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Is it a car, or a bike?

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I'd take it if I could find a sponsor. A motorcycle with air conditioning. That sounds like a winner in Houston summer.

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post #3 of 15 Old Mar 4th, 2007, 3:39 pm
 
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It's a bike, albeit an enclosed one. I wouldn't be surprised to own something like this someday as a daily commuter.
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It looks pretty cool. I think Joe is right, something like this may be the future commuter vehicle. It seems like ti might take some getting used to though - maybe it is just me...

Wonder how it would do in a stiff cross-wind?
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OK, Enclosed.....

You stop, you fall over, How do you put your foot down?
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post #6 of 15 Old Mar 4th, 2007, 5:26 pm
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OK, Enclosed.....

You stop, you fall over, How do you put your foot down?
It looks like there are outriggers that come down on each side when stopping?

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It looks like there are outriggers that come down on each side when stopping?
Yep, thats right. Saw one of these on a car show from Europe. As you slow down to a stop, two wheels come down from the sides to keep it upright, and then retract as you start off again. If you have a look at several of the pics with it, you can clearly see the wheels sticking out from the sides.

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It's a bike, gents!

I've got a good friend here in Belgium who was crippled crashing his GS. He gets around in a wheelchair better than some of us with two usable legs. And his new ride is the "old" version of this rig, powered by the K12LT engine. And I'm telling you - it's a BIKE! Most of us (w/o chicken strips) are hard pressed to stay with this gent in the Ardennes and the Alps. The extra weight slows him down a bit in straight line acceleration. But it's dynamite in the curves. This new model, with the new K12 motor, must be that much better.

You can't see 'em well in the photos - but there are two wheels on outrigger arms that come down when you stop. As soon as you get moving, they're retracted by an electric motor in about a half second. It's amazing to watch. And it's really effective. He's as mobile as any of us, and far better off in nasty weather.

So if you can pop the necessary - this is an all-weather bike with BALLS. I'd buy one in a minute, if my sweetie and my banker would stop laughing.

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Only if you can't ride.
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Only if you can't ride.
Everytime you move your ass off the seat for a sweetspot on the bend. You'll hit the cage enclosure, fall down and go boom.
Now try and tell us (There are some new guys on the list) that you don't lean even in your car.
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What happens when the little wheel motor fries or gets stuck. Seems like a problem just waiting to happen.
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Now try and tell us (There are some new guys on the list) that you don't lean even in your car.
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OK, Enclosed.....

You stop, you fall over, How do you put your foot down?
I was just about to ask the same question ?
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It's a bike, albeit an enclosed one. I wouldn't be surprised to own something like this someday as a daily commuter.
Agreed! BUT, I wonder if Carver (or similar machines) will ease off on that MSRP just a bit over the next two or so years before introduction in the US? At $45-70K, I'd be hard pressed to justify it even for "green" purposes!

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