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2021-06-19 8:56:41 PM  
OK Fark
A whale carcass just hit the sea bottom. Time for all you crabs sidle up and feast.

/not subby.
 
2021-06-19 9:09:55 PM  
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground." That's why the Tower Trike you're seeing in this video does, in fact, qualify as a motorcycle.

I count 4 wheels.  Technically, not a motorcycle.
 
2021-06-19 9:18:44 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground." That's why the Tower Trike you're seeing in this video does, in fact, qualify as a motorcycle.

I count 4 wheels.  Technically, not a motorcycle.


You would think the "builder" could have found a single large tire instead of those two tires in front. I'm with Misanthrope here ... not a motorcycle.
 
2021-06-19 9:34:23 PM  
Street-legal tractor.
 
2021-06-19 9:44:44 PM  
 
2021-06-19 9:52:27 PM  
Fensler GI Joe PSA 14: I Just Wanna Ride My Motorcycle [HQ]
Youtube sUlRnb8OfNE
 
2021-06-19 10:08:22 PM  
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2021-06-19 10:09:32 PM  
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2021-06-19 10:10:19 PM  
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2021-06-19 10:57:01 PM  
Looks stupid
 
2021-06-19 11:28:09 PM  
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2021-06-20 12:58:25 AM  
Tractor  ..
 
2021-06-20 1:01:25 AM  

Yaw String: Benevolent Misanthrope: According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground." That's why the Tower Trike you're seeing in this video does, in fact, qualify as a motorcycle.

I count 4 wheels.  Technically, not a motorcycle.

You would think the "builder" could have found a single large tire instead of those two tires in front. I'm with Misanthrope here ... not a motorcycle.


I have not found the technicality that says it is a motorcycle.

mikalmd: Tractor  ..


Yup. The setup with the wheels in the front make it a very fast tractor. I'm not sure what would exclude it from the set of all tractors.
 
2021-06-20 1:01:44 AM  
I can't decide if it's a siege weapon, or an early prototype of speeder bikes.
 
2021-06-20 1:02:08 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground." That's why the Tower Trike you're seeing in this video does, in fact, qualify as a motorcycle.

I count 4 wheels.  Technically, not a motorcycle.


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Also had four tires.  Still a motorcycle.

/not sure anyone ever rode it
//even less sure that anyone managed to turn it
///but you could certainly tow it to Sturgis
 
2021-06-20 1:19:12 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground." That's why the Tower Trike you're seeing in this video does, in fact, qualify as a motorcycle.

I count 4 wheels.  Technically, not a motorcycle.


Came to say this. If that's not two wheels, an 18 wheeler is actually a 10 wheeler.
 
2021-06-20 1:23:45 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: Benevolent Misanthrope: According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground." That's why the Tower Trike you're seeing in this video does, in fact, qualify as a motorcycle.

I count 4 wheels.  Technically, not a motorcycle.

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Also had four tires.  Still a motorcycle.

/not sure anyone ever rode it
//even less sure that anyone managed to turn it
///but you could certainly tow it to Sturgis


Is it? According to whom?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_T​o​mahawk

The Dodge Tomahawk is a non-street legal concept vehicle introduced by Dodge at the 2003 North American International Auto Show that was subsequently produced and sold in very small numbers. The Tomahawk attracted significant press and industry attention for its striking design, its outsize-displacement, 10-cylinder car engine, and its four close-coupled wheels, which give it a motorcycle-like appearance. Experts disagreed on whether it is a true motorcycle.[4]
 
2021-06-20 1:30:29 AM  

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I like how their bikey has training wheels.
 
2021-06-20 1:58:48 AM  

dyhchong: Experts disagreed on whether it is a true motorcycle.


That falls pretty squarely into "weird concept shiat" - and to me at least that's it's own category, regardless of wheel counts, appearance similarity to extant vehicles, etc.  Judged individually.
 
2021-06-20 2:52:22 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: Also had four tires.  Still a motorcycle.


I disagree. I think that one of the fundamental features of a motorcycle is that it stays upright based ona  gyroscope principle. Those 4 tires support it like a skinny car. It's a 4-point stable standing vehicle when it is stopped and when it is moving, on the same principle. A motorcyle needs a kickstand when stopped, but stays upright when it is moving along a decent surface. That means 2 different principles for it to be stable.

That matters because all the Highway and Traffic Act laws and all the safety regulations emanate from the principles of physic that hold it up. So even though most people can't put the necessary components into words, I submit that there has to be a component of balance that changes from moving to stopped. The machine's side of how you ride it.
 
2021-06-20 2:58:49 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: yet_another_wumpus: Also had four tires.  Still a motorcycle.

I disagree. I think that one of the fundamental features of a motorcycle is that it stays upright based ona  gyroscope principle. Those 4 tires support it like a skinny car. It's a 4-point stable standing vehicle when it is stopped and when it is moving, on the same principle. A motorcyle needs a kickstand when stopped, but stays upright when it is moving along a decent surface. That means 2 different principles for it to be stable.

