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    possible means to get back on a motorcycle... kind of.

    so recently I attended to SEMA show in Vegas, and happened upon a new vehicle. The gears in my head started turning regarding the possibility of adapting it & I just sent a formal letter off to the powers that be at the company, highlighting the possibilities of making it accessible - we'll see what happens.

    power to weight ratio of a corvette, fuel economy better than a hybrid.

    I'll let the pics speak for themselves:










    Last edited by -scott-; 11-13-2006 at 07:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Pruett
    so recently I attended to SEMA show in Vegas, and happened upon a new vehicle.
    That thing is pretty cool, but it doesn't say "motorcycle" to me. Of course, I don't really advocate street bike riding anymore. Not totally against it, but there are just so many idiots driving cars out there. I barely feel safe facing them in a car myself.

    C.

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    not the cheapest @ ~ $30k, but it is what it is.

    specs, etc: http://www.thoroughbred-motorsports....nicalData.aspx

    Chassis

    • Thoroughbred Motorsports Frame
    • Air Lift Suspension
    • Progressive Shocks
    Powertrain

    • Ford 2.3 Liter 4-Cylinder Engine
    • 150 Horsepower
    • 160 Ft Lbs Torque
    • Ford 5-Speed Automatic
      Transmission (w/ Reverse)
    Wheels & Tires
    • Billet Specialties 18x8 inch Wheels
    • BF Goodrich Tires
    Exterior
    • Hand laid fiberglass body
    • US Custom Paint
    Interior
    • Leather surfaces by Air Rider
    • Ford component sales gauges and shifter
    • Air conditioning and heat for
      both driver and passenger
    Additional Features
    • Power to weight ratio of a Corvette
    • 11-Gallon Fuel Cell
    • 7 cubic feet of trunk space
    • Fuel economy that rivals the hybrids
    • Front & rear billet wheels
    Dimensions
    • Length: 125 inches
    • Width: 62 inches
    • Height: 58 inches
    • Weight: 1600 lbs.
    Available Colors
    • Black
    • Candy Apple Red
    • Black Cherry
    • Silver
    • Pearl White
    • Yellow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    That thing is pretty cool, but it doesn't say "motorcycle" to me. Of course, I don't really advocate street bike riding anymore. Not totally against it, but there are just so many idiots driving cars out there. I barely feel safe facing them in a car myself.
    hey party pooper.

    i'm not disagreeing w/ you, but try finding a two-wheel motorcycle that a quad with impaired hand function and weak trunk control could use.

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    Hey Scott,

    Thanks for alerting me to this thread.

    I like the ass end of this thing, front end kinda looks like a Vespa or something.

    The PtoW Ratio claim is impressive as hell, where is that engine? Did a good job of blending.

    Will be interesting to see if the powers-that-be at the company have an interest, they could do something cool.

    Unfortunately for "us" anything with only 1 front wheel is gonna have to be called a motorcycle.

    And hey, $30K ain't that bad, check ths out:

    http://www.disableddealer.com/item_v...?itemid=110527

    edit: holy shit, just looked closer at specs; A/C & heat too, that's a concept I could use in Tx heat.
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    my guess is the engine is up front somewhere. from a quick google search it appears to be the same 2.3l engine that the Ford Escape (hybrid and non) uses. I'm too lazy to find out what else it's used in - but coupled w/ a 5-spd auto tranny, there's not much room in the rear for it w/ a trunk - but i dunno... pic:



    good find on the adapted bike on DD. $30k probably just feels like a lot to me at the moment... I mean, in my book this would more or less be a toy & not the primary means of transportation.

    engine:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Pruett
    hey party pooper.
    I could get way realistic and talk about how crazy it is for a quad to even have an interest in riding motorcycles because of the danger, but as a race car driver, my credibility in this area may be sketchy to some people.

    try finding a two-wheel motorcycle that a quad with impaired hand function and weak trunk control could use.
    Oh, I think this is a very cool alternative to a real motorcycle. Way cooler than most alternatives I've seen, including that sidecar thing that is linked above. That just looks cumbersome and bulky and is the antithesis of what a motorcycle stands for to me.

    $30k probably just feels like a lot to me at the moment... I mean, in my book this would more or less be a toy & not the primary means of transportation.
    Yeah, that ain't cheap, but some bikes can easily cost that much.

    C.

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    the 1st thing that jumps out at me would be difficulty in transferring.. there goes that nice paint..

    how come power to weight ratio of a Corvette? why not, duh.. a Ford product?

    looks really cool the more i keep checking it out.. 30K a bit pricey for a part-time driver..





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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Pruett
    good find on the adapted bike on DD. $30k probably just feels like a lot to me at the moment... I mean, in my book this would more or less be a toy & not the primary means of transportation.
    Actually I was trying to point out that the dude wants $40K for the bike on DD, hense the "$30k ain't bad". This thing could only be a toy, no way for primary transpo, so yeah it's still expensive.

    I still want handlebars though
    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    I could get way realistic and talk about how crazy it is for a quad to even have an interest in riding motorcycles because of the danger, but as a race car driver, my credibility in this area may be sketchy to some people.
    Yup, sketchy. As you know, when it's in your blood...
    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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