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Author Topic: Does this thing qualify for the USA Four Corners??? Opinion Please
w4swk
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Post Does this thing qualify for the USA Four Corners??? Opinion Please
on: March 8, 2014, 04:15

This "vehicle" registers in our home state as a motorcycle...

http://www.eliomotors.com/

My brother and I (both finishers last year) were looking at it and the comment was made (jokingly) that it puts a whole new spin on "trike"...

Ken

http://kenshar.blogspot.com

jknorst
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Posts: 92
Post Re: Is this thing legal??? Opinion Please
on: March 8, 2014, 08:02

Quote from w4swk on March 8, 2014, 04:15
This "vehicle" registers in our home state as a motorcycle...

http://www.eliomotors.com/

My brother and I (both finishers last year) were looking at it and the comment was made (jokingly) that it puts a whole new spin on "trike"...

Ken

I want to do the USAFCT in/on this. It will be classified as a motorcycle when it is on the road.

http://www.samsonmotorworks.com/

J

w4swk
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Posts: 6
Post Re: Is this thing legal??? Opinion Please
on: March 9, 2014, 20:51

We are in Jacksonville Fl. at the moment. The Elio is on display in Daytona (Bike Week). We are running down tomorrow to take a look. I will post a report. 🙂

Ken

http://kenshar.blogspot.com

loneranger
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Posts: 29
Post Re: Does this thing qualify for the USA Four Corners??? Opinion Please
on: March 22, 2014, 05:16

I don't believe it should qualify either. Mainly because traffic law is being amended at the request of the Elio makers as we speak so that A HELMET IS not required to drive it It is being given its own designation in the states that they have been successful so far "AUTO-CYCLE"

banderson
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Post Re: Does this thing qualify for the USA Four Corners??? Opinion Please
on: March 22, 2014, 08:33

The board chewed on this bone in late 2010 after the Regina to Tucson Three Flags Classic. One of our riders had a Scorpion http://www.scorpionmotorsports.com trike. It was a kit. It was driven by a BMW K1200 rear end. He had the trike put together in Huntington Beach, California where he lives. Riders that saw it had two reactions. One was "cool, unique, three wheels makes a trike". The other one was "no way, TFC is a motorcycle riding event, if we allow this to be a qualifying vehicle we will be overrun by these damn non-motorcycles, it simply isn't a motorcycle!"

So the SCMA board of directors took the issue on as a policy matter. The board decided to draw a single, simple bright line: Count the number of wheels. Motorcycles, trikes and motorcycles with sidecars are qualifying vehicles. Motorcycles have two wheels. Trikes and motorcycles with sidecars have three wheels. Cutting it any other way becomes a matter of the board having to arbitrate and declare a vehicle as certified or not. Tandem or bench? Covered or not? Front wheel or back wheel drive? Converted VW trike? Home built? Motorcycle engine or car engine? The variations are endless. But we can count. As it turns out, at least in California, the Vehicle Code defines a motorcycle as a two or three wheeled vehicle. So the 2010 SCMA board of directors established the policy. Motorcycle or not? Count the wheels: two or three qualifies for an SCMA event.

Beyond that, if "ride your own ride" is our overarching philosophy, why would we object to someone riding his/her own version of a motorcycle? As the age of SCMA riders continues to rise, isn't it comforting to know we will have the option of a 3-wheeled vehicle to continue to participate in the sport we love?

And regarding the fear of SCMA being overrun with Scorpion-like trikes, we haven't seen any since the one that was on the 2010 TFC.

See you on the road

Blake P. Anderson
SCMA Chairman
(714) 801-3931
BlakePAnderson@gmail.com

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