Tanshanomi's Snap Judgments

Ridley Auto-Glide

Fri, April 9th, 2010

2003-2009 Ridley Auto-Glide
With a low-revving 750cc motor based on a Briggs & Stratton industrial powerplant, the Ridley was predictably underwhelming.
The Ridley was fairly maneuverable, but it was a poor corner-carver, even by cruiser standards.
It can be called either unsophisticated or downright crude looking, depending on how cruel you wish to be.
Owners' stories cover the gamut from fairly positive to horror stories. At the very least, quality control of individual units seems uneven.
The concept of a CVT motorcycle is nice, but there's not much to recommend a Ridley over a similarly-equipped scooter. Ridley's were overpriced. They are currently out of production, and the company is going through death throes: not good for future support.
A neat concept, but short on R&D and business smarts.
It's like a 750cc version of those mini-bikes they sell at Tractor Supply Company.