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Revving up the Spyder Ryder

11:00 AEST Thu Jul 22 2010
Natalie Gruzlewski has found one heck of a way to enjoy Queensland's Gold Coast. Can-Am Spyder Roadster, the newest thing in power sports.

The Spyder Rider has three wheels — two at the front, one at the rear — and gives a motorbike performance with car-like control. It has safety features such as ABS, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution and power-assisted steering. The Spyder is powered by a 1000cc Rotax V twin engine producing 110 horsepower. It has an advanced semi-automatic SE5 transmission.

Unlike two-wheeled bikes, Spyders don't lean into corners and feel very safe — as they are. They handle like a high-performance sports car crossed with an all-terrain vehicle.

If you have a bike license you can drive one yourself, but really, it's better to sit back in comfort, cruise along and take it all in.

It's a fantastic way to experience the beautiful Gold Coast and northern New South Wales, including Byron Bay, the rainforest of Springbrook or the charming Mount Tamborine. It's also fun to take a head-turning ride along the streets of Surfers Paradise. Natalie chose to ride through the beautiful Currumbin Valley.

Owner Todd Webster is very proud of his Spyder Ryders, particularly as the Gold Coast is the only place in the world you can do the tours. You may have seen one in a movie, such as Transformers, GI Joe and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The hire price includes safety gear — helmet, jacket and gloves — fuel and a picnic lunch. No matter your age, they are guaranteed to provide fun.

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

A five-star hotel with 296 rooms and suites is an ideal place to stay on your Gold Coast holiday. It's comfortable and luxurious and boasts state-of-the-art technology. Bathrooms have Roger Gallet products, fluffy robes and bath sheet towels.

On 3 Restaurant overlooks the hotel pools and Gold Coast skyline. Room 81 is a modern lounge, bar and kitchen with a mix of eclectic European interiors and New York ambience visuals. It's the perfect place to meet friends and share a drink and a meal. TC's Bar and Gaming Lounge has a full bar service, dining menu and all the sporting and entertainment action you could want on three plasma televisions and a large wall screen.


Queensland's Gold Coast.


Spyder Ryder half-day tours are $150 for a pillion passenger or $125 for self-ride. All gear and refreshments are included. There's a minimum age of 10 years. They operate every day between 7.30am and 5.30pm.

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach rooms start at $214 a night.

Prices correct at July 22, 2010.

For further information

Spyder Ryder
Marine Parade
Coolangatta 4225
Ph: 0421 069 196

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
81 Surf Parade
Gold Coast 4218
Ph/Fax: (07) 5592 2250

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