If that is the best that ex NASA scientists can come up with, I think they should have stuck at making space vehicles.
That is the most impractical looking trike I've ever seen. Puny headlights, far too wide at the back and using that huge engine goes against the trend of fuel efficent engines. A modern 2 litre engine would have been big enough to pull that thing.
Sorry chaps, but I am not impressed.
Here is a perfect example to show why automotive manufacturer's spend year's and millions to design vehicles that will appeal to the majority of us. Art and design can make or break a vehicles success and in my opinion, this one is broken.
I agree with Hodgy that it looks better without the body work. That should be an indication to the designer that he has got it WRONG! Luckily, body design is easier to change than the underlying structure.
As for the headlamps-they appear to be projector beam lamps and do out perform conventional headlamp bulbs by far!
Also, for the poster that said, why not just take a car. One of the reasons for trikes was for those of us that could no longer ride 2 wheels and did not want to totally give up the bike! After I got my trike and got used to it, I wished I had converted much sooner than I did.
Trikes are becoming more and more popular. Many like the additional safety factor of 3 wheels. But, to each his own.
I agree Dawg, but your trike looks like a motorcycle. Maybe we should just view what the ex NASA people have done is a project to keep their minds busy. And they sure were with a couple of nightmares mixed in !
Cut that front end off let Skip design and build a better front end....Ugly headlights for sure, like Hodgy says it looks better with out the body....But then its each to his own...In one way I like it but it could stand a bit more thought....Now until they get production models out in dealerships, its still just a dream....I didn't see a price, nut I'm sure that once a price list is put out Can Am's are going to be looking good as far as prices......:?....
Ray Ackley is the designer, owner, builder of the Treycycle, not rocket scientists. Ray employed a few NASA engineers (one was pictured in the video) to work for him, but they did not design and build the Treycycle. Fox News made the implication about the NASA engineers. When the cycle is ready for full production, NASA engineers, or laid-off folks from any kind of mechanical or engineering work may be the assemblers!
As for the comment about the rear end, it was designed that way for safety reasons. First, so there could be lots of lights across the back to solve the problem of motorcyclists being rear-ended too often. Secondly, the wide rear ensures the vehicle cannot be flipped.
There are presently 4 models: the 2-seater, a 3-seater, 4-cylinder, and 8-cylinder models. The Treycycle should go 700-900 miles without a fill- up due to the tank size (depending on the model)...try doing that with any motorcycle anywhere. There will also be a 6-cylinder model. There is also an electric model in the design phase now.
This cycle was built with safety as a number 1 priority. It's fast, fuel-efficient, fun and excitingly unique. The body was designed to emulate a Formula 1.
There are far more features/benefits and considerations built into this motorcycle than anything out there. The best part is that replacement parts are readily available off-the-shelf now. (Talk about a cost savings!) As for the body, you can pop off a body and switch a different spare to change the appearance with your whims. You want yellow this week...you got it...you want a red vehicle next week...you got it. Blue, black, with or without trick paint...you pick your cover. Prices are reasonable, so why not buy a few covers. Fiberglass and even Kevlar is available. And speaking of covers...there are extras available like a tuner cover, travel box, carryall rack, GPS, etc.
This is the birth of a new kind of fun! Created by a man who not only knows how to have fun, he made it safe for young and old alike.
People stop him wherever he goes driving the Treycycle just to check it out. Here's one more thought for you business owners...imagine putting your company logo on the side of this baby and driving it around town. Hmmmmmm, wonder what kind of new business you'll be getting, eh? Think about that.
And if you're wondering about me, I work with Ray...I know the facts. Now you do, too.