[Prev] Thread [Next] |
[Prev] Date [Next]
[SCT] It's all in the layout (was:- homepage pic posted 6/17/09)
Fri Jun 19 00:00:27 2009
> Fred -
> Please understand that I DON'T think that this rig has come even remotely
> close to the 'not a motorcycle' class - heck, I think that even the very
> odd-looking EML 4-wheeler, and the highly integrated Hannigan HPS
> outfit are both still motorcycles.
> Now, it's also obvious to me that the Ariel Motors 'Atom' is a car -like
> the Lotus Super Seven is a car - and not a bike, and no, I don't believe
> that CHS (Center Hub Steering) immediately knocks a rig out of the 'bike'
> class - viz the Bimota CHS machine which is a VERY tasty bike indeed.
> But, when we start chatting about crossover rigs, like the Can Am spyder,
> the Liberty Cycle Car, or the only slightly insane T-Rex my mental jury is
> still somewhat out - Can Am is pretty bike-like, the T-rex just confuses me,
> and the Liberty is really a car continued b y other means.
thing is, I tell sidecar beginners that "It ain't a bike no more, it only looks
to emphasize a sidecar rig's totally different handling characteristics.
If the vehicle has a steering wheel directly ahead of the powered wheel and a
third wheel off to one side it's a sidecar rig even if it was built as one
that modern exoskeletal rig. Or if it has side by side seating like a Scott
OTOH, if a vehicle lays 3 tracks it's a tricycle. The Spyder is Can-Am's way to
snowmobiles in summer, the Liberty is a modern version of a Morgan and the
T-Rex is a styling tribute to Star Wars but they are all different takes on a
Fred Hill, S'toon.