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Old 09-20-2018, 04:55 AM   #1
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Patent filed for leaning V-MAX trike

https://www.morebikes.co.uk/52555/pa...led-this-week/
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:15 AM   #2
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Interesting that the front end is completely different from the Niken.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:28 AM   #3
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More three wheelers. Must be a huge market for them. Just not around here.

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Old 09-20-2018, 09:13 AM   #4
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Yup, odd. Maybe there's sales we don't know about.

Can-Am just came out with their Ryker
https://can-am.brp.com/on-road/ryker/recreational.html
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:19 AM   #5
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Wow! That looks really
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:28 AM   #6
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The Ryker doesn’t lean, so I have no interest in it.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:43 AM   #7
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I'm thinking that Yamaha's plans (maybe correctly) are that the safest future (or only future) in motorcycle sales are going to be aimed at the older rider that can no longer control or manhandle a traditional two-wheeled bike. I believe they see the writing on the wall, and are attempting to take a big bite out of the Gold Wing and H-D trike piece of the pie. The largest purchasing segment of the market is approaching (or already has) that age. Motorcycling is not a thing most of the newer generations can afford after they take their cell phone plan/xbox hit.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:38 PM   #8
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Good points Neanderthal. The road test of the Niken in the last Cycle World says that it won’t stand up by itself, so I’m not sure if it will be any easier to wheel around the garage. But I’m one of those old guys you’re talking about, and for some reason, I don’t know quite what, these leaning 3 wheelers have piqued my interest.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:32 PM   #9
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Looks heavy. But then if you're in the market for a three wheeler, this probably isn't a concern.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:39 PM   #10
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I'm thinking that Yamaha's plans (maybe correctly) are that the safest future (or only future) in motorcycle sales are going to be aimed at the older rider that can no longer control or manhandle a traditional two-wheeled bike. I believe they see the writing on the wall, and are attempting to take a big bite out of the Gold Wing and H-D trike piece of the pie. The largest purchasing segment of the market is approaching (or already has) that age. Motorcycling is not a thing most of the newer generations can afford after they take their cell phone plan/xbox hit.
Well said. Plus, the kids these days might be interested virtual motorcycles, but definitely not real ones.
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The way they’ve engineered the front end makes me think it might be possible to send power up front. 3 wheel drive?
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:09 PM   #12
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3 wheel drive?
That's not going to happen at a price point that makes this thing salable, but of all the 3 wheelers I've seen, this one could pull off a kind of Mad Max VMax thing.

Something along of the lines of that it is so over-the-top and insane that it works.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:10 AM   #13
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The Ryker doesn’t lean, so I have no interest in it.
Also an auto trans. Just seems to take the special right out.
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:36 AM   #14
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Trikes (whether they stand up on their own or not), auto trans, cup holders, and air conditioning. All things to open up the potential market to those that otherwise would not or could not ride a traditional two-wheel motorcycle, whether due to physical capabilities or simple lack of skills.

I predict we will see these outnumber two-wheelers within 20 years, maybe less.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:27 AM   #15
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The mfgs must hope so. Whether skill or physical issue not sure how they'll be able to drive consumers to those rather than a small convertible.
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