Piaggio patents trike with leaning rear wheels

    Published On May 31, 2020 09:00:00 AM

    12113 Views

    Piaggio’s new design allows the engine and both rear wheels to lean.

    Piaggio was quite early to adopt the three-wheeler format with it's MP3 range. The MP3, like many other other trikes – Yamaha's Niken, Triango's 50 and others – have a pair of wheels ahead and a single one at the rear. Now, new patents reveal that Piaggio has readied a design that's the opposite, with two wheels at the rear and a one up front.

    While this setup is quite unconventional in the trike space, there are a few, like Harley-Davidson's Tri Glide Ultra and Freewheeler, that use this setup. That said, Piaggio's design further distinguishes itself with a unique rear-end that allows the engine and both rear wheels to lean.

    Piaggio has achieved this by using a complex rear axle design. The patents reveal that the trike uses a differential that remains parallel to the ground and runs along the rear axle, even when the engine and wheels are leaned over. There are mechanisms that allow the wheels to pivot at the ends of the rear axle. The images also reveal a bar running parallel to the rear axle that links the suspension components at both ends to maintain equal lean on both rear wheels.

    A complex setup like this would certainly result in a very different riding experience to a conventional trike, probably with less effort required at the steering. That said, there's no clarity on if, or when, Piaggio will bring something like this to production, and how much it will cost.

    SOURCE

    Also see:

    Indian Motorcycle files trademark for two new names

    Honda to patent new automated clutch technology for motorcycles

    What do you think about this News
    Ask Autocar Anything about Car and Bike Buying and Maintenance Advices
    Need an expert opinion on your car and bike related queries?
    Ask Now
    Poll of the month

    What do you think of Ford's new CBU only India plan?

    CBU imports will be too expensive for most

     

    75%

    Finally! Some 'proper' all-American Fords

     

    25%

    Total Votes : 856
    Sign up for our newsletter

    Get all the latest updates from the automobile universe