You probably remember the GG Quad, based on the BMW R1150 boxer engine. It's been around for a couple of years while GG Quad USA has been working to get the various states to allow them to be registered for the road. I wasn't watching recent developments but there's now a new version, the GG Quadster, built around the K1200S 4 cylinder engine.
The Quadster is constructed on a billet aluminum frame suspended on unequal length, double A arms with coil over shocks. The 167 hp engine runs through a 6 speed transmission with reverse, carries 6.9 gallons of fuel and weighs 825 pounds. They say it will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and tops out at 135 mph.
The new Quadster already has a couple of customers, one is Michael Jordan, the other an unnamed business owner in San Diego. You can probably guess, it's not cheap. The base price is $65,500 and there are a few pricey options but it does look like a very well built machine and I think it would be fun.
The LA Times had an article the other day and the police stopped by while they were shooting photos and seemed to like it, they probably wouldn't give you a hard time if you were riding (driving?) one but then, it's not like there's a ton of them on the road. If they all of a sudden became successful, and it's not hard to imagine machines based on less expensive components being built in large numbers, they might start to look at them a little differently.
We're seeing more attempts to get high end quads registered on the road. Some states have no problem with them, others seem to have a real fit if they see one. It would be nice if everyone came to some sort of agreement on requirements but there's usually at least one legislator in every state that wants to prohibit everything and that makes the legalization process difficult.
I like these quads. They may not appeal to everyone but I hope these guys are successful in getting more of them registered and on the road. Just a little extra variety, nothing wrong with that.