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Leaning Three-Wheel Kawasaki Z1000 Spells Fun Around the Bends

When trikes come into the discussion, fat bikes that ride slow or Can-Am Spyders are probably the first things that come to mind. Here's a bike that's entirely different, for a change. A Kawasaki Z1000 with two tilting front wheels, manufactured by TreMoto.
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The footage comes from the King of the Mulholland videos himself, R Nickey Mouse, and shows how cool riding such an uncanny Z1000 around the Snake is. Even more than simply filming the Kawasaki Z1000 tilting trike scorching the asphalt of the Mulholland Highway, this video even sports a mini-interview with the rider.

It was a bit surprising to hear the fellow talking about how the bike must be manhandled around the turns. The chap tells how the bike behaves and explains that it is harder to steer than most people think, with high-siding still being a very present possibility if the rider can't find the sweet spot.

However, the owner of this Z1000 also says that the third wheel comes in really handy on the inside, and the extra grip it offers brings more confidence to the ride. The extra metal that goes into such trikes adds a lot of weight, and the bike is noticeably heavier than in its stock trim, he says.

In a way, it sometimes feels like a racing quad that needs serious muscle to control. Riders still need to hang off and almost wrestle their will to have it going where they want, but the extra front wheel reduces the knife-edge balance feel of a traditional bike.

If you feel like you could use such a trike, you should definitely drop TreMoto a line to see what they can do for you and your bike. So far, they also "triked" a Ducati Hypermotard and a Super Tenere, so it looks like there's almost nothing TreMoto can't do.



 
 
 
 
 

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