Since the debut of the Piaggio MP3, tilting three wheelers are coming from everywhere these days and here’s one that looks pretty nice. It’s the Brudeli 625L from Brudeli Tech in Norway.
Geir Brudeli got his degree in mechanical engineering and product development and began working on transmission and gearbox solutions for small cars. Always interested in motorcycles, he formed his own company and started work in 2001 on a vehicle somewhere between a motorcycle and a small car. The end result is the Brudeli 625L you see here, based on a KTM 625 SMC supermotard motorcycle. The design was done in partnership with Hareide Designmill.
It looks a lot like a quad, except for the single drive wheel of course, but it tilts like a motorcycle to a maximum (adjustable) lean angle of 45 degrees. It has the benefits of 3 wheelers we’ve already talked about, extra stability and greater braking because of two front wheels.
It also has a unique feature, footboards that stay parallel to the ground even when leaned over which they say gives the rider more control over the vehicle.
They are working on getting approval for road use which I would think might make a big difference in how successful it will be. Price is €20,000, it will only be built to order and first deliveries are scheduled for 2007.
UPDATE – More photos added below: Geir Brudeli sent us a couple more photos of the Brudeli 625L Leanster on the track and says they already have approval for road use in Scandanavia for testing and development. They are working on European approval which they hope will be ready in March 2007. First deliveries will be afterwards around June. He said a few will most likely be delivered to the U.S., however, road approval or registration will be up to the buyers.
The lean angle, which is now limited to 45 degrees could actually be greater but street tires do not have contact patches able to take advantage of that. The suspension is capable of more. Geir notes the Piaggio MP3 is limited to 40 degrees, which is fine for that scooter application but really sporting riders of the Leanster might wish to go a fair bit further.
More photos of the Brudeli 625L below:
see also – The Kneeslider: Piaggio MP3 tilting 3 wheel scooter