I just found this kit today and I instantly fell in love. I've been reading about builds and the donor vehicles and coming up with ideas all day. Suddenly I realized something - can this vehicle drive in reverse? The burgman scooters don't appear to have an in-built reverse gear to the transmisson. I can't imagine putting my feet on the ground and pushing back, as one would do on a traditional motorcycle/scooter. I feel like I must be missing something here, because I can't imagine having a vehicle like this without reverse. Can anyone enlighten me?
To be honest a reverse gear would be a nice addition, however the engineering behind that is quite complicated. The kit is so light that it really only needs one hand to push it out of any dead ends if necessary. However the turning circle is so small that it turns back on itself. Many of us have got used to either parking on hills etc.. to make life even easier. Hope this helps..
Post by Radiantthought on Jul 4, 2014 15:05:20 GMT
My issue is that I was thinking this platform would be perfect for doing a fully enclosed aerodynamic reverse trike (similar in some ways to an elio). Obviously enclosing it would make pushing off problematic.
How hard would it be to use a different scooter motor? I know next to nothing about these things, but a quick search revealed that scooters with reverse gearing do exist. Does anyone know of any that might be good candidates for this kit?
An electric reverse is interesting, but seems like a reasonably expensive addition from either an engineering, or parts perspective (the link above estimated $800 cost).
Well I just put 150 miles on it today mostly city driving. I just filled it up with 2.5 Gallons. So my average around town is 60 MPG.
After stopping many times and practicing reverse gear I feel there just is no need for it. For the very few times when parked on a sharp incline I can just push it back set the handbrake and get in and go.
Otherwise this thing is awesome and absolutely no bump steer that I could feel over all the bumps I hit.
For the overall design I would not change anything as it is great just the way it is.
If you want an enclosed model then you might as well wait for an Elio as I do not think you can build this for any less using newer components.