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Old 03-15-2011, 02:20 AM   #16
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These things are used all over in Colombia, real work horses. This new one from Cartagena:

Look good to me.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:53 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by MZRider View Post
I guess y'all have never seen any of the same type of vehicle produced by Moto Guzzi? Guzzi started building them in 1928 and didn't stop until 1980. Sizes from 50cc (Dingotre) to 500cc (Ercole).

The Ercole (Hercules) was capable of carrying 1500 kgs/3300 lbs. and was powered by a 500cc single-cylinder engine.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:18 AM   #18
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I guess in other parts of the world they don't have the luxury of driving an SUV or pickup truck empty 90% of the time.

Saw Nimbus bikes years ago in Denmark that had an extended front frame with huge flat platform over the front wheel for carrying goods.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:43 PM   #19
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Those are awesome!!!
Imagine going to Lowes or Home Depot to pick up some landscaping material, and probably still getting some 50-75 mpg!

I would love to have one of those!
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #20
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I remember seeing some examples of three wheelers from the mid-20th century, powered by what was probably 500cc or 750cc H-D engines, that were used by garages to come to a customer's house or business, deploy a pusher bar, and push the customer's car to the garage to have work done. After the work was completed, the car could then be returned to the customer.

I tried using google to locate some photos but all my attempts at using terms like "tow" and "motorcycle" come up with the more familiar concepts.

BTW, I saw these at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA.

Edit: I had it backwards. It was a Servi-Car. It would be towed behind the customer's vehicle, but used by the tech to get to and from the customer site.

Not too long ago I did see a Youtube-type video of a GL1800-based tow vehicle in Europe.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:45 PM   #21
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Love them!!!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:58 PM   #22
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it might be ridiculous.. but.. I'll take one.

I usually burn $300 a week driving my f-250 around for work.. I'd take my bike more but I always having to pick up supplies for my jobs...

I could put my work tools in there.. go do a few quotes for jobs,, pick up epoxy/paint supplies for the crew.. and get 50 mpg... think I could have one paid off in a few months..

what does your garage look like

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Old 12-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #23
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Cargo trikes, tuk-tuks, or what ever you wish to call them are an extremely practical vehicle, and power the transportation needs of much of the world. Considering that the average traffic speeds in many cities is less than 10 mph, how much oomph do you really need? Roads in many parts of the world are not suited for riding at over 30 mph in any case. I'd love to see these in the US. Bajaj tuk-tuks were available for a short time here, and I always kick myself for not getting one.
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