Inspired by the world of Star Wars®, Ural gives a nod to the dark side with their limited edition Dark Force for 2016. Built on a base cT, Ural adds upgrades that include high-visibility LED lighting, an enduro bench seat, black zinc-coated passenger pegs as well as upgraded drivetrain components, painted it glossy black and threw in a three-foot extendable lightsaber®. Yes, you read that correctly: it includes a lightsaber® mounted on the sidecar, within easy reach for you and your adventure buddies (with the bench seat and sidecar, you can take two of your friends with you) to do battle with opposing forces.
The folks at Ural tell us, "Come to the dark side, we’ve got sidecars." However, don’t wait too long. Released online on November 13, 2015 and at dealers on December 1, Ural is only making 25 of the Dark Force and this very limited edition — available only in the U.S. — won’t last long.
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William Shatner’s ongoing partnership with American Wrench to create the V-8-powered Rivet One art deco tricycle is now on its last stages as the partners get close and closer to the start of Captain Kirk’s 8-day journey across the United States with the admittedly one-of-a-kind machine that has also taken in the description of a “landjet.”
The journey, which has been billed as “The Ride,” is scheduled to kick off on June 23, 2015 straight from American Wrench’s own shop just outside Chicago, Illinois. Shatner will be piloting the Rivet One on this 2,400-mile journey, most of which will take place in the iconic Route 66 highway that starts in Chicago and ends in Santa Monica, California.
While it would seem like a lonely trip if he’s riding on his own, Shatner will actually have the company of a team from American Wrench and members of The American Legion Riders. In fact, the legendary actor will use the trip to meet with members of the Legion along the route in an effort to raise awareness for the charitable efforts the country’s largest wartime veteran organization does all over the US.
Also, such an adventure wouldn’t be complete without documentation, would it? To the surprise of no one, The Ride will be documented for an upcoming television show, details of which are still being kept under wraps. What we do know is that the show will follow Shatner and his ride mates throughout the entire journey as they travel from city to city until they reach Santa Monica on June 30, 2015.
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The Can-Am Spyder RT has been subjected to another recall, proving that there seems to be no end in sight for the reverse trike’s multitude of issues. Not surprisingly, the latest recall is also fire hazard-related, similar to previous safety concerns that have plagued earlier versions of the model.
Almost 7,100 units of the Spyder RT are affected by the recall, all of which are units made from 2013. Even earlier models, those built from 2008 to 2012, are also being investigated for a similar problem, even though a recall to fix the same issue was already made back in 2012.
As if that’s not enough, the Can-Am DS 70 and DS 90, two ATVs designed for children, are reportedly capable of being faster than what Can-Am intended for these age-specific categories. That might not be too much of an issue for adults, but for young kids, it’s a pretty serious one. The specific details of the problem have yet to be divulged, but it appears that these vehicles are capable of exceeding speeds of 15 mph, which is the legal limit for the age categories that they’re homologated for.
Certain models of the DS 70 and DS 90 are also under threat of malfunctioning brakes, which would be a bigger headache for Can-Am in the event a young child gets hurt from this particular issue.
All in all, 2,385 units of the DS 70 and DS 90 have been tagged for recall with models ranging from as early as 2008 all the way to the current batch of 2015 models.
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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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Not yet available in the U.S., the 2015 Yamaha Tricity is all about innovation and engineering. In developing this three-wheel scooter, project leader Kazuhisa Takano — who was part of the development team for race machines like the YZR500 and the YZR-M1 — used not only computer simulations, but also mock-ups with chopsticks and paper models for his team to come up with the parallelogram-link mechanism. It’s this intricate mechanism that gives the Tricity its agile cornering ability, unlike the bulky hulk of other three-wheel rides. Race technology also gave the Tricity its natural, linear movement, and the nearly 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear wheels makes this handle more like a motorcycle than a scooter.
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It might be a little hard to believe but before the industry became inundated with so many autocycles, there was a point in history when few companies would even consider building such vehicles. One such company that can be considered one of the pioneers of the modern-day autocycle is Campagna. This year, the Canadian firm is celebrating a milestone as its very own three-wheeler, the T-Rex, turns 20 years old.
I know what you’re thinking: the T-Rex is 20 years old? It is somewhat strange, isn’t it? Where has the time gone? I can even remember being a young thunder cat who thought that the T-Rex was straight out of the Jetsons back when it first came out in 1995. It was the first time I had been introduced to the concept of a three-wheeled vehicle so naturally, my imagination run wild with it.
