Bought the bike so my wife would ride with me; the 3-wheeled aspect was the primary draw so it would help minimise the potential for dropping the bike... and her. As a nurse with 41 years of ER/intensive care service, I didn't want her to have to experience anything like her patients had.
Bottom line: she is comfortable on the bike as a passenger and I am miserable. The seating position puts my legs in a bind that causes my knees and hips to ache to the point it makes me take a break after an hour. Get back on to ride and I need another break very soon. A standard motorcycle doesn't hurt me.
In no particular order:
Don't like the handling characteristics - engine noise; rides like it gets buffeted by the wind, and I know it's not that windy out every time I ride, to the point it feels like you're in a rowboat on a lake and it is wallowing in wind driven waves.
Don't like its shifting for me... you must meet certain RPM/speeds to upshift and it downshifts for you... or you can do that yourself -- either way, it's too much shifting, but they say they fixed that with the 2014 models 'no shifting in town'.
Turn signal only self-cancels on FULL (approaching 90 degrees +/-) turns, and when you manually cancel the signal, it's difficult to not go too far and be signaling in the opposite direction.
The gas gauge is a joke; shows empty when it's still about half full... that shouldn't require rocket science to engineer properly.
The brake pedal is right underneath the right foot peg; must be careful not to let your foot rest on it... and so it goes...
I'd buy another Goldwing instead - bought a new 1975 (dressed it), a new 1980 Interstate, and a new 1986 Se-i, before I'd buy another Spyder.
Browse some Spyder forums, some love 'em. I'm about to leave mine.
And it's not that I haven't ridden bikes... since 1970 until today, and haven't ridden straight through from central Ohio to Daytona Beach a few times...
Go with whatcha know. And ride on...