We have sold many trikes, many are somewhat tippy when you turn really sharp of too fast. None of them have ever started tipping as soon as you get it moving.Wouldn't all bikes of this style be tipsy with so much weight up high? I would think if it doesn't lean, a recumbent style e-bike would be the way to go. Keep the rider and the battery close to the ground, and voila.
Yes i agree, many trikes are unstable. But not trike should try to throw you off as soon as you start moving, you cannot even move forward in a straight line with the death trap that Big Cat is trying to sell.When I was a kid (more than 50 years ago) you saw very similar trikes (some of them with gas engines) with a 3 by 3 by 3 foot insulated box on the front, selling ice cream which they kept cold with dry ice. I can still remember getting my tongue frozen to a fudge cicle!
I've also seen dozens of variations of this same concept in half a dozen countries overseas, primarily in Asia, but a few in Europe too. I think anybody can tip over any three wheeled vehicle . . . . or, if they're careful and understand it's limitations, they could ride one for many years without issues
Hyundai and some other manufacturers made three wheeled dump trucks (single wheel in the front though) some of them capable of carrying several tons, in Korea and when I was there it wasn't all that unusual to see one sitting on it's side with it's contents spilled all over the road. No three wheeled vehicle is as stable as something with 4 wheels . . . . but for some people (my wife included) three wheels are much more stable and less likely to spill you than two wheels . . . .
The unfortunate thing is Big Cat will continue to sell this dangerous bike if nobody speaks up. That is why the team here at Lenny's wanted to make this as public as we can. We mean no harm to the company, but we think the company should stand up and recall this product, since i'm sure they are aware of the dangers it poses.I am an arborist and think of risk management as a part of my job, so shares like the original post become essential at times.
After that, shares like PedalUma did in post number 9 above are what makes this forum and it's members invaluable.
Click on the word Webpage in my post above - it will take you to the manufacturer.Thats a cool looking buy Randall, do you have any information on it so we can try them out?
Thank's for the post Ravi, that video demonstrates that a trike can be done right and safely if you have the correct geometry and components.For those interested in researching this topic further: One of the most well-designed three-wheel E-bikes on the market is Gleam out of Austria.
Full suspension frame
Bosch Gen4 Cargo motor + dual battery
Gates belt drive
Tilt / lean
400 lbs cargo capacity
Yes we bought them for one of those demands. It's hard to find a good trike for people with disabilities.I agree with the potential demand for e-trikes, in that it will continue to grow in two market areas: 1) Transport and cargo. 2) Disabilities and, or aging in mobility, for health and recreation.
In the US trikes such as the Schwinn Meridian are (sometimes) available for mid-drive conversions. The tires, saddle and grips need to be upgraded immediately. These are inexpensive trikes and do not have a rear differential so only one of the two rear wheels is driven which means that they will turn faster in one direction than the other, which is weird at first. I will be doing an aluminum seven-speed when it arrives in early August for a woman who has balance issues and still wants to ride with her husband and grandchildren. I helped her purchase it on Prime Day. When it arrived a few days later it was a one-speed, not a seven. The return was free and they are sending the correct trike for the same price. The box had the UPC and photo of the Al-7, but the bike had no shifter, one cog and no derailleur. It was something like $360. Is it an ideal trike, No, but it is 1/10th the money and does 90% as much has a high-end adult trike for an older, slower rider. By the way, when the single-speed arrived I looked at the same bike on eBay and the price there was $1,200.
An elderly physicist uses one of these mid-drive torque sensor Meridians to transport satellite equipment across campus in the large rear basket between the wheels.