This type of iron horses is represented by most beautiful and fancy vehicles, construction of which has three wheels. Somebody thinks that this kind of vehicle can be mechanical only, and somebody considers this cycling transport tricycle. There are many improvised trikes, which are used to delight the eye.
In general, tricycles are not just moto-trikes and three-wheel motorcycles. Three-wheeled cars also belong to this category. There are many of the last ones produced by humanity. Freight tricycle is very practical type of motorcycles nowadays.
Note that three-wheel cycles of "liegerad” type are considered by experts as cycle trikes. People, who are scared off by motorcycle speed might be fond of this kind of transport.
Chinese manufacturers overwaved the world with numbers and price of this type of motorcycles production. Though, consumers on the west do not haste to give up on American "Harley Davison”. Those people are not scared off by prices of motorbikes from the USA. Manually tricycles are assembled somewhere across the Atlantic. This is one more type of motorcycles popular in Europe.
There are many differences between shop and manually assembled constructions of trikes. First of all, we should mention motorcycle models with rear location of two wheels. And the drive of these motorbikes is front wheel.
There are models of freight trikes with rear wheel drive. It is connected with cargo carrying (in most cases rear part of motorcycle is under load). Often two wheels are are located on the front axle…
Front axle with two wheels is more typical for these motorcycles. Hand-made tricycles of such construction are not unusual, first of all, in Europe, America and Australia. Perhaps Chinese manufacturers will also come to that soon.
Sidecar motorcycles are also considered as trikes. The driven wheel of this kind of bike is front. Some of racing sidecar motorcycles have asymmetric construction. They have common frame and engine installed sidewise by the third wheel. Such construction closes one of the main gaps of symmetric tricycle. The fact that trike leaves three tracks is considered as main disadvantages, because it reduces its off-road performance. Symmetric trike construction leaves only two tracks.
A set of features of trike make it extremely steady during use or standstill. It is caused, first of all, by low center of gravity and stability. But two of three wheels must be located on one axle. It doesn’t matter, whether this axle is front or rear, freighter tricycle or decorative trike – everything is extremely reliable and gives confidence to any rider.
Nowadays freighter-trikes and three-wheel delivery vans are produced in Italy and Japan. In 1997 Mercedes-Benz introduced three-wheel car in Frankfurt.
In 2002 American company Corbin Motors produced a hybrid of car and motorcycle called "Merlin". It looks extraordinary: no doors and driver just steps into the cabin and places himself/herself on the seat or more likely reclines. The construction of this vehicle is different from usual three-wheel scheme. Merlin has two front wheels and one rear. Its speed is 210 km/h.
«Venture Vehicle» - the company from Los Angeles developed transport called VentureOne. This is a two-seat tricycle, which is also a hyblid of car and motorcycle. It is 3.6 m long. Its with is a bit bigger, than of motorcycle. This car economic and maneuverable car is meant for every day drive in city traffic.
It consumes only 2.4 l per 100 km and its maximum speed is 160 km/h. The car body angle of slope is 45 deg. But rear unit (where power pack and rear wheels are located) is perpendicular to road. The body frame ange is controlled by hydraulic system developed by Carver Engineering - a company from Netherlands.
On auto shows, the tricycles always gather many viewers. Promising future is predicted for trikes. Small size, good specs and comparatively low price could make that happen.