There's always something new and intriguing left sitting on the deck whenever Local Motors news washes over the Autoblog transom. Lest you think the company only deals in wild off-road tackle like the Rally Fighter, 'tis not the case: it sells the SoulArc skateboard and the Laser Bike Lane Light, the crowd-sourced motorcycle design is now for sale. It also just successfully funded the Local Motors Cruiser, a motorized bicycle. This time, we get the spirit of Big Wheels and Green Machines past in a drift trike for adults with the crowd-sourced name Verrado. At the end of the BMX fork up front is a 20-inch mag wheel, at the back are two go-kart wheels wrapped in plastic sleeves for easy oversteer.

Old-school drift trikers will be able to get their Verrado as pictured, ready for all the downhill action they can stand. New-school "flatlanders" can get a Verrado with a 36-volt battery pack mounted between the rear wheels that powers a hub motor for something like an hour of urban fun. We wouldn't mind seeing a True OG version with pedals hung off that front axle, but for now, you can watch the motorized Verrado do some heavy pulling and drifting in the video below.



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      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Flashback to 1975 http://youtu.be/gzX9iRKrVvU
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somewhat interesting. Being electric is a substantial step up intelligence wise compared to other local motors projects that have been anything but. The flag patch on the arm however is not the brightest thing ever since USA is nothing to be proud of these days and certainly not the sickly display of the flag associated with the Bush regime and the satanic crimes they committed. It is surprising that it lasts so long on such small batteries but that's presumably because the rear wheels are made to be near grip less and the speed is relatively low. I suppose it might be amusing for a brief while or for young kids but I'm not sure it has a lot of potential beyond that.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting, but with very limited use. Won't fit in a bike lane.. also it is technically not a bicycle and is not legal for use in anything other than some parking lot or whatnot.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        This would be considered a "motorized toy vehicle" (thus not street legal) in my city - because it has a motor. It would have to be ridden on private property, or the public sidewalk ( with the caveat "...shall exercise due care for the safety of others using the sidewalk and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians..."). Not permitted in city-owned parking lots or garages. Without a motor, it's a tricycle, and classed as a type of bicycle. Completely legal to ride (indeed required) in the street. I've got a nice vintage Schwinn trike that makes an awesome grocery-getter, and they're very popular with moms (throw kids into cargo bin) and older people (balance issues).
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        @2 wheeled menace
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        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Aaron, i don't think you understand America's road laws at all. But i do challenge you to ride a motorcycle around without a license plate, or a moped around with no pedals and see if what you say is true. Most of the USA doesn't even have bike lanes at all. This is about 10 times wider than the average bicycle, and usually the edge of the bicycle lane is full of road debris and not useful. You also need some margin in the lane, so that a very small error on the operator's part does not result in being hit by a car or causing a car to have to dip into the opposite lane.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          I'm not sure I'd even want to ride such a low vehicle in traffic on a public street, at all, regardless of legality. My bikes (and trike) all put me in a higher position where I can see over cars and be seen... I doubt the rider of this electric toy would have any reasonable visibility.
      hn376rar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put the pedals back on it, and I'll buy one! : )
      dadslife83
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll pass for now. No nut guard on the down tube.
        EZEE2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dadslife83
        Why is that downvoted? I consider the guarding of my nuts important.
      Jons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow have you not seen the high roller? Check out this link for a real adult big wheel. http://www.highrollerusa.com
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to have the electric one , without the stupid plastic stuff on the wheels. Drifting is stupid, but as a quirky electric bike type thing, it is cool.
      Dave Touchtone
      • 1 Year Ago
      JR Drift Trikes was the first company that I saw doing this. They have a Facebook page ant plenty of YouTube videos.
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Possibly the best use of a LiPo battery yet!
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Big Wheel for Big Kids.
      that guy hhhh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Drift Trikes are for drifting down hill at speed or in an open paved place with an electric motor they are not really intended to be transportation in the bike lane.
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