• Apr 15th 2011 at 11:02AM
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Bombardier Can-Am Spyder – Click above for high-res image gallery

In an effort to help on-the-go business types navigate the chronically gridlocked streets of New York City and Los Angeles, Moto Limos Club is starting the first motorcycle taxi service on these shores. Similar taxi services have been navigating Europe's busiest cities for years, but the idea appears to be brand-spanking new in the States.

The club will feature a fleet of 15 examples of the 2012 Honda Goldwing – available with or without a trailer – along with an undisclosed number of Bombardier Can Am Spyder trikes (shown above) if the prospect of a two-wheeled taxi scares you. For safety's sake, the new taxi service is reportedly only hiring riders with 15 or more years of professional experience.

Since the club is aimed at businesspeople, passengers will be provided a Bluetooth-equipped helmet for conference calls on the go. When the weather turns nasty, Moto Limos Club has all-weather gear to fit over your fancy duds and keep them high and dry, and when it's freezing, the club promises to provide passengers with a thick blanket to keep the chill at bay.

Moto Limos Club opens up shop next month in Los Angeles and New York City. Memberships range from $125 to $250 to start, and bike rentals are a maximum of $90 an hour for the Goldwing. That may seem steep, but sitting in time burns up valuable minutes and dollars. Besides, with lane splitting legal in Los Angeles, a bike taxi might get you to that boardroom session when the black and yellow livery options are stuck in traffic. Check out more about Moto Limos Club here.

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      Susanna Schick
      • 9 Months Ago

      soooo.... 3 years have gone by. their website is MIA. Did this even make it past the lawyers/insurance companies? Does anyone know? LA needs this more every day...

      Davey Hiltz
      • 8 Months Ago

      A motorcycle taxi? Well, if there's a demand there is a way. I haven't ridden on a motorcycle in so long. That would be cool to go joy riding again some time.


      • 4 Years Ago
      I just cant see a lot of businessmen/women who will be willing to put riding gear over their nice suits, etc. Plus, how fun would it be to sit there, wearing silly gear, exposed to winter elements, while sitting in traffic (as is to be expected)? Its not like youre gonna get to tear up some canyon roads, youll be dodging potholes and maniacal taxi drivers, in gridlock traffic and a sea of endless stoplights.

        • 4 Years Ago
        death trap taxi edition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the point isn't to have fun. It is to potentially get to places faster.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least for NYC, this is silly. It's called the subway, and business people use it every day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You won't get there any faster with Goldwings and that C-A 3 wheeler which takes up as much space as Smart car.
        A scooter would server that purpose much better, and easier to find parking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those are not exactly the best lane splitting machines in the world. It would be near impossible on the Spyder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Indeed. America is turning 3rd world. ALL HAIL THE BANKSTERS!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most of the point of taking a bike would be to split traffic so you can get there faster... can't do that on a Spyder.

      Also, would a businessman really want to ride pylon on a bike? I sure as hell wouldn't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        more reliable sources indicate that the Spyder will NOT be used.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pylon? Did you mean pillion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Been riding motorcycles for 30 years, but ridden pillion only once and never will I be a passenger again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't speak for LA, but as a native New Yorker if time is money, the subway or walking is your best bet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spyders? Seriously? Somebody missed the point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would totally do this for airport runs. I'm a rider, traffic is horrible where I live and lane splitting legal, and I typically travel on 2-3 day trips so my luggage is small. But having to sign up for a "membership" just so I can hail a cab? Why must they make it difficult? It's not even clear if they're renting you a bike or just a taxi service. Fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congratulations to Moto Limos for being first in the U.S. to offer this much-needed and highly desirable service. Moto Limos is a top-notch outfit and I'm certain their business will be successful.

      Just last month in an interview with All About Bikes magazine, I mentioned that motorcycle taxis would eventually arrive in the U.S., and one month later here they are. This was from my interview: “We believe that as energy prices continue to escalate, and the US population starts to rely more heavily on mass transit to escape the high oil prices, cash strapped municipalities, looking for creative ways to ease the burden on their communities, will increasingly be in favor of this highly efficient, proven way of extending the reach of mass transit into low density suburbs at next to no cost,” Giles said. “It is only a matter of time.”

      All of us at World Moto wish Moto Limos the very best for your future success.

      Paul Giles
      World Moto

      (World Moto, developed the world's first taximeter for motorcycles -- the Moto-Meter)

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, for $90 an hour, hell I'll ride anyone around on my bike.

      Now if only there were people out there who would actually pay for it.. but ya never know..
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