Are tilting 3 wheelers a possible new direction for custom builders? As the Piaggio MP3 begins to get a lot of attention and a few other vehicles like the Brudeli 625 start showing up, the idea of a twin front wheel motorcycle with some form of tilting mechanism built in could be an interesting area for custom builders to show a bit of creativity. There have been more than a few trikes built over the years with motorcycle engines of various sorts but these are basically 3 wheel cars, you steer the wheels the same as a car without any tilt involved. The Piaggio adds tilting wheels to the equation and will soon introduce it to the mainstream as the MP3 goes on sale worldwide.
Custom builders could use a new idea or two, the custom chopper seems to have run its course. There may be a few creative ideas floating around and I’m sure we’ll see some interesting bikes but that trend is getting tired. Our story of Wendell Jones with his single side front suspension and the CX500 engine turned sideways shows there is a lot of creativity out there but a lot of builders need something new to fire up their imagination. Why not a tilting 3 wheeler?
When custom builders started the wide tire trend, they quickly ran that about as far as it would go, 360s and now possibly a 400 rear tire, form has gone far beyond function. Why not a trend that actually adds something? This wouldn’t look very cool on some stretched custom but think about it on something a bit more sporty. It could work.
There’s probably a lot of resistance to an idea like this and I’m not suggesting everyone would like it or want to try it, but there might be a few guys out there, looking for inspiration for their next project. This could be it. What do you think?