The scenario for a three wheeled conveyance with the power-to-weight ratio of an elite sports car and the cornering dynamics of a motorcycle has always remained a castle in the sky to the bike freaks till now. Back in 2006, Lehman trikes and Harley-Davidson announced that they had entered into an agreement for the development of three-wheeled machines based on Harley “motorcycle product” and sold as Harley-Davidson branded vehicles through authorized Harley-Davidson dealers.
Lehman Trikes U.S.A. is a subsidiary of Lehman Trikes, Inc. of Canada, a recognized leader in the trike business for more than 20 years.
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Buell Motorcycle Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel, and general merchandise.
Given that Lehman has been making a range of ‘Turnkey Harley Trikes’, conversion kits and accessories for 20 years, with two wheels at the back and a motorcycle front-end; the announcement didn’t catch a lot of attention. A recent patent filing by Harley makes the whole story suddenly much more exciting. It appears that Harley isn’t far from releasing a stunning new “carving” model based on similar existing machines as the Piaggio MP3, Electric Vectrix, Brudelli Leanster and Mercedes-Benz F 300 Life-Jet and previously published concepts such as Heikki Naulapaa’s Aprilia Magnet, Dimitrios Scoutas’ Skipee and Tommy Forsgren’s Hermes.
To an extent, the companies have not announced the timing of the product introduction. The accompanying drawings from Harley’s patent application show a machine certain to broaden Harley’s market into citizen territory without alienating from its enthusiasts and clientele.
Perhaps with this new platform, we’ll get to see Erik Buell work with the V-ROD motor ‘at last and indeed, what a sporting carver might do when focused on sporting endeavors.
It appears that Harley isn’t far from releasing a stunning new carving model; unquestionably it’s the time to wait and watch our castle coming from sky to the earth. Get set to ‘ride the lightning’, with the all new trikes from the Harley combined with a cool combo of a sports car and a power bike. Till then, patience is the key my friend.
Ducati Desmosedici RR is a hot ride and who wouldn’t be happy to see its production go up? Seeing the high demand for the bike, the company has decided to increase production from 1250 units to 1500 units.
All 1500 RRs will be delivered to their customers by the end of next year. The company has decided to give an upperhand to existing Ducati owners with first 500 instances of the new model being offered to 999R riders.
RR is a road version of the Moto GP bike and comes with a 1000cc V4 engine with a maximum power of 200bhp. A 100% carbon fibre bodywork with a tubular steel frame for the RR means the dry weight is just 171kg.
The world is altering for the pits, but atleast the people from the biking world can swank of a contrary notion. The concepts, which have evolved over the past few years, are definitely heart warming and since we people have the tendency to forget, let us just rev up and see the stunning concepts that have made an impact and left a lasting impression.
10. The SAGA
Designer: Paul Yang and Larry Nagel Status : Project Motorcycle Credibility: It was a first time project, which only took seven months for completion
9. Chrysler Tomahawk
Designer: Daimler Chrysler Status: Production ready Engine: V 10 Credibility: A sculpture that can be ridden
Chrysler Tomahawk for me is the ‘Big Daddy’ of all motorcycles. You ask me a reason and I have one many; for a V10 engine, which makes it capable of producing 500 horses powers it, is the foremost of them all. With a capacity of 8.3 liters and a ten-cylinder engine, it can literally fly at 400 mph. Hats off to Daimler Chrysler for making this bike reach the production floor !
8. Peraves Monotracer
Designer: Swiss Manufacturer Peraves Status : Being limitedly produced (100 units each year) Engine: BMW 1200 CC, 130 hp Credibility: Combines the aptitude of a car and a bike
The Peraves Monotracer combines the features of a sports bike and a sports car and if any of you doubt it, just as a substantiation, it took Peraves some 90 prototypes and 12 million kilometers to be sure that they live up to the rumored repute . When the driver dives into a corner a retractable stabilizer wheel is positioned in less than a half a second, enabling the bike to lean up to 52 degrees more, than most sport bikes in their lifetime.
