FOUR-WHEELED TILTING SCOOTER: The new Quadro4 will arrive in South Africa later in 2015. Image: Quadro
ENGLAND, London - Swiss bikemaker Quadro has debuted what it claims is the "first four-wheel tilting scooter" at the 2014 Milan motorcycle show in Italy... meet the Quadro4 .
It's 1.3m tall, 2.1m long and has a seat height of 770mm. The company said its new four-wheeled wonder was the first vehicle of its kind to employ an hydraulic tilt system.
Production will start in May 2015 and Italmoto SA, importer of the new brand, confirmed units would arrive in South Africa later in 2015. The Quadro3 - a three-wheeled tilting version - is already on sale in SA in 350S and 350D guise.
'TWO-WHEEL DRIVE' SCOOTER
The Quadro4 uses a retuned version of te Quadro3's single-cylinder, four-stroke 346cc engine that's capable of 22.1kW/25.2Nm. The bikemaker said: “(The engine) is centrally mounted with traction on both rear wheels through a differential. It's the world’s first two-wheel drive scooter!"
Quadro adds: “The dual seat has been designed to offer the rider and a passenger a comfortable seating arrangement. Thanks to the wide space between the chassis and the seat, riders of all sizes will be able to find their own riding position."
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Quadro4
It’s equipped with 240mm disc brakes (front and rear) and it’s maker claims “it can stop on corners and uneven surfaces, without compromising the scooter's optimal balance”.
Its rear storage compartment has a 12-volt socket and can accommodate two helmets. A second 12-volt socket is located inside the front storage compartment.
HYDRAULIC TILT SYSTEM
Quadro explains: “The HTS can adjust to all riding conditions, even the most difficult. There are two front wheels which tilt in parallel. This innovative tilting system guarantees fluidity and precision and a stable riding position even at times of poor balance caused by road bumps, potholes, puddles or wet roads.
“The HTS system guarantees total stability, maximum security and a predictable feel for the inexperienced rider yet rewards the experienced rider with grip and poise that has never been seen before. HTS can be locked into place with a light action lever to hold at any angle on any surface.”
Using the tilting lock lever, the scooter can be parked, claims the bike maker, on anyof surface. The lever can be activated separately from the scooter's brakes and activating it will lock the HTS, so that it can be easily moved within small parking spaces.
Engine – 346cc single-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve
Bore/Stroke – 82 X 65.5mm
Max Power – 22.1kW @ 5000 rpm, 24.5Nm @ 5000rpm
Cooling – Liquid
Timing – SOHC, single overhead cam – silenced chain
Fuel – Electronic injection
Lubrication – Trochoid pump, wet-sump
Starting – Electronic
Clutch – Auto dry centrifugal
Primary Drive – Auto CVT with integrated differential
Final Drive – Dual drive timing belt
Height – 1.3m
Length – 2.1m
Seat Height – 770mm
Steering Angle – 19o
Tilting Angle – 45o
Dry Weight – 257kg
Fuel Tank – 15litres
Frame – Steel tubes
Suspension Front – HTS (oleo-pneumatic tilting suspension)
Suspension Rear – HTS (ole-pneumatic tilting suspension)
Braking system – Hydraulic, four 240mm discs integral braking with left lever and pedal, front wheels braking with right lever
Rims Front and Rear – 2.75 x 14”
Tyres Front and Rear – 110/80 x 14”