Not so long ago we showed you an absolutely wicked 4-wheel motorcycle, the Yamaha Tesseract (hit that link if you haven't seen it, trust us). Now the design is looking to be a trend with this recent unveiling of Sbarro's Pendolauto at the Geneva Motor Show. Adding a bit of stability to the standard crotch rocket, but still lean-turning like a motorcycle, it's too bad that America will absolutely never let these vehicles on our streets. Hmm...where could they fit the airbag? [salon]
It's kinda bad-ass. I'm a daily power 2 wheeler commuter for 8 months of the year, but I like my bikes small and light. But I can see how this could be a lot of fun. Quadricycles are a reality in other parts of the world. Just because it wouldn't be allowed in the US (unless rules change) doesn't mean it's not a viable concept. Quadricycles still could retain many of the benefits of bikes in their lighter weight, fuel efficiency and small foot print for traffic and parking (discounted?). This machine just adds back one more similarity in the fun facter with it's ability to lean. I'd like to see NHTSA redefine the motorcycle class (or make a new class) to include vehicles that are made for no more than 2 riders who's seating position is directly in line rather than side-by-side. Safety can't really be an issue unless they outlaw all 2 wheelers. These things would be more stable and have more grip. If they want to address safety they should put limits on HP or engine size. But that would just make too much sense. The other, even bigger, obstacle is the auto industry lobby. Now if one of the big 3 US manufacturers were to buy BRP, Polaris or Arcticat and start in on products like that it could really save their ass (I'm looking at you, Ford).