Russian recumbent trikes
Last update: 17 Nov 2009
Update Nov 2009: I have my trike back! After going through several owners it's back in my hands requiring some TLC and repair. I've set up a new Russian trikes forum on the Velo Vision website where I'll report on its restoration - and I hope other Russian trike owners will also use it to exchange notes. First pictures of my trike as received back are here.
The S-327 is a Russian-made recumbent trike, and I own one. It's an interesting design, with some wonderful aircraft-grade engineering throughout, lot of titanium... The most unusual feature is the front-wheel drive, which it would probably be uneconomic to make in the West. I guess it's the engineering appeal of these trikes that explains people's eagerness to overcome the sometimes considerable logistical difficulties of getting one...
Though this model has not been made for a few years now, the trikes were relaunched in July 04 with a new website at www.trike.ru and a new all-wheel-drive version with many improvements. I'm very tempted to upgrade... but as of April 2008 they still don't appear to actually be available to buy.
The history of these trikes is a bit complicated, and although the people behind www.trike.ru have a solid record of reliable trading, there have been other companies with problems in delivering what's been ordered. There is a a Yahoo mailing list (now pretty inactive) if you want the details.
My trike was made many years ago now - around 1995 as I recall, although the Solovjov seat and carrier rack were added more recently.
Here are some adaptations and extras I've made for my trike: