Do I Really Want One of These? Kandi Viper 250cc Reverse Trike Motor Junkies

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Do I Really Want One of These? Viper 250cc Reverse

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I ve been fascinated by trikes for a long time. As teens, my older brother and I a reverse trike go-kart (he the frame and the drivetrain, I did the brakes and because we didn t have the for a proper live axle in the back. The first hard taught us something about the instability of three wheel The inside front wheel about 18 off of the pavement (maybe s why I like the photo of Jim Clark s Cortina cornering on three so much). It took a bit more a dab of oppo to settle it back

I don t remember if either one of us ever rolled it, but it was exciting to drive. Now word that Morgan s 3 Wheeler. a car that seems to be to drift and donut effortlessly still keeping both wheels planted firmly on firma, has become their selling vehicle. prompting of expanding the 3 Wheeler line. that success my attention has again been drawn to trikes. I m not the only one.

on design patent drawings, it like Polaris will be introducing the Slingshot. a side by reverse trike powered by a GM 2.4 L four cylinder. From the the Slingshot looks to be aimed at Ariel Atom fans the traditional stringback driving set, so I don t think the Morgan lose any sales to Polaris, but way, I think the Polaris increase the popularity of three in general.

Polaris Slingshot design

Everyone who drives the Morgan trike says that it s the fun you can possibly have with a until they perfect That kind of fun comes at a For what the Mog 3W costs, $45K and up, you can buy a of new, nicely equipped cars.

With that engine and other automotive components, I m sure that the Slingshot will not be cheap There are other reverse like Campagna s T-Rex but Campagna s least expensive the T-Rex V13R, starts at

So what can you do if you want to explore the of road going reverse but you don t want to spend multiples of You could build one yourself, search Google, Bing or for reverse trike build. I like this Gold based leaner called and this wild small Chevy V8 powered FWD trike on an Olds Toronado. a little build than this old based trike.

However, if you something ready to drive off the (well, almost, see below) is relatively cheap, you ll just to keep looking to the east. where that country s scooter industry has noticed the things that Morgan and have.

Zhejiang Kangdi  (NASDAQ:KNDI) makes scooters, motorcycles, golf carts, ATVs and electric vehicles, 80% of which are to the U.S. and Europe. Maybe s why the parent company and American use the easier-to-pronounce-by-westerners Kandi. I believe the first reverse trike Kandi made was a 250cc of Bombardier s Can-Am Spyder, it doesn t have the Can-Am s control that keeps the from lifting a wheel having to lean the trike. If you a  trike that leans, offers them too. Now ve come up with something a bit like the Morgan and Polaris something more like a car a motorcycle or ATV, the Viper trike.

Powered by a single cylinder water-cooled 4 stroke engine puts out 16.6 HP (some advertise 20 HP), with an CVT that has reverse, from the posted on YouTube it looks a real blast to drive. It s not terrible looking, kind of in a Bugeye Sprite or Lotus way, at least up front. I just dig cycle style that turn with the wheels.

With microcar power you won t get there quickly, but it like you ll have fun getting Come to think of it, with a engine in back it might be as like a Messerschmitt  as a Morgan. on where you buy it, it will cost you between $5,700 and $7,000 (with some assembly usually), a fraction of the price of the or what I expect the Polaris to cost, let alone what a Kabinenroller can run these days .

for that price you get at least some sophistication. The engine has ignition. Some dealers say it also has electronic fuel but this video from says that it has a carburetor. The for the front wheels uses a double wishbone setup, coilover units for springing and

The rear end uses a swing as expected, but surprisingly they t just use a scooter drive which typically has the engine and as part of the swingarm assembly, unsprung weight. Instead the and transmission are mounted to the main and there s a chain drive to the rear wheel. Rather a monoshock in back there are coilover units. All three have hydraulic disc with ABS, with discs on the back wheel, many sportbikes front brakes.

An auxiliary hand activated brake is also included.

and passenger sit side by side in style seats with harnesses and there s a rudimentary cage. Bodywork is made plastic, ABS and fiberglass. The frame and components are made of steel  Thirteen inch cast wheels are standard, mounted 145X70 radial tires.

The is operated with a steering and other automotive style There is a small instrument in the middle of the dashboard and the shift for the CVT sites between the seats. It s spartan.

Some dealers an optional windshield. From the of the yellow Viper pictured you can replace the stock muffler sporty dual upswept There is no radio or heater.

says that future will have a more interior, but for the time being you re right in front of the engine, so it s and the radiator sits right the passenger seat so maybe a isn t needed.

Cruising speed is to be about 60 MPH (some dealers say 80, say don t believe them) so it should be for urban use and maybe even on the freeway for very short Fuel economy is up to about 70 MPG dealers say 90). Both are of course dependent on load and conditions.

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Maximum load is about so you and your passenger might to watch your weight. At one dealer sells it under a model name, Cyclone a pattern here? Caveat  and all that).

As you can see from the at the top of this post, it can even a little. However, watching the Viper scamper around parking lot gives me a little about 20 seconds into the the driver takes a hard turn, and you can hear the back s tire skittering as it loses and traction.

What you can see, is what concerns me. At peak forces the rear wheel to have noticeable positive While there is some roll, the camber on the wheel to exceed the roll angle of the

That means that s some flexing going on, in the rear swingarm subframe or in its maybe in the main frame as If you pay attention to other times the is cornering hard, you can see the rear end

Now camber changes happen all the on regular cars if you pay attention, but with the video there s the question of Kandi s quality you spend some time at videos and comments posted by buyers a recurring theme rather poor quality though many buyers perfectly satisfied. Though are sold said to be 90-95% many buyers report the assembly that had already done wasn t done with some bolts untorqued and even components left to right.

With a 60 and a front track of 57.3 , it s the of a [very] small car. The it comes in ready to finish inches so either have to a fork lift or a loading or expect to possibly pay for residential gate delivery. If you pay to have a fully assemble it, you ll have to it up at a shipping depot.

You can get a rough idea of what involves from this  of another Kandi trike. If you re this site and you have a set of and sockets, you can most likely put it retailers advertise how they go their scooters before to make sure all the bolts are etc.

Some buyers engines being DOA or failing after purchase. The fact another frequently advertised is an optional warranty probably says something about s QC at the factory. Some dealers do a job of prep and after sales than others, from comments.

However, I don t see anyone offering a car-like two passenger trike for anything near and to be honest, I d be more concerned QC in terms of safety than It looks like the frame is up of steel tubing that s about 1 inch in diameter. both front wheels like they ll stay on the I m worried that if you stress the end enough, you won t just get some camber. Images of the entire end twisting itself free to mind. As mentioned, the roll looks rudimentary and there t appear to be much in the way of side protection.

In most states you d it as a motorcycle. My guess is that in a you d probably be about as well off as on an motorcycle. To really check though, I d have to see a Kandi close up and hopefully drive one but the Kandi dealer is hundreds of away in the Upper Peninsula.

Still, it looks like it d be a to drive and cheap to operate, even a cheaper commuter either a battery EV or a smart Obviously, judging a vehicle s based on one short YouTube and comments on the internet is not a serious If someone at Kandi USA, or another of their dealers this and would like to the performance and safety of the Kandi I have an open mind and I d be to do a full review of the trike if you can the loan of a test vehicle.

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