Peraves Monotracer

Monday, August 10, 2009 at 11:05 AM

It's hard to call the Peraves MonoTracer a motorcycle. Sure, it has two wheels, tandem seating, and a twist-grip throttle, but passengers sit in a plush interior enjoying amenities like windshield wipers, air-conditioning, and a bitchin' stereo. It's also a lot safer than an open bike, with stability control, seat belts, and stabilizer wheels that deploy like landing gear to keep the thing upright at stoplights.

The Swiss company's aim was to offer speed freaks an energy-efficient way to get their kicks. The MonoTracer accelerates to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds and can exceed 155 mph, but still gets 57 miles per gallon. And because of its slim proportions, it won't cause or get stuck in congestion.

But don't expect to see packs of them on the road anytime soon. Peraves intends to build just 100 of the $77,000 machines, and owners will have to attend a training course. In Switzerland.


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