Yup, that's my grinning Linda sitting in a Stallion trike in our driveway! I woke her from a nap to tell her that her present was outside and waiting for her. All she could say after going for a ride was "Wheeee!" It woke her up too! :lol:
This thing rocks! It's one of first the factory prototypes so little things don't work like the trunk never got cut out but it's great fun the way it is.
The present was that I arranged to have the prototype delivered to the house for a personal inspection and test ride, plus the offer to buy her one if she really liked it.
There's a lot of changes to the production version that didn't make it to their website the last time I checked.
- * The passenger seat is moved back an extra 4"
* the passenger seat is designed more like the one on the GL1800
* It has a driver backrest
* It has a third headlight just above the nose vent
* It has electrically adjustable brake and gas pedals to adjust for different leg lengths
* The turn signals moved up to the mirrors as on the GL1800
* It has power brakes (one of the test drivers broke his nose with the power brakes... 60mph to 0 takes 100 feet)
* it has a seat belt option
* the hump behind the engine (just under the dash) is 4" narrower
* It's a tossup right now whether it'll have an aircraft type reinforced step on the running boards, or a mini door to aid entry and exiting. At the moment, it's difficult to get in when the passenger is already mounted.
Even on this prototype, the engineering is fantastic. It has a welded NASCAR type tubular steel frame and a lever front suspension. Even without the backrest, the driver seat is very comfortable, and the wrap around windshield offers a LOT of protection from the elements (perhaps too much for a motorcyclist.) A six foot tall driver doesn't even get his hair mussed driving it at 60mph.
BTW, I was wrong. The engine isn't under the hump the driver sits on. It's up under the dash. DANG that's a tight fit.
I think that this will be a big seller and get a lot of car people to buy it. When you get in, everything is where it'd be in a car... gas on the right, brake on the left, standard steering wheel with headlights, turn signal etc on the stalk on the left, tilt wheel lever below it, ignition on the column, cruise controls embedded in the wheel.
1600 pounds, 155HP twin cam four cylinder engine, 5 speed automatic, 0-60 faster than a stock Vette (4.6 seconds I think.) Doesn't have a LOT of low end torque but will certainly leave a LONG strip of rubber from a stop if you stomp on it. (Needs posi-traction.)
At a recent track day in Texas, most sports cars (Vettes, Porches, Ferraris, etc.) were turning in lap times of around 49 seconds. The test driver on the Stallion says he didn't even push it 100% (maybe 80%) and got lap times of 46 seconds, primarily due to how it handles in the curves.
Looks like sometime next year, we'll have a Stallion in the stable.