[Photo removed at photographer’s request]
One of our comments yesterday on another post linked to these spy photos of a very finished looking 3 wheeler out for a road test. Evidently the photos were taken at Deals Gap and the photographer says he believes it’s a BMW, though he does not know for sure. The trike would make a run, then they would plug in a laptop and tweak a few things, then off for another run.
A lot of comments where this was posted speculate on other manufacturers but isn’t this a great way to get something like the BMW powered GG-Quad on the road? Quads are not road legal in the U.S., so just narrow the rear to one wheel, license it as a motorcycle and off you go.
These photos show the rear passenger wearing diver’s weights to give the impression of a heavy back seater so they’re checking lots of handling parameters and the laptop tweaks means they have enough electronics aboard and the overall finish quality sure seems to make this more than a backyard special.
Who really makes this and how close is it to production? Is it a concept only or really close to a green light? Whatever the case, I like it. Your thoughts?
Thanks for the pointer Steve!
Original Link: Winding Road
From EVO magazine:
The engine is a 1000cc, 60-degree water-cooled V-twin, designed and built by Rotax, which is owned by Bombardier. It is the same engine as used in the Aprilia RSV-R superbike, so should make around 130 bhp.
According to the firm’s original plans, the bike should have a CVT gearbox, but the spy pictures appear to show a conventional foot-operated gearchange. Bosch has developed an ABS brake system for the vehicle, and an electronic stability system. The front and rear brakes are operated individually, as on a motocycle.
The vehicle could be marketed under the Can-Am brand, which, again, is owned by Bombardier. The firm is planning to launch the vehicle on February 7 at an airfield in San Diego, and it will be sold in mainland Europe and the United States, with deliveries starting in the first half of 2007.
Related: GG Quad