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Three-wheeled devil

Edward Green |
Talon Motors presented its Invader, a three-wheeled vehicle, something like a mix of a bike and a sports car. We must admit, it looks attractive and it might become a car of choice for running around the city streets.

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That unique three wheeler for two, with two steering front wheels and one rear drive wheel, uses a 1,300cc Hayabusa engine to propel it to 100 km/h in under four seconds and can reach top speeds of up to 250 km/h.

The Invader really offers its owner the best of two worlds: it delivers the power and thrills of a super bike, but allows its two occupants to sit side by side in the safety and comfort of an enclosed cockpit. It has a steering wheel and pedals just like a sports car, but it offers a totally unique driving experience that is unlike anything on the road. In other words, you'll go back to school to learn how to drive it safely.

Invaders' frame is constructed from 1.5-inch tubular steel with a front crash zone, triangulated side protection bars and a complete roll-cage around the cockpit. Its fiberglass body includes a windshield to protect two passengers that are comfortably strapped into car-like seats with three-point safety belts. Driving the rear wheel is a two hundred horsepower Hayabusa power plant capable of pushing this reverse strike to speeds approaching 250 km/h.

Invaders' fully adjustable suspension provides precision handling and four piston brake calipers will stop it on the proverbial dime. The Invader's cockpit has been designed for easier entry and exit with lower sills and a removable steering wheel. Inside the cockpit there is comfortable seating designed to carry two six-foot, two hundred pound-plus passengers. Invader's controls are much the same as would be found in any sports car: a steering wheel, gas, brake and clutch pedals and a six-speed sequential shifter with an electric reverse gear.

A full range of gauges round out the cockpit and built in passenger side storage and fully enclosed side compartments with removable saddlebag-style totes make the Invader ideal for weekend escapes. Talon Motors recently announced a combined campaign with rock'n'roll legend Sammy Hagar to design a signature series Red Rocker edition of the Invader in 2011. But you don't have to wait for that model, the current one is so exciting that you better call the company and place that order.