Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: northern California
Bikes: Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
I had an Ecodyne, a fully fiberglass faired. recumbent trike much like this thing, just lower and fatter. And no motor assist. Problems: 1; the shell was half the weight, 2; in summer I overheated, 3; winter the window fogged/froze over in minutes, 4; at extreme downhill speeds the brakes were horribly inadequate. 5; the wheels picked up gravel, dirt, and water spraying the insides and me with crud. 6; on sharp turns it could roll over. A friend got it up on two wheels and road several hundred yards around a parking lot. The rear cluster promptly disintegrated. Benefits: 1; Incredbile gee whiz factor. 2; could go really, really fast downhill. See #4 above. Oh and 23 years ago I paid $2400 for it.
This oriental trike looks like it would roll over in a light side wind or if a semi goes past at speed.