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Sunday, January 11, 2015

William Shatner's steampunk trike

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 actor who is now aged 83 years, who usually drove with the 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, will be asked to ride from Chicago to Los Angeles this summer on the Rivet, a custom made three-wheeled vehicle he helped design.
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.
Although these mockups show a one seater, the finished Rivet trike will have two. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1FBA8Si)
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 on the rendered image show a one seater, the finished trike will have two and will have a canopy to protect riders, and most importantly for Shatner, will also be able to cruised. Rivet's intent is not only to draw attention to the pilot or the vehicle itself, but to the art and craft of hand built machines, done in the spirit of keeping America's 'routes' alive. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RIVET MOTORS | DAILYMAIL]
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