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Tuk Tuks To Be Sold In The United States, Finally

Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:46 pm

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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RE: Tuk Tuks To Be Sold In The United States, Finally

Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:54 pm

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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:01 pm

Does the girl come with it?
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Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:10 pm



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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:34 pm

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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:38 pm



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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:44 pm



Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
elephants

jigga wha?
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Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:51 pm



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.
 
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Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:19 pm



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.
 
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Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:42 pm



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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:36 pm



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.
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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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:57 pm



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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:04 pm



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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Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:27 pm



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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Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:16 am



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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Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:16 am



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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Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:06 am

Tuk-Tuks came here many years ago, they have them in Durban as tourist taxis.
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Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:46 am

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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Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:08 pm



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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Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:28 pm



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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Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:21 am



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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Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:13 pm



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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Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:09 am



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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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. :-/
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:58 am



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. :-/

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Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:33 pm

Now THIS is the ultimate transportation in SF:
http://www.gocartours.com/images/sanfran/reviewers/001-Tony-Karen-Roberts.jpg
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:24 pm



Quoting Offloaded (Reply 25):
Now THIS is the ultimate transportation in SF:

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 vehicles.  mad 
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:47 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 23):
Clearly you don't live in LA. :-/

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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