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Would You Want a Motorcycle-Car Hybrid?

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This isn't the first time auto-makers have tried to design a motorcycle-car hybrid, but as "Top Gear" showed us a few years back, the Reliant Robin was hardly practicle. We really hope Lit Motors Inc. improved on that, because they're attempting to develop a new breed of motorcycle-car hybrids. Fortunately, developers say it'll take a baby elephant to knock this one over.

The Lit C-1 is technically a motorcycle, as it runs on two wheels, but has a chassis that looks a lot like a smart car. The vehicle uses a system of sensors and gyros to stabilize the bike, even if it gets it, and has built-in "smartphone" technology that keep it up-to-date on traffic and weather. It also uses an electric motor. Lit explains, "We are reinventing the motorcycle and rethinking the future of commuting to create green jobs supporting a sustainable future." They should be hitting the streets in 2014. Want one?

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  • John Bauer 2012/06/07 18:21:30 (edited)
    Yes
    John Bauer
    +1
    Finally something to get me through traffic! Obviously motorcycles are "cooler" and are likely more fun, but my kids having a dad is pretty cool too. The body of this thing is basically an auto racing style roll cage, only with airbags! Also, this is hugely more convenient as a commuter.
  • Chokmah 2012/06/07 18:13:24
    Yes
    Chokmah
    +1
    Yes, at the right price... and safety is a must!


    Moto
  • Schläue~© 2012/06/07 18:04:56
    No
    Schläue~©
    +1
    Completely defeats the purpose of riding a bike. The new 3-wheel Can-Am is pretty cool and would be great for long runs but this hybrid idea has no practical use.
  • Nick Name Schläue~© 2012/06/07 19:13:18
    Nick Name
    +1
    I don't understand why they're calling it a hybrid. It's just a motorcycle with a body.
  • Schläue~© Nick Name 2012/06/07 19:30:28
    Schläue~©
    +1
    Steering wheel vs handlebars, the gyro system that keeps it upright by itself, foot operated throttle, etc.
    Still a st0000pid idea, though.
  • S123 Schläue~© 2012/06/08 02:29:19
    S123
    +1
    Why isn't it practical?
  • Schläue~© S123 2012/06/08 02:42:55
    Schläue~©
    If you wanted the freedoms of a motorcycle, this gives you the restrictions of a car.
    If you wanted the benefits of a car, this gives you the limitations of a motorcycle.

    I honestly cannot see ONE advantage about it at all.
  • jackie 2012/06/07 18:03:51
    No
    jackie
    +1
    *Stretches* and gets into major accident. Nty i'll stick to 4 wheels.
  • the_old_coach 2012/06/07 17:59:17
    Yes
    the_old_coach
    +1
    But I want mine on three wheels, thank you.

    custom spyder
  • Chokmah the_old... 2012/06/07 18:24:00
    Chokmah
    +1
    Piaggio or Peugeot

    Piaggio


    Peugeot
  • Tom 2012/06/07 17:47:02
    Yes
    Tom
    +1
    If you could just idiot proof it and the other drivers around it. Unfortunately, the small the car the more likely to be a rolling coffin if hit by an SUV with some not paying attention. ;-)
  • democoach 2012/06/07 17:21:51 (edited)
    Yes
    democoach
    +3
    looks cool, probs not as fun as a real bike though
  • Chokmah democoach 2012/06/07 18:25:32
  • democoach Chokmah 2012/06/07 18:26:45
    democoach
    whats so revolutionary about this? the bombardier spider has been out for a while now


    bombardier spider
  • Chokmah democoach 2012/06/07 20:28:47 (edited)
    Chokmah
    So has the Piaggio... and the Piaggio has wheels that turn with the bike so that it is more stable and more like a motorcycle than a trike
  • democoach Chokmah 2012/06/08 04:30:34
    democoach
    +1
    well the can am, is very stable
  • Smuwf, Twin 2012/06/07 17:20:36
    Yes
    Smuwf, Twin
    +4
    Yes,Its an innovative design and the gyrostabilization is Beautifully engineered,Its a rather nice vehicle albeit a little small. The whole concept of a moto-car(motocar?,carcycle?re... robin 2k14?) Is a very fragile science as it is,prototype vehicles are usually the only fruit of the industry so far.I also have a concern or two about the electric motor,where would it be charged,how long would it take,how much will it cost.despite these concerns I would very much like to have one or two of these little vehicles
  • relic 2012/06/07 17:15:12
    No
    relic
    Hell no!
  • alex 2012/06/07 17:04:23
    No
    alex
    +1
    Maybe if I had a death wish
  • KendraTaylor 2012/06/07 16:49:03
    Yes
    KendraTaylor
    +3
    That's pretty cool. It looks so futuristic. Yet, it must suck if you have claustrophobia.
  • RogerCoppock 2012/06/07 16:42:52 (edited)
    Yes
    RogerCoppock
    +6
    These are not new. They were popular when I was in college half a century ago. Back then, they were kits for fiberglass covers over a motorcycle. We called them "Messerschmitts," because the motorcycle cover looked like the cockpit of a WWII German fighter airplane.
  • BUCCANE... RogerCo... 2012/06/07 17:31:50
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    They were great messershmidt car
  • GLaDOS 2012/06/07 16:38:52 (edited)
    No
    GLaDOS
    +3
    If I want to drive a car, I'll drive a car. If I want to ride a motorcycle, I will ride a motorcycle. Damn it. That thing just looks like it screams, "I'm for the ladies, and little fairy-type men who want to try to be cool."