But these days, attocycles are growing in number by the year. But in some ways, a lot of these new models should extend a gesture of appreciation towards the T-Rex for paving the way for this unique niche back when most people thought that were nothing more than fads.
So as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the T-Rex, let’s also give a shout out to Campagna for breaking the mold with a vehicle that not a lot people thought would last two years, let alone 20.
It does seem weird that a three-wheeled motorcycle would be classified as a motorcycle. After all, shouldn’t there be a different classification for vehicles that have three wheels compared to their two- and four-wheeled counterparts? Well, one US senator thinks it’s a great idea, which is why he has proposed a bill that would create an entirely new category in the US for three-wheeled enclosed vehicles, or autocycles as they’re more commonly referred to.
Senator David Vitter of Louisiana is the brains behind this legislation, dubbed the Autocycle Safety Act. If you’re wondering what the man’s credentials are, consider that he’s a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – and its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. That gives him cache on these issues and apparently, he wants this bill to create new federal regulations for these types of vehicles, including those set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
It’s a logical argument given how some of these three-wheelers like Elio Motors’ Elio autocycle are being packaged as urban vehicles in their own right. That opens itself up to adhering to a set of regulations that really doesn’t fit in any existing category at the moment. Granted, 26 states already have laws or are developing them for autocycles.
But Vitter’s bill would ostensibly create that category encompassing the entire US, thus creating rules that apply only to these types of vehicles. What those rules are will be up for debate when legislators discuss the bill, but some, like wearing a helmet on open three-wheelers, seem like academic choices as a required law for these vehicles moving forward.
There will be a lot of debate on this bill moving forward. That much I’m sure of. But overall, Vitter’s proposal makes some sense on multiple levels.
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I’ve talked to many motorcycle lovers in my lifetime and I’ve found out that of all the bikes that have been built in recent years, none divides people more than the Can-Am Spyder. To be clear, it’s not really a bike in every sense of the word. It’s a tricycle, or trike for short. But people seem to be divided on the Can-Am Spyder. It’s the kind of vehicle that either triggers passionate support or intense disdain.
That said, aftermarket motorcycle seat specialist Corbin knows what side it’s on. The firm known for developing some of the plushest seats in the world has come up with a new product specifically for the latest iteration of the Can-Am Spyder: the Spyder F3.
As most custom seats are likely to do, Corbin’s new creation is an elegant two-up seat that perfectly captures the unique spirit of the Spyder F3. The seat itself comes with Corbin’s signature Fibertech base pan, a tried-and-tested material Corbin has been known to use to improve the stability of all of its products.
There’s more to Corbin’s new seat for the Can-Am Spyder F3 than fancy materials and attention to comfort. And for all that you’re getting, you’re going to need to pay quite a pretty penny to get it for your Spyder F3 units. The base price for Corbin’s new seat hits $699 and can go all the way up to $853 for the top-of-the-line version that comes with a unique heater feature.
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The Can-Am Spyder RT is apparently not immune to the recall bug. That much we now know after Bombardier Recreational Products announced a recall of over 5,000 units of the 2013 Can-Am Spyder RT over what it claims as problems involving “excessive heat” in the engine compartment. Wait, isn’t that a normal occurrence on any engine? Not so, BRP, says, because this particular issue could result in skin burns for the rider, and worse, fire.
Yep. Anytime the word ‘fire’ is uttered in recall issues, you’re going to want to listen.
As such, BRP is advising owners of the 5,165 affected units of the Can-Am Spyder RT to refrain from keeping their rides idle for long periods of time or ride them slow in traffic. That’s easier said than done for heavy-footed riders, but the issue is serious enough that it needs to be addressed, at least until the company has the necessary components to repair whatever ills these rides.
Turns out, BRP still doesn’t have these parts to perform an actual recall so it might be best to just refrain from using the Can-Am Spyder RT at all. It’s a tough thing to ask riders who have no other modes of transportation readily available to them so if that’s not an option, the aforementioned suggestions will suffice for now.
Stay tuned and keep your ears to the ground to know when BRP is ready to begin the recall. But for now, try to adhere to these precautions because you never know how it might turn out for you.
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We knew it was coming and it was only a matter of time before the bottom fell off of Polaris Industries’ “stop sale, stop ride” order on the three-wheeled Slingshot. Turns out, it didn’t even take a month for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take action.