7. BMW IMME 1200
Designer : Nicolas Bubar and Yves Dufeutrelle from ISD Status: Prototype Engine : A 150 hp engine based on the BMW 1200 Boxer Credibility: A startling concept evolved by two rookie designers
Nicolas Bubar (22) and Yves Dufeutrelle (24) are design students at the international school of design and they thought that a sports bike based on the BMW 1200 boxer would be good idea. Tell you what folks; it definitely was a good idea for the IMME 1200 would now be presented at the next Munich Motorcycle Show at BMW stands.
6. The Dacoit
Designer: Nitin Khosa Status: Concept bike Credibility: Devil Personified
Nitin Khosa designed this amazing concept to satiate a thirty plus individual who was looking to redeem his attitude and youth with a stunning, aggressive, and evil looking bike. Khosa answered his cause by creating the Dacoit (a class of robbers in India who act in gangs and are usually armed and dangerous). The face of the bike depicts an evil figure whose eyes/headlights are peeping from underneath the hood.
5. The Embrio
Designer: Canadian multinational Bombardier Engine : Complex hydrogen fuel cell Status : Prototype Credibility: Single wheeled, emits only water vapor
The Embrio from Bombraider is a prototype, which could become a virtual reality somewhere around 2025 for this technology is too ultramodern considering the present generation bikes. It sports a single wheel and is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which creates power by mixing hydrogen and oxygen, creating only water as a by-product.
4. The Renovatio
Designer : Ed Jacobs Engine: 135 hp, V-twin engine, specially designed by Katech Status : Pre -Production Credibility: Easy to upgrade and reconfigure
Confederate Motorcycles lead designer Ed Jacobs designed this drastic bike concept with large attachment points easily available on the engine ensuring improvements and assorted configurations at ease. Powered by a V-Twin engine, it produces 135 hp at 125ft/lbs of torque. Confederate is confident about this unique concept it has developed and it plans to produce it some time this year.
Designer : Tim Cameron Engine: Harley Davidson Revolution V-Twin engine Status : Being Mass-Produced Credibility : It took a leap from the computer screen to metal and rubber
For Tim Cameron, the Australian designer of this bike, it was a mere ‘dream bike’ for he thought dreams were the only place where he would ride it, but as they say destiny drives us all, this bike had to become a reality. Tim Cameron’s dream were given realistic proportions by the 200mph ‘Y2K’ jet turbine-powered bike fame Christian Travert and now the experts dub it as the most startling motorcycle design ever seen .
2. The Hyanide
Designer : Oliver Keller and Tillman Schlootz Engine: 60hp, 500cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder Status : One fifth of a scale model / currently not going into production Credibility : Potent for any terrain, courtesy of its flexible rubber treads
Designed for last years Michelin Design Challenge, the Hyanide impressed on and all with its amazing ability to conquer any terrain. Its flexible rubber treads could pull the machine through, even if its slightest part is touching the ground. We have had no news of it since then but we are just hoping that the Germans decide to send it to the production floor.
1. Detonator V4 6.0
Designer : Daniel Simon Engine: 6 liter, 4 Cylinder Status: Concept/Sculpture Credibility: Bears no semblance to any existing concepts
The, ‘too hot to handle’, Detonator V4 6.0, is a mere sculpture with no intention of being a functional bike. This machine looks like a crossover between a chopper and an automotive soldered android and hmmm! It reminds me of those big pizza cutters.
The supermoto sector was a ’supernatural’ one for Ducati to enter until recently. Ducati has neither significant off-road heritage nor engines suitable for dirt bikes, but in the last few years supermotos have become both more powerful and hardnosed, moving the class towards Ducati to the point where the hardware and its sports bike heritage began to rhyme.
Designed by Pierre Terblanche, a concept version was shown in Milan 2005 and in response to an eager public; the Hypermotard is now a production reality. Worth mentioning is the fact that it wasn’t just the public which went bizarre, even the experts thought likewise as it bagged the ‘Best of Show’ at the same event.
