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Steve's Subaru

last updated 7/10/2000

Steve's bike has been on the road for two years, and he's put 10,000 miles on it.

These pictures come from the Microcar and Minicar Classic, Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, Massachusetts, in July 2000.

Steve's tilting mech is made from a drive-shaft universal joint and a trialer ball hitch. So natural is his natural leaner that he needs no tilt lock.

There's a former Subaru front-end inside the blue box. I got to drive his trike; when you twist the throttle and the automatic transmission starts the 4-cylinder engine revving and pushing you forward, it sounds as if you are bign followed by a small car! Which, in a sense, you are.

Here's my tilting trike, the Maxion, next to Steve's. This is the first time I have ever seen two tilters in the same place. Indeed, this is the first time I have ever seen a tilter, in the flesh (so to speak), other than my own. Notice that Steve's is a 1F1T (one front wheel, one wheel tilts) and that his back end remains square. The Maxion, on the other hand, is a 1F3T (one front wheel, three wheels tilt).

They both have a max. lean of about 45 degrees exactly.

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