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MCN liked the Trike too, awarding it a 93% ‘grin factor’:

“It’s a laugh and can be very relaxing to ride. You get armchair comfort, for a start. OK, so you can’t filter through traffic and it’s slower than most bikes, but that’s not what the Grinnall BMW is about. With its comfort for a passenger and the added advantage of a rear luggage compartment, it could be great for touring. But that’s not really what it’s about either. It’s about being an individual. And that’s at the heart of why we all ride’. ‘Cleverly done’, they concluded, ‘A party on three wheels.”

 

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Rod Kerr wrote his first impression of the Trike for The Daily Telegraph Motoring section in September 2000:

‘The Daily Telegraph motoring Section has featured the Grinnall Scorpion three-wheeler since its 1992 inception. For unenlightened, it’s a hybrid essential composed of the rear half of the BMW K-series motorcycle appended to the front half of a sports car.

Mark Grinnall’s latest creation is another three-wheeler, this time based on the R-series BMW bike. That’s it for similarities. As can be seen, the new tricyle turns the original concept back to front – and inside out, as the occupants are now seated on top of the composite bodywork rather than inside. But whichever way you look at it, the Trike has the same wow factor as its arachnid elder. Shrinking violets should shop elsewhere.

Starting with a BMW R1200C, conversion will cost about £5000 and a weekend’s spannering. Broadly speaking, the process involves unbolting the bikes back end and replacing it with a twin track kit. Alternatively, DIY dunces can order a complete, new and ready to roll version for about £14000, £5000 more than the unmolested Bavarian bike in 1200cc form. BMW has an otherwise identical R850C listed at £1500 less, if you can cope with a slight loss of performance.

Still, like the original Cruiser, this Trike is far more about pose than performance, so installing a 50bhp 850 flat twin instead of a 60bhp 1200, will not make a vast difference to the riding experience…or do I mean driving experience? In the eyes of the law, sub 410Kg three-wheelers fall into the same category as the dearly beloved Reliant Robin, which means you only need a motorcycle licence, although a car licence is equally valid.

The same reason wearing a helmet is optional, which is definitely a selling point. Certainly on a steamy day when Worcestershire was pretending to be Tuscany, it was a rare treat to hit the balmy breeze without donning the usual biking paraphernalia.

Anyone who can operate a sequential gearbox will have no problem riding/driving. The most important rule is not to put your feet down before stopping – unless you really want to run yourself over, that it. Secondly, don’t forget the back end is a wide as a car before filtering through traffic…

Although not intended to be a performance vehicle, the big BMW twin catapults the Trike to 60mph in 5 seconds. Expect about 100mph flat out, but helmetless even half that is enough to give a thrill of speed.

The subtly modified Tele-Lever forks (a new top-yoke alters the geometry) and perhaps unexpectedly double wishbone rear suspension copes well with bumps. Cornering is fun, too – no special technique is required, though it helps if you can lean inwards for slow, sharp bends. Doom-mongers will be disappointed to learn that while lifting a back wheel is possible, it isn’t a consideration ij normal use.
So another singularly triangular Grinnall, cleverly designed, constructed and styled. And remember that the conversion is easily reversible, so if you fancy two-wheeled mode for a change, another spanner session is all that’s necessary.”

MCN liked the Trike too, awarding it a 93% ‘grin factor’:

“It’s a laugh and can be very relaxing to ride. You get armchair comfort, for a start. OK, so you can’t filter through traffic and it’s slower than most bikes, but that’s not what the Grinnall BMW is about. With its comfort for a passenger and the added advantage of a rear luggage compartment, it could be great for touring. But that’s not really what it’s about either. It’s about being an individual. And that’s at the heart of why we all ride’. ‘Cleverly done’, they concluded, ‘A party on three wheels.”