Best to pass on this bike
I bought one of these in 2008, it was the 250 carby version. The paint and chrome were ok in the two years I owned it. The big problem was that things kept breaking. At less than a week old I got called and told that the entire shipment had faulty thermostats and to remove the thermostat and boil it to un-stick it, the tool box cover came off in less than 100 kilometres and melted on the exhaust pipe. The dealer and Hunter refused to cover it under warranty. In the first 500 kilometres the front discs warped and were replaced with some from a 2006 demo bike. The factory mirrors had a cheap fitting to adjust them that broke in the first month so I had to buy a better quality after market set. The chain tensioner spring broke at 800 kilometres and after arguing with Hunter I finally got another spring, it broke after 1000 kilometres. Eventually I made my own spring. The mounting tabs for the chain guard broke off from bad welds so I had to re-weld them. The bolts on the left exhaust pipe that were part of the muffler (welded on) fell off so I had to drill out what was left and weld new bolts on.
At 2000 kilometres and less than 12 months old the radiator started leaking and you guessed it Hunter had no parts and refused a warranty claim. I took the radiator out and got it fixed by a radiator repair company. Not long after that one of the rear shocks broke internally whilst I was riding to work, no spare shocks either. Hunter said they were "standard Harley" parts that I could buy anywhere, nope they we cheap metric knock offs. I ended up getting a new set out of China. At 13 months the battery suddenly died leaving me stranded at work. So I had no choice but to buy a new battery from the closest bike shop to my work (at inflated prices) just to get home. I had a mate of mine put the old battery on his fancy re-conditioning charger but the factory battery was beyond saving. At 18 months the ignition wires melted under the ignition switch, so another Saturday morning repairing the bike.
The bike ran crazy rich out of the factory and kept fouling the plugs again leaving me stranded several times. I kept enough tools on the bike to pull the plugs, clean them up and get home. This got old real quick. Eventually I had to pull the carby apart and adjust the needle clip up by one, not a hard job but the cheap and soft screw heads came right off as soon as I tried to undo them.......swell, I had to drill out the screws and re-tap the threads. The front brakes had a sticking piston from the factory that required removal and re-machining. After two years and 5000 kilometres I decided I wanted to ride and not fix the bike so I sold it.
I don't think I got a "bad one" as they all seem to be like this. The guys on the alternative crusier forum around the world were having the same experience with this bike (it's sold as a Regal Raptor, Johnny Pag, AJS, Hunter, Laro and many other names). No question it looked cool but it's no fun when things keep breaking.
Great bike for a first bike, has everything it needs to, tl work well. Only problem would be is it is very loud but that’s cool, my son loves it he has been riding around all day it’s good on petrol and easy to ride, I would definitely recommend this to anyone
How much km does a full take do on a hunter spider 350 as i live in Tasmania i wish to buy one and wondering how far i can travel as Strahan and zeehan is a far ride but has alot of corners and site seeing can some one help me
Great first bike
Bought one to learn on and not dissappointed.
Real head turner with the loud pipes, looks and goes great.
Well priced so u don't have to take out a second mortgage to get the harley badge.
A real chick magnet too.
To those who say they fall to bits, i say if u look after the bike it'll look after you.
Swapped My Harley For This Bike
Wow what a bike! I swapped my Harley Davidson Road King for one. Harley are overrated. The Spyder is a real head turner and chick magnet to boot. Rode around Australia twice without a problem. If you want to look cool and pick up chicks this is the bike to ride!!
Chick magnet and makes you look super cool. Harley owners cower when I roll up beside them at the lights especially 1%ers. Easily leaves the Harley V-Rod for dead. Motor is superb.
This 350cc version is a Very Nice Cruiser
I've had it for a year and I really like this bike! US design (Johnny Pag) built in China, the water cooled motor seems like a copy of a Yamaha 350 and the frame looks a little bit like a Harley Soft tail. It's no Harley and it's not perfect, but it seems well made, looks good and with a few minor mods it rides fine and the price is definitely right! I replaced the standard dragger handlebars with some buckhorn cruisers for a better sitting position and they worked great. I would recommend this bike to anyone who likes the cruiser looks but prefers a lighter (but full size) frame.
Looks great, rides well, inexpensive
I swapped handlebars for a more comfortable ride
Hunter Spyder 350
I got the 350 version. I found the ride too hard even with the rear shocks adjusted back so I put on a solo bobber seat with 3 inch springs I picked up new from Ebay and now the bike feels amazing - and looks brilliant. I would recommend this bike if you like a firm ride, but if you prefer comfort, just fit a sprung seat. Perfect.
Looks great, feels beautiful with the above changes
The standard rear shocks are too firm for me
Great looking bike,Gutless and the service from Hunter themselves is extremely poor, good for a learner with not a great lot of experience with road bikes but would definetly reccommend that the bike be fully test road on an extended test ride, after a few days the novelty wears off, getting to 100kms nearly revs the ring out of it
great looking thats all
gutless, very poor service from the importer, you get what you pay for.
