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Harley V-Rod sidecar by Mobec

Harley-Davidson V-Rod sidecar concept by Mobec
It’s time we featured a sidecar again and this one from southern Germany is certainly an oddity. It’s a design study from the Uhingen-based sidecar specialist Mobec, based on the Harley-Davidson V-Rod. The body of the 3-Rod is crafted from carbon fiber composite, and underneath is Mobec’s proprietary ‘Duodrive’ two-wheel-drive system, complete with reverse gear. Forged BBS 17″ alloy wheels are shod with 205/40 ZR17 tires, and gear shifting is electric—with a foot-operated clutch. And although that carbon fiber bodywork is no doubt light, it’s raised by a hydroelectric system for even easier access to the passenger seat. [Via the Japanese three-wheeler blog JDRA.]

  • Peter

    Sorry, this has the physical proportions of a car with the engine and drive train of a bike but the unique pleasure of using neither. It’s just weird.

  • misteradiant

    yeah. ride a bike or drive a car. you can’t have both. plus, i bet the pricetag will buy you a beemer. a coupe. and still enough left over to impress a stripper.

  • I don’t need to impress a stripper.
    She needs to impress me.

  • mingh

    ah, of all things outfit this one has some style and thought in it. It sure beats any trike, or goldwing with some dodgy fibreglass tumor sticking out at one side.
    Why people choose to ride an outfit in stead of a bike or car is beyond me. The only outfit I care about are the old Urals.

  • nice design

  • Tinker

    No clutch cable, no brakes, no throttle? So who actually operates the mechanicals, the “passenger”, or is it not intact and functional? How about some grips on the handlebar to at least make it so your hand doesn’t slip off?

    Feh! I’ll take a naked Goldwing ANY DAY over this disgusting pile of vomit.

  • The bike has a ‘Monobloc’ handlebar design with integrated “Drive-By-Wire” features. That would explain the minimalist (read non-existent) look of the controls.

    As explained in the write-up, the clutch is foot-operated.

  • misteradiant

    coho said:
    Wednesday 2nd September, 2009 at 1:01 am
    I don’t need to impress a stripper.
    She needs to impress me.

    + + +

    good for you, coho. i applaud your high level of ego. strippers must love you.

  • sidehackern8

    The love of sidecars on this site is just outstanding. Motorcycles pride themselves on being different, but actually show a high level of prejudice against anything that is truly different. I enjoy motorcycles, cars and sidecar rigs. Each of them is unique. The drop throttle oversteer that you get from a sidecar rig is something I would not try on a motorcycle. Likewise, flying the sidecar is something that you can’t do on 2 or 4 wheels. Each of them are different, I don’t refer to my rig as a motorcycle, but as a sidecar rig, b/c once you mount a sidecar, it’s a completely different vehicle. I always tell people who mock it for being training wheels, why don’t you try it out, it actually takes as much if not more skill to ride a sidecar rig well as it does a motorcycle. I hope I didn’t offend anyone, I’m just tired of people ripping on every sidecar rig or three wheeler on the site.

  • sidehackern8

    By the way, I’m not crazy about the design either, I’m more of an old school look kind of guy myself, but as an engineering exercise, it is an impressive machine.