There’s a new company in Los Angeles, promoting a service they claim is already quite popular in Europe. What is it? Motorcycle taxicab rides. If it sounds a bit silly, just wait. It gets worse.
The company, Moto Limos Club, offers to its members “motorcycle” rides through the city. (Why did I put the word “motorcycle” in quotes? Just keep reading.) The service is membership only ($125 for a personal membership, and double that for a corporate membership) and costs $90 per hour. Here’s the pitch from their website:
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a chauffeur service that can zip its way through such traffic, well we’ve lived your pain, and are introducing for the first time to the US market what many in European grid locked cities already know, the MOTO LIMO. Our available wiggle room is to your advantage. When no one else is moving. We’ll get you to where you’re going – fast… Guaranteed.
I just don’t see this concept working. First of all, where on earth are they going to find a richy-rich clientele, willing to pay these rates, and also willing to easy-ride their way through the harrowing streets of LA?
A bigger problem, however, is their choice of vehicles. According to their website, their fleet consists of the larger-than-life Honda Gold Wing, and as if those aren’t too big to eek through traffic, the Can-Am Spyder. If you are unfamiliar with the Can-Am, they are those new-fangled trikes with two wheels in the front and one in the back. Personally, I think they look ridiculous, but I’m sure opinions vary.
My own tastes aside, however, I just don’t see the Can-Am as a viable option for lane-splitting in Los Angeles traffic. They are just too darn wide. The “bike,” if you can call it that, boasts a rotund width of 62″. By way of comparison, the not-so-slender Harley-Davidson Electra Glide has a width of less than 40″. In other words, the Can-Am is more than 50% wider than Harley’s full-dresser touring machine (aka, way too big to lane split).
Zip through traffic on a five-foot wide trike? I think not. Good luck, Moto Limos Club. You’re gonna need it.