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Old 06-01-2007, 12:31 PM   #16
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There was a write up in MCN (that's motorcycle news for all you red neck motherfuckers ) They also featured the "other" options out there - pretty good write up.

Wouldn't go near one with a ten foot barge pole - HD need to re-learn building a bike with two wheels before they branch out to 3 wheels
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:31 PM   #17
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I can't remember the name of the company - but Harley bought some company several years ago that made Subaru powered trikes. They were doing testing and R&D at Talladega and all was well until one of the test riders/drivers actually managed to flip one of the damn things on the back straight and nearly kill himself. They kinda canned that project after that.

Really what is happening is that they are running out of T shirt and trinket ides for all the bikes they currently make so they got to come up with sumpin NEW to put on T shirts!
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:33 PM   #18
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Why not a leaning 4 wheeler?
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:45 PM   #19
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The beauty is in the way they did it. If you look at the drawing of the trike leaned over it still has full suspension available to it. The Piaggo, to my understanding, does not (inside wheel is nearly bottomed).
Check the fourth sketch. More specifically check the left-hand side shock absorber. Looks pretty bottomed-out to me.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:04 PM   #20
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Check the fourth sketch. More specifically check the left-hand side shock absorber. Looks pretty bottomed-out to me.
In the sketch yes, you are correct. Last part of the app sates:

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Using hydraulic actuators 38 as discussed affords some major advantages to trikes. First, since the lean of the trike 10 is controlled by the hydraulic actuators 38, the upper and lower control arms 32, 34, spring dampers 36, and steering components are free to act normally, regardless of the trike's 10 lean. This allows the trike 10 to absorb bumps while tracking an arcuate path in the same manner it would if it were tracking a straight line, making for a consistent suspension action, even while turning.
So if the hydraulic actuators were calibrated right then it could bring both shocks mid-stroke. That was my understanding from reading the app.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:18 PM   #21
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In the sketch yes, you are correct. Last part of the app sates:



So if the hydraulic actuators were calibrated right then it could bring both shocks mid-stroke. That was my understanding from reading the app.
sounds like backward technology to me.























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Old 06-01-2007, 01:20 PM   #22
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Won't sell.... It doesn't look like something designed in the 30s.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:24 PM   #23
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that v-rod really looks like it was built in the 30's.
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:57 PM   #24
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sounds like backward technology to me.
Backward technology IS technology none-the-less....
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:59 PM   #25
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:57 PM   #26
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It's gotta be embarassing to have a concept three-wheeler that leans over further than the majority of their two-wheeled products.
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:16 PM   #27
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Hmm - Piaggio mp3 anyone? Just got back from Paris and these things are buzzing around all over the place.

Been there, rode that. Went to Aprilia/Guzzi School in Cali and buzzed around on that thing. Wayyyyyyyy too much fun. I hope they bring them to the US, last I heard there were only 12 in the states, 'Priller owned them all, and 2 were at the cali school. Really neat how it works!
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:24 PM   #28
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I wanna see the Teutul's make a chopper outa that thing

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Old 06-01-2007, 03:24 PM   #29
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Interesting.

Could the Tee Shirt Company sell that to their customer base? I don't think so. Based on how the VRod has been received, I think they're going to be storing this patent in a cabinet and letting it collect dust.
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:39 PM   #30
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Interesting.

Could the Tee Shirt Company sell that to their customer base? I don't think so. Based on how the VRod has been received, I think they're going to be storing this patent in a cabinet and letting it collect dust.
Think: Easy burnouts at the bike night without the risk of getting it all wrong and dropping it in front of your buds.
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