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Would You Want a Motorcycle-Car Hybrid?

SodaHead News 2012/06/06 22:47:10
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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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  • 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...
  • Ron 2012/06/07 14:58:37
    Yes
    Ron
    +1
    Looks like just the thing for commuting for one person, people who are adverse to carpooling. It would have to have gyros for self balancing to work, that would be cool to see how well they work.

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