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    Do some of you old motorcycle guys look at this and go hmm?

    Maybe I should have posted in Equipment, but this is kinda speculative to be honest.

    I know there's a lot of old motorcycle guys here, some of whom have figured out ingenious ways to get back in the saddle. I was browsing around, and MD just did a nice little review on this Piaggio trike.

    http://www.motorcycledaily.com/10apr..._500ie_pg1.htm

    Whaddya think?

    Tom

    #2
    Yeah, very interesting. I saw a you tube video a while ago which indicated this scooter outperformed a standard scooter on slalom course.

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      #3
      Here is another one that just came out, I think they are both ugly.

      http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Articl...ID=4279&Page=1
      Tough Times Don't Last...Tough People Do!

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        #4
        interresting.. but it only goes in a circle. Meaning that once you get out of you chair, you have to come back to it to get back in.

        Spiffy otherwise
        Rick Brauer or just call me - Mr B

        http://www.riseadventures.org

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          #5
          I dunno about the Piaggio, that thing is goofy. The CanAm is interesting, sort of like a T-Rex but upright. Scanning over that it seems they are actually making it, hmmm.

          Kinda wish my old R1150R didnt have ABS brakes, so then I'd be more inclined to get a kit for it that made this. But I couldnt get a straight answer out of the firm that made it regarding compatibility with the linked BMW ABS, so I sold that bike. That would have been really cool, I loved that bike.

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            #6
            My first cycle was a Italian one Cimmatti

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              #7
              I agree, the Piaggio is an odd and somewhat ugly design. Plus, I don't really care much for scooters, eventhough my wife does have a little Honda one.

              I do find the Can-Am Spyder and the Grinnall to be pretty cool though.

              I also don't think I would ever be as happy with three wheels as I was with two.

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                #8
                I bought it up because the Piaggio has both the ability to lean in corners as a true motorcycle, and yet is capable of remaining stable and upright at a stop with hand input only. Conseqently the only remaining technical hurdle, and a relatively easy one at that, would be to design a wheelchair mount of some kind on the back of the bike that's light, secure, unobtrusive and relatively easily acessed. I once strapped 2 tires, a 120 front and a 180 rear, to the tail of my old FZ1 with nothing but bungee and 550 paracord so I could get them mounted at a bike shop 25 miles away. Between the 2 tires they weighed easily as much as a typical manual chair and took up just about as much room. Motorists on the road looked at me like I had a hole in my head (it was below freezing, too), but what did I care - got my tires changed.

                Tom

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                  #9
                  That scooter caught my eye on MD too. And Yamaha made a 3 or 4 wheeled bike that looked interesting too. It might have only been a concept for trade show. Pat

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                    #10
                    TRIROD F3 Adrenaline

                    How interesting!

                    I just posted a new thread under equipment for the TriRod F3 Adrenaline.

                    Go check it out!


                    titanium4motion
                    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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                      #11
                      I was lusting over the Piaggio and see it comes in 250, 400, and 500cc. Since April, has any one out there have any more knowledge of them? Or thoughts?
                      Jon

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                        #12
                        yea, i seen a chinese made knockoff of this very design around town. it made me go hmmm alright, followed by a wtf was that guy thinking and what a dorky waste of machinery. oh well, serves a purpose. and yea, i have to go with a "negative, ghostrider" with these reverse trikes. tech is always driven by advancements, but at some point, K.I.S.S. still rules.
                        Every day deserves a little time off.

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                          #13
                          i knew a lot of guys who yanked those ABS system out and retrofitted conventional calipers from the '02 GS Sport, which was the last 'non-electric non-abs' decent brake bmw made.

                          i loved the rockster boxer, very much fun especially commuting in a big city. so much low end grunt that making bold moves in slow moving traffic (only to increase your margin of safety, of course ) was always accessible.

                          Originally posted by Andy View Post
                          I dunno about the Piaggio, that thing is goofy. The CanAm is interesting, sort of like a T-Rex but upright. Scanning over that it seems they are actually making it, hmmm.

                          Kinda wish my old R1150R didnt have ABS brakes, so then I'd be more inclined to get a kit for it that made this. But I couldnt get a straight answer out of the firm that made it regarding compatibility with the linked BMW ABS, so I sold that bike. That would have been really cool, I loved that bike.

                          "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                          "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                            #14
                            oh yeah...holy crap that trike is cool. the piaggio? meh...i'd hvae to see one in person to render an opinion. haven't yet. may be interesting, though. wonder how it rides? the 1150r mod could be made to hold a wheelchair, though.
                            "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                            "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                              #15
                              Anyone actually buy one of these???

                              I saw one this weekend and the owner is going to let me try to ride it. And there is a second hand one for sale around $3.5k.

                              Any input???
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                              ...gets almost 70mph....would be great from my 100 mile commute...!!!
                              Last edited by t8burst; 6 Jun 2013, 10:48 AM. Reason: hit edit not reply. sorry

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