Q: Why 3 wheels?
There are many advantages of a correctly balanced three wheel configuration:
* There is no need for a differential, therefore eliminating a lot of the associated negative handling characteristics. This gives you extremely crisp controllable power.
* A common problem with 4 wheeler handling is, when correcting a slide, there is a tendency for the rearend to fish tail in the wrong direction. This often causes the vehicle to crash on the inside of the corner as the driver attempts to compensate. This is essentially caused by the weight transfer between the rear wheels . There isn’t the same weight transfer on our trikes. This makes our trikes incredibly safe and “forgiving” vehicles to drive. They are easy to control in a drift and correcting a slide with opposite lock is also straightforward!
* Weight .... Simply put ITS LIGHTER!!!
Q: Surely with only one rear wheel it must have less traction?
Well, according to physics NO! The reason for this is simple, traction( grip) for a given tyre is directly proportional to the weight it’s carrying. Therefore, if we were to have the same weight spread over two identical wheels, we’d have exactly the same grip.
Q: How practical is it as an everyday vehicle?
It really depends on your point of view, motoring backround. If you’ve come from riding a bike then you’ll be pleasently surprised by the level of comfort and weather protection provided. The servicing and reliablity are much the same as you’d expect from a modern super bike. Another advantage is that the day to day running cost should be very low. On a run it’s normal to get 50mpg and in the UK tax is £35 for 6 months!