Last Call- Rad Taxi Edition

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In the late 1920s in Berlin, hailing a cab would likely have resulted in one of these cool Motax-Droschken or D-Rad motorcycle taxis showing up. Deutsches Rad Werke built 180 of the Motax-Droschken exclusively for the Berlin market to counter the high cost of traditional automotive taxi service. The D-Rads could transport a single passenger for half the cost of the car. It was however cost that doomed the D-Rads as their maintenance costs proved to high for their owners to maintain a profit.
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  1. Wildcat_445 Avatar
    Wildcat_445

    That's…interesting. An Uber-sidecar perhaps?

    1. Krautwursten Avatar
      Krautwursