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Tuk Tuks To Be Sold In The United States, Finally  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9738 times:

http://www.tuktukusainc.com/

http://www.icars.sg/2009/4021/tuk-tuk-usa-approved-by-the-epo-and-dot/








I saw one of these a few months ago here in San Francisco and thought I was in Bangkok for a split second.

Now if these can be used as taxis, I wonder if I can get across San Francisco late at night for only 40Baht.


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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1420 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9727 times:

Does the NYPD not use something similar for their patrol? I thought I saw something in movies....

Well if it comes with the hottie blonde, I shall buy one myself!.. and take her for a ride... in the Tuk Tuk... Big grin



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9725 times:

Does the girl come with it?


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9711 times:



Quoting Vio (Reply 1):
Does the NYPD not use something similar for their patrol? I thought I saw something in movies....

You mean this thing?




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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3474 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9678 times:
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So the open one comes with one girl and the covered with two? Egypt allowed TUK TUKS for a while but it was a complete failure in Cairo due to the high rate of accidents.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9677 times:



Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 4):
Egypt allowed TUK TUKS for a while but it was a complete failure in Cairo due to the high rate of accidents.

A friend of mine told me how crazy the drivers are in Cairo. I'd love to go there and see how the traffic is. The traffic in Bangkok is pretty hectic but there seems to ba a method to the madness. Very few accidents considering the amount of traffic mixed with pedestrians, elephants and vendors on cycles.



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9668 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
elephants

jigga wha?



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9658 times:



Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

The one shown in the right is Photoshopped. That is a Piaggio Ape Calessino in both photos. Tuktuk USA has their logo pasted over the Ape Calessino logo on the legshield and the Piaggio logo is covered over with some other logo. In addition, that third headlamp is badly pasted over the horn cover. Not to mention the obvious degradation in the image quality.


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3642 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9637 times:



Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):

Now if these can be used as taxis, I wonder if I can get across San Francisco late at night for only 40Baht.

No, they'll need to quadruple charge you just like in Thailand.


User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9615 times:



Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
Now if these can be used as taxis, I wonder if I can get across San Francisco late at night for only 40Baht.

 rotfl 

I'm sure our local taxi drivers (all 7 of them) will have a fit if these things are actually allowed on the streets of SF. But seriously, I have a hard time imagining one of these things safely negotiating the hills, especially with a full load.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9589 times:



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 7):
The one shown in the right is Photoshopped. That is a Piaggio Ape Calessino in both photos. Tuktuk USA has their logo pasted over the Ape Calessino logo on the legshield and the Piaggio logo is covered over with some other logo. In addition, that third headlamp is badly pasted over the horn cover. Not to mention the obvious degradation in the image quality.

Good observation but who's complaining. The lady is HOT!  drool 

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 6):
jigga wha?

Elephants.  Smile
They do roam the street of Bangkok.

Here is a guy riding his elephant past a 7/11.
Worth noting, right above is the BTS Skytrain subway line which moves faster than an elephant.


Quoting Mham001 (Reply 8):
No, they'll need to quadruple charge you just like in Thailand.

...and chase after you naked until you pay up. That happened to me in 2007.  scared 

Quoting LH459 (Reply 9):
I'm sure our local taxi drivers (all 7 of them) will have a fit if these things are actually allowed on the streets of SF.

If it happens, it wont be in our lifetime.
They fought the BART extension to SFO for 30 years.

Quoting LH459 (Reply 9):
But seriously, I have a hard time imagining one of these things safely negotiating the hills, especially with a full load.

It would still be more reliable and faster than MUNI.



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9573 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
If it happens, it wont be in our lifetime. They fought the BART extension to SFO for 30 years

That's true!  Angry
I'd actually forgotten about that.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
It would still be more reliable and faster than MUNI.

Also true!  banghead 
In all fairness to Muni (which they don't deserve), those trolley-buses actually do pretty well zipping up the hills. Grinding up a hill on one of their diesels is downright painful, though.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9567 times:



Quoting LH459 (Reply 11):
In all fairness to Muni (which they don't deserve), those trolley-buses actually do pretty well zipping up the hills.

When they actually run.
If you have to rely on the N-Judah, it's a miracle when it does run without problem.
It took me 2 hours to get to City Hall from 40th. ave. last week. The N-Judah broke down for a 2nd. time in the same trip and I ended up having to take a taxi from Church & Duboce.
I much rather ride in a tuk tuk cross town.



