First introduced in 1982, the Honda Gyro cargo tricycle does not seem to be something legendary. However, even in Russia there are many owners of this funny three-wheeled thing, and in Japan it is one of the most popular models of commercial transport.
Cargo three-wheeled moped — sounds ridiculous, but in fact, properly configured variator, small wheels and clever pivot that divides the moped into two halves — a sloping with the front wheel and a tenacious two-wheeled rear — was so popular that Honda produced a whole line, including Gyro Up, Gyro X and Gyro Canopy.
Most of the time these mopeds were powered by a two-stroke engine, and it wasn’t until 2008 that Honda switched to a four-stroke 50cc engine.
The production of the Gyro Up was discontinued in 2008, while the base model X and the funniest one with a roof, the Canopy, are still in production today. And now there is a Gyro e, equipped with electric drive, in the Honda Gyro family.
HONDA GYRO E
Like its petrol-powered cousins, the Honda Gyro E has a three-wheeled configuration and essentially consists of two halves. The front ends roughly where a conventional scooter’s engine and variator begin. The rear, two-wheeled, not only contains the engine, but is also the base for the cargo platform. The hinge connecting the two halves pivots easily, allowing the front to lean in corners like a normal scooter, while the rear with two wheels and a differential between them provides good traction in corners. On the luggage platform there are arcs for easy hooking of luggage slings, and another small luggage rack can be purchased as an option and placed at the front, just above the low-lying headlight.
HONDA GYRO E RANGE
The new Honda Gyro E is equipped with a state-of-the-art version of electric propulsion, including a two-piece Honda Mobile Power Packs interchangeable battery system. The batteries, located under the single seat, are easily removed and replaced with freshly charged ones. These combine to deliver 96 volts, provide a range of 72km (when travelling at 30km/h) and can be recharged in four hours.
Fast recharging and battery swap options allow the Gyro e to be on the road all day.
HONDA GYRO E SPECS
The Honda Gyro E, as a commercial vehicle, has always been known for its clever design, and in the case of the electric version this is still the case. The Gyro e motor is easy to remove for repairs. This engine produces 4.3hp and 13Nm at peak, which is quite enough to drive in city traffic. The Honda Gyro E has a seat height of 71cm and the electric truck weighs 140kg.
HONDA GYRO E PRICE
The Honda Gyro E will be available in the legendary red paint as well as the equally recognisable white paint. In Japan, the Honda Gyro E will be available from March 25th for JPY 550,000