• Piaggio has patented a unique three-wheel design with two wheels at the rear

  • Most leaning trikes have two wheels at the front and one at the back

  • The patents reveal that the design uses a differential on the rear axle

Piaggio was quite early to adopt the three-wheeler format with it’s MP3 range. The MP3, like many other other trikes – Yamaha’s Niken, Triango’s 50 and others – have a pair of wheels ahead and a single one at the rear. Now, new patents reveal that Piaggio has readied a design that’s the opposite, with two wheels at the rear and a one up front.

While this setup is quite unconventional in the trike space, there are a few, like Harley-Davidson’s Tri Glide Ultra and Freewheeler, that use this setup. That said, Piaggio’s design further distinguishes itself with a unique rear-end that allows the engine and both rear wheels to lean.


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