• May 2nd 2008 at 5:03PM
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We recently had a short email exchange with the president of Bajaj USA, Al Kolvites, and we were informed that the 3-wheelers, known as rickshaws in some other countries, are no longer available in the states. Kolvites cites the manual transmission as one major reason as to why the 3-wheelers didn't sell very well in the U.S. Apparently, modifications were needed to make the machines DOT and EPA compliant, and Bajaj did not see the point of making the required changes considering the low number of units actually sold in the U.S. Kolvites says that he had asked for an automatic transmission version to sell here, but Bajaj declined, saying that most of their customers preferred the shift-it-yourself tranny and the mileage benefits that generally accompany them.

Bajaj USA has sold out of the inventory of 3-wheelers, meaning that if you want one, you'll need to scour the used market. We're truly sad to hear that the venerable rickshaw is no longer available in the states, especially considering the fuel mileage that the unique machines were capable of.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      We have a red 04 for sale with only 27 miles on it.. We are in Phoenix. Look at it on Craigslist/Phoenix
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dd you sell it? Tried looking but it is no longer posted..thanks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow I cannot IMAGINE why that didn't sell over here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It did not sell well...but it did sell. Why? Al Kovites the importer, stated that Bajaj was unwilling to make an automatic for the American market. The pampered American market was unwilling to learn how to shift the handle bar 4-speed. Then pending emissions restrictions. They are clean burning 4 strokes with catalytic converters...what the hell else do they want!? They sell like hotcakes all around the world, but liberals insist on saving the world (as if they could). I despise political correctness and that's where the Autorickshaw found itself in California. I have two of them now and even did a total engine rebuild successfully with all new parts (thanks to ARGOUSA parts dept and Java Ctcles in Athens GA.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have 4 rickshaws, 2 pick ups and 2 vans for sale now. these were used in the latest Mission Impossible movie. Have Texas titles except the state can't find one van one. Would like to sell in one bucn but will sell single units. They have been sitting outside for the last year and a half and I have not yet tried to se what I may need to get them up. When the transport brought them back from Vancuver I had clutch or tranny issues with 3 units. Contact me at bermshot2aol.com
        • 1 Year Ago
        Sorry, all of these have been sold.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Try my website to see how I am daily using the 2005 Bajaj FE 175cc 4-stroke Delivery scoot:
      www.motorespresso.com

      Moto-Espresso Coffee Carts are a regular site in Monterey, CA. Stop or wave me down for a delicious drip-brew coffee, espresso, hot chocolate or capucino.
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have 1 for sale in Western NC zip 28710 for $4500 look for it on Craigslist Asheville or richtrich@yahoo
      • 3 Years Ago
      ahahaaahhaa gilla om du tycker bajaja
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fuel economy doesn't matter if the exhaust gas is one thousand times the pollution coming out of a regulated automobile.
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have 1 for sale in Western NC zip 28710 look for it on Craigslist Asheville
      • 6 Years Ago
      NV Hoppers..We are making this work in Napa Valley..We purchase the last 4 out of San Francisco dealer...and everyone just love these rickshaws...check out our web-site NVHoppers.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bob, I like how you are making that work! sweet idea! perfect place to run them... How are they holding up with the daily grind?

        e-mpls.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Hello Bob, i think is awesome that you are using the rickshaws in Napa, ill be heading to Napa for the weekend and i wanted to know how can i contact you to book a tour.
        • 6 Years Ago
        very little problems, just need to keep things tight, the roads here are very rough
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like really i cant IMAGINE why in gods name that did not sell . I will not even start in the appearance , but in all seriousness not to say a pregitous remark , that thing looks like it came directly from India and should stay there. it really does not look like it belongs in the us
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesn't everyone dream of driving an electric rickshaw?
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is a 2005 Bajaj re4s for sale in Bat Cave NC http://www.jlaforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=203052071
        • 10 Months Ago
        It is still available for $4500 richtrich@yahoo
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