While Sidam’s Xnovo tilting scoot with twin rear wheels doesn’t seem to have hit the market yet, this similar jigger is apparently already in production, with several units built and a warehouse you can visit in California if you want to see them in the flesh. The AutoMoto adds a roof and windshield to a regular scooter body, adds a 4-speaker MP3 sound system and a nice big trunk, and then sticks an extra wheel on the back for stability.
Unlike the Xnovo, which has twin tilting rear wheels, the AutoMoto mounts both rear wheels and the 150cc engine on a platform that stays parallel to the road as the cabin leans left and right above it. This keeps the cabin section quite light and easy to balance. When parked, the cabin tilt can be locked.
Clearly built for practicality and economy, the Honda-designed 150cc engine typically returns about 80-85mpg - better than many hybrids - and conservative use can boost mileage up toward 100mpg. The AutoMoto will happily cruise around town, its CVT keeping revs at peak torque, or max out at around 65mph on the freeway. Storage space is impressive for a 2-seater, although there’s clearly an opportunity to build a single seater with an enormous luggage capacity down the track. Considering the number of “where can I buy one” comments we received on the Xnovo, that would seem to be worth pursuing.
The best thing about the AutoMoto is the price - US$3,800. Considering that the Xnovo was looking more like US$10,000, and this actually exists, that’s quite an achievement. Would we buy one? Nah, we get our giggles from fun factor, handling and hooliganism - but with its little windshield wiper pumping, some nice tunes on the stereo, no helmet (in some states, where it can be ridden on a car license) and standard ABS, it would sure be comfy in bad weather.
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