Tweed Heads has two of them.
They are Can-Am’s new Spyder machines and, because Banora Point man Todd Webster is hiring them to the public, you won’t have to travel thousands of kilometres to ride one, unlike Indian thrillseeker Sunny Gajjar.
Mr Webster acquired the unique bikes in July last year to begin his first business venture, Spyder Ryder Australia.
When the motorbike enthusiast saw the interest the Spyders generated at a Gold Coast bike show last year, he realised the potential for a tourism business.
“I was attracted to the bike because it was different,” Mr Webster said.
“Everybody was lining up to have a look and test ride the Spyder.”
Mr Webster welcomed Mr Gajjar to Tweed Heads yesterday to provide him with one of the Rotax 990cc V-twin powered vehicles for a tour across NSW.
Mr Gajjar operates one of India’s biggest motorcycle websites and will be blogging about his six-day, 2000km cruise on Spyderdownunder.com.
The 29-year-old came direct from New Zealand, where he drove a Suzuki 7500km across the country in 24 days in one of his most memorable rides. The Delhi resident has also done a 24,000km trip around Australia and has toured his home country and Ireland.
He said the Australian outback was “amazing”.
Mr Webster, 28, said he had been passionate about motorcycles from a young age.
“As I was growing up, I would say ‘I want that bike’, but mum would never let me,” he said.
“So when I left home I went out and bought one.
“I have ridden every day for the last eight years.”
He has become used to extra attention since he began riding the Spyders.
“Everyone stops, stares and points,” he said.
“Just going to the petrol station to fill up should take two or three minutes but usually takes me about 15 as people come and talk to be about the bike.”
You can find out more about Mr Webster’s tours at spyderryder.com.au.