For a good while there, we were obsessively relaying data
to you regarding some of the new three-wheeled conveyances that have been hitting the American market lately. We cover these things because they are a great way to save on gas, and many people find that they really enjoy the experience after they get started. But, if your goal is to save the absolute most gasoline possible, your best choice remains the humble scooter. Many scooterists report over 100 miles per gallon, and I'm sure you'll agree that there aren't many better currently available and affordable machines that do better than that. So, with that said, I'll share with you a new patent from Can Am, the maker of the Spyder
, for a new scooter. I found it at The Scooter Scoop
, one of my favorite sites that cover scooters. One piece of engineering incorporated into the design is the CVT transmission. On most scooters, the transmission is part of an assembly which includes the rear wheel, and is suspended as a unit. This increases unsprung weight, and has a negative impact on handling and ride. On this patent application, Can Am describes the unit as a stressed member of the chassis, and separate from the rear swingarm and wheel, which is a much better design. For more details, check here
and follow the link to the .pdf patent.
While we are on the topic of two wheels, continue after the break for a video from Motorcycle News in the U.K. The video shows how much faster it can be to get to work riding a motorcycle than a car.
[Source: The Scooter Scoop]
Remember, in the U.K., lane splitting is legal. It is legal in California as well, I am unsure about other states. In many urban areas, HOV lanes allow much the same type of experience of passing single occupancy vehicles carrying their driver to work. Many such lanes allow motorcycles.