There are 9 different types of trikes. The problem is, there has not been an unanimous agreement about what we should call them. I suggest we all agree on the following types. Reverse Trike, Delta Trike, Reverse Motortrike, Delta Motortrike, Reverse Pedaltrike, Delta Pedaltrike, Pedal Drift Trike, Motorized Drift Trike and Child's Tricycle. If everyone calls them the same thing, then when people search for what they want, they will be able to find it!
This is an ongoing question with Trikes. Which of the three main Final Drive Systems do we use to get all that power onto the ground? Do we use a chain drive, a Belt Drive or a Shaft Drive? In this article we will discuss the pros and cons of each and why each has its own place in the Trike World.
When it comes to trikes there are some REAL weird designs out there. There are also some really boring ones. Then there are designs like this. This takes me back to my childhood. This makes me believe we can make cars fun again. This Aptera Trike was going to be amazing but it got stopped by money, well the lack of it actually.
I think the hardest part of writing this blog about Trikes is seeing how many absolutely fantastic trikes don’t make it. The Scorpion P6 is another one of these. I have tried to contact the owners but to no avail. I will keep you updated if they get back to me but all I can say is that the P6 is the closest vehicle to an F1 car or Indy Car that I have seen. It is a beast both in looks and in performance and should definitely still be available.
The Campagna T-Rex 16s is one of the best Trikes to ever be on the market. Fast, great maneuverability and comfortable, this trike beats most high performance cars and costs the same as a decent sedan. Reviewing the trike today is Saabkyle04 where he drives the trike and puts it through its paces.
Today I’ll be taking an up-close-and-personal in-depth look at the Campagna V13R. In this review we'll start it up, take it on a thorough drive and show you many of the unique aspects throughout the interior as well as exterior. So without further ado, let's go and hop on in start her up let it run.
Morgan has been making cars in England for over a century. Their latest incarnation of the old 1910’s 3-Wheeler is a masterpiece that takes you back to what driving is all about. Cheap to buy, cheap to run and looking NOT cheap at all, makes this a great way to get to work and still have a play car for the weekend. In all the reviews I have watched and read, no other car makes the test divers smile like the Morgan 3-Wheeler.
Ron Will said, “I think in the back of every car designer’s mind there is this desire to build a car entirely of their own design with no constraints from a studio chief, engineering package, or market survey to guide them. That itch for me was what got me into car design in the first place.” The Turbo Phantom was his only design to meet these NON-restrictions. Let’s look at an iconic 3-Wheel Trike and why it should have been made.
In the simplest terms, choosing the right Frame for a trike can make all the difference. Vehicles that have high torsional rigidity deliver a superior ride, superior handling and better response to driver input. Improving the torsional rigidity of a vehicle allows the suspension to work more efficiently and predictably. Vehicles with high torsional rigidity will see more travel in the suspension, as the chassis isn’t moving. Considering the suspension uses dampers and the chassis doesn’t, it makes sense why you want the suspension to move and not the chassis.
Our builder of today’s amazing trike is Dick Kincheloe and he lives in central Texas near Austin. It is a one of a kind vehicle that he designed and built himself, in a two car garage at home. It took five and a half years and approximately 3,500 man hours to build. He’s a pretty normal bloke who is married with two children, and a grandchild. He is an avid cyclist (road bike, averaging about 1,500 miles a year), a watercolor artist, he plays the keyboard and organ and is a photographer.
The short answer is, “Yes”. It makes the trike handle a lot better (as leaning does to a motorbike and as it would to a four wheel car) because it changes the position of the vehicles centre of mass and counteracts the centripetal force a vehicle experiences during cornering. See the video below to see how it works.
There are a few trikes that we owe a lot to. One of them is the Messerschmitt KR200. One of the early micro cars designed just after WWII when the attitude of saving was high, it blazed the trail for cars that were built to transport two people and keep the costs as low as possible. I have said it before but it needs to be said until people start acting on it. We need to stop driving two-ton cars around to transport one or two people. 3-Wheeler Trikes are the answer.