Quadro4

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  1. twintwin

    twintwin Been here awhile

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    Well well, I'm living for now in the Netherlands, and by curiosity did a short test ride with a quadro4 this morning. First time I ride a 3 or 4 wheel scooter (I own now a 1200GSA and had a bunch of BMWs including 2 GS rigs in the US), interesting animal, strange feeling to be able to stop without putting a foot on the ground, but taking off is another story. I'm contemplating maybe buying one for my wife, the steinbock version (the one pictured above). But I would like to know more about the origin of the manufacturer, cycle parts, and engine. The dealer did not know exactly and the Quadro website does not say anything on this regard, but a couple google links mention it being built in Tawain ?
    http://www.quadrovehicles.com/
    Please educate me.
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  2. gogogordy

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    I'm pretty sure that has much Piaggio DNA in it.....the tilt mechanism from the Mp3 trikes and the motor from their BV-350 line.
    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong...
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  3. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    It's not Piaggio related.
    Quadro is a Swiss company.
    If anything is made in Taiwan, it's likely to be at least the drive line,but very likely the complete engine,gearbox/CVT and drive line.
    And that's no bad thing, because if Taiwanese,it's probably made by TGB who are a massive company which makes engines/transmissions for a huge percentage of scooter brands,along with drive line stuff for Subaru and even BMW.
    Try a bit more Googling to find out more.
    There is a three wheeled version called,unsurprisingly,the Quadro 3.
    I had a good look at both models at the Scooterist Meltdown in Kalkar,Germany, a couple of years ago....look fairly rugged and fairly well made.

    Pretty crappy dealer if they can't even tell you the place of origin!
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  4. twintwin

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    Thanks for the quick responses, just spoke with another person at the dealership, his answer was: all the parts built by Kymco, Taiwan, and assembled in Italy !!!
    Switzerland is only the country where the headquarters of the Quadro company is located. If the scooter were in fact built in Switzerland, the price would be well over 11K Euros.
    If anyone has more information, please let us know, thanks
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  5. gogogordy

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    In fact Piaggio and (of course) Vespa scooters have numerous TGB made components in them...,but that doesnt make them TGB scooters. Yes BMW has some KYMCO built engines within their product line. They are still BMWs, no?

    I still believe Piaggio technology is incorporated in the Quadro.
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  6. GB

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    I saw one in Switzerland recently and was intrigued and did some research on it, couldn't see the advantage of 4 wheels over 3 so I did some digging. This review claims that the engine is their own.

    Check out the Italian style lane splitting and weaving around cars!! My favorite is climbing the curb to get ahead of cars :lol3 I've seen scooteristi ride on the sidewalk to get around a car jam in Italy. :D




    http://www.scooterlab.uk/quadro-4-four-wheels-better/

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  7. Bolzen

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    Earlier models had had issues with tilt system, dunno if that was fixed. Apparently not for NA market due to longer road distances, but it is available in Mexico. Don't thing it's really made in Switzerland, but Taiwan is respected place for separate parts.
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  8. twintwin

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    Alright, just visited the second quadro dealer in NL, and they told me that the scooter is built by SYM, South Korea (actually SYM is from Taiwan !:-))
    I have just addressed an email to Quadro Switzerland, regarding the built origin of their scooter line, and I will will keep you updated on their answer.
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  9. eakins

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    Would never in the US as it's considered a car but does not meet those regs.
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  10. MBlue

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    In European cities with cobblestones, streetcar tracks, and who knows what else this must be a sweet ride. I'm not sure if it would find practical use in NA cities.
    I remember walking on freshly wet (drizzle) cobblestone street in Prague, and it was very slippery.
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  11. twintwin

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    I wrote directly to the headquarter in Switzerland and just got the response below.

    "Thank you for your message.
    We're a Swiss Company and we assemble our vehicles in Taiwan.
    Frame and suspensions (our patented technology HTS) are from Italy, brakes are from Spain, the rest of our components are from Taiwan where we have a part of our Quadro Vehicles Team supervising the industrial process.
    The Quadro4 engine has been designed by us internally, since it has an integrated differential. The engine is built by Aeon.

    Here you find a video about our technology:

    Here a video about Steinbock:

    And here a tutorial about our 4 wheeler:

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Best

    Team Quadro"
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  12. Bolzen

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    The engine is way too small for anything except narrow European streets..
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  13. Buster Grumpy

    Buster Grumpy Sucker for "great deals"

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    350cc will get you about anywhere.
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  14. Bolzen

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    On two wheels maybe, but -- 'anywhere/2' on Quadro.
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    A 350cc engine should be plenty enough for normal riding. It may work too hard on a freeway, pushing all the weight and rolling resistance, but for everything else, just fine.
    The stopping power and stability of this rig must be fantastic. I like when people come up with new, working, and practical thing. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but still... I'd love to ride on of these, at least for the experience.
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    75mph shall be enough for Indian (and other Asian) streets too.
    Many 50cc bikes there, low speed limits and (locally) congested traffic. The road surface isn't always smooth too, so don't bother about 200mph.
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  17. twintwin

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    Completely agree with your statements. Power is not always synonymous to fun, accessibility, ease and safety. I have ridden and owned many different bikes and sidecars, and cannot tell you which one I would take to go anywhere, as I could take any. From a Royal Enfield 500cc for 2 years in India, to multiple GS on 2 and 3 wheels in the US, and now only a DR650 and a GSA, and I love them all. The quadro4 intrigues me a lot and I'm excited to test new concept. I would maybe give it a shot, especially if my wife can handle it, and I'm even ready to get two and ride anywhere with my other half.
    I will keep you updated after another test ride by Madame.
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  18. Bolzen

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    Happy for the Indians. But i can see why it isn't delivered to North America. Fantastic concept it is, but in this configuration it hardly would get plenty of buyers over here. Twice the capacity will sure rise the interest.
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    I know that Americans need at least an V8 engine. ;)
    But that's not an important 2-wheeler market anyway.
    European manufacturers go East.
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  20. Bolzen

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    > European manufacturers go East.

    Yeah, i know -- to manufacture.
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