As you can see, this motorcycle police officer has found a new, interesting, unique, but extremely efficient method to stop those who break the law. It all consists in attracting the outlaws like a magnet rather than chasing them all over the highway.
I can imagine drivers waiting in line to beg for a biiig ticket. I’m not sure what they’re going to receive although I could make a few remarks regarding to what could there be in that spacious trunk that she rests her elbow on.
Can-Am has issued a recall for a number of 12,500 Spyders manufactured between July 2007 and May 2009 because of an apparent problem to the vehicle’s power steering system. This has reportedly caused at least three light injuries because, as stated in the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "the operator of an involved vehicle may need to exert a force greater than expected to initiate the turning of the steering handlebar off centre in order to correct vehicle drift from a straight line path."
The Canadian Press< dig deeper into this aspect and gave the company’s spokeswoman Johanne Denault the opportunity to make things sound less dangerous… "The vehicle is not going to start zig zagging, it’s only a small drift", she said.
Although they don’t mention in what the correction of this problem consists, the suppliers of the power steering system (Kongsberg Inc.) are left with paying the repairs. Owners must contact Bombardier Recreational Products at 1-866-767-0707 or go to their local dealers to have their rides inspected and, if necessary, repaired.
No less than 9,932 possibly affected Can-Am Spyders were sold in the United States.
This is the zero-emissions transportation vehicle that is supposed to offer the best green power-to-weight ratio in the near future. It is called the BMW X bike (althought the fact that it has three wheels qualifies it as a trike) and it was designed by Jacobus Marx, who’s inspiration came from BMW’s “efficient dynamic” theme (I guess we can supposed he’s at least fan of the German brand).
Electricity is the key to powering the X bike from zero to 60 in only 4 seconds and to a top speed of more than 150 mph. Two 80KW in-wheel electric motors with regenerative properties are supposed to be used and fed by ceramic batteries that recharge fast and weigh very little.
We must admit that this sound like a plausible concept and can’t help not being impressed by the interactive suspension that is sure to allow filtering through traffic with great ease.
Nowadays, it is very hard towards impossible to come up with brand new, 100 per cent original cruising/touring motorcycle and no manufacturer knows that better than Harley-Davidson. So we’re guessing that engineers and designers came up to the simple conclusion that their new project didn’t necessarily had to be a motorcycle, but something that would take the best of the motorcycle world and add enough carrying capacity to keep a couple on the highways all year round…something like a trike.
The 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic is the latest addition to the Touring family and addresses to the kind of rider that would have bought the two-wheeled version and turn it into his own. So is it legitimate to suppose that owners themselves inspired Harley on this one?
Hitler’s contribution to the motorcycle industry throughout World War II is a pure showcase of the natzi leader’s idea of a “two-wheeled” vehicle. These were actually tanks with motorcycle-like riding position. Power came from an Opel Olympia four-cylinder motor developing 36 hp and being capable of moving the tanks with a top speed of 35 mph, so imagine the weight of these things. Created for mountain hunter corps, these war machines were capable of dealing with a 46-degree inclinement angle. So I guess that Hitler’s Honda VFR is out of the question?
Getting stuck in traffic is no problem if you’re Pierce Brosnan in a mission as 007….or at least people think you are by the roles you’ve played. Punctuality is what always counts and that’s always rewarded in the James Bond style.
Two symbols of the United States, the burger and Harley-Davidson motorcycles unite into an incredibly strange looking and most likely smelling combination, the Burger Trike. Harry Sperl is the name behind this unlikely project and the sacrificed bike is a 1987 Harley-Davidson.
This crazy looking thing has even onion-like rear wheels while the front rim looks like a tomato slice so the menu is complete and ready to be served.
Outrageous is THE way to go nowadays if willing to stand out as a builder and Blastolene makes an excellent demonstration with their latest creation, a trike powered by an immense Hemi V8 engine. Displayed at the Grand National Roadster Show, this three-wheeler founded hard to pass unnoticed, not only because of the motor that usually powers hot rods and/or dragsters, but also because of the unusual dimensions (in other words, it is damn long) and the amazing fit and finish despite the fact of not even being painted.
The innovative builder masks the exhaust pipes with a pair of wings welded on the engine heads while the claw-like front swingarm suspension is definitely one of a kind. We don’t know how much gas will go into that tank, but it sure looks like it can store plenty. This doesn’t leave too much room for the rider – not to mention the passenger – and I’ve got a feeling that it doesn’t handle that easy either. But does it need to? As long I can remember, drag tracks have been straight as an arrow and, apparently, this is where the Blastolene Hemi-powered trike belongs. Can’t wait to see this monster moving!
We barely got time to realize that another year has passed by and there’s another concept trike showing us how it may very likely be the thing we’ll ride or better said drive in the future. But if it’s still here, at least let’s welcome it as should. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Hawk!
The design belongs to 22-year-old Alex Hodge, a designer based in New Zeeland. The young man has imagined the trike of the future as a machine powered preferably by a powerful motorcycle engine, but which would protect the user with a cockpit-like covering that swings away to allow the entry and exit to and from the vehicle.
With an alloy chassis and 19-inch alloy wheels, we already know that the thing would be light and stable, but how does it do in the performance department? Well, it seems that this designer also thinks at fuel consumption so he visualizes Hawk concept as being powered by the 999cc V-Twin engine “borrowed” from the Honda RC51 motorcycle. Now that’s pretty good considering that the specific powerplant meets a great balance between power – 120 horses – and fuel consumption which depends on how much the trike will actually weigh.
We have to admit that it looks radical, but I can’t see why he didn’t sketch a fully-equipped pilot in it. After all, what’s the point of all that transparency if you can’t be spotted when riding in style? And don’t come to me with that “view” stuff because you can see the view as you’re watching where you’re going.