William Shatner set to ride across the country in hi-tech tricycle inspired by WWII bomber. It is a vehicle that is very different from the starship he captained in Star Trek, as reported by the Daily Mail on Friday, January 9, 2015.
|Updated: William Shatner has accomplished a lot in his career, but this current project is something he says he's most proud of. He is riding a motorcycle 2,400 miles across the country to raise money for an American Legion Scholarship fund. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XnqtW)|
|The Rivet trike will be a two seater powered by a V8 engine, and will transport William Shatner across America this summer. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1FBA8Si)|
Shatner said that the trike design is inspired by the wing of a B-17 bombers. To make the trike a reality, Shatner is working with Illinois company American Wrench, a motorcycle fabrication firm that's provided frames to Orange County Choppers among others.
|The Rivet trike is covered in rivets to keep with the aircraft wing design. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1FBA8Si)|
The firm said that the Rivet was a type of vehicle they call 'Landjet'. Designed from the ground up as a 3 wheeled vehicle, with its exposed cockpit and command centre, seating fit only for a captain and the harmonious roar of its brute V8, piloting it gives you the feeling of flying on the open road.
The single-sided front-end suspension on the Rivet will give the perception that the wheel is floating out in front on one side. A lot of trikes have straight axles in the back, but the Rivet will have an independent rear suspension.
|Although these mockups show a one seater, the finished Rivet trike will have two. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1FBA8Si)|
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