It went into production and is now a bike which ‘thrills’ you with its solid credentials. It uses Ducati’s outstanding 1,100cc air-cooled motor. A theme is carried on in the chassis which in total gives the bike a 17 kg advantage. The 90-degree V-trim power unit’s design is pure Ducati right through, as are the tubular steel trellis frame, a single-sided swingarm and high specification running gear.
There’s a higher spec S version which uses the same monoblock Brembo brake callipers as the 1098, with very low friction forks, an Ohlins rear shock, lightweight forged aluminum Marchesini wheels and sundry carbon fiber components, to lose a further two kg compared with the standard version.
Ducati has pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the Hypermotard mirrors. With the challenge of preserving a clean, racing look around the handlebars, designers created a new mirror concept. On the open road these stick out to give a view behind unhindered by elbow, leg or anything else.
Inevitably, the anxiety about the protection of the angled headlight is in the air. Even the fuel tank will limit your touring ambitions as its 12.4-liter capacity will have you hunting for filling stations every 130kms.
For the longer distances one would have to think twice before trusting the Hypermotard as its capacity matched with the average signals a different purpose, which the officials interpret better, than a layman does.
On a positive side the Hypermotard’s noteworthy weight reduction makes it even better. Twist the throttle and the bike lunges forward much harder than its 90bhp promises, pretty much regardless of the revs showing on the compact and inclusive LCD display.
It has a supermoto type long travel suspension, which may not be idyllic on the roads even for this class of machine. But the bike is firmer and much better controlled, so fork compression is less severe than most and it does not mean you have more suspension margin on bumpy roads. Idiosyncrasy of this type of setup is that the steering can be quite heavy when you’re not braking hard, as the geometry needs to be conservative in the static state so it doesn’t become unstable under heavy braking. The clutch lever is light, though a redesign has reduced the force needed by some thirty percent.
Ducati has a much wider and stronger spread of torque. The front can feel flighty if jostled through a series of bends. Although very good looking, the treatment of the headlight and front mudguard doesn’t work from every angle. The Hypermotard is bringing some useful versatility to its core mission.
Ever thought if Arnold rides a bike, what it would like be. Sent on a special mission by the US Army the Machine wouldn’t suite better on anything less than the one shown under. One riding another in all passivenesses!
Dunnoh! Who is the rider of this super contraption, but when it comes to imagining a burly dude riding it, the Californian governor would ouster any compatriot , although there is an advice before you offer this awesome bike to him, make sure it runs on ethanol, he will love it and cherish it forever .
When the crime arrive the Gotham city, batcave open its doors to give way for the Batman; and now with his new bike roaring aloud. For the fact, batman acquires no superpowers alike other superheroes. He’s just a poor little rich guy and the owner of the huge Wayne’s enterprises. By the midnight he’s on the run against the crime in disguise just by using his hi-tech gadgets and of course his brain which makes him my favorite too.
The upcoming Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight’ reveals a new upgraded suit and a novel mobike with some unusual motorcycle add-ons, outfitted with grappling hooks, some machineguns and cannons.
Jean-Pierre Goy, the stunt rider who has spent the last few months jumping Batman’s hottest batbike at some top-secret location in England to prepare for next summer’s Bruce Wayne escapade, “The Dark Knight,” starring Christian Bale as the caped one.
The Batpod is designed by Nathan Crowley, who created the Batmobile for ‘Batman Begins’. Later Chris Corbould built it.
The front and rear tires are both monstrously huge; 508 millimeters and the engines are in the hubs of each wheel. Steering isn’t by hand but by shoulder, since there aren’t handlebars. Instead, there are shields that fit each arm like sleeves and have the ability to rotate around the bike’s frame. The two foot pegs are set3 1/2 feet apart on either side of the tank, which the rider lies on, belly down. The fuel tank also moves up and down.
