Lets hear it for the weird three-wheelers

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by vortexau, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. vortexau

    vortexau Outside the Pod-bay

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    Guzzi Mulo Mecanico


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    Guzzi '59 Ercole three wheeled truck


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    Piaggio Ape racing (Seems to be CG . . . maybe for a game?)
    . . . spills galore . . .
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  2. Gummiente

    Gummiente Rebel Without A Clue

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    The Indian made Bajaj...
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  3. vortexau

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    Flying a rear wheel with a small-engine Ape!


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    Ape drifting . . . in the snow!
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  4. Gummiente

    Gummiente Rebel Without A Clue

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    The Ural trike...
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  5. MooseKiller

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    Ya know... I'd be kinda interested in that if they would ever import them. Kind of an option to the Gear Up, but in a more utilitarian sort of way. It lacks the monkey factor, but it'd be a great camping/long haul/winter rig.
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  6. eastbloc

    eastbloc comprador bourgeois

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    Main problem is I doubt you'd squeeze out much more than 85km/h on that beastie. At least here in the northeast, that really limits the roads you can hit without risk of being treated rudely by fellow motorists :cry
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  7. vortexau

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    I had a bit of interest in the IMZ-8.4010 once I discovered it on one of the Ural websites hosted for Australia. Pity that its one that's announced 4 models -- to use their words -
    - while a quite different site is maintained by the importer that has actually run two road-registerable models (Tourist & GearUp in LHD) through ADR Certification!

    But, returning to the IMZ-8.4010 . . .
    <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="2" height="329" width="450"><tbody><tr><td height="19" width="34%">Engine</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> 650 ml , H-O, 2 cyl, 4 stroke, OHV</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="19" width="34%">Power</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> 23.5 kW</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="19" width="34%">Ignition System</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> contactless electronic</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="19" width="34%">Electrical Output</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> 350W</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="19" width="34%"> Gear Box</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> 4 speed with reverse, 2 speed transfer case</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="19" width="34%"> Transmission</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> Shaft drive</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="19" width="34%"> Final Drive Ratio</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> 4.22</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="19" width="34%"> Tyres</td> <td height="19" width="66%"> 135 *13 Front & Rear</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="20" width="34%"> Brakes</td> <td height="20" width="66%"> Disk Front, Drum Rear</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="20"> Fuel Capacity</td> <td height="20"> 19 l</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="21" width="34%"> Top Speed</td> <td height="21" width="66%"> 80 km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="20" width="34%"> Dry Weight</td> <td height="20" width="66%"> 520 kg</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="20"> Carrying Capacity</td> <td height="20">425 kg</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="20" width="34%"> Length</td> <td height="20" width="66%"> 3350 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="21" width="34%"> Width</td> <td height="21" width="66%"> 1500 mm</td> </tr> </tbody></table> . . . so, unless one changes that 4.22 final drive ratio (or fits 14" rear wheels) with possibly an increase in engine power, Workhorse operators are limited to a 80 km/h maximum speed.
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  8. Gummiente

    Gummiente Rebel Without A Clue

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    Given that it has all the aerodynamic qualities of a large brick, I'd say that an 80kmh limit is probably a good idea.
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  9. vortexau

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    Sounds like YOU are more a Bond Bug person?

    http://www.bondbug.com/

    http://www.bondbug.com/#
    (Bond Bug swatting game)
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  10. Gummiente

    Gummiente Rebel Without A Clue

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    Y'know, if I were to knock off the inboard rear wheel, that would make a totally bitchin' winter hack for my dog. :evil
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  11. MooseKiller

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    Yeesh... I expected it to be slow, but not quite THAT slow. I'd need it to run about the same as a Gear Up... Well, nice to dream about anyway! Thanks for the great info!
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  12. dengwynn

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    Two companies seem to have made effective 3 wheelers, 235vw.jpg Volkswagen which has had this one around for several years. It exceeds 200 mpg.
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  13. dengwynn

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  14. dengwynn

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    apterahome1.jpg This one, Aptera, goes almost 90 mph and is said to come close to 300 mpg.
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  15. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    How are the wheels set up? From the pic it looks like a four wheeler ie car.
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  16. dengwynn

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    I could not count the VW wheels but it was said to have 3, however it does appear like four so i deleted it. The Aptera definately has 2 in front and one behind. 3 is probably a minimum for non-bikers. I was at the bicycle and speed record runs in Nevada, and what they rode was impractical as they were taped shut and had to have a crew to launch them.
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  17. vortexau

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    Prototype Bond minicar 1948 . . . a crude vehicle, with non existent rear suspension save for the cushioning effect of the 8" low pressure tyres . . . powered by a 122cc Villiers Mk 10D motorcycle engine, mounted on a centrally positioned single front steering fork attached via the steering head to the front bulkhead.

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    The remodeled production version of the Minicar still adhered to the lightweight aluminium monocoque construction concept. There were no doors, in order to retain the shell's rigidity, but simply a slight curved cut-out to the cockpit side. This made entry and exit something of a feat when the hood was raised!

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    Improved for 1953 with rear seat room (as long as the passengers had no legs), and wider front wings allowing a completely new steering mechanism. This allowed the complete front wheel drive unit to turn 180ยบ lock to lock and gave the Mk C the ability to be literally turned around within it's own diagonal length. It used the 197cc Villiers unit introduced in 1951, and had a confirmed fuel consumtion of 85-90 mpg.

    It now had rear suspension using bonded rubber "Flexitor" units, as well as greatly improved weather proofing.
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