Top Gear flips the Reliant Robin – Click above to watch the video after the jump

When we think Reliant Robin, we reminisce of Jeremy Clarkson dedicating an entire segment on Top Gear to rolling one as many times as possible in under eight minutes. But while Clarkson made rolling the Robin look about as easy as drinking a glass of water, it turns out that actual owners of the three-wheeled Reliant are far less likely to wreck their rides.

The Mirror reports that only 11 out of 1,174 Reliant owners have submitted a claim to their insurance company. That's just .9 percent of owners, which compares very favorably to the 7.3 percent average in the UK. Of course, this statistic doesn't make the Robin the poster child for safe motoring. On the contrary, many Robin owners drive their motorized trikes with the utmost care because they can flip so readily. And many others treat their vehicle as a classic car, which is a good idea considering that there aren't many left on the road. Similar findings were uncovered when the seven million insurance claims revealed that Italian exotics, Bentleys and Aston Martins were also very short on claims.

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to watch Clarkson roll the Robin one more time. We can never get enough of this bit.



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      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      You're right. That clip never gets old.
      poorboywrx
      • 3 Years Ago
      one could argue that rarely does one survive a crash in one of these, thus the low insurance claims.
      TC
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this proves the old adage, that to make cars safer you should put the driver in a glass bubble at the front of the car with a large spike in the center of the steering wheel - Those drivers will tend to be a lot more cautious.
      lray801
      • 3 Years Ago
      This always reminds me of the Mr. Bean episode where he repeatedly runs one of these off the road.... Leave it to the Brits...first to design the thing...then to roll it repeatedly! I wonder if the news bit was a set up? Notice the camera crew sitting on the back side or the roundabout as the reporter runs over?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Robin and its Regal and other three-wheeled predecessors were never referred to as "trikes" in all the years they were on sale, even though technically speaking they are. They were referred to as three-wheeled cars or "three-wheelers". But because of this status, they could be driven on a motorcycle licence and usually driven by the elderly. Autoblog does fail to mention though that for a number of years, Reliant also produced a four-wheeled version of the Robin on the same platform - known as the Kitten - and a utilitarian version of the Kitten called the Fox. All shared the same engine and technical specs.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        Trike, or tricycle, just refers to a 3 wheeled vehicle. It has nothing to do with whether or not it's a motor bike or not.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Try rolling it the other way, Yeti.
      ablogreadr
      • 3 Years Ago
      the tg clip is a load of bollocks. i've driven many miles in a robin and have never tipped over.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys just wanted an excuse to post this rediculously funny TG segment again...
      Janko Radas
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is invention of socialistic england back from 70 es, even east europe could not invent such jewel
      Alan Ko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car is worth less than the deductible, that's why
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