New SA development combines the pleasures of two wheels with
the advantages of four.
Of course the advantages of a trike aren't just for those looking to save on fuel and tyre costs. A trike can offer disabled or veteran riders an extension on their enjoyment of open-faced motoring, is pretty much entirely safe from the ever-present threat of hijacking thanks to their uniqueness, are cheaper to license and insure than cars, and bring the pleasures of bike riding to entire families rather than creating a rift, as so often happens when the husband acquires a high-performance bike but his wife is a bit cautious to participate in the addictive habit his driving of this vehicle will become.
This particular trike, being wholly locally built, also contributes to the national economy, creates jobs and keeps SA wealth in-country.
This particular example boasts fully-independent rear suspension which is grafted to the existing VMAX frame and powertrain configuration. While this is the defacto standard, being technically a custom trike means that your options are vast, from incorporating a reverse cog into the gearbox right up to fitting a more powerful and even more cost-effective (at least from a maintenance perspective) car engine "under the hood". The entire assembly will still weigh less than a third of the car itself so will still consume significantly less fuel, while the additional weight is rendered negligible thanks to the stability of three wheels.
And the price for these unique, exciting, and downright enticing proudly South African beauties? All-in and including the donor bike itself, you're looking at prices from R195 000 excl VAT, but if you order your Fusion Trike in the first few months of this year, Paul is offering a re-launch special either knocking R20K - R30K straight off that price tag, or including this value worth of free options on your trike at the original price point.
A host of options are available as well, from cosmetic touches like pinstriping kits, to versatility enhancements like the fitment of a bakkie loadbox. You could even add bench seats at the rear to carry more passengers, or delete the pillion seat in favour of more load-carrying capacity, or even include a towbar for lugging a small trailer for those longer trips!
As an enticing alternative to the conventional, an exciting commuting proposition and a sure-fire attention-grabber wherever you go, these trikes offer exceptional value in a market which traditionally belonged to custom choppers, priced at north of the R350K mark for the most part. Their extreme versatility, affordable running costs and local development and construction just sweeten the deal making them almost impossible to resist for a vast seam of potential customers spanning both age and gender.
All the joys of running a bike day to day without such severe inherent personal safety concerns for you or your family, at an appealing price point and in support of local industry? Where do I sign?
Contact Paul on email@example.com, or on +2772 138 0065 for more information or to take advantage of that re-launch special offer!
So, the bouncing cost of petrol, not unlike the value of our currency a few years ago, getting you down a bit? Searching for alternatives to that gas-guzzling exec saloon of yours that will provide more palatable running costs but remain practical and cool?
SA engineer Paul von Wildenrath believes he has the ideal solution, and is marketing his locally-developed and built product right now. We all know that a 2-wheeled solution certainly delivers what you're looking for in terms of pure consumption, but perhaps you're concerned about running a bike in the daily rush-hour?
Well take a look at this beautifully engineered, superbly built first example of Paul's Yamaha VMAX-based trike. The entire development of this machine has been conducted here in sunny SA and Paul is now moving ahead into a full production stage as he takes orders for this vehicle.
So just what is it that we have here? Well, naturally, the Yamaha donor bike delivers the kind of consumption which even the titchiest of cars can only dream of, along with levels of riding enjoyment and ownership pride that these budget-busters don't even try to cater to! Its excellent power to weight ratio offers the performance of a high-end big-budget sportscar, while the tripod effect of having three wheels to rest on makes a trike a safe, secure, and most importantly relaxed riding proposition.
Fusion Trikes was first introduced to the media and the public in 2008 and received wide acclaim from both. Even Brand Pretorius, CEO of the McCarthy Motor Group (now retired) wrote to me saying: "Congratulations on the beautiful designs and outstanding craftsmanship of your trikes" (quoted with permission). While I was being interviewed on Leigh Benny's "All about cars" program on Radio 702, the switchboard was full lit with callers wanting to talk to me about trikes. Everywhere I rode on my Vmax trike other drivers and pedestrians called out to me or pulled up next to me to chat and take a closer look. From these experiences, I learned that everyone loves trikes, and that the market here in South Africa is wide open for this sexy, exciting, awe-inspiring range of vehicles. Here's what Russell Bennet of Cars in Action Online (now with Car Magazine) and Mike Winfield, motoring journalist of the Independent Newspapers Group, wrote about my trikes.