I'm just bored as f**k today, had to put a Forrest Gump reference somewhere . Anyways I'm diggin' that tadpole! My friend wants to build one so bad except with a gas engine. But I like the electric ones.
Yeah, i'm a bit sensitive about that one, i guess. Sorry for being abrupt on that one. If i could do a Forrest Gump and break out of those 'bindings' i would.. they are now built-in.
I'm looking for solutions, in dealing with this 10 year cramped lifestyle problem - real cramp to what was a very active motorsports oriented life, up until 10 years ago.. but i think i am coming a little bit closer to finding it again, with this Tadpole.
A few years back, these Trikes were pretty much unobtanium here, Regionally - no Dealer network carried them at that time i looked last at Tadpoles, and they were generally shipped in from USA or individual imported by a Trip over the border at significant additional expense - on top of a devalued $$ over USD. One comparable trike that i looked at prior to this one that i bought, came from California, and this one came from PA - and it wasn't even really used, after being put together.
Currently, there is one Regional dealer carrying Tadpole trikes - this is for a market population of ~14,000,000 people in Ontario.. it's literally someone's converted farmhouse barn - the overall market demand is that small. With relative unobtanium status, came high resale $$$.
I just so happened to luck out, at the dead of Winter.. winning.
Back when i was first looking at them - i couldn't get one for luck or money. Back then, electric drive conversions weren't all that common yet either.. the price was high, end product certainly less refined. I had also considered a gas-build in my first musing of a motorized Tadpole trike. I've had/have a few Honda Cub engines sitting on a shelf that could have been considered.. I'm glad to have waited for ebike technology to have matured.
Anyway, i see a sister-board has been setup for the ebike crowd.. so i might transfer this build thread over there.. i'm not yet ready to get a start on this build, as i'm still wrapping up the Hybrid mid-drive/GT5A build... but i'm already eyeballing a parts-list for the Tadpole.