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PostSubject: Inclosed motorcycles.   Inclosed motorcycles. I_icon_minitimeWed Jan 27, 2010 10:53 am

These have been around for a while but just incase some of you have not seen them you should enjoy watching the video.http://www.wimp.com/ecomobiletests/
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PostSubject: Re: Inclosed motorcycles.   Inclosed motorcycles. I_icon_minitimeWed Jan 27, 2010 11:59 am

Hosted by non other than the self declared hater of all things two wheels;

Jeremy Clarkson.

Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

The bike thing ain't bad though, albeit a tad dated now!
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PostSubject: Re: Inclosed motorcycles.   Inclosed motorcycles. I_icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 1:29 am

Nice but a BMW sedan is cheaper.
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PostSubject: Re: Inclosed motorcycles.   Inclosed motorcycles. I_icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 4:47 am

There must be an art in getting the wheels up and down. Meeting a suden curve while accelerating away from lights with the wheels down might be tricky.
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PostSubject: Re: Inclosed motorcycles.   Inclosed motorcycles. I_icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 9:18 am

wingnprayer wrote:
There must be an art in getting the wheels up and down. Meeting a suden curve while accelerating away from lights with the wheels down might be tricky.

The wheels mechanism looks to be hydraulic. They seemed to stay on the ground for just a tiny bit when accelerating.

The wheels must be able to handle the ability of stopping on uneven terrain (leaning right or leaning left) where the wheels must come down further on one side versus the other side ... or you would tip over. So there must be a way to measure the pressure on the wheel to control how far it should extend ... if the arm constantly measures while extended the pressure it should hopefully adjust quickly with the hydraulics.

A good challenge would be to be on a curve with a temporary bulge on the short arm size in the track of the wheel while the wheels are down ... it will either adjust quickly or it will jostle one way and then back to the other quickly.
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PostSubject: Re: Inclosed motorcycles.   Inclosed motorcycles. I_icon_minitimeThu Jan 28, 2010 8:48 pm

Landing gear for heavy bikes has been available for some time. There were two companies making them in the US. The one that made the video linked below was put out of business by hurricane Katrina. There is still one company making similar gear, they do work, not my cup of tea but they can keep some older riders on the road for a while longer. Personally when my big 'Wing gets to be too much for me I'll sell it and stay a bit longer on two wheels with my little 'Wing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOhP1HTZQwY
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PostSubject: Re: Inclosed motorcycles.   Inclosed motorcycles. I_icon_minitimeSun Feb 07, 2010 4:41 pm

Check out this streamlined scooter: http://www.gizmag.com/honda-areodynamic-scooter-conversion/14071/

Makes one think - about whether a full fairing scooter can be made to look good!
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