In the 1980s, Clive Sinclair created the ZX Spectrum, a home computer that was revolutionary. A few years later, he created something that was possibly the worst idea anyone had ever seen - an electric recliner bike called the Sinclair C5 that was just asking to be involved in an accident. I saw one once, and it honestly looked like the most dangerous form of travel you could possibly imagine. It lasted eight months before being shelved.
Now, in 2017, his nephew has revisited the mistakes of his uncle and created the Iris eTrike (has no-one told him about Bosch and Yamaha electric bikes?) When will people realise that recliners are not suitable for the road? You can barely see them, they’re so low to the ground!
Marketed as street-legal, I think inventor Grant Sinclair needs to check the law. A 750W+ motor? A top speed of 30mph? Twist-grip handlebar throttle? I don’t think there are any more law regulations left to break...
The Iris etrike is available for £2,999 (US$3,753) and is expected towards the end of 2017.