Leaning trikes

Discussion in 'Motorized Trikes' started by jawnn, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. jawnn

    jawnn Member

    I need info about leaning trikes. I prefer two wheels in the front.

    I realy like the idea of whipping around corners.

    pictures? kits? plans?
     

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I've noticed a few two-front-wheel mopeds in the past year.

    they do appear to be more stable.

    Sorry I'm not really answering your question. It's just that I don't know of pics or plans.
    But maybe somebody will
     
  3. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=leaning+trikes

    I haven't seen any motorized, leaning trikes... but I found 5 decent sites from the link above.

    Hopefully, you're not trying to come up with anything like this...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNAipmCKj2M

    A more practical idea, IMO, which is somebody else's project...
    http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisil/Wood/delta_trike.htm

    And some plans...
    http://www.recumbents.com/WISIL/wianecki/leaning_trike.htm

    This is what I want...
    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/N...07/august/aug0707r8leaningtrike/?&R=EPI-93348

    And I wonder how reliable this is (will have to look it over later)...
    http://www.instructables.com/id/SDU4ZT0FAQEDEB4/
     
  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    You need a sophisticated suspension system front and rear, ESPECIALLY if having two front wheels.

    Can you imagine the millions of dollars that went into engineering that Vespa/Piaggio with two front wheels?!
     
  5. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

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  6. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I've been wanting to design one for quite some time, but it's the cost and complexity of the suspension + the pedal chain twisting under flex that is the issue. To make one motored and pedal isn't easy if you want it to lean. I have found on a regular trike, or even a bike, if you lean your body off the bike while standing on the pedals, leaning in towards the curve you are taking, you won't tip over.
     
  7. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I find that I can corner pretty much as fast as a car, so tilting doesn't really interest me. Suspension does.
     
  8. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    What about a full-suspension mountain bike, converted into a trike?
     
  9. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

  10. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Excellent insight from the man on the trike.

    What benefits (if any) does a 3-wheeler have opposed to a 4-wheeler? A bit more presumption that you're not on a typical "motor vehicle" or "motorcycle"?
     
  11. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Less mass to move? The feeling of not being confined in a car? Tadpole style: No rear differential to deal with?
     
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  12. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    a trike is also still a bicycle...once you go to 4 wheels, most places don't call it a bike anymore
     
  13. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Make the front steer like a go-kart, but the rear end like a bike?

    That would be awesome! Braking would be WAY better with two front wheels.
     
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