FINAL WEEK! STORM SURGE PRICE DROP!
The Engineering Prototype Reward is now just $1499!
Less hype, more trike. Live slow, with a Basset Hound!
Our Website is here: Safari Trikes
$99 Small Business Reward
Crowdfund your Safari Trike based business!
Looking for a low risk way to explore your awesome food cart idea?
Let's work together to get you started with your own mobile food business! Want to sell honey or olive oil at the Farmer's Market? Want to sell pizza by-the-slice at the Boardwalk? This is the reward for you! For just $99 we'll design a trike that is perfect for your business needs, whether it has a pour-over bar for coffee or an ice chest for paletas. The process is pretty straightforward: you define what the trike needs to do, and how you will be interacting with your customers (your One Page Business Plan® will do nicely). Then, we'll be working closely with you for a few hours to to create a 3D model of your mobile food cart. Once you've got your design, we can work with you to build your Kickstarter campaign to pay for permits, fees, and the construction of your Safari Trike. Yes, that's right - you could crowdfund your Safari Trike!
Choose the $99 Small Business Reward and realize your dream!
Our other Rewards:
$1 Endless Gratitude
$5 Pineapple Print Postcard
$10 Upcycled Bottle Opener
$16 Tiki Totem Figure Reward
What could be more fun than a new friend? We promise he'll listen to your stories and not interrupt you. This reward is crafted from parts we've used and replaced on our vehicles, so you know they are genuine re-use! Maybe, just maybe, if you listen closely enough, he'll tell you the story of the job he had before becoming your desktop pal.
$20 and $35 Safari Trike Tote Bags
$50 Check out our Zombie Trike T-Shirt! Available in different colors:
$250 Pineapple Pop-up at Your Event
$350 Art Collector Reward
$500 The Chipper Chopper
Remaining rewards: various Safari Trikes! More info below:
Overview and History:
We developed the Safari Trike "Sociable Tandem" prototype after building an Amphibious Sociable Tandem Trike to participate in the 2014 Kinetic Grand Championship. The Amphibious Trike carried us over land, sand, and water for 3 days in Arcata, CA. Our careful planning, cunning engineering and enthusiastic pit crew helped us finish the race and win two trophies!
We designed and built this trike to come home to the default world and be our grocery-getter. We ride our trike miles down country roads into town to go to the store or to yoga class or just to go on a ride. People toot their horns "Hello!" and wave and smile at us. When we go to events, we add features like giant pineapples. Folks love to ride with us and to put their kids on the trike to take pictures.
Sociable tandem trikes with multiple speeds carrying cargo have been an ongoing design solution among kinetic artists for more than 40 years. They are fun to ride and easy to pedal, but until now, if you wanted one, you'd have to build it yourself.
"I want one!" Everywhere we go people express an interest in our trike. We constantly field the questions "Where did you get it?" and "Will you make one for me?" People take it for a quick ride and discover they like the fact that the riders are side by side, instead of in-line, facilitating conversation and visiting during the ride. All of you who exclaimed, "I want one!" Okay, we hear you! We're bringing you the Safari Trike!
Features: We use a solar-powered stereo and enjoy cup holders on either side, but the real specs are: Yuba (R) Mundo rear wheels with dual disc brakes, 21 gears per rider, independent propulsion, 500+ lbs. of rider and cargo combined weight capacity, rear mirrors, adjustable seats, combined sunshade and roofrack able to hold 40 pounds of bulky gear, and over 10 cubic feet of rear cargo area able to hold 200 lbs of gear, children, dogs or groceries.
We love the fact that a strong rider can ride with a not-so-strong rider, and the Trike will disperse the propulsion equally. Steering is non-hierarchical, meaning that either rider can take charge. Most of the components on our Tandem Trike are standard bike parts, serviceable/upgradeable by a Bike store near you. We can build it with extra-strong wheels to support extra heavy loads. Gearing is low, to make it possible to climb all but the steepest hills. With an electric assist upgrade, you might achieve heroic feats!
How do you know if it's right for you? Here's a quick list of reasons why you might want a Safari Trike.
- You and a friend want to get off the couch
- Riding a two-wheeler feels too challenging or unsafe
- Your town has only a few steep hills
- You love the idea of doing errands without spending gasoline
- You want to pedal right up to the dog park gate to let your pup play
- You have an extra space in your garage
- You're ready to roll at a calmer pace
- You'd ride a bike to work if you could carry your stuff
- There are beautiful trails near your home to explore
- You want the ultimate Playa Party Bike
- You want a Playa Bike that you can use in the default world
- You are planning a human-power tour of the National Parks
- Your Green Business could use a public image boost
Demand is High: The Wall Street Journal reports that people are discovering the comfort of riding a trike. While offering the same stability and rock-star feel people are getting from their low-slung recumbent trikes, the Safari Trike offers more safety from being bigger, more visible and by situating your eyes at the same height above the ground as most car driver's eyes. In fact, the Safari Trike is safer to ride than most bicycles simply because it is so easy to make eye-contact!
It's NOT a Velomobile: Velomobiles are compact and enclosed, sheltering the rider from sun, rain, and wind, zipping along at neighborhood speeds, and trade strength for being lightweight. While the heavy-duty Safari Trike has a roof rack that is also a sun shade to protect you during the hottest part of the day, we leave the rest of the vehicle open so you can feel the wind in your face and receive the cooling benefits of air blowing over the engine - you!
It could be a human power parking shuttle: Do you want to go Green in a big way? Get people out of their cars and into your event with a Safari Trike Tram!
What can I do to help? Please share this project far and wide! Tell others that you support it, and ask them to do the same.
Please help us to spread the word about our Trikes. Encourage your friends and family to donate. This support will help get us to the next step, and your participation in getting the word out is just as valuable as your individual pledges.
Cinematography: Suzi Musgrove and Forest Murnane
Soundtrack: Dawn Thomas and Garageband loops
Special Effects and Editing: Bob Van De Walle
Actors: Aileen Cormack, Jasmina Cerda, Kimberlee Medley-Greenway, Tom Gallup, Milo Powers, Sean and Karen Slavin, Dawn Thomas, Robert Van De Walle
All non-authored images and files were sourced from the public domain.
Special Thanks To: Our patient and bewildered families, Patricia HummingBird, Dave Harris, The Kinetic Grand Championship, The Obtainium Cup, Warren, Aileen, Django, Sherman, The Slavin Family, The Murnane Family.
About Us: Dawn and Bob are Artists, Dreamers, and Kinetic Enthusiasts. You can see the different kinds of human powered pieces that we have built on our blog: http://threefeetofair.wordpress.com. Our YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/giantladytm/videos.
Bob has wide experience including launching other entrepreneurs' small businesses ranging from family businesses to a local market collective as well as managing large projects from a few kiosks to hundreds of custom units.
Dawn is a middle/high school Art Teacher, and has operated successful businesses of her own. She is a champion of both the slow and steady as well as the get'r'done approach to meeting commitments.
Together we have the design ability, connections, expertise, and management skills to build and deliver on our promise to build a fleet of Safari Trikes.
We will send you updates on the Trike's progress. Thank you so much for your support and for helping to manifest our Sociable Tandem Safari Trikes!
A final word on shipping charges:
Shipping is NOT INCLUDED in the reward pricing. We don't know where you live, so we can't calculate a charge until we do. PLEASE contact us BEFORE choosing a Safari Trike and together, we will work out the best shipping method.
Risks and challenges
Some of the risks of building our Sociable Tandem Safari Trikes are associated with the time and materials that we must acquire to build our Trikes. One worst-case scenario would be that a part we use to build Trikes with suddenly becomes unavailable. Fortunately, we have a network of friends and associates, some of whom have machine shops, with whom we can work to build a lot of the items we would need, from scratch, if they become unavailable.
Our production ability is scalable. If demand is low, we will build Safari Trikes using low-volume production techniques. If demand is high, we have a pool of fabricators we will call on to meet our commitment. If demand approaches 50 units, we will be able to transition to opening Safari Trikes as a business.
During our development phase, we've retired many of the known risks of building a small fleet of Safari Trikes. These include obvious physical parameters such as making sure the Trike is big enough to carry two people while also fitting in a bike lane. Its design also minimizes its weight while maximizing its ability to carry large loads.
Some risks won't be retired until we build the engineering prototype. One ongoing effort is to build the optimum wheels for the Trike. Designing wheels that are strong, good looking and affordable is an economic and engineering challenge. A large diameter wheel gives a smoother, more comfortable ride, but the larger it is the less it can carry -- unless it becomes outrageously expensive.
Another challenge that will be retired is providing a safe, drag-brake system to control downhill speeds. Brake heating during a long downhill is a problem that can lead to damage to components. If this campaign funds we will be enlisting the help of expert builders to make sure our design is robust and will keep you safe.
A final risk is economic: we are confident we can build Safari Trikes at the given reward levels, but these prices may be too low to make a top quality product that provides years of uninterrupted service, such as a regular bicycle would give. We are designers, builders and entrepreneurs, so if we buy a thing and want to make it better, we do so. We can't expect you to have those skills. We can't expect you to upgrade your Trike at your local bike shop until it feels like a $3,000 Canondale. We continue to research ways we can make a high-quality product at a reasonable price.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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