I have never been married to any vehicle, but the Eco-Exo will be the exception. I just have way to much fun with it to consider selling. However, "Never" is an abstract term measured by the fun index. When I take out the Eco-Exo, it is an absolutely perfect day filled with some great scenery, mountain roads, and fantastic places to eat. I usually ride with a very good friend (seen on my TR1KE threads). I have the Eco-Exo equipped with a CB radio that is modified for helmet headset.
I am not a Massachusetts Native. I am a transplant from Lewiston Idaho. I have to admit, I never get tired of the wonderful scenery New England has to offer. There are thousands of roads, highways, byways and back roads that keep me in my Eco-Exo and soon to be TR1ke.
I plan on some long range driving in my TR1ke. Maybe a couple of thousand miles or so. Florida is a good destination and I know the gulf water is a deep aqua blue and the sand on the beaches are as white as sugar.
So, selling my Eco-Exo is not part of my current plans. The TR1KE promises to deliver as much fun, more power and a place for a passenger.
I hope this covers the spirit behind my building both trikes, and keeping both. It is something I do to enjoy my life. I will soon be 68 years old and I plan on LIVING the remainder of my life with large helpings of enjoyment. Build it like it was illegal - Ride it like you stole it!
Roger if you go down to FLA take it out on The Tail of the Dragon (google it if you don't know it) US129 in TN and NC.. 318 turn in 11 miles. Really great on 2 wheels done it many times in my MX5 too..
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Oh yea... I have ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway several times, from Front Royal Virginia all the way to Cherokee Tennessee. I've done the Tail of the Dragon a few times and I agree... It is fun to do on a motorcycle. I can only imagine what it's like in the TR1ke.
I was looking at my rear tire. I didn't need to replace it last year and the tread is about down to the wear indicator. I opted to buy a new Michelin "City Grip" rear tire and give up the Bridgestone Hoops. (This is still a scooter tire) The tread is a little different, and I hope to get a little longer life from it. Who knows until it's put in use.
There has been so much snow this year that making fun winter hops is nearly impossible. The salt from the roads gets everywhere and for a 2 hour ride, I would spend 5 hours detailing wiping down and de-salting all the cracks and crevices. I am hoping for an early April extended "Spring" ride, free of winter weather and salted roads.
Currently my EXO-RT is beneath several layers of protection in my garage waiting for April to arrive.
I was out getting my annual inspection sticker... (MOT). There wasn't a queue except the car already in the inspection bay so I took a second or two to take a few pictures. It was a nice warm sunny day. Ahhhhh no more snow.
Oh, by the way. My Eco-Exo-R sailed right through the inspection needing only a slight tweak on my off-side headlamp. No charge for the adjustment. I am all set for the year. Just to be totally honest, I installed a new rear tire. This time I bought a Michelin tire. The tread pattern is similar to the Bridgestone. Funny thing about the old tire, it was 2 seasons old and was very weathered, the rubber had begun to crack. The tread was down the the wear markers, so I got my use from it. I didn't check the manufacture date but no need to at this point.
The cover looks like it does the job. I actually have a trike cover. I may give it a try to see if it fits the Eco-Exo. My wife bought it for my Victory Trike, but it may big enough fit the wide stance in the front. I know the rain in the UK can be brutal. I lived in Woodbridge (Suffolk) for 4 years. Loved England, but the weather notsomuch. When it rained, it was quite gloomy, but there is no better place to be on the sunny days.
The cover looks like it does the job. I actually have a trike cover. I may give it a try to see if it fits the Eco-Exo. My wife bought it for my Victory Trike, but it may big enough fit the wide stance in the front. I know the rain in the UK can be brutal. I lived in Woodbridge (Suffolk) for 4 years. Loved England, but the weather notsomuch.When it rained, it was quite gloomy, but there is no better place to be on the sunny days.
Roger Worcester, Massachusetts
Can NOT be any worse than Seattle winters.
On two wheels now, one is a car tire. Looking for a 2F1R trike.
I am poor, please do not ask me for money or tools. I will ride 100 miles to help for a beer and sandwich.
The weather here has been on par with Seattle, and London. When it is gloomy, it is in the trenches, but when it is nice,its great. Not much time to ride or wrench lately. With the coming of spring, there also cometh the work in the garden, and the big clean up push to clear out the last bastions of winter. Today... TODAY is going to be 78° F (25°C) a bit foggy this morning, but the afternoon should be good. I believe the Eco-Exo needs to be driven. I am going to pull away from the chores and have a little enjoyment after lunch.
