OZ Trikes are regarded as Australia’s premier 3 wheel vehicles and I was one of the first to take OZ Trikes new model the Mustang for a run through the twist corners and waterside drives of their home town of Gosford. We all know there is a stigma around the trike mainly because of the VW power plant and the resemblance more to a car than a bike but until you drive/ ride one you don’t know what you are missing!
The press brief on the Mustang read as below
The great design of the Mustang Trike is characterised by its compact dimensions. The Mustang has been optimised in every possible way; it is compact, nimble, and agile. The compact dimensions of the chassis are just one of the reasons for the excellent handling characteristics of this Trike. Along with the company’s own independent suspension and aluminium trailing arms and continuously adjustable shock absorbers.
The tubular frame construction of the new Mustang is attractive and stable at the same time. State of the art CNC tube bending technology makes possible highly complicated structures that fit perfectly to the contours of the Trike. A polished stainless steel exhaust system rounds off the Mustang’s strong package.
This 125HP (92kw) 4-cylinder engine from Ford is equipped with Trijekt fuel injection, it has the horsepower for the performance you expect and you will find the engine purrs at just over 2000rpm at 100km/h. More than 150Nm of Torque is available at just 1500 rpm. The torque supply increases relentlessly to 168Nm at 4300 rpm. That means in this range there is always something there to boost the driving pleasure as well as the safety. In the 2000 to 46000 rpm range, the tachometer needle is in its playground.
The long intake pipes keep performance constant. That means there is enough pull in any situation. You don’t have to turn the engine up high to have fun. It has been proven the leading link front fork, or “comfort fork” an offset front wheel swing arm. The air scoops in the rear look good and ensure healthy engine temperatures. “The new Trijekt control makes remote maintenance of your Trike possible.
Fuel consumption is something we all look at these days, the Mustang has a fuel tank capacity of 40 litres and the tank is hidden far down in the chassis next to the brake booster. This lowers the centre of gravity. When riding the Mustang at a speed of 100km/h, you will find that this drops the fuel consumption to 6 litres for every hundred kilometres. The Mustang has a rear trunk which bolted to the chassis and has a volume of around 200ltrs. The lid also has a rain gutter to help keep everything waterproof on those rainy days.
Maintenance friendly: the chassis cover can be easily lifted with its gas struts, which lifts the cover completely out of the way. This makes it effortless to access all engine components for servicing that’s the way it should be. Under the cover there is a clean look. Everything is tidy and clearly arranged. The master cylinder for the hydraulic clutch, along with the brake cylinder and the brake booster are all located tidily and equipped with maintenance-free pivot heads. Automotive technicians would say this is a clean design, which is exactly the right description for its neat appearance.
Maintenance work such as adding oil or checking coolant does not require the whole body to be lifted up.
And let me tell you all they have said about this new trike is true! The Mustang power plant and power to weight ratio means this trike is a weapon (for use of a better word) the power plant was responsive and never ending even and with two heavy weights like advertising guru Steve Seagull and myself aboard the little 4cylinder was put to the test.
OZ Trike owner Johann described the ride more like gliding and it was all that, it was like sitting on rails with no noise except the sports car like note through the Ferrari styled turned up pipes. The steering is precise and responsive as with the suspension which makes cornering more of that of a go kart.
But a Trike is a trike and riding one is, I won’t say totally, different to a bike and OZ Trike puts everyone wanting to test ride or hire one of their trikes through an induction course.
Firstly you get a run down on the operation of the trike and adjustments can and may be made particularly to the clutch and brake pedal to suit each rider.
Then you are taken for a ride as a passenger (our driver/rider was Mark) and if you are deemed confident enough you are then given the reigns.
There were a couple of very important points in driving a Trike in the induction.
The first was not thinking bike thinking Trike, the marriage of motorcycle and car and the hand throttle is motorcycle and the clutch and brake pedal, car.
Though it may sound daunting in fact shifting, accelerating with a throttle and braking seems to come automatically. However! I did find myself on numerous occasions reaching for the non-existent front brake lever on the handle.
Another point made by Johann is once again remembering it is a trike and not a motorcycle and the use of space. One scenario Johann told was imagine you are in a hurry and needed to fuel up, a common mistake is trying to pull up close to the pumps forgetting the overhang of the dual wheels. He also made the point when riding a trike stay to the centre of the road and when turning turn as you would with a long wheel base vehicle or even a truck, stay to the centre of the road or travel slightly past the corner before turning and don’t try to drive into the corner.
Now I have experienced it, riding a Trike is exhilarating, you have all the freedom of a motorcycle with the convenience of a car and travelling long distances would be a pleasure.
The Boom seats are very firm and sturdy whilst still comfortable and even at high speed cornering both rider and passenger experience no movement and remain in a comfortable position.
The rear armrests are well position for even the larger person (Steve and I fit) and are very comfortable.
The view for passenger and rider is unobstructed and the mirrors are well placed for vision.
The Trikes body lines and calculatedly placed air scoops look great and serve purpose by directing airflow to the engine bay.
Access to the motor is simple and the ram supported bonnet sturdy and lifts upwards to make for easy access to the motor.
The boot is huge and the lid is fitted with a rack and rear spoiler.
The rear mudguards run with the lines of the body, are nicely shaped and are fitted with distinctive LED lights. The polished tubular frame that surrounds the bike protects the rider and gives the rider plenty of room to rest tired feet.
The all-round performance of the suspension is nothing less than excellent, whilst riding/ gliding the ride was unbelievably smooth and I don’t know if it was because the middle of the road gets very little use but the springer front end felt smoother and car like rather than a bike.
To sum things up I loved the Mustang and for around $48,000 I think the Mustang gives bang for the buck.
You can check out the Mustang and the OZ trike at their showroom at 6 Ainslie Close, Somersby NSW.
You can contact Johann or Donna on 02 4372 1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org