Here we have one Phillip James, an Australian of considerable self taught technical skill, who has built a prototype tilting vehicle that drives like a car, tilts like a motorcycle and looks very stable. With a bit of work, this could be one helluva vehicle. He’s applied for a patent which is a good thing because I think a lot of other guys are going to try to build something like this. He’s also looking for investors.
Covered with an appropriate body, which could take many different forms, this could be very practical. It is small, lightweight, probably very fuel efficient and would make a neat commuter vehicle. There are several videos on his site to show how well it works even at this stage. It’s also something older bikers might take to quite readily after they’ve found riding to be a bit too much of an effort and at the same time they could retain some of the riding feel as they lean into the turns. Built for high performance, this could be be a hoot. I like this a lot.
Update: Some of you might compare this to both the Naro car concept I posted some time back and has received a lot of coverage since and the Aprilia Magnet. There is a resemblance to one another with one very obvious difference: This one runs. It’s a physical concept you can sit in and drive. The Naro has been on the drawing board, or should I say in the computer, for quite some time. This car from Australia was conceived and built and it runs. I’m always partial to things that run.