Brudeli Leanster 654L leaning trike enters production

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Brudeli_Leanster_654L_5.jpg“To make 100 meter controlled powerslides at the local dirt track is a quite unbeatable feeling. Especially when this is a street legal vehicle you actually came cruising with to the track,” says Geir Brudeli, Leanster inventor “Then just a few minutes later you could be at a go-kart track without any change at the setup, leaning 45 degrees into corners with a control superior to a normal motorcycle. The Leanster suspension is 100% mechanical and leaves the rider in control. It is built with the goal to boost the motorcycle experience.” Yes, that’s right, the Brudeli Leanster 654L is going into production, if you live in Europe they’re available right now.


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(The above video shows the Brudeli 625L prototype vehicle)

Based on a KTM 690 Supermoto (which is actually 654cc), the Leanster
retains the engine, gearbox, exposed webbing swingarm, rear wheel, seat
unit and headlight. Added on is a steel tube frame that supports
mechanically leaning front wheels. It’s all passed TÜV approval, so it
should fly through the planned Whole Vehicle Type Approval process.

Brudeli_Leanster_654L.jpgSitting somewhere between a street-legal quad and a supermoto, the
Leanster uses its stability to make the 63bhp and 48 lb/ft of torque
more exploitable at lower speeds. Gas the single-cylinder engine into a
drift and you needn’t worry about low sides. Maximum lean is 45
degrees, or nearly the maximum degree possible on a sporty road bike.
Just like a quad, hanging off will boost corner speeds. The 654L tops
out at about 106mph.

Brudeli_Leanster_654L_2.jpgThe Brudeli isn’t cheap, coming in around €21,000 ($30,677), but it
should deliver an absolutely unique experience, high build quality and
quality engineering. Just check out the inboard rim-mounted front discs
and beefy leaning mechanism if you have any doubts.

Brudeli_leanster_654L_4.jpgThe only fly in Brudeli’s ointment might be the Harley leaning trike,
which is set to debut at Cologne’s Intermot show too. While the Harley
appears to use a similar leaning mechanism, it uses the much larger Revolution water-cooled v-twin, so don’t expect it to be as light as
the Brudeli’s 238kg (525lbs), nor as capable either on- or off-road.

Brudeli_Leanster_654L_6.jpgBrudeli_Leanster_654L_7.jpgBrudeli_Leanster_654L_3.jpgBrudeli Tech via MC24

  • http://setthemfree.tumblr.com sasha Pave

    I love the idea. The Can-Am, Aprilia MP3 and now this. Trikes are coming a long way, and this has potential for wheelchair-bound riders as well.

  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

    But unlike the can-am, mp3 and the upcoming harley, I actually really want to ride this.

  • contender

    This is the only trike I have been at all interested in. The mp3 doesn’t have enough go not to mention it is still a scooter, and the can-am has no lean and is about 3′ too long; both, to me, have been aimed at people afraid of a two-wheeled vehicle.

    This, however, looks to interest enthusiasts as well as those too wimpy for two wheels (wheelchair-bound excluded). And it’c dirt and snow capable.

  • contender

    And why can’t people put decent music in their videos? Sheesh.

  • http://www.autofiends.com Steve Levy

    This looks like fun. Especially in the dirt, because it leans and requires the same type of control as a “real” bike. The Can Am, no way. It uses auto inspired ESP like traction control to make it go around corners and is counterintuitive for anyone who rides two wheels. I saw one on the road the other day in traffic. The guy riding it had shorts and flip flops on. They are going after an audience of novices with no idea about serious bike riding.

  • SpaceWeasel

    Now give me one based on the 990 KTM engine. MMMM. SuperDuperDuke!

  • Tanshanomi

    Designed to behave just like a motorcycle, but with the extra width, weight and complexity of that third wheel. SO, um, what’s the point of tilting 3-wheelers again?

  • MartinP

    Having ridden a 400 MP3 I have to disagree with “no go” comment. It tours well and is fast away from lights because of auto-transmission.

    As for what is the point of three wheels? I took one out on test in the pouring rain after a dry spell when the road was very slippery. I tried to crash the test bike (yes, really) by heavy braking around corners, especially going over metal manhole and drain covers in the road. If I had done that on two wheels I would have been down. On three wheels not a twitch. Also the MP3 or the Fuoco, unlike the Harley or bike here are the same width as a regular bike so u can go between stationary cars.

    Am tempted to say what is the point of any Harley ;) They are slow, can’t stop or go around corners, rust at the first sign of rain…as for the Harley Trike…ok if u are a granny. ;)

    For a real trike you could always try one of these http://www.carver-worldwide.com/Home/Index.asp?nc=1

  • http://www.ad-zip.com/alternativeenergy/ Michael Rose

    This is streets ahead of Carver complexities. I love the extra simple Brudeli front disk layout. I’d even go so far as to say this setup is nearly as briiliant a desgn as my AeroTech enclosed 3-wheeler (Suzuki G13B non-turbo, tandem 2 seater) except for just one small matter: having only just thrown out a single front wheel, my dual front suspension still needs to be translated from drawing board to shop bench. ;-)

  • Aree

    These 3 wheeler trikes like Gilera fuoco and Piaggio mp3 is better road grip then 2 wheelers, they are also better if the collision is up front, and much much more comfortable,so the advantages are overwhelming, i will change now.