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The 2020 RT Limited was the only sunshine I experienced yesterday. Despite the miserable weather I logged over 120 miles and enjoyed every minute of it. The new “lowered” RT rydes smoother and powers through the curves with much less momentum pull on the ryder. It may be Florida, but my wife noticed the heated seats right away and loved them. She was also quite fond of the Asphalt Grey. We both think BRP has once again come up with some really creative colors.
From the moment you mount the bike you notice the spacious floorboards. I felt like I could go for a walk and I constantly tried different positions allowed by the new floorboards and found several quite comfortable. It was dark and dreary yesterday, so I was already able to notice the visibility improvement from the LED headlights. Since it was misting, I left the windshield in its upright position most of the time but tested the up and down function and it worked perfectly. Oh yeah, (Florida or not) I turned on the heated seats for extra comfort.
Moving the controls from the handlebars to the center of the console made them more visible and easier to use, but I regretted needing to remove my eyes from the road to use them. While no need to refill on this short trip, I couldn’t resist opening the split seat that allows you to gas up without removing your passenger or luggage from the backseat. With lengthening and re-positioning of the stock seat, my wife and I both found the seat more comfortable. I didn’t even feel the need for a driver’s backrest. My wife didn’t have to view the back of my helmet for a change. Instead she could look over me and have a full view of the area ahead.
I understand there is a short and long handlebar option for the RT which switches out extremely easy, but I was personally happy with the standard bar.
I didn’t use the storage space addition of 6 gallons, but just from looking at it I could tell it would be much easier for two people to travel on the bike.
I used the back case several times. If feels slightly larger when I insert two full face helmets. The case material is much stronger, and the lid has improved hinges over similar cases produced in 2019. No need to worry about breaking the release or having any problem aligning the rear case lid as it closes.
Style, Sleek, Sexy. No question that appearance was highly considered on the roadster. My wife, the non-motorcycle person, kept telling me how cool the wheels are and how sleek the Spyder appears. I drew the line when she said she thought it was sexier than my F3.
Original article can be found at usspyderryders.com here: http://www.usspyderryders.com/blog-listing/2020/1/31/2020-rt-limited-first-impressions
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