"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.
(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.
Sitting 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.
The 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.
The 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.