Wednesday, April 14, 2010
On Monday Terratrike, a recumbent tricycle company, announced the introduction of its latest model, the Rover. Billed as "man's best friend" it has garnered mostly positive reviews, detractors usually point out that it is not performance oriented. But that would defeat its purpose. This is a very accessible, utility oriented tricycle that reminds me most of the Anthrotech, a German recumbent trike with very similar geometry. Among its advantages are included: affordability (as far as recumbent trikes go), ground clearance, load capacity (400 lbs.), and potential for future add-on accessories. Terratrike is a big player in the recumbent industry with solid reputation. I would love to see what I could load up this bike with. With tricycle stability I could add a big electric motor, several racks for luggage, and head out for long distance touring. The tadpole orientation of the wheels allows one to keep a relatively shorter wheelbase, low bottom bracket, and larger wheels (20 inch) without any concern for feet interference with the steering. (My delta EZ-3 trike has a 16 inch front wheel.) I guess I would buy this trike only if I have a realistic plan for electrifying it, an EV project is something I have never tried before. Then again, I could just try to electrify the EZ-3, or something more like this with its clean fully enclosed drivetrain. Meh, I should probably stick with whipping tops!