Building things, fixing stuff, wrenching on cars . . . . . and some other stuff too.
A home built rig based on an LS Corvette engine and transmission .
And a couple spaces down from it a home-built reverse trike based on a Yamaha V-Max
What would you call the first one, a quadacycle? I wonder how you would register that? It seems like people have too much time on their hands and need to get back into the coal mines on hands and knees shovel and picking coal out of three foot seams...
Hi Kevin, here in Maine they have a category they call the "cycle-car" where you can register a vehicle that is neither fish nor foul. The four wheeled one was 100% scratch built. Only engine transmission and running gear are factory made pieces that the builder assembled as a coherent vehicle. The chassis and all else is home built from scratch. Having no serial number the state actually issues an identifying number for the chassis indicating that it is non factory home-built. The three wheel rig got registered as a motorcycle as the that was easiest for he builder being that a motorcycle was the starting point, and was acceptable to the hacks at the DOT in the capital. Both were built by senior citizens that have long ago paid their dues in the mines or the iron-works building subs and battleships as the case may be.
Mike, I wasn't denigrating them. A lot of thought and skill went into building them. I just find them unusual... I would myself drive the cycle-car, looks fun and ya don't have to worry about it tipping over at a stop. A valid concern for us older farts. The state allows ATVs and quads on the road as long as they are registered and meet some lighting and safety features here in South Dakota. As in Maine, South Dakota is not a four season motorcycle state.
Unusual they are. That's why I took the photos. Here in Maine no ATVs or Quads are allowed on the road. They do have to be registered for off road use.
Did you happen to ask the owner of the cycle car what kind of gas mileage he gets in it?
Never actually spoke with him. Had a lengthy conversation with the builder of the reverse trike Clifford Harley, the fellow holding the water bottle in the second to last photo above. He was the one that shared some details about the four wheeled orange rig, but we never touched on gas mileage. I don't suppose its all that great as it is a LS Corvette engine. Here is Cliff's youtube channel detailing the evolution of his trike.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRcQj6Uto28A34UVHP7QPoQ/videos