Created to prototype a system that could be retrofitted to any two-wheeler, the TreMoto Monstrosity is the product of two University of Mississippi graduates who want to turn their senior project into a viable business. Similar to the front end of the Piaggio MP3 500, the TreMoto Monstrosity is intended to work just like a regular motorcycle, just one immune to lowsides. Lean angles past 45 degrees remain possible, but the system really comes into its own in slippery conditions where the added grip and stability drastically improves safety and speed.
The parallelogram front suspension adds around 35lbs to the overall
weight of the Monster 620ie and, like the Piaggio, employs a lean
locking mechanism that enables the bike to be parked upright or on a
slope. Unlike the Piaggio, the lock can also be employed on the move,
something its creators say can prevent high sides when the rear wheel
Helping to keep that additional weight as minimal as possible is a
Kayaba rotary damper similar to that used on the Suzuki TL1000S. TreMoto
promises they've made theirs work however, ensuring that the damping
doesn't go off as heat builds.
The two guys behind the project are Eddie Smith and Rob McIver who are
further refining the suspension, raising investment and figuring out how
to put their patent-pending front-end into low-volume production.
Describing the riding experience, they say, "The back end slides like a
flattracker, and is highly resistant to highsides. Low-sides are
basically impossible, even if you wash out both front wheels you hit the
lean stops rather than the ground. You can lock up both front brakes
without falling or loss of control. Having two front wheels is like the
auto-balance feature from a Tony Hawk video game. It's sort of like a
Piaggio MP3, but replace the 'scooter' with 'Ducati.'"
We haven't ridden the TreMoto, but we have spent a lot of time with
Piaggio MP3 500. You ride and steer that just like a regular
large-capacity scooter, but the two front wheels add incredible
stability without sacrificing agility. That machine looks to have a far
higher center of gravity than the TreMoto, which does mean its
relatively easy to tip over when you're sliding around offroad. The
wider track and lower stance of the TreMoto should eliminate that issue.
No additional steering effort or power is required to turn the
handlebars and you countersteer just like on a regular bike.
TreMoto is a small startup just getting off the ground and are looking
for your feedback on their project. Despite the massive hurdles they
face readying this concept for production, Eddie and Rob remain upbeat,
say, "We have eBay parts all over, but we've stolen crowds from
Desmocedicis and Tesis at Daytona."