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There's something about being perched above three massive plastic wheels that imbues ordinary crybaby toddlers with a terrifyingly kick-ass, gelled-hair attitude. Unfortunately, there's something about adult trikes that is really, really uncool. Now designer Charles Bombardier, one of the creators of the three-wheeled Spyder roadster and grandson of the inventor of the snowmobile, has developed a trike motorcycle concept that looks just as fabulous to ride as your childhood Big Wheel.
Unlike the Big Wheel, the TrailTrike concept has two wheels in front and one in back. Bombardier designed the motorcycle concept to ride on asphalt as well as dirt roads and trails. The seat is another invention of Bombardier's: To help maintain balance on bumpy backroads, the motorized "carving seat" tilts at various angles and speeds to respond to how a rider leans during turns and acceleration.
Bombardier tells Popular Science that he also imagines the TrailTrike with a so-called intelligent stability system, in which a rider can input a certain type of terrain (dirt, snow, or asphalt), and an algorithm will adjust engine power supply, braking on each wheel, and traction control as needed.
Powering the trike would be a 165-hp, 2-stroke, direct-injection engine with a continuously variable transmission. Two output shafts would provide power to each wheel. In order to concentrate most of the motorcycle's mass around its center of gravity—thus making it easier to handle—Bombardier mounted the front disc brakes on the chassis of the vehicle instead of on the wheel hubs.
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This appears to be a great fun modern motorcycle. Now make it electric or compressed air powered!
while wheels like that make it look cool... they would fail in reality...
Take away those wheels and it doesnt look that cool anymore.
Those wheels would work best in loose sand, dirt, snow perhaps.
They're tires, not wheels. They could be changed for $200 and it's still mean.
Of course we can change the wheels and the tire threads. We creates this rendering with snow in mind... (Wintrike) An electric version would be cool, however we need a more efficient battery, maybe the Lithium/Air Battery Project from IBM research will make this possible.
any person who wants something like this could just buy a can am rs-s. as to the snow idea, you need much wider tires if you arent using tracks for the snow. even then though, snow tires probably wouldnt work well unless you had all wheel drive. as to the battery issue, talk to the guy who created the lithium hawk. sure it might be a bit bigger, but it works
I have been wanting one of these for at least ten years. I have thought of building one by swapping the rear chain drive axle from a all wheel drive atv for a modified motorcycle swing arm. but I want one of these instead. BUT PLEASE don't give me a street bike riding position on an on/off road vehicle - OUCH!! And if it has a two stroke engine please make sure it is CARB certified and able to be registered for on road use,for those of us stuck in California. Motorized carving seat, NO, let us try to keep the price of this thing within my reach please. Plus that seat sounds kind of heavy. If is going off road, it needs to be light enough not to kill me if it ends up on top of me, like my DS650 has been a few times.
that is really cool. i want one
that is really cool. i want one