The Bangor Elim Church Car & Motorcycle Show

Last Saturday RTWW was at the Bangor Elim Church Car & Motorcycle show, and the RTWW Flickr page has been updated with some pictures from the day.  The show was well attended as always and benefited from fantastic weather (This Editor still has the sunburn to show for it!)

The show featured a good collection of bikes and trikes from all eras, alongside classic British cars from the last few decades.

Stunt shows from former European extreme stunt riding Champion Kevin Carmichael http://www.kevincarmichael.com/

…and Relentless UKFMX http://www.ukfmx.com/

…were expertly done and great fun for the crowds.  Other features of the day were the fashion show and judging of the best bikes and cars attending the show.

This was the 8th show at the Elim Church and many of those regular attendees said it was the best yet.  Well done to the organisers and RTWW is looking forward to next years show.

Pictures from the Show are available on our Flickr Photostream

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Three Wheeled Wonders! – the Honda 3R-C EV & Petit Ducati Desmosedici Trike

As I was sliding around on ice and spilt diesel this morning I considered picking up a winter trike, in an attempt to stop my two-wheeled transport flipping sideways and spinning down the road as it did a few weeks ago.  As if reading my mind I find two somewhat unconventional trikes presented to me on-line.

The first is Honda’s latest EV concept due to be pimped at the Geneva Motor Show.  Honda keep releasing concept pics or parading mock-ups around shows but as yet haven’t managed to nail down a production model.  The Honda 3R-C is a single seat enclosed three-wheeler with a nice futuristic look to it.

Honda CEO Takeo Fukui spoke recently about Honda’s EV plans saying, “Honda is currently developing a battery-powered electric motorcycle which emits no CO2 during operation, because the characteristics of a battery can be better utilized in the area of motorcycles, which are often used for short distance travel.  “Honda is aiming to introduce this electric motorcycle to the market about two years from now.”

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Our second trike is featured by our friends over at Visor Down and is a concept designed by Nicolas Petit, a 25-year-old professional motorcycle mechanic from France.  Nicholas says of his design, “This project is a mix between a motorcycle and a street quad. The base is without its Desmosedici fork, the rear is slightly restyled. The ATV-type front is grafted directly on to the engine chassis – simple and effective, Spartan and light.”

While the thought of relaxing in the warmth of the Honda 3R-C listening to Radio 2 on my daily commute is very attractive, the Ducati is impossible to resist.  Come on Nicholas build a few! : )

More pictures are available at Visor Down

Stay cosy in an enclosed trike this winter..

Well it’s back, the enclosed trike, this time in an eco friendly electric version.

A number of companies over the years have produced concepts of a trike wrapped in an ‘cockpit’ style enclosure, BMW showcased one last year and the ill fated Carver One made it to production, but no one bought one it would seem.  The latest, the Urban Jet, is from new start-up C&C Technologies and is driven by an electric powerplant with speed figures of a 240 km/h top speed, and zero to 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds.  The apparent range would be approx 350km before you need to find a socket for a recharge.  Only a concept at the moment as the company is seeking further funding, but it’s not a bad design, and given the push for EV at the minute they’ll surely get three wheels on the road shortly ….they should do a grammar check on their press releases though…. “Also for all those who simple dare”

An enclosed Trike would make for a nice winter commuter with it’s weather protection, and stability benefits, and you wouldn’t feel to car-like given its got handle bar controls and leans into corners.

For more details check out the company’s web site at http://www.urban-jet.com/

The future depends on Motorcycles..

So yet again a car company looks ot the
world of motorcycles, in this case a trike concept, to save us all
from gas guzzling cars. BMW have released details of their latest
urban commuter concept the SIMPLE (which stands for: "Sustainable
and Innovative Mobility Product
for Low Energy consumption").

Looking a little like a wingless Viper from
Battlestar Galactica, the aerodynamically shaped three wheel vehicle
leans like a bike, and uses a hybrid engine to power it to a not
unimpressive 124mph. The big thing though is tank range with an
approximate 118 miles miles per gallon, surely a little bit of
touring could be achieved.

Just a concept at the moment from which
the company's car and bikes will no doubt benefit, but a very
interesting one, reminiscent of the now unfortunately bankrupt Carver
Europe and their Carver One vehicle

Check out more pictures and a video
here – http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/09/bmw-simple-concept/

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The future of the car…is a bike..

More news from the future in the
shape of a Peugoet single seat concept car that is slowly heading into
bike territory….or certainly reverse Trike territory.

Funny how the simplity of design in tomorrow's transport options are leaning our way (no pun intended)

Everyone should own a bike, in the world of tomorrow they may have no choice!

More pics to be found here

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/04/23/peugeot_compo_mega_city_car/

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