Four wheel motorcycles

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Four wheel motorcycles

Postby Ryck » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:56 pm

Last year I saw pictures of a BMW four wheel motorcycle in a bike magazine. I was wondering if anyone heard anything more about it. Was it a concept vehicle or will it really happen?

I also wonder if jurisdictions and insurance companies will consider such a vehicle a "car" or a "motorcycle".

I've always thought that if you straddle the vehicle and you don't have an shell covering you then you are a "motorcycle" no matter how many wheels you have on the pavement. Then I saw the T-Rex three-wheel motorcycle where you are "in" the vehicle and you do have something of a shell "covering" you.

Differences are starting to blurr! LOL

If you don't know what a T-Rex is ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campagna_T-Rex

So, anyone heard any chatter from BMW about this?

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Re: Four wheel motorcycles

Postby WCLamb » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:52 am

American Motorcyclist Association has run a survey trying to get a read on this very topic... what makes a motorcycle a motorcycle? Seems there's as many opinions as there are people.

As far as four-wheelers go, Hannigan Motorsports, who makes sidecars, trailers, and trike conversions has come up with different configurations for trikes... conventional, and ala "Spyder" with twin front wheels and a single in the rear. A couple years ago, they had a GoldWing 1800 on display at TourExpo that had undergone conversion front AND rear... in essence, an overgrown quad. I thought: "nice experiment -- but who would buy something like that? You'd never get it licensed, registered, or inspected. The state (any state) wouldn't know what to do with it!"

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Well, RuthAnn Hannigan told me they'd sold the first one to someone in New Jersey (go figure!) and that they had no problem getting it legal... considered as a motorcycle, subject to all the rules and regulations of 2- and 3-wheelers, and it was being ridden. Can't say... I've never seen it or one like it.

According to their internet ad (LINK) :arrow: Hannigan it is only made for the GL1800. But then, RuthAnn was riding a BMW LT that they had triked a couple years ago (pretty!) so I don't see why they couldn't convert a Beemer to a quad, too. I just think the owner would end up getting hassled, pulled over by the LEOs all the time.

Personally, I'd have to wonder "what's the point?" A trike is for stability. Why a quad? Just because? Seems to be a pretty expensive proposition -- just to have something different.

I can't imagine the handling issues and what it would take to ride one of those things. I certainly wouldn't feel too confident doing 75 on the NJ Turnpike on one. But then, never having tried one, I can't say. All I know is, it ain't for me.
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Re: Four wheel motorcycles

Postby Spiritdream » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:18 am

From what I've heard in the "rumor mill", the Hannigan is only legal in about 5 states, but I'm having a bit of trouble finding out which 5. Guess NJ is one of them? I did see a video once (YouTube, I think?) showing the Roadster being driven on a highway, and I think it was in Arkansas or Alabama - "A" stands out in my mind, that's all I remember.

I don't know about BMW, but the Hannigan is NOT a legal vehicle in Massachusetts - yes, I've asked the RMV & State Police, because my husband said that this is the only motorcycle he'd ride. According to Massachusetts, it fails to meet at least one of the "legal" definitions for a motorcycle (3 wheels or less), and it doesn't meet the "legal" requirements for an automobile (seatbelts, windshield with wipers, enclosure, etc).

Needless to say, hubby is NOT getting one - we don't have 40K+ to spend for what would basically be a fancy ATV. :lol: Find me the other states where it's legal though, and maybe I could get hubby to move!! :wink:
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