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Sabena332
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Biggest And Smallest Motorized Vehicle You Drove?

Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:54 pm

Hi all,

Earlier tonight I was discussing the exact same topic with two friends. SO what is the smalest and the biggest motorized vehicle you drove? As for me:

Smalest:

Zündapp CS 25 (I called it my own when I was 15 and after getting my first drivers livense):

http://data.motor-talk.de/data/galleries/176574/1545894/img-0523-25459.JPG

Biggest:

A Merc fire truck like this (we needed a truck to pull a big trailer):



with such a trailer behind:



I wasn't allwed to drive the truck with the trailer because the weight was more than 7.5t. But someone had to bring the trailer from the beverage store to our party ground (it was during the last European Football Cup). 

What's your vehicles?

Patrick
 
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Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:10 pm

The smallest is a some kind of moped I rode around with in Greece as a youngster.

The biggest would have to be me towing a B747 with a T-500.

If you mean on the street, the biggest would be a 1982 Seagrave 100' tiller aerial.
 
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Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:15 pm

do trains count as motorized vehicles? It's "motorized", not sure about "vehicle" though. smallest would definately be one of those 47cc pocket bikes that stand about a foot and a half tall.
 
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Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:35 pm

Smallest:

Yamaha motorcycle

Biggest:

Ford(truck rig) tractor with set of doubles or one trailer that was 65ft of the law.(Ca)I'm not sure if it is still in effect,but some states were allowing triple trailers.

[Edited 2010-08-12 15:41:06]
 
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Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:19 pm

Smallest:
Kymco 50cc scooter

Biggest:
Ford E350 15-pax van
 
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Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:42 pm

Smallest:

http://static.flickr.com/98/245881829_b9547ad128_o.jpg
(about this size anyways)


Largest: It was either a Jeep Cherokee, an over-sized Mercedes or a boat. Not sure. The Mercedes (an older model) was probably the heaviest.
 
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Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:54 pm

Smallest:

Honda Metropolitan



Largest:

CAT 992G Wheel Loader
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:14 am

Smallest would be a moped in the Bahamas or a 3-wheel ATV.
Smallest car would be a NSU Prinz of mid-1960's vitntage back in the mid-1970's.
Largest vehicle would be a 22 foot box Ryder rental truck back around 1977.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:26 am

Smallest: 1983 Honda Aero 50

Largest: 2005 Nissan Titan
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:33 am

Smallest (hey, you said drive, not ride   )



That thing could go 50 MPH 

Largest something similar to this:



It wasn't a rental or even the same brand as the Budget truck in the picture but I did drive a 20-something-foot Dodge truck for my dad's business for a short period. They're not sold in the US.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:53 am

drove this beast for the first time yesterday

http://data.primeportal.net/transports/don_pics/m1078_hard_box/m1078_hard_box_6_of_6.jpg

it sucks lol
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:57 am

Smallest: Jawa 50 typ 20

http://www.jawa-50.cz/clanek/jawa-50...mace-a-vyvoj-prototypy-export.html

Largest: Raba-Steiger 250 farm tractor

http://www.mezogeparchivum.hu/tema_magyartraktor.html

Largest in North America would be a five ton van similar to the one in Fly2HMO's picture. Except it didn't belong to Budget but Bristol.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:15 am

I have the smallest variation in size, the smallest is the Nissan Sentra, the largest is the Nissan Maxima.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:21 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 9):
Smallest (hey, you said drive, not ride )

I was thinking the same so in that case, an electric screwdriver should count.  


Not sure what model this is but it's a Peugot moped I rented on the island of Ios, Greece.




BART train.
I was not a BART employee but the consulting firm I worked with did the construction of the BART to SFO extension. Overnight testing on the new tracks.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj96/Rush8track/BART.jpg
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:29 am

The smallest: 1992 Starlet


Biggest:
one of these
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:25 am

Smallest:



Largest:

http://cencalrails.railfan.net/sp2873prm.jpg
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:26 am

Smallest, only 3.5hp but tons of fun to drive:


Biggest:
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:09 am

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 16):
Biggest

You do realise that there is a truck, a minivan, and a Mexican VW in the photo?  

Smallest motorised vehicle:

Renault Twingo: 1.2 litre i4, 70 hp, stick shift
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/83/Renault_Twingo_front_20080709.jpg/800px-Renault_Twingo_front_20080709.jpg

Biggest motorised vehicle:

Toyota Tacoma: 3.4 litre V6, 190 hp, stick shift
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/70/01-04_Toyota_Tacoma_TRD_ext.jpg/800px-01-04_Toyota_Tacoma_TRD_ext.jpg

See, nothing impressive.  
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:21 am

Smallest

Yamaha Chappy (at least, that's the name in France)





Biggest

Something similar to this:

 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:25 am

For vehicles not able to fly:




For vehicles with fixed wings:

(and this was actually the exact aircraft)
http://www.dac0306.dk/albums/beautiful-aircrafts/IMG_1079.jpg

http://www.waywardgeographics.com/Piper_Navajo.jpg
 
MD-90
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:26 am

Quoting aero145 (Reply 17):
You do realise that there is a truck, a minivan, and a Mexican VW in the photo?