First time bike owner. Purchased the Hunter Spyder 350cc EFI. Had a few problems at first with EFI but resolved eventually (replaced the unit). No problems since. Rides well, sounds great with the free-flow pipes, turns the heads. I am happy, for price, for style and looks - hey can't complain even turn the heads harley owners. The Sypder has some bite!
Rides well, looks great, priced right.
New EFI system - some inital problems. Replaced unit - now runds great.
Hail the Hunter
This is a great little bike for those starting out, and wanting a cruiser instead of a racer. I bought a 2009 model, and have now done 5,600 kms with no hassles, the bike always starts first time, and purrs like a kitten. Its a fun bike to ride, and turns heads. The only thing I would say this bike is lacking is a v-twin 250, or would even be great to see them bring out a 750 version.
reliable, looks good, love the forward controls, turns heads
needs v-twin, also less harsh brake pads.
you get what you pay for
Sorry to all the spyder fans but they really are rubbish.after riding different bikes for many years and mistakably buying one over net without first seeing it.let me beguin,I love riding my cruisers and wanted to my bike collection.my daily ride is a 99 Yamaha r6 one of the best production bikes ever built but I wanted a weekend cruiser for a more relaxing ride and purchaced the spyder.the fruity is with these bikes is that they will rattle apart and once you are sick of re tightening every nut and bolt lock tight is the only answer.the riding position is all wrong and nothing like a so-called Harley want to be.to the point of allmost being dangerous.the engines are poorly made and expect to adjust tappet clearence often as they are partial for movment and play.if you havnt have a good listen next time if you know what you are listening to.the spongy hand grips are. For a reason as they vibrate like hell no wonder every thing vibrates loose. The worst part is if you grab the seat and handlebars and try to flex it you will see there is significant movment in the frame so watch out on open road if you hit a bump it will overflex be uncontrollable and throw you right under a truck .not to mention all the cheap [censored word removed] welding on it that has had no guaty control even if it has been robot welded.the quality in the welder is proberly the same as the Spyder,Chinese rubish.I now have purchased a harley to put next to my yamaha r6 and selling the hunter sorry every body but there is no substitute for quality or safety.and if you think I dont know what I'm talking about when it comes to thebikes build qualities I'm a mechanical engineer buy trade.I build the machines,and build the Machines that build the machines1
cool to look at
cheap in every way
Checked out a second hand unit for a mate
I went on behalf of a friend who was interested in this bike. To start with i noticed the product finish on this bike was very second rate as the chrome was pitted and the welds were very badly done and looked like they will fail if involved in the slightest accident. The motor is a complete rip off from a old version Honda that went out of production many years ago. The riding position and design i feel is wrong for a beginner and will if anything be dangerous. The parts i noticed were made poorly and the tyres and other items were of cheap Chinese brands that are not fully tested for Australian conditions. As for the looks as advertised to be the same as old school Harley and all that jazz. I fail to see that at all. I fail to see how it is advertised as Harley look alike. It looks like a cheap Chinese thing that's been run over by a truck.
It's just another in a long line of cheap Chinese knock offs. I would never recommend this bike to anyone that is interested in taking up motorcycling. Really do yourself a favour and buy a Honda so you have the reasuring knowledge that the spare parts are available, warranty will be honoured and the bike will be RELIVABLE for many many years.
Not much really to like after you stand back and have a good hard look at it
Poor welds. bad quality chrome, bad - cheap finish of product.
Don't get his reveiw on a hate vendetta, firestorm28 almost sounds like a oposition brand dealer doesn't he mmmm?
Son got his learner permit and always on to us about hunter brand even had poster on his bedroom wall for a year. 27 yrs of riding Harleys but never heard of this brand, anyway I called some mates and one of em selling his sons cause got full lisence and selling his red spyder250 with 11,000klms, bought that for [name removed] and he loved it, rode work most dry days 7500klms in 11mnths did 1 chain adjust and 2 tail light bulbs, some lowlife nicked it from his work, then bought 2nd hand 350 4,500klms with insurance money, now got another 5,000klms in 6mnths no probs at all.
The brakes do squel a bit but $19 softer pads off ebay fixes that. Gret kids ride, heavy chain same size as my HD shovelhead and alloy wheels so no spokes to adjust, cheap as blazers on petrol and coolest looking little bike we know of, the only prob I got with it found the back tyre must be designed for heavier bikes cause tends to slip in wet a bit so told [name removed] to keep it slow in rain, will look for softer compound tyre for it when needs it.
easy to ride its looks and everything really
back tyre too hard a compound
Hunter Spyder 250CC EFI
I've had my Spyder for about a month now and had no Prob. with it, the only issue that am having with this bike, is the breaks, every time i hit the braks it makes that ugly sound as if there is no discs at all..
but appearnatly it's common problem with them, i spoke to the dealership and they advised me to replace 'm and i wont have that problem anymore... apart from that it's great bike and u getting what u paid for, think of it this way..if u buy that bike Japanese made u will be paying atlease $20ks.
the way it looks, reliable
the Warranty is not that good.. the dealership didnot replace the Stearing lock for me coz i didn't buy the Bike from him..