What does this have to do with motorcycles? The thing is going to have four wheels! Are articles on Yamaha boats next? Perhaps Honda lawn mowers would be a good topic for discussion here at MOTORCYCLE ONLINE.
the staff must sit around bars every afternoon scratching their heads and saying.... gee what are we going to post in the next 2 or 3 days... hey I saw a stupid article about audi ... yeah that'll do keep the Morons entertained while we think of something to write about motorcycles.... what'd I pay for this? It was too much.....
There's a new shift happening here, MOrons. The Quad market is trying to edge into the street world. Look at what BMW did with their proto-quad. There are several Euro companies that do 4 wheel conversions on bikes like the 'Busa and ZZR12. I figure that in about 3 or 4 years these very vehicles will be street legal in the US and still qualify for motorcycle insurance coverage. It's a new day people. The re-revolution of Auto bikes, Maxi-scooters, Supermoto bikes and now the Quads are on the way.
You know,about three yrs ago,I pitched an idea to Nissan to build a three wheeld sort of motorcycle trike hybrid [one wheel in front,two in the back.Welllllllll,it,s nice to know that my dreams are coming true,no money ,but hey I,m stupid...
I don't see how they could get it registered as a motorcycle when it has four wheels. Right now the Ariel Atom has for wheels and is as open and small as you can get with a four wheeled vehicle but it is still classified as a car even without a windscreen trellis frame with no body panels and being the size of a go-cart. 4 wheels=car. Sounds like this is a copy of the Atom not a motorcycle car hybrid like the GX-3 or the T-rex, the latter of which actually uses a Kawasaki engine.
I talked to VW at the LA auto show and things look promising for a 2007 release of the GX-3. We also talked about mods they may do before release including switching to shaft or belt drive instead of chain, adding a turbo or supercharger, different size tire options etc, ABS, traction control, etc. I insisted of they wanted to get people to buy them they keep them as simple as possible, as fast as possible, and as cheap as possible much like the Atom which can do 0-60 in under 2.5 seconds and can handle curves like nothing else on the road. Keep it under $20k, have a 0-60 time under 5 seconds, and have it stick like glue in curves and they will sell a few to enthusiasts without having to add lots of fancy extras.
I heard a rumour that Mack could be bringing out a new concept vehicle developed in cooperation with a renowned custom motorcycle builder. The structure will be classified as a motorcycle rather than a truck, even though it has three axles, six wheels and will be powered by a turbocharged six cylinder diesel engine rated at 600hp.
I realize it's not really a bike and it wouldn't replace what I already ride, but if it's legally classified as a bike by CA DMV I'd definitely consider buying one if whatever they end up producing is close (in features and price) to the model they showed at the LA show. I recently bought a Lotus Elise, but if the GX3 is around $20k I could unload it to buy the VW and have enough left over for a pickup to haul my bike plus a hang glider.
The bottom line for me is that I'm a member of the target market for this.