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Review: Piaggio Ape 50 Europe

weekend, I rode a boxcar to Illinois, with the rest of the 24 of LeMons hobos and helped put on the annual American Irony Traditionally, the justices of the LeMons Court travel around grounds in some sort of appropriate to our exalted station, and time we had the use of what turned out to be one of the motor vehicles in the entire a 2008 Piaggio Ape (pronounced ) 50 Europe with just 21 on the clock.

I also had the use of this less interesting (though fun) machine for the weekend, but it parked off to the side of the paddock the Ape flew the flag of the LeMons Court. Yes, a review of the is coming soon (spoiler: the Big HVAC Guy hasn t made a for the 2013 model year).

When you re putting on a race more than 100 teams the pit scene sprawls like Houston suburbs. I m wearing two when I m there— race and journalist covering the event— and means I need to be able to zip the facility in (or on) a vehicle that can between broken-down race broken-down trailers, broken-down tow and broken-down racers.

For pure the best pit transportation I d used at a race had been the Honda scooter. The Metropolitan always it s quiet enough to sneak up on race-car fuelers and bust and its 30 MPH top speed is nice when you to drive several miles a vast compound such as America or New Jersey Motorsports Given my respect for the Honda Cub.

I d take one over the Metropolitan any but so far no team has loaned us a Passport

Style is very important to a judge, however, and that s such fine machines as the Shorty Transporter— which to kill its occupants as well as any pedestrians within its reach— come into their own as

The Ape manages to combine function to the Metropolitan s with style at as dignified as the Shorty Transporter. Of the ideal Judgemobile combination be the Ape and this bagged Cadillac

While the Ape is nearly as maneuverable as a its cargo bed means you can load it up timing-and-scoring gear, boxes of Box equipment, or bribe-beer-sodden coworkers.

The rear wheels get some negative positive camber the cargo bed is empty, but the unladen still feels much scary than that of, a Reliant Robin. The reason I can that comparison is that the Volkswagen Squareback-racing team loaned us the Ape has also let us use a Robin and an sketchier Invacar three-wheeler.

The sits in the middle of a little and operates scooter-influenced hand and a foot brake. Allegedly, you can a second person in the cab— s room, if you really like companion— but controlling the thing get dicey.

On the left of the handlebars, s a normal motorcycle-style clutch and there s a traditional twist on the right.

To shift, you twist the left grip (clutch and and look for your gear in little pinball-machine-style mechanical First gear is best for climbing steep grades; out in second works fine on ground.

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So driving the Ape is sort of like a scooter, only you ve got a roof your head and a windshield in of you. It rained most of the and the Ape didn t care about or mud. It even has an excellent wiper/washer.

The instrument cluster you everything you need to know. The 40 MPH top on the speedo is pretty optimistic; I got the Ape above 20 MPH and never got into but it felt obvious that the engine wasn t made for high speeds.

Because it s there s a lighter and an ashtray.

The window-latch mechanism was about as and failure-proof as it s possible to be. If you need to out of the window, you just unlatch the and push the plastic all the way out.

The latch/lock mechanisms are also simple and elegant. The entire assembly might weigh as as five pounds.

It keeps you dry in the you can drive it through spaces for pedestrians, and it can haul a respectable load. The only real of the Ape, for an American, is that it s not anywhere in the country (unless states have a loophole you can an Italian three-wheeler through).

s some in-Ape video of an tour of the Autobahn Country pits.

The Ape 50 is about the simplest vehicle possible, yet it does of what a much larger truck needs to do. I think the 24 of LeMons needs to buy its own Ape for California

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