It took only hours after Arnold Ligtvoet, the head of Raptobike had tweeted a link to his facebook-site where he had posted a picture of a new trike he devoloped on the basis of his single tracked recumbents until the message spread over the recumbent-related internet, like ligfiets.net. If you are visiting BentBlog.de regularly, you might have read my article on my visit at the Raptobike-shop last year. I wrote about Arnolds ambitions to create a velomobile as he wanted to ride in winter as well. It seems as if he approached this goal a bit closer by creating the raptotrike (Arnold has owned the domain raptotrike.nl since the beginning of his business).
Of course, I asked Arnold immediately about more information and he kindly sent the message below:
Since the Mid Racer development has finished and I am now waiting for the first deliveries I had some ’spare’ time to think about new projects. Originally I started RaptoBike since I wanted to ride my recumbent in winter as well, so a enclosed trike or velomobile has always been in the back of my mind.
I did not think about trikes very much over the last few years, but when I did think about trikes I always knew that mine had to be front wheel drive and tilting. The front wheel drive part should be clear, but the tilting may not be. I like the feeling of leaning into corners that you get on a two wheeled recumbent or a regular bike.
The current development (and it is just that, without promises on production yet) is a plugin module. The module fits the Low Racer and Mid Racer (or any front wheel drive bike with a 100mm spacing on the rear hub) and offers an instant upgrade to a tilting trike. So in the summer you can ride bike and in the fall and winter trike. It also allows customers to ride a tilting trike on the basis of the low (27cm) racer or a unique (as far as I am aware at this time) 3×26″ tilting trike on the basis of a RaptoBike mid racer.
At the moment I am testing the module and looking into the possibilities of producing it. I would therefore appreciate feedback on the development to also see if there is an interest in it.
I think it is great!
*Update* See a video of the tilting trike!