You linked to a forum that requires membership and a loginThe OP of this thread helped design the thing: http://www.gmsquarebody.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10588
So basically, because it's a very unsafe car. One wheel can be removed. It can then be retitled and sold as a "more safe option" to a motorcycling crowd? It appears it would serve neither purpose well.I'd love to drive one. It's not a "motorcycle" except for legal purposes. The REASON this thing is really three wheeled; no matter what spin they put on it, is that three wheeled vehicles are considered 'motorcycles' and as such, don't have the same safety, emissions, and crash testing requirements.
Would be a riot to drive I bet!
This thing is stupid. $20K asking price, the glove box is the only storage option, and it only holds 2 ppl. Totally unpractical. The 4 grand I spent on my 900 gives the same experience AND allows me to add storage capacity. This is just another rich man's toy.
I don't think it's being sold as a "safer motorcycle". It costs a LOT of money to get a car approved for legal road use here in the US of A. And there are a LOT of rules regarding emissions, sound, safety, etc. This is being sold as an open-top, open-wheel sports vehicle. But by removing a wheel, they keep the price down and can get away with things that they cannot get away with with 4 wheels.So basically, because it's a very unsafe car. One wheel can be removed. It can then be retitled and sold as a "more safe option" to a motorcycling crowd? It appears it would serve neither purpose well.
Either I misread information about the Elio or whatever, but this trike won't be in production until this time next year. They are still working on building the engine and working out legal issues.Well, I found something that is 3-wheeled, can be ridden in all seasons and costs about the same as a VN900, meet the Elio. I think next summer I'm gonna trade both my truck and bike in on one of these cars.
Payments will be reasonable, the insurance premium should be cheaper than a car, and it's still pretty close to riding a motorcycle. Additionally, it gets 84 MPG on the highway and 49 in town. Hardly anything with 4 wheels can achieve that at this point.
Be cool if they came out with a convertible version.
EDIT: *biga$$facepalm* I didn't scroll up and see Romans post about the Elio until now. Oh and Romans, Elio will be out in 16 days!
The Spider is a cool looking ride. Just too darn expensive. I remember first seeing this back in 2009 when I first went solo trucker. Found a pair of yellows sitting at a truck stop off I-80 and to take a look while I was on break. I was thoroughly excited to see something different until I saw the price tag.I will get the chance to drive/ride one next month, one of my long time friends owns the local Victory dealership and I road captain the Victory Test rides when he has the truck at his dealership, he went to a Victory meeting last month and got to play with one, no it's not a bike but he said it is a BLAST to drive, but at $20k, I don't think I will be having one in the stable anytime soon. Toys are toys, and like they say, there's a ass for every seat. But we all said the same thing about the Spider when they came out, now we are infested in them.
Yep, it keeps getting pushed back. Although I'm very excited for the Elio; and WANT it to succeed; at this point, one hasn't even come off the assembly line. There are just a couple of hand-built prototypes with borrowed parts. In fact, the most recent running prototype has a dashboard and engine from a geo metro and they've not even had a prototype WITH the Elio engine on the road yet.Either I misread information about the Elio or whatever, but this trike won't be in production until this time next year. They are still working on building the engine and working out legal issues.