Rosie O’Donnell in a string bikini, hot sauce in coffee, liver flavored ice cream, $1,000 Ferraris and midget tranny porn. Along with the Ducati Monstrosity trike, these are all things I never need to experience. I don’t mean to take away from the mad engineering genius that TreMoto put into the Monstrosity, but some things are just flat out wrong, in addition to being hideously ugly.
The Monstrosity prototype seen in the video started life as a Ducati Monster 620. TreMoto wondered how much better it could handle with dual articulating front wheels, kind of like a bigger brother to Piaggio MP3 scooter. The result is a bike that got a serious beat-down with an ugly stick, but can out-corner anything on two wheels in the rain and out-brake just about anything on the planet. There’s all sorts of patent-pending technology in the bikes front suspension, which goes to show it was created by engineers and not stylists.
There’s no doubt that the Monstrosity would out-handle a CanAm Spyder, which has limited front suspension travel and nowhere near the Monstrosity’s 45 degree lean angle. Still, the CanAm looks relatively good, and is a viable alternative for those who want to ride but can no longer handle two wheels. The Monstrosity is clearly aimed at a different demographic, although I’m struggling to figure out exactly what that might be.
TreMoto is planning a second prototype, built around a Ducati Hypermotard. Since they’re a start up company, actively seeking investors, there’s no word on when or if their Ducati trikes will see production. There’s some really cool science and engineering behind all that ugly, so I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.