I saw lots of these little trikes on the Greek island of Mykonos last week. They are a tilting three wheeler that hinge behind the rider to allow it to bank over while the rear wheels stay on the ground. They have a goods platform at the rear and are used for deliveries to shops & restaurants in Mykonos town which has a warren of very narrow streets. Unusually for a Honda it has a two stroke engine.
|The lever below the clocks locks the "hinge" when parked.|
|The Gyro in its natural habitat|
Several models of the Gyro have been made starting in 1982 and is still going today. It's mostly Japan market only and I've never seen one anywhere else so it's a mystery how so many got to Mykonos.
The Gyro is not a unique concept, of course. It was patented by an English engineering company G.L.Wallis & Son and sold by BSA as the Ariel 3 in 1970. It was not a success and proved to be a nail in the coffin of BSA. The design was later licensed to Honda.
|This trike has a home-made feel about it - I think it started life as a Chinese scooter.|
|Heavier goods in the town were moved by an old Mazda three wheeler.|
|In Corfu this battered Yamaha step-thru is used by a parcel delivery company and has a tea chest sized top box|