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Breezy Rider
07-19-2008, 07:42 PM
Has anyone ever put a sail on a Kyoto Cruiser? I own and sail a 1976 Rans Windhawk and thought it would be great to have a rider with me (especially to help pedal against the wind and uphill). I'm widening the frame a bit for more stability and utilizing left-hand steer.

Richie Rich
07-19-2008, 09:03 PM
That sounds like a LOT of fun...!!

Be sure to take pix or a video to share with the gang here.

Enjoy the ride...!!!

.....Richie Rich...
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AtomicZombie
07-19-2008, 09:38 PM
Right on - I think that will be great fun!

Brad

savarin
07-19-2008, 10:22 PM
I've used a wind surfing high aspect sail on a skateboard and it was awesome.
On a 4 wheeler it should go like the clappers.
I say go for it and show the pics

SirJoey
07-20-2008, 03:55 PM
Something along these lines, maybe?
www.pterosail.com/index.php/products/pterosail_kit (http://www.pterosail.com/index.php/products/pterosail_kit)
You could be the proud owner, for a mere 6 large...

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TheKid
07-20-2008, 04:41 PM
6 grand is a little pricey. Go find a kid with one, and steal it like the other bikes. Then we could all copy it.

savarin
07-20-2008, 05:18 PM
Hmmmm, street legal? interesting, I would like to see him stopping and starting and sailing round obstacles and how the sail behaves when another vehicle passes in either direction.
Just using the jib does lend itself to a more gentle control but I would think the streets would have to be pretty empty at the time

trikeman
07-20-2008, 05:21 PM
Hmmmm, street legal? interesting, I would like to see him stopping and starting and sailing round obstacles and how the sail behaves when another vehicle passes in either direction.
Just using the jib does lend itself to a more gentle control but I would think the streets would have to be pretty empty at the time

Ahh yes, but the Silver Comet trail I ride on is pretty deserted during the week. Once I get past the more populated trail heads, I sometimes don't see anyone for miles and miles. If the wind was blowing just right (no room to tack on trail) I could ride it all the way to Alabama.

Sparky
07-20-2008, 10:50 PM
neat.

but theres got to be some seriously annoying issues to deal with.

trees, powerlines, wind change, gusts, the wind being 5 degrees off of parallel with the road....

i bet it really gets in your field of vision also.

savarin
07-21-2008, 06:47 AM
I never realised you were going to commute on this beast.
For fun its brilliant and I might have a go myself. For getting somewhere I have to be in a particular time I wouldnt touch it with a barge pole.
The most exhilarating machine I've used was a sand yacht, lethally fast, stupidly easy to flip, and losing control was a very fine edge between in or out of control.
Often you couldnt steer exactly where you wanted to go because of the wind direction but on a beach with heaps of room that is not really a major problem, more or less-"that way"- was good enough.
The sheer sense of speed was awesome with your butt just a few inches off the sand.
Would I do it again? You betcha. Would I use it on a road/trail? No chance, too risky in small spaces.
Bloody good fun though.

Breezy Rider
07-22-2008, 08:44 PM
http://www.rans.com/25C_Early_Years.htm

I've sailed a lot of miles on the Windhawk. Maneuverability is not a problem. In Illinois any pedal driven vehicle is legal so long as it is no wider than 8' 4" and no higher than 13' 3"

Nvener used for commuting, only for fun and it's a blast in a 20-25 mph wind

trikeman
07-22-2008, 08:54 PM
Great stuff. I can just see myself sailing along my bicycle trail with a sail mounted on my DW

http://www.rans.com/images/25c_4.jpg

trikeman
07-22-2008, 09:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKmZRoK7CRw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOnM1lXENj4&feature=related


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