    car ride motorcycle ride motorcycle damn screams ladies fairy-type cool
    That's a motorcycle.

    I like scooters, too, and think that those scooters that look like motorcycles are kind of silly, too. On the other hand, if this car/motorcycle thing is designed and made completely in the U.S., I might consider it just for that fact. Good thing I'm a lady. lol
  • Smuwf, ... GLaDOS 2012/06/07 17:24:54
    Smuwf, Twin
    +1
    I must be a very big fairy hahaha,But I do slightly agree it is a rather effeminite design. and might I say that is a spectacular example of a 1947 indian chief,Thank you for posting it.
  • GLaDOS Smuwf, ... 2012/06/07 17:39:20
    GLaDOS
    lol All in good fun. I was thinking of Jeff Dunham's skits about his wife's powder blue Prius.


    They are such beautiful machines. Someday... *sniffle*
  • the_old... Smuwf, ... 2012/06/07 18:43:21
    the_old_coach
    +1
    1200cc's of mean machine!
  • teacham... GLaDOS 2012/06/07 18:45:44
    teachaman~PWCM~JLA
    beautiful Indian!! ... wait - can I say "Indain" anymore? ... could I drive that magnificent motorcycle in Oregon, where they just put down their joints/crackpipes long enough to vote to make naming practically anything after an Indian tribe (or anything else) illegal?
  • Lanikai 2012/06/07 16:35:38
    No
    Lanikai
    Too many 18 wheeled nightmares on our roads.
  • teachaman~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/07 16:16:50
    Yes
    teachaman~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    VW trike

    my version of a car-motorcycle hybrid is a RatRace-style VW Trike!

    VW trike

    now that's cool right there!

    VW trike

    maybe it's just my inner redneck stepping out to say "Hey, y'all!"
  • BUCCANE... teacham... 2012/06/07 17:32:45
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    I want one of those too!,for summer use
  • Wicked Ninjette 2012/06/07 15:59:48
    No
    Wicked Ninjette
    Why would you combine sorry, maybe I'm a little old fashioned but it's a car folks!! Motorcycle is not enclosed....... That's the point of it, the OPEN air.
  • Taxman 2012/06/07 15:58:40
    Yes
    Taxman
    +1
    Sure! Just tint the windows dark so nobody sees me!
  • Maddog 2012/06/07 15:52:25 (edited)
    Yes
    Maddog
    +4
    Looks like fun, but I wouldn't want to have an accident in one! This is more to my tastes:

  • BUCCANE... Maddog 2012/06/07 17:37:01
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    Oh yes PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAASE
  • Professor Wizard 2012/06/07 15:48:47
    Yes
    Professor Wizard
    +1
    Yea.. that thing looked like it would be fun to drive!
  • Lyle 2012/06/07 15:39:06
    No
    Lyle
    +1
    I think if you call it a 2 wheel commuter vehicle it might get better acceptance. When I rode motorcycles it was for the wind in my face and the free feeling. Putting a cabin around it makes it a car. The unrealistic specs are not likely to materialize:120 miles per hour and 220 miles per charge. And $24,000 starting price puts it in the price range of the Hybrids and plug-in electrics that have much higher utility. It's a NO for me.
  • Libertarian NOT Conservative 2012/06/07 15:38:50
    No
    Libertarian NOT Conservative
    I ride a motorcycle to get OUT of the cage and feel the open air. Why ruin the experience of riding by putting a box around the motorcycle?
  • Papillon 2012/06/07 15:18:36 (edited)
  • jerry johnson 2012/06/07 15:18:29
    No
    jerry johnson
    Some folks have enough to do just to operate one or the other; now you want to add to the confusion? Okay, maybe if the Dark Knight, Batman, was at the controls; but the average mofo...? Hell to tha' no!
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/06/07 15:00:31
    Yes
    KarenInKenoshaWisconsin
    +3
    But I'd prefer it to have two front wheels...

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