A week after Polaris issued an order to its dealerships to stop selling the Slingshot and to owners to stop riding them, the NHTSA announced the recall after it was determined that the Slingshot had some issues with certain parts that could cause the rider to lose control of the vehicle. According to the NHTSA, around 1,896 Slingshot units are affected by the recall, specifically those built from August 26, 2014 up until January 9, 2015.
Interestingly enough, the NHTSA’s recall only pointed out the problem with the he upper pinion bearing in the steering rack assembly, which could disengage at any time. What the administration didn’t address was the separate issue regarding the roll hoops, which Polaris described in its stop-sale, stop-ride order as falling short of its own “performance specifications.”
With the recall now in place, owners of the Slingshot are being instructed to bring their trikes to local dealerships where certified Polaris engineers can replace the steering rack assembly entirely.
There you have it. The Polaris Slingshot recall is a go. If you happen to own one that was manufactured between the dates stated above, do the responsible thing and bring your Slingshots to your dealerships so they can be examined and, if need be, repaired back to tip-top condition. It may be an inconvenience, but at the end of the day, it’s still for your own good, and that of those who could borrow your Slingshots for a ride.
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We’ve all been through that phase when we considered tricycles as the coolest rides in the world. I know I had that experience when I was a young boy. But while a lot of us eventually grow our ways past it, there are some that remain so fascinated by this three-wheelers that we devote our adulthood in finding bigger and better ways to appreciate that thrill.
SFD Industries is in that phase as we speak and the company has put that conviction to good use with the development of the motorised Big Wheel Drift Trike. The vehicle is as the name suggests. It’s basically a tricycle with an enormous front wheel - 26 inches in diameter! - and complemented by a two smaller 3-inch wheels at the back. Oh, and it’s motorized, too. That means riders don’t have to worry about pedalling their trikes to get it going. A 6.5-horsepower engine already takes care of that, ensuring that our primary purpose for riding this trike is to engage it in a little drifting adventure.
In addition to the big front wheel and the surprisingly powerful engine, the Big Wheel Drift Trike also features a solid frame carefully designed for safety purposes and made from .095 chro-moly steel to go with CNC that was designed specifically to suit the trike’s overall configuration. SFD Industries also added matching forks and bars, ensuring that the trike runs in tip top shape in most road conditions. Likewise, the trike also comes with rear aluminium axle sports anodized components to match the black anodized rims while the rear section also comes with hydraulic brakes for improved control.
As you can evidently see from the video, the Big Wheel Drift Trike is incredibly cool to look at. The overall shape is unique to a tricycle and kinda reminds you of an off-road cruiser. That’s probably a big reason why SFD Industries is charging $2,400 just for a piece. It’s a pretty step price to pay, but if money is no object, you can actually give the trike a slew of upgrades, including custom colors, a two-tone paint finish, motocross grips, a twist throttle, disc-operated front brakes, a fuel cell, and a dust plate. If you’re looking to get the Big Wheel Drift Trike with the entirety of bells and whistles available to the tricycle, you could go up and just fork over the $3,555 for the whole shebang.
If you still need some kind of convincing, might I suggest watching this video. Then you’ll probably have a pretty clear idea how awesome the Big Wheel Drift Trike really is.
Japanese patent drawings from the Japanese Patent Office have revealed Honda’s plans to develop a leaning three-wheeler motorcycle, jumping on a trend that Piaggio began in 2006 with the MP3 scooter. Since the MP3’s arrival, other bookmakers have introduced similar models, including the Peugeot Metropolis, and most recently, the Yamaha Tricity.
Now it looks like Honda’s jumping on the bandwagon with a series of patent drawings showing a leaning trike with one rear wheel and a pair of front wheels. From what I’ve gathered, the Japanese company appears to be leaning towards developing a motorcycle with a design and chassis bearing a striking similarity to the Honda NC700S. It wouldn’t be surprising if Honda uses said platform since it’s already done so on a handful of other models, including the NM4 and the CTX700.
The patent drawings also reveal a few unique features of the leaning three-wheeler, particularly the suspension set-up, which makes use of a similar parallelogram suspension design found on the Piaggio and Yamaha trikes. The suspension components are set-up just behind the wheels and apparently uses a trailing link suspension that links in front of the bike’s wheel axis.
It remains to be seen if these patent drawings will ever amount to anything. Patent drawings don’t necessarily equate to given models being sent to the production line. So hold your horses and temper your excitement for now. It’s nice to see that Honda’s got these on file.
Let’s just hope that they don’t keep it on file longer than they should.
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