That matters because all the Highway and Traffic Act laws and all the safety regulations emanate from the principles of physic that hold it up. So even though most people can't put the necessary components into words, I submit that there has to be a component of balance that changes from moving to stopped. The machine's side of how you ride it.


What about trikes or sidecars?
 
2021-06-20 3:26:59 AM  

dyhchong: What about trikes or sidecars?


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2021-06-20 6:04:01 AM  

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Wow, it literally looks like a stylized penis.
 
2021-06-20 6:22:12 AM  
Needs more religious crap.
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2021-06-20 6:30:06 AM  
Arlo Guthrie - Motorcycle Song
Youtube BvLtNBm1yyA
 
2021-06-20 6:48:06 AM  

My Sober Alt: dyhchong: What about trikes or sidecars?

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2021-06-20 7:09:54 AM  
looks like it should be plowing a field
 
2021-06-20 7:39:43 AM  

dyhchong: Bennie Crabtree: yet_another_wumpus: Also had four tires.  Still a motorcycle.

I disagree. I think that one of the fundamental features of a motorcycle is that it stays upright based ona  gyroscope principle. Those 4 tires support it like a skinny car. It's a 4-point stable standing vehicle when it is stopped and when it is moving, on the same principle. A motorcyle needs a kickstand when stopped, but stays upright when it is moving along a decent surface. That means 2 different principles for it to be stable.

That matters because all the Highway and Traffic Act laws and all the safety regulations emanate from the principles of physic that hold it up. So even though most people can't put the necessary components into words, I submit that there has to be a component of balance that changes from moving to stopped. The machine's side of how you ride it.

What about trikes or sidecars?


The sidecar is a non permanent addition, usually isn't it? It's an attachment to a motorcycle.

The fact you have a word for 3 wheelers means it's different. Bike vs Trike. It might be legally be a motorcycle, but 3 and 4 point stability things feel more ATV to me, personally.

I also don't think it's a motorcycle if is rider is fully enclosed, but that's more of a personal definition than a legal one.
 
2021-06-20 7:58:22 AM  
Here's a pic of my grandfathers motorcycle:


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2021-06-20 8:10:25 AM  
Mmm hmm. And the Reliant Robin would be "technically a motorcycle" too.

homeless_need_help: Street-legal tractor.


This.
 
2021-06-20 8:33:20 AM  

zepillin: My Sober Alt: dyhchong: What about trikes or sidecars?

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2021-06-20 8:37:51 AM  
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2021-06-20 8:49:42 AM  

Quantumbunny: I also don't think it's a motorcycle if is rider is fully enclosed, but that's more of a personal definition than a legal one.


Difficulty:  tron style bikes.
 
2021-06-20 8:52:14 AM  
That IS NOT a farking motorcycle.
 
2021-06-20 9:12:59 AM  
The lack of weaponry saddens me. This is Murica!

An example :
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2021-06-20 10:52:55 AM  
Go away hipster.
 
2021-06-20 11:57:37 AM  

Stands With A Tiny Fist: Mmm hmm. And the Reliant Robin would be "technically a motorcycle" too.


Yes.  That's why they existed in the first place.  For insurance, and licensing, they were technically motorcycles.

And now a special message for people building "bikes" around car and truck engines, instead of building a turbo, N2O Hayabusa.
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2021-06-20 1:46:31 PM  

Yaw String: Benevolent Misanthrope: According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground." That's why the Tower Trike you're seeing in this video does, in fact, qualify as a motorcycle.

I count 4 wheels.  Technically, not a motorcycle.

You would think the "builder" could have found a single large tire instead of those two tires in front. I'm with Misanthrope here ... not a motorcycle.


The earlier version, the one Leno drove, did have a single wheel up front, but they don't mention why they changed it, but I agree that it doesn't match the definition now.
 
2021-06-20 1:49:02 PM  

Fear the Clam: Needs more religious crap.
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You obviously missed the 10 Commandments on the back. The guy who built it has a farking keg of the Kool Aid for sure...
 
2021-06-20 2:13:38 PM  

Mikey1969: Fear the Clam: Needs more religious crap.
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You obviously missed the 10 Commandments on the back. The guy who built it has a farking keg of the Kool Aid for sure...


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There's always a Father Ted meme.
 
2021-06-20 2:15:22 PM  
Been done on Monster Garage

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2021-06-20 4:36:29 PM  

Quantumbunny: dyhchong: Bennie Crabtree: yet_another_wumpus: Also had four tires.  Still a motorcycle.

I disagree. I think that one of the fundamental features of a motorcycle is that it stays upright based ona  gyroscope principle. Those 4 tires support it like a skinny car. It's a 4-point stable standing vehicle when it is stopped and when it is moving, on the same principle. A motorcyle needs a kickstand when stopped, but stays upright when it is moving along a decent surface. That means 2 different principles for it to be stable.

