It's been over two years since we mentioned the TreMoto trike. They had just completed one prototype, based on a Ducati Monster 620, but it had over 2500 miles and things seemed to be working pretty well. Eddie Smith of TreMoto dropped me a note to let me know they were preparing for Pikes Peak with their trike based on a Kawasaki Z1000.
Even die hard two wheelers should take a look at this because in the dirt or blasting through turns where gravel is strewn across the road, you have to figure, the twin front wheels should give you a large margin of safety and control over a single wheel. The TreMoto leans 45 degrees, so you're not locked upright like a Can Am Spyder and at 464 pounds wet, and with inline 4 power, it should be enough to get and keep your attention.
Here's Eddie from TreMoto:
Yeah it's tons of fun to ride. Lately it's just been a lot of Pikes Peak prep, suspension settings, playing with ride height etc. The front end is pretty well dialed now, I can hang with sportbikes in the twisties. It's particularly good in low speed corners, hairpins and trail braking. The narrow little backroads are my favorite, so there's often gravel sand and dirt scattered in the middle of turns. This really freaks the two wheeled guys out but the TreMoto really doesn't seem to care. There is a lot of traction under braking so it's pretty easy to pick the rear wheel up. It doesn't really like to wheelie, but the rear slides/spins with more control than I have on a bike. Front wheels can be locked with no drama. Wet weight is 464lbs with 3 gallons of fuel with head/trail lights installed, so dry weight is 436lbs which is right on par with the stock Z1000 it's based on. Racing weight will be lighter still. On the same set of tires you can bomb down a gravel road with confidence, go drag knees in the parking lot or twisties and then ride to the drag strip and break 100mph on the 1/8 mile. I can't really think of any bikes that could do that, maybe a Multistrada?
We're also putting the finishing touches on a SuperTenere that we are setting up for a customer. It's not going to be as hard edged as the Z1000 or the Ducati but it should have good performance and be good for adventure riding.
Leaning trikes are showing some promise, with enclosed concepts like the TerraCraft and naked versions like the TreMoto, you can choose your personal preference, but once we made the transition from upright to leaning, the whole trike world took on a different tone and give bikers another option.
I'm really excited for the 91st running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. We ran in 2011, the last year of dirt, but missed last year due to the wildfires. For 2013 we are a lot more prepared, so it should again be a great event. The PPIHC organizers are awesome about allowing experimental and unique vehicles, so we will again run Exhibition Powersports alongside Greg Tracy and Chip Yates with their high powered electric bikes, some super bikes and the Milliken camber car.
Check out the TreMoto web site, they have lots of videos and if you're in the Colorado Springs area for Pikes Peak you can see it in action.