Lucius Fox, gadget guru for Wayne Enterprises’ Applied Sciences division (played by Morgan Freeman), is the guy who came up with the idea in the movie.
Nathan Crowley persisted the way they make films is building things for real. ‘We try and not rely on visual effects,” he added.
“I thought there was no chance we’d actually achieve it,” Corbould said. ‘Chris Nolan and Nathan went for the look of it rather than thinking about the mechanics. That was the biggest challenge: Get their vision, but make it work and perform.’
There are actually six Batpods, in case one or more than a few are crashed during filming, which is likely.
Chris Corbould neither mentioned what sort of an engine was used for the slick gray-and-silver Batpod nor he revealed its top speed and the cost. The cost does not matter if it’s all about the rage against the crime for Bruce. It does matter when it comes for the real world.
Triumph Daytona 675 has again registered a victory in both the Supertest and Masterbike multi-bike comparison tests for the second year running. The bike performed outrageously in both the events held at Spanish racetracks.
In Supertest, held at Almeria the judges were so impressed with the engine flexibility, throttle response, chassis handling, chassis brakes, equipment and price categories of this superbike that they acknowledged the bike to be number one. The bike also managed to beat the all-new Honda CBR600RR with a huge margin in to become ‘Best Supersport’ at the Masterbike test in Jerez.
The most impressive thing that makes it an outstanding sports bike is that it has not undergone any change since its launch in 2006.
Stoner is looking forward to wrap up his first world crown with victory at the new San Marino MotoGP at Misano. The only rider to miss a world triumph with a massive lead was Mick Doohan, who led by 65 points with five races left in 1992 before injury struck. Competing the MotoGP class for the Ducati Marlboro team, Stoner goes into Sunday’s 28-lap race holding a commanding 60-point lead over Valentino Rossi. Winning the last six Italian Moto GPs in a row, Yamaha’s Rossi has not yet yielded in his pursuit of Stoner.
T3 Motion has introduced their innovative T3 Series Security model at International Security Convention West show (ISC West) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This three-wheeled series is designed to improve visibility for security personnel from a stable, standing position built on the 9-inches raised platform and to increase response time that speeds up to 18 miles per hour.
This eco-friendly three wheeler motorcycle comes equipped with integrated LED lighting system and two re-chargeable batteries and to operate this machine one has two only spend less than 10 cents per day.
Estimated price of this machine is 8000 USD including two batteries.
‘Take me home... to the place I belong...West Virginia’, remember this line from the famous John Denver song, the only thing he’ll regret till date is returning (if he ever wished too) on an All-American cruiser, probably the ‘Only America’ feel from Rocky Balboa is missing when it comes to American cruisers because there isn’t purely one which has been recognized till date.
Victory has plans to definitely make Denver happy for he could return, finally on an all American cruiser and the Balboa gesticulation could also be fortified even in relation to the cruisers as the upcoming cruiser dubbed the Vision ; another name couldn’t have suited this well , has all the tricks in the book incorporated , thus recognition finally sans boundless .
Victory Vision will be available in the Touring and Street Variant and the only major difference defining the two will be the equipping of the Top Box Pillion backrest on the touring Version.
A maximum fuel storage capacity of 6 gallons /23 liters alongwith thousand miler seats ensure that the cruiser aint just it, in name and as far as the performance part is concerned, predictions could be made only when the engine to be incorporated becomes a certainty . The front runner would definitely be the 100 cubicinches devil from Freedom.
Cruisers don’t get recognition comfortably as the ones who follow them are often prone to nostalgia and the American ones as it is haven’t got thorough recognition till date. The only thing they get recognized for is their hefty price tag; we just hope that the vision will change that!
The Vision is a product from Victory Motorcycles and considering the response its first two bullies Hammer and Vegas Motorcycles have got coupled with the fact the Victory is the worldwide leader in quality owing to their muffling of the opponents in the JD Power and Associates 2006 Motorcycle Information Study, the ‘Vision they want to accomplish could be achieved by their Vision’.