Well, the truck's the biggest, ain't it? The Jetta is the only diesel I've ever driven.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:50 am

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 20):
Well, the truck's the biggest, ain't it? The Jetta is the only diesel I've ever driven.

Yup, but you didn't mention which of those you had driven. If I understand you correctly, you've driven all of them.   Is the Jetta SW a DSG or stick? If stick, isn't a bit funny to drive compared to petrol-powered stick shifts?  
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:07 am

Yes, the Jetta is a stick, and it sure is strange to drive. My Mazda3 has a sweet six speed and is much more forgiving than the Jetta's diesel. The Jetta is very particular about what gear you're in (can't skip gears as easily) and it refuses to be abused--slow down to a stop with it in 5th or 6th gear and it will unexpectedly die on you far sooner than a gas engine would start complaining. It's my mom's commuter car and she loves it but you have to drive it for a while to get used to it. My favorite drive is to go out on a clear night with a full moon and open the panoramic sunroof all the way and lower the windows and cruise under the light of the moon.

And actually I don't think I've ever driven the Odyssey (certainly not missing anything special there).
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:12 pm

Smallest automobile: '80 Zastava 750
Largest automobile: '02 Ford F-150

Smallest aircraft: '70 Cessna 150 AeroBat
Largest aircraft : '59 Piper Apache Geronimo
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:25 pm



Had one of these until I was 16. I looked totally ridiculous riding it - being 6'4 and 220 lbs

It was time to sell it when a 10 year old Turkish boy on his bicycle raced me up a slight incline. He won by two lenghts and gave me the finger. That was pretty humiliating.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/189_086_MIH.jpg/800px-189_086_MIH.jpg

No one flipped me off in this thing so far   

[Edited 2010-08-13 06:12:51]
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:41 pm

Smallest:



Largest:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KZKtgQBJEn0/R65uCMp_7DI/AAAAAAAAW3U/ko_vynW_ios/HMS+TRENCHANT.+b.jpg


Dan  
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:34 pm

Smallest: a Peugeot Moped a friend of mine let me drive when I was 14.

Largest: Budget Moving van w/Ford E-350 chasis I rented to move my father from Nashville, TN to Sturbridge, MA a few years ago.

In terms of passenger vehicles:

Smallest: 2008 Mazda Miata (via Philly CarShare, my workplace has a rental contract w/them)

Largest: 1991 Ford Econoline 350 (Club Wagon), 15-passenger version (church van)

[Edited 2010-08-13 06:42:10]
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:41 pm

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 22):
Yes, the Jetta is a stick, and it sure is strange to drive. My Mazda3 has a sweet six speed and is much more forgiving than the Jetta's diesel. The Jetta is very particular about what gear you're in (can't skip gears as easily) and it refuses to be abused--slow down to a stop with it in 5th or 6th gear and it will unexpectedly die on you far sooner than a gas engine would start complaining. It's my mom's commuter car and she loves it but you have to drive it for a while to get used to it.

Interesting. I've driven a Golf 1.9 TDI with the 105 hp engine, and it didn't feel to me as strange as the Jetta what you say about the 2.0 TDI. Maybe it's just because you're used to petrol-powered cars?

One thing I like with the Diesels is that one can manoeuvre them without having to touch the accelerator at all. I don't mind having to use the accelerator, but having the low-rpm torque of the Diesels is fun.  
Quoting MD-90 (Reply 22):
My favorite drive is to go out on a clear night with a full moon and open the panoramic sunroof all the way and lower the windows and cruise under the light of the moon.

Sounds very nice!
 
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Quoting aero145 (Reply 27):
One thing I like with the Diesels is that one can manoeuvre them without having to touch the accelerator at all. I don't mind having to use the accelerator, but having the low-rpm torque of the Diesels is fun.

It's just different, having to let the clutch out slower when starting from a stop and making sure you're in exactly the right gear. I don't use 2nd very much in my Mazda and I almost never use 5th, usually shifting 1-3-4-6 to get going. In the Jetta you cannot skip 2nd. It does have a nice bit of torque and it feels like it'd be good for towing, within reason.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:58 pm

I don't have any pictures of these.
Smallest, my dads 2000 SLK-230 which he doesn't have any more.

Biggest 2004 Ford F250.
 
Sabena332
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:26 pm

Quoting Schienenflieger (Reply 24):
It was time to sell it when a 10 year old Turkish boy on his bicycle raced me up a slight incline. He won by two lenghts and gave me the finger.

