TTW - Tilting Three Wheelers
last updated 7/10/2000
These pictures come from the Microcar and Minicar Classic, Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, Massachusetts, in July 2000.
Steve's tilting mech is made from a drive-shaft universal joint and a trialer ball hitch. So natural is his natural leaner that he needs no tilt lock.
There's a former Subaru front-end inside the blue box. I got to drive his trike; when you twist the throttle and the automatic transmission starts the 4-cylinder engine revving and pushing you forward, it sounds as if you are bign followed by a small car! Which, in a sense, you are.
Here's my tilting trike, the Maxion, next to Steve's. This is the first time I have ever seen two tilters in the same place. Indeed, this is the first time I have ever seen a tilter, in the flesh (so to speak), other than my own. Notice that Steve's is a 1F1T (one front wheel, one wheel tilts) and that his back end remains square. The Maxion, on the other hand, is a 1F3T (one front wheel, three wheels tilt).
They both have a max. lean of about 45 degrees exactly.
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