William Shatner And American Wrench Start Taking Orders For Rivet One Trike
William Shatner’s Rivet One trike project has graduated from being an early novelty into an actual machine that will come with the same 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine found underneath the hood of a Cadillac CTS-V and more importantly, an actual price tag.
The company behind the project, Illinois-based motorcycle fabrication company American Wrench, is already taking reservations for the trike, giving those quick enough to secure a spot in the trike’s build list a chance to become one of the first owners of the vehicle.
We first heard about the Rivet One on January 2015 when Shatner announced that he was planning to take it on a somewhat cross-country trip from Chicago to Los Angeles later this year. At that time, it was still unclear if American Wrench had any intention of offering to interested customers. Well, turns out demand was good enough that Shatner and American Wrench are moving forward with production plans, albeit on a build-to-order basis.
Details are still sketchy on how much a Rivet One is going to cost, but based on its menacing and somewhat neurotic look, coupled with the aforementioned V-8 engine, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this machine is going to fetch a hefty price tag.
It probably won’t be as expensive as building the actual Enterprise, but it won’t come cheap, either. So if you’re interested in the Rivet One, it might be a good idea to get your finances in order so when the time comes that you’re going to have to pay for the trike, your wallet won’t suffer its own version of a heart attack.
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Why it matters
One look at the Rivet One and it becomes clear that William Shatner has a rather enterprising mind for design. Basically, the Rivet One is a three-wheeled bike - one wheel in the front, two at the back - that makes use of a single-sided swing-arm to steer the trike’s front wheel while connecting it to some rather unusual-looking handlebars.
Illinois Auto Electric VP of marketing Kevin Sirotek told Motor Trend previously that the Rivet One will also feature a single-sided front suspension and steering system in the front, allowing it to use a hood where the gas tank would be on a traditional motorcycle.
At the back, an independent rear suspension for the two rear wheels will be used and is expected to be made up of a hand-formed aluminum, creating that industrial look that these renderings of the three-wheeled bike proudly show off. A full canopy and a decent amount of trunk space at the back will also be part of the trike’s overall design.
In its full design glory, the Rivet One is definitely an eye-catcher in more ways than one. But now that it’s been announced that the trike will use a CTS-V-powered supercharged V-8 engine that can produce close to 500 horsepower, that should elevate the status of the Rivet One into more than just a novelty.
Source: Rivet Motors