Hillarious story, that made my day!   

I sold my CS 25 as well when I became 16 years old, I finished my 80cc drivers license and bought a Yamaha DT 80.

Quoting Schienenflieger (Reply 24):
No one flipped me off in this thing so far

Hard to beat, that's a pretty big thing!

Patrick
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:55 pm

Smallest would be a Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, 65hp. Biggest would be a PA-38 Tomahawk with a massive 112hp  
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:22 pm

Smallest motorcar was a Caterham, which happens to be the most powerful car I have driven, and the lightest. 150bhp and 550kgs. The largest would be a Peugeot 306 1.8 GLX although a modern day Ford Fiesta seems to be about the same size. I did have a go on my mates 50cc pop pop but that was a scooter so doesn't count.
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:36 pm

The Biggest thing I've driven:



The Heaviest thing I've driven:

http://www.panzerbaer.de/archiv/pix/ch_stc_2005_Panzer68-88.jpg
Type 68/88 Tank (Swiss Army)

And finally the smallest thing:

A 1969 Big Wheel - all original, bought new.

[Edited 2010-08-13 10:40:00]
 
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Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:22 pm

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 28):
It's just different, having to let the clutch out slower when starting from a stop and making sure you're in exactly the right gear. I don't use 2nd very much in my Mazda and I almost never use 5th, usually shifting 1-3-4-6 to get going. In the Jetta you cannot skip 2nd. It does have a nice bit of torque and it feels like it'd be good for towing, within reason.

Hmm, that doesn't sound like my experience with Diesels.

Starting quickly from a stop is no problem - it's maybe different from the petrol cars but possible.

At least with the 2.0 TDI Pümpe-Düse the engine is powerful enough to reach a speed in 1st gear which one can also drive in 3rd gear.

Starting from a stop in 2nd gear is also possible.

I started driving petrol-powered cars and then I drove Diesel. In the beginning I found it pretty frustrating that one couldn't start as quickly and almost not be able to start in 2nd gear, but now I can.  
 
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Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:58 pm

Never drove a two wheeled motorized vehicle, my mother thought it would be too dangerous (probably with reason, I was already doing crazy things with my bike, and crashed several times with cars). So the smallest would be a go-kart on a small circuit. Smallest on open road, a Renault Twingo (illustrated above by aero145), I drove several ones in fact, it's a popular car. An uncle of mine has one with a stick shift (normal in France) but without clutch, called Twingo easy, it's quite strange.

Another popular small car I drove often is the Peugeot 106/Citroen Saxo, I learned to drive on a 1.5d 55ch Saxo :



The Twingo is smaller but much bigger inside ! The Saxo is very cramped, my knees touched the dash.

Biggest I drove is a Renault Trafic with stretched roof and an horrible 2.0 60ch diesel engine that screamed like hell at a mere 80Km/h. I was yellow because I was working a summer for the postal service, it was beat down because nobody cared about it, and the handbrake was loose, one time I had to run behind and jump in to stop it from crashing into the building I was delivering mail to.



It's the biggest but only in size, it's quite light (1200-1300Kg). The heaviest must be the family van, a Citroen Evasion, or the family boat if that counts, a Jeanneau Fantasia :

 
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Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:45 am

Smallest: A John deer Lawnmower

Biggest: 2005 Freightliner Columbia with a Utility 53ft Reefer

KH
 
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Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:39 am

Smallest: my first car, similar to this - 1982 Ford Laser
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d0/1981-1983_Ford_Laser_%28KA%29_GL_5-door_hatchback_01.jpg/800px-1981-1983_Ford_Laser_%28KA%29_GL_5-door_hatchback_01.jpg

Largest - Ford Territory
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/dc/2004-2007_Ford_Territory_TX_01.jpg/800px-2004-2007_Ford_Territory_TX_01.jpg
 
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Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:42 am

Smallest:


Uploaded with ImageShack.us
Biggest (the one to the left):
http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/9074/dsc3576.jpg
 
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RE: Biggest And Smallest Motorized Vehicle You Drove?

Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:18 pm

The biggest vehicle I drove: a 16-foot Pensky truck (can't remember the make/model right off, but I think it was a GMC)

The smallest one was a golf cart. 
 
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RE: Biggest And Smallest Motorized Vehicle You Drove?

Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:32 am

Smallest would be a dirt bike. Largest and heaviest-190 ton steam locomotive with 200 tons of coaches behind.
 
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RE: Biggest And Smallest Motorized Vehicle You Drove?

Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:13 am

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 3):
I'm not sure if it is still in effect,but some states were allowing triple trailers.

In Ohio they still allow triples on the turnpike (I80).

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 36):
Smallest: A John deer Lawnmower

Beat me to it. But was it a riding mower or a self propelled walk behind?

Largest would be the 10,000 gallon fueling browser when I worked for ASI in CLE.

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