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Old 04-16-2009, 03:16 AM   #1
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Upon returning from a recent trip to Thailand, friends of ours related experiences of what it's like to travel on somewhat primitive roads in somewhat primitive vehicles. Disconcerting at first, but totally acceptable after a few trips prove that it's (relatively) safe. The vehicles of choice in Thailand, along with a bunch of other far-away locales, are Tuk Tuks, three-wheeled machines that marry the front end of a scooter to the rear end of a passenger car. Soon, you'll be able to get one in America.

We just got an email message from Tuk Tuk North America informing us that the company has officially been granted both DOT and EPA approval for its line of Mitsubishi-powered three-wheelers. This means that the Tuk Tuk will be completely road legal here in the United States. We're not so sure you'd want to drive one cross-country (though we understand it's fully capable of such trips), but as an around-town errand-runner, the little scoots might work out just fine, returning an estimated 55 miles per gallon.

The Tuk Tuk will come in many different styles, ranging from a three-passenger model up to the 12-passenger hauler. In addition to the passenger vehicles, there's a pick-up truck, dump truck, garbage truck (!), flatbed, van and even a bare chassis for DIY projects, with prices starting at just under $10,000.

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Old 04-16-2009, 03:20 AM   #2
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:52 AM   #3
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starting at under 10k, sorry I will buy a kia that comes with 4 doors and 4 tires. They are crazy if they think that will sale. 50mpg can be had in a honda insight. And thats an actual car!
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:53 AM   #4
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Man, freakin BA!!! Now if only there were a way to get the Tuk Tuk drivers in America to be drunk and turn into oncoming traffic, or race to the next bar for 50 Baht we'd be set!
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:14 AM   #5
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How is that possible? Is it classified as a motorcycle so it doesn't have to pass the usual crash tests?
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:16 AM   #6
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they will become taxi's in the cities
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:28 AM   #7
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the funny thing about this (besides the ridiculous price for a thailand-built jalopy) is that this isn't even an original design. piaggio, as in the parent company of vespa, came up with this concept 60 years ago with their "ape", which is still available:

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Old 04-16-2009, 09:53 AM   #8
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I spent some time in Bangkok and these things are errywhare. They actually seemed safer than the taxis. The Tuk Tuk drivers were mellow and knew where they were going, but the taxi drivers were cranked on metamphetamenes and would drive me around aimlessly at increadable speeds with no clue where they were going.

I don't want one, though.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:08 AM   #9
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The only place I see these selling would be in warm touristy towns where these things could be used as open-air taxis.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:15 AM   #10
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I'm going to through some kooks on that and rallyX it!!

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Oh and its totally worth 10k if it comes with the chick!
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:20 AM   #11
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the funny thing about this (besides the ridiculous price for a thailand-built jalopy) is that this isn't even an original design. piaggio, as in the parent company of vespa, came up with this concept 60 years ago with their "ape", which is still available:
Exactly !!




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Old 04-16-2009, 11:25 AM   #12
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Sex sells. If Tom@Kartboy had a girl like that to present his products, I'd spend even more money on his overpriced garbage.

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How is that possible? Is it classified as a motorcycle so it doesn't have to pass the usual crash tests?
I believe 3 wheelers are automatically considered motorcycles by most nations worldwide. Otherwise a motorcycle with a sidecar would cease to be a motorcycle. It's amazing what removing one wheel will do for registration, taxation and insurance coverage for a vehicle.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:31 AM   #13
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I spent some time in Bangkok and these things are errywhare. They actually seemed safer than the taxis. The Tuk Tuk drivers were mellow and knew where they were going, but the taxi drivers were cranked on metamphetamenes and would drive me around aimlessly at increadable speeds with no clue where they were going.

I don't want one, though.
Omg yes, I was in Bangkok about a month ago along with Chiang Mai and Tuk Tuk's are every where! They are great for that type of country and constant warm weather. The Tuk Tuk drivers were far better than Taxi drivers who seems clueless! All the Tuk Tuk drivers knew everything you can imagine from food to ping pong shows and everything else you can think of haha
I am not sure how this would fair in NA however I suppose in busy southern area's of America they could work quite well.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:52 AM   #14
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All the Tuk Tuk drivers knew everything you can imagine from food to ping pong shows
Like with a table and two guys knocking a ball back and forth or the other kind of ping pong show. It's Thailand so I guess that could go either way.
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:55 PM   #15
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Physics in 5....4...3...2...
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:52 PM   #16
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this thing is fast .....and furious


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Old 04-16-2009, 07:01 PM   #18
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"They see me rollin'.......they hatin'......"
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:32 PM   #19
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sweet! now i can finally recreate that ong Bak chase scene.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:39 PM   #20
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that girl should eat more than twice a week.....JESUS, shes holding on to that thing so she doesnt fly away.


also note the rear wheel, nice
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:53 PM   #21
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gotta buy the dump truck... that tuk tuk is bad ass lol
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that girl should eat more than twice a week.....JESUS, shes holding on to that thing so she doesnt fly away.


also note the rear wheel, nice
Once you put some weight on the rear axle, the camber curve will come into it's sweet spot. What would you prefer? A solid axle?
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:31 PM   #23
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I can see that vehicle working well in NOLA. Tuk Tuks would be great when Mardi Gras comes around. Would not need to bring ones car to the French Quarter instead get one of these Tuk Tuk drivers to get you to the center of the mayhem.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:54 PM   #24
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Like with a table and two guys knocking a ball back and forth or the other kind of ping pong show. It's Thailand so I guess that could go either way.
Ha ha no like a girl shooting one out of her...well you get the idea lol. Its a big thing in Bangkok so had to check it out when I was there...it was interesting to say the least.
Being a man in Thailand you are like a god its kinda strange...beautiful place however was there for just under 4 weeks with two buddies.
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Ha ha no like a girl shooting one out of her...well you get the idea lol. Its a big thing in Bangkok so had to check it out when I was there...it was interesting to say the least.
Being a man in Thailand you are like a god its kinda strange...beautiful place however was there for just under 4 weeks with two buddies.
Are you sure you ONLY came back with your two buddies? No extra stowaways?....
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