In addition to getting things ready for the summer, I have also been preparing for a June getaway. I may have mentioned I recently acquired a very nice extremely low mileage 1990 Honda GL1500 Goldwing. When a say low miles, 26,500 is the reading on the odometer. I am the third owner. I do not want to depart to much from the Eco-Exo theme, so let's just say I have been doing the scheduled maintenance like it had 100K. New belts, fluids, brakes, (tires were new) front bearings and seals, and OEM fan thermo switch. It is ready to ride and California is the destination.
I will post on the TR1KE what remains to be done on the TR1ke.
Tomorrow I will be catching the plane back home. I leave San Francisco in the morning and it will be a 6 hour flight back to Boston (+ 3 for time zone). I have been driving my Eco-Exo this summer quite a bit, but not as much as in past summers. I have been gone most of the summer and as I mentioned am currently in California.
I have to say, the Eco-Exo runs great, the handling stays constantly predictable. It sticks to the road like it had glue on the tires. The donor 2008 Burgman engine only had a few thousand miles on it when I bought it so it still runs like new. The CVT is still sound and solidly engages the engine to the wheel with no slippage after initial take off. It starts right up and sounds great... hydraulic lifters make for less maintenance.
When I get back home, I will knock the bugs off the front, apply some spray cleaner/polish and continue to take it out for the fall riding season and do that until it’s simply to cold to ride. The side panels I installed really make a huge difference in the cold. There isn’t so much wind hitting my legs from underneath. Crosswinds are only slightly more noticeable, but not a huge issue with handling characteristics.
It still baffles me why Kelvin purchased the rights to manufacture the Eco-Exo then “failed to launch” the endeavor. Somehow I believe he thought he could pull it off. He kept our interest by telling us how he was improving the design and making changes that would be amazing. In fact he was not doing anything at all, just sitting on it and letting it all decay. It is truly unbelievable why he did that. The 12 that were manufactured are still out there no matter how obscure. I have tried to find out who the owners are for the two that went to the USA in Colorado but the dealer, Kevin Patrick of Exomotive in Atlanta naturally cannot give out that sort of information. I still hear from Edward in Wisconsin and Fred in Pennsylvania but nothing from Jim Cox in Texas. The remainder of the kits are either in the U.K. or Europe.
Anyway, that’s about it for now. I know I am delighted with my Eco-Exo-R as well as Fred and Edward are with theirs. No plans to get rid of mine....I thoroughly enjoy it, and when my TR1ke is completed I will be riding that as well.
Post by smokinguitarplayer on Oct 9, 2017 15:20:17 GMT
Roger ... I just saw this recent post and thought I'd say hello. I am riding my EcoExo occasionally ...still running great etc. etc. In the past year I "built out" a Ram Promaster van into a sort of utility/camper vehicle and this past 3 weeks I've been touring the southwest ... visiting my daughter in Denver, friends in Arizona, and a quick stop at Slab City / Salvation mountain in southern Califonia for a photo op. I'm holed up at my daughter's in Denver now, we got 5 inches of snow this morning but tomorrow , no matter what, I'm setting off for Pa. I'm looking forward to some good cruising on my trike in the fall months. All is well. If you start doing some touring , be sure to put me on the list for a visit. Fred B (Shillington, Pa. )
Well, I have to lay a bit of blame on Scott too. When he offered it up for sale, I offered to take it and at the time the WHOLE project WAS worth the $7000 US dollers. I had $12,000 in a reserve account just waiting for his reply to do a wire transfer... I would have gotten 1 functioning trike, all the fiberglass moulds, the Frame Jig's and this web page.
But I guess he wanted to KEEP it in UK for some reason.
Now, Kevlin would sell the (SEMI) WHOLE kit set up WITHOUT a trike to copy off of for $9500 USD. I think he sold the last "DEMO" trike to a member.
This is just "CRYING IN MY BEER" talk now. I hate salty watered down beer.
I just returned from California this afternoon. Tomorrow is another day and I intend to get started working on my TR1ke. Fred, the touring is pretty much done for me. I’ve been gone most of the summer and I need to remain close to home for a bit. Thanks for the offer, and someday I may surprise you.... never can tell.
As far as Scott goes Dave, I look at it as a business deal. Scott sold Eco-Exo to Kelvin. Kelvin did not produce any kits, Scott did 11 of them. Can’t fault a guy for that. Keeping the Eco-Exo in the U.K. only meant ease of turn over... assets and paperwork. Easy Peary. It’s like selling a used car. It’s easier to transfer ownership to a US person rather than pack it up and send it to England. So, it is where it is. A dead duck, and taking shots at it and fixing blame does not make it dead-er. Kelvin killed it plain and simple.