That matters because all the Highway and Traffic Act laws and all the safety regulations emanate from the principles of physic that hold it up. So even though most people can't put the necessary components into words, I submit that there has to be a component of balance that changes from moving to stopped. The machine's side of how you ride it.

What about trikes or sidecars?

The sidecar is a non permanent addition, usually isn't it? It's an attachment to a motorcycle.

The fact you have a word for 3 wheelers means it's different. Bike vs Trike. It might be legally be a motorcycle, but 3 and 4 point stability things feel more ATV to me, personally.

I also don't think it's a motorcycle if is rider is fully enclosed, but that's more of a personal definition than a legal one.


A sidecar is usually a semi-permanent attachment.

It changes your centre of gravity and profile so you usually need to make significant adjustments to the frame and account for the weight.

Cornering on a road side car is no longer leaning (could you imagine it constantly launching into the air) and you're on three wheels.

It's a many hour, if not multiple day, job to put on and take off.

Also trike is not a different word when referring to motorcycles.
Tricycle.
Bicycle.
Motorcycle.
Trike.
Bike.

Motorcycle does not advise on the number of wheels. And bike is a common term when talking about two wheel motorcycles.
 
2021-06-20 5:07:45 PM  

dyhchong: Bike


Bike
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2021-06-20 6:22:25 PM  

dyhchong: Quantumbunny: dyhchong: Bennie Crabtree: yet_another_wumpus: Also had four tires.  Still a motorcycle.

I disagree. I think that one of the fundamental features of a motorcycle is that it stays upright based ona  gyroscope principle. Those 4 tires support it like a skinny car. It's a 4-point stable standing vehicle when it is stopped and when it is moving, on the same principle. A motorcyle needs a kickstand when stopped, but stays upright when it is moving along a decent surface. That means 2 different principles for it to be stable.

That matters because all the Highway and Traffic Act laws and all the safety regulations emanate from the principles of physic that hold it up. So even though most people can't put the necessary components into words, I submit that there has to be a component of balance that changes from moving to stopped. The machine's side of how you ride it.

What about trikes or sidecars?

The sidecar is a non permanent addition, usually isn't it? It's an attachment to a motorcycle.

The fact you have a word for 3 wheelers means it's different. Bike vs Trike. It might be legally be a motorcycle, but 3 and 4 point stability things feel more ATV to me, personally.

I also don't think it's a motorcycle if is rider is fully enclosed, but that's more of a personal definition than a legal one.

A sidecar is usually a semi-permanent attachment.

It changes your centre of gravity and profile so you usually need to make significant adjustments to the frame and account for the weight.

Cornering on a road side car is no longer leaning (could you imagine it constantly launching into the air) and you're on three wheels.

It's a many hour, if not multiple day, job to put on and take off.

Also trike is not a different word when referring to motorcycles.
Tricycle.
Bicycle.
Motorcycle.
Trike.
Bike.

Motorcycle does not advise on the number of wheels. And bike is a common term when talking about two wheel motorcycles.



Up until about 15 years ago when when  it was understood that we were talking about the standard classic configuration of one wheel in front using motorcycle front end assembly, and two wheels in back with a ridged axle w/wo a differential.

This is now longer the case. The most common of which is the "Y" type.
It has two wheels in front and one in back.
In most regards it is the exact opposite of a standard trike.
The rear end is designed like a motorcycle in that it uses a swing arm and in most cases a monoshock design.
The front end is  like a car using any number of configurations.

The "Y" is an attempt to get around the inherent problems of the classic 2 in back.
Instead, they come with there own unique set of problems.

As a concept, the modern "Y" is superior.  Both are a sad compromise to a motorcycle.
They are the worst of both worlds.

As to side cars, there roughly 4 different types.

One is the delivery sidecar.  Think of it as the local bread/milk/eggs type deal ( HD did make a trike type)
Then there is the British style I can't afford a car but I need a way to get around type.
Then there is PTO/ powered third wheel I can go almost anywhere anytime Type. BMW and it's variants.
The next is the modern racing sidecar which is a completely different animal other that it has three wheels.
 
2021-06-20 6:25:57 PM  
Ahh, side cars

Limited to 650cc to keep the speeds down.

TT Isele Of Man 2014 - The Crazy Sidecar Race - Onboard - Pure Sound [HD]
Youtube 7PTbNHgXWYo
 
2021-06-20 6:29:57 PM  
Monkey says hold my beer and watch this.

Sidecar Motocross World Championship 2017. Roggenburg(CH)- 1
Youtube WH-Cnd88yO4
 
2021-06-20 7:11:15 PM  
"This would be the vehicle to go on a rampage with"... and then Bible verse.

WTH??
 
2021-06-20 7:49:29 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: looks like it should be plowing a field


Or subby's mom
 
2021-06-21 3:47:50 AM  
Are you all finished?  Well then, Gunbus would like a word.
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2021-06-21 4:41:00 AM  
Perterbuilt turned into a monster trike bike
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