My own worst nightmare
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Same reason I ski and ice skate and bike and canoe and kayak: variety. I like the position on my fast-wedgie when I want to ride fast and hard. I like the postion on my hybrid tandem when I want to ride with my wife. I like the position on my English three-speed when I want that "country gentleman" feel. And I like the position on my semi-'bent when I commute. I feel more in contact with other traffic in this position, even moreso than in a very upright position on a hybrid wedgie.
Visibility? I'm only a coupla inches lower than I am on my wedgie. The added length/wheelbase and the "novelty" factor make up in visibility what I lose in height.
I def. like the full-size drive wheel. My first 'bent is/was (haven't sold it yet) an Easy Racers EZ-1. Yeah, I know; heavy, cheap bike, but the 20" rear wheel just made it feel slow. The mechanical advantage of a 26" rear wheel, combined with gearing comparable to my hybrids, just feels right for commuting.
Oh, and it fits in my bike locker! I haven't tried a SWB in it yet, but my EZ-1 didn't fit, and a Linear USS CLWB didn't either. I don't think a SWB full-on recumbent, even a USS, would fit, because of the boom.