I love projects. Â I love the idea generation and nutting out the potential problems. Â I love the dream. Â I’m sure I’ll love the finished result too. Â It’s the bit in the middle that worries me.
To make sure there is a finished result, I guess I need to know what I am working towards. Â My wife will tell you – I am great at starting projects, but terrible at finishing them. To give me the biggest chance of finishing and preventing project blowout (also known as feature creep) I need to have some well defined goals. Â To start with, that means some general guidelines:
- At least one seat, possibly 2
- Enough storage space for a few bags of groceries
- Completely enclosed and weather proof
- Comfortable at least for shorter trips (up to an hour)
- Cheap to run
- At least 50 km/h capable (70 km/h goal)
- At least 100 km range beforeÂ refuelling
- Legal and road worthy
- Suitable for general urban roads (including speed bumps)
- Very small footprint (exact dimensions yet to be decided)
- Drive train based on small motorcycle or scooter
- Driver compartment able to accept different drive train options
- Cheap to produce
- Able to be reproduced
- AND it has to look great!
It looks likely that the vehicle will be 3-wheeled. Â 2 steered wheels at the front, and a single powered wheel at the back. Â The logic for this is that (hopefully) the drive train will consist of the back half of a pilfered scooter (125cc or 150cc for example).
The Malone Skunk is a stinkingly fast (sorry) example of a three-wheeled machine. Â This car is available as a kit, based on a Yamaha 1000cc motorcycle donor. Â Doesn’t quite meet my project goals, but a nice example of a ‘different’ form of personal transportation!