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post #1 of 12 Old Sep 12th, 2007, 8:43 am Thread Starter
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ok - what kind of bike was it?

Yesterday in the grocery store parking lot I saw a Scooter that had two front wheels - one appeared to be slightly smaller than the other and they were I'd say less than a foot apart. It was riding past me so I didnt get a better look

Anyone got a clue?

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Probably one of these

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Probably one of these
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A guy brought one out to CCR for demo rides. Dave Dragon was scraping it right off the bat. I was a leetle tentative (I get that way if it's not mine) and at 250cc it just wouldn't get the front wheels off the ground no matter what effort was applied.

Kewl concept, especially being able to lock/unlock the wheels at will. If they made them with a larger displacement and more like a motorcycle it would make a great alternative to a trike when we get to the point we can't hold one up anymore.



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cool -- thanks

Ok that looks like it might have been it - the front wheels looked a little different but then again it was moving.

Thinking this might be an option for my daughter (19) who has some nerve damage in her legs from her type I diabetes

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On the way back home from CCR we accidently () ended up at the Little Rock, Ar. BMW shop. They have them there also. The sales dude was reading me the specs and top speed was listed at 77 mph. That's wide open throttle and when you add two people and luggage to it, it will not be safe to go anywhere on it.

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I was more thinking of a college commuting bike.

She got her motorcycle license before her car one. Unfortunately due to some bad decisions when she turned 18 when she decided she didn't want to be a diabetic anymore - she ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks (8 days in ICU) at Christmas time. Luckily her kidneys came back to life and she is much better now (in many ways) but she has done permanent nerve damage to her legs including Drop Foot where she cant pull her left foot back up towards her. So shifting may be an issue - plus Im not 100 percent certain that she can keep a bike upright at a stop to be honest. Im just looking at ways to put her back on two wheels.

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On the way back home from CCR we accidently () ended up at the Little Rock, Ar. BMW shop. They have them there also. The sales dude was reading me the specs and top speed was listed at 77 mph. That's wide open throttle and when you add two people and luggage to it, it will not be safe to go anywhere on it.
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I was more thinking of a college commuting bike.

She got her motorcycle license before her car one. Unfortunately due to some bad decisions when she turned 18 when she decided she didn't want to be a diabetic anymore - she ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks (8 days in ICU) at Christmas time. Luckily her kidneys came back to life and she is much better now (in many ways) but she has done permanent nerve damage to her legs including Drop Foot where she cant pull her left foot back up towards her. So shifting may be an issue - plus Im not 100 percent certain that she can keep a bike upright at a stop to be honest. Im just looking at ways to put her back on two wheels.

The MP3 is a lot of fun. Keep this in mind though. It is not a trike. You must have the skills to ride a motorcycle to ride it safely. Once you come to a stop you can lock the front wheels, but that feature is designed for parking it, not for holding it up at a stop light...

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Thanks Ted - understood
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VESPA/Piaggio makes two models that are 50cc. For surface streets under 40mph they would be much easier to ride. The MP3 is quite heavy...

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My son is handicapped (Spina Bifida) and his ankle strength is way compromised. He gets very excited when I tell him that he'll be able to ride a motorcycle on the street someday with me, because of innovations like this. He's 15 now, so I'm guessing in about 10 years his options will be plentiful. Then he and I can tour together. That'll be sweet.
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I was more thinking of a college commuting bike.

She got her motorcycle license before her car one. Unfortunately due to some bad decisions when she turned 18 when she decided she didn't want to be a diabetic anymore - she ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks (8 days in ICU) at Christmas time. Luckily her kidneys came back to life and she is much better now (in many ways) but she has done permanent nerve damage to her legs including Drop Foot where she cant pull her left foot back up towards her. So shifting may be an issue - plus Im not 100 percent certain that she can keep a bike upright at a stop to be honest. Im just looking at ways to put her back on two wheels.
That would be an awesome commuter bike. It did seam kinda heavy but it was not a small bike. It did seam pretty cool if you never wanted to go down the highway for any distance.

P.S. I got a wife and 16 year old son who are also insulin dependent. I know EXACTLY what you are dealing with.

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