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9523 times:



Quoting LH459 (Reply 9):
But seriously, I have a hard time imagining one of these things safely negotiating the hills, especially with a full load.

Or imaging being behind one (and get to drive over them) on the I-10 freeway here in Los Angeles?  Big grin



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9490 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
f you have to rely on the N-Judah, it's a miracle when it does run without problem.

Ah yes, the N-Judas. Guaranteed to betray you, every time!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9490 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 13):
Or imaging being behind one (and get to drive over them) on the I-10 freeway here in Los Angeles?

Not sure if these are legal for the highway.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 9416 times:
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Tuk-Tuks came here many years ago, they have them in Durban as tourist taxis.


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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 9187 times:

Well yeah, it took a while and finally got email from them cause I sent inquiry months ago . its all cause they say they now have DOT and EPA approval.

I wonder about CA approval cause California is more strict on that stuff.

I want one, but I want it only in the full Chiang Mai or Bangkok replica. and with the automatic option on it. I wonder if they can do that



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39873 posts, RR: 74
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9117 times:



Quoting Malaysia (Reply 17):
I wonder about CA approval cause California is more strict on that stuff.

I am surprised our state hasn't raised a stink about it. I have seen one already here in San Francisco in the Bangkok replica with the automatic option on it.



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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9093 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 18):
I am surprised our state hasn't raised a stink about it. I have seen one already here in San Francisco in the Bangkok replica with the automatic option on it.

From what I understand, any thing with three wheels on it is considered a motorcycle and is therefore subject to the applicable emissions and safety laws which are much less stringent than those for cars.

I don't think this will catch on as a taxi for a whole host of reasons, but as a utility vehicle (similar to GEMs as well as the GO-4), it may have a shot.



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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9022 times:



Quoting Bok269 (Reply 19):
From what I understand, any thing with three wheels on it is considered a motorcycle and is therefore subject to the applicable emissions and safety laws which are much less stringent than those for cars.

Well in CA, an out of state purchase of a motorcycle must have atleast 7.5K on the Odometer. this company is not even in state, so have to find a local dealer,

plus good news for CA only any 3 wheel car or motorcycle with attached side care requires just a regular drivers license.

not that I encourage it, I have a motorcycle endorsement and dont feel comfortable with just regular drivers driving the mp3 etc



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6095 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8912 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Thread starter):
I wonder if I can get across San Francisco late at night for only 40Baht.

They will probably cater them to tourists and charge $100 an hour to be driven around in one.

Quoting LH459 (Reply 9):
negotiating the hills, especially with a full load.

I can imagine a couple of big hoggers in it and the thing getting half way up a hill and going back down in reverse.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
Here is a guy riding his elephant past a 7/11.

How does one get off to go in a buy a Slurpee?

Quoting Malaysia (Reply 20):
Well in CA, an out of state purchase of a motorcycle must have atleast 7.5K on the Odometer

California sure hates things with engines one them. Too many rules.... I thought we lived in a free country?



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8887 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 21):
I can imagine a couple of big hoggers in it and the thing getting half way up a hill and going back down in reverse.

That's exactly the image that came to me as well!

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 21):
California sure hates things with engines one them. Too many rules.

Not so much that we hate things with engines, it's just that we like being able to breathe. Having visited countries with no emission standards, I'm very glad the CA standards are what they are!
That said, I'm guessing the rule about having 7.5k on the odometer has more to do with taxes than anything else.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19676 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8880 times:



Quoting LH459 (Reply 22):

Not so much that we hate things with engines, it's just that we like being able to breathe. Having visited countries with no emission standards, I'm very glad the CA standards are what they are!

Clearly you don't live in LA. :-/


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8846 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 23):


Quoting LH459 (Reply 22):

Not so much that we hate things with engines, it's just that we like being able to breathe. Having visited countries with no emission standards, I'm very glad the CA standards are what they are!

Clearly you don't live in LA. :-/

I do!!!!!



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25 Post contains links and images Offloaded : Now THIS is the ultimate transportation in SF: Not me in the picture by the way, but if anyone from SFPD and the Bridge Patrol is on this site, thanks
26 Superfly : Those are neat vehicles. I just hate it when tourist drive really slow, reading maps while driving those and refuse to yield to faster moving vehicle
27 LH459 : Nope, I live in Oakland. Even at its worst, LA's air quality is nowhere near as bad as, say, Lima.
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