In reaction to my post about the English Yamaha powered four wheel motorcycle, Keith Smith, Co-Owner and General Manager USA/Canada/Mexico Distribution & Sales of GG Quad North America sent me the following email (pics of the GG-Quad built for Basket Ball Star and motorcycle enthusiast Michael Jordan)
“Cyril, I can tell you years of tails about NHTSA – DOT and their ideas – regulations related to motorcycles, passenger cars, and quadracycles – quadricycles or four wheeled motorcycles. We have been importing the GG Quad and GG Quadster in unassembled form for the past three years. If the customer completes the construction by adding the BMW powerplant, similar to many homebuilt –custom motorcycles of cars like Cobra, then the resulting vehicle may be registered with the owners state, depending on the local regulations. As a side note, the Feds would say that no new Cobra should be allowed on the road since it is a current build that doesn’t comply with current NHTSA requirements. A custom bike with a blinker that doesn’t comply with NHTSA lighting requirements also would not be allowed. But in the real world, many things are possible.
Take a motorcross bike, spoon on some street tires and a light kit and you can get a title and license in many states. Street legal? NO. But it passes local inspection, has insurance, a title, license, so all is good. Same thing for the GG. Pass inspection and get a license and enjoy.
Our product is a production vehicle with part numbers, replacement parts, service and maintenance manuals, and a long-term company behind the product. In Europe, the Quad is licensed as a moto, and the operator and passenger must wear a helmet, but the operator can drive on a car license, no need for the moto license. In the US, we recommend a motorcycle endorsement, full motorcycle specific personal protective equipment (helmet, jacket, gloves, riding pants, & boots) but local laws may allow more leeway.
The GG is built from aircraft quality billet aluminum finished on the CNC machine. It is truly mechanical art. It is built in small volume, about 150 units per year, in Switzerland with old world attention and modern manufacturing processes. It is rare, exotic, possesses unbelievable handling, braking, and each unit is finished to customer specifications.
So with today’s post about the English Yamaha powered four wheel motorcycle, I thought you should know and blog about the GG Quad” Keith Smith. GG Quad North America