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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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  • 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.
  • Papillon Ron 2012/06/07 15:25:35
  • Ron Papillon 2012/06/07 18:49:43
    Ron
    +2
    Thanks, I pretty much keep it this way most of the time. Every once in a while I'll trim it down to a couple of inches then let it grow out again. It's about 7" at the pictured length.
  • Ishmael 2012/06/07 14:54:42
    Yes
    Ishmael
    +4
    Only if it's a Morgan three-Wheeler.

  • Papillon Ishmael 2012/06/07 15:25:59
  • hasher 2012/06/07 14:49:23
    No
    hasher
    +1
    nothing beats the real thing!!! the harley riders are going to laugh their asses off at this one!!! try showing up at stugis on that thing!!! sturgis and besides motocycles are already a cheap great way to travel. very fuel efficient already.
  • Rdtourist hasher 2012/06/07 15:04:24 (edited)
    Rdtourist
    BS on fuel eficciency as a reason for motorcycles, cars routinely get better than large bore or big bikes that usually struggle to get out of the 30s on mileage, especially after the usual ham handed mods to make them "sound" better and "perform" better, the rain and cold protection is so wonderful on bikes as another point.

    BTW, I have a Harley and three more bikes besides and ride quite a lot.

    Edit for spelling
  • America... hasher 2012/06/07 19:01:48
    American☆Atheist
    haley riders are thugs and right-wingers
  • mamacrash 2012/06/07 14:44:43
    Yes
    mamacrash
    +1
    It looks and sounds like fun and since I have always wanted to have my own 'bike' it would be safer for a first timer.
  • Carlos Peraza 2012/06/07 14:44:41
    Yes
    Carlos Peraza
    +1
    It would definitely be a fun experience, And a chance to be unique.
  • bluelady 2012/06/07 14:36:34
    No
    bluelady
    +1
    we did try a Can-Am spyder tho...and that was great....this C-1 isnt really for us tho... In nice weather hubby takes the Goldwing and in nasty weather the 4x4...we are only about 2 miles from his work..
    I cant imagine hoow expensive theis new one is going to be
  • WankerBait 2012/06/07 14:33:00
    Yes
    WankerBait
    +1
    Looks like fun ...
  • ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒ 2012/06/07 14:32:46
    No
    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +1
    Not in this town! I'd get smashed!
  • M'lud 2012/06/07 14:27:56
    Yes
    M'lud
    +3
    Great idea for single commuters and quick runs to the corner store.
  • David 2012/06/07 14:23:59
    Yes
    David
    +3
    I love technology...absolutely. Gotta look cool on the road.
  • smitty David 2012/06/07 15:47:15
    smitty
    or laughed at.
  • David smitty 2012/06/13 10:23:38
    David
    Maybe...but it would not bother me in the least.
  • smitty David 2012/06/15 13:28:52
    smitty
    +1
    Then by all means have at it. To each their own.
  • Merrick 2012/06/07 14:21:15
    Yes
    Merrick
    +5
    Did you ever watch Tron,
    watch tron

    or see the movie Akira

    watch tron movie akira

    Or
  • SoD 2012/06/07 14:14:50
    No
    SoD
    +5
    This, much like a moped, is a crossbreed vehicle that should have never "crossed" anyone's mind.

    Get either a motorcycle or a bicycle, a car or a motorcycle... you indecisive sissies.
  • hasher SoD 2012/06/07 14:51:51
    hasher
    +1
    i agree either ride a real motorcyle or dont!!! thats a ridiculous sissy looking thing. can you imagine showing up at sturgis in that???
  • SoD hasher 2012/06/07 15:00:46
    SoD
    I cannot imagine showing up at Sturgis period. It's not my thing and I haven't owned a motorcycle for years. However, I certainly get your point.

    I don't find a damn thing wrong with bicycles, in fact I used to ride a mountain-bike frequently. Mopeds neither have the power of a motorcycle or the versatility of a mountain-bike. They are an abomination.
  • Papillon SoD 2012/06/07 15:29:28
  • Lee 2012/06/07 14:14:39 (edited)
    Yes
    Lee
    Gyros aren't going to work if the things is sitting still, will they ?

    it must not have a floor.

    If someone wanted to give me one, i would probably accept.
  • Bill ~P... Lee 2012/06/07 14:33:04
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    It has a floor and yes, the gyros do work to keep it balanced even when standing still. This writeup might interest you...
    http://www.southbendtribune.c...

    It's unlikely I'd buy one either at least not until it has a few generations behind it like the Prius does.
  • Lee Bill ~P... 2012/06/07 14:42:34
    Lee
    +1
    Thanks for the link.
  • Lynn DC 2012/06/07 14:03:31
    No
    Lynn DC
    +2
    Hybrids are ugly and they are not cost effective. Motorcycles are great, but I am afraid of the OTHER DRIVERS on the road.

    WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES!
  • mamacrash Lynn DC 2012/06/07 14:48:08
    mamacrash
    +1
    I am with you, my son was hit and sent across 4 lanes of commute traffic by a griver who didn't see him(didn't look) and sent him to the hospital. BTW it also totalled his Chrome Ducati Monster, very sad!
  • yetunde adeboye 2012/06/07 13:54:41
    Yes
    yetunde adeboye
    +3
    i love thisssssssssssssssss.
  • Buzzymuzzwelle 2012/06/07 13:33:42
    No
    Buzzymuzzwelle
    +1
    It's a cute toy. It limits a Real Americans Freedom. Ford has a truck coming out in the
    near future that can get 58MPG with plenty of power and torque. Just look out America.
    We are going to be the Top Auto Industry in the world again. Buzzy
  • smitty 2012/06/07 13:33:13
    No
    smitty
    +1
    Where do I put the car seat for my two kids? Do I tie my wife to the top?

    The reason to get a motorcycle is to enjoy the non-enclosure.
  • hasher smitty 2012/06/07 14:53:27
    hasher
    +1
    exactly nothing like the open road my husband and i have been riding our gold wing for years. real motorcyle riders wouldnt be caught dead in that thing.
  • denny 2012/06/07 13:26:34
    No
    denny
    +1
    where the plug-in
  • RoseyRhod 2012/06/07 13:26:01
    Yes
    RoseyRhod
    When I saw the Carver, which was a three-wheeled motorcycle-car hybrid made in Holland, I really wanted one! I'll probably never be able to afford such a beast, but I can dream.
  • Koma 2012/06/07 13:17:35
    Yes
    Koma
    +1
    Good for bad weather.

    Does it have a heater for the cold days?
  • Bill ~P... Koma 2012/06/07 14:26:47 (edited)
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Here's an article on it. I doubt it has a heater as it would drain the battery.

    True about bad weather however, my guess is that riders will have to wear helmets as well and that would really suck.

    http://www.southbendtribune.c...
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/07 13:08:03
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Looking to get a Harley
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/07 12:52:10 (edited)
    No
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    But the technology is fantastic! 220 miles per charge and a starting price of $24K according to one article I found about it. Balances even at rest by way of gyroscopes. I assume it even backs up.

    Never-the-less I think I would spend a little more and get a Prius. Seating for 4 or 5 plus the ability to go cross-country. In addition the Prius is now generation 3 as I understand. The Lit is going to be developmental for a while.
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/07 12:25:05
    No
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Looks like a Goldwing about ready to give birth.
  • hasher Dogzebr... 2012/06/07 14:55:12
    hasher
    +1
    yeah, i dont thing my goldwing would give birth to that ugly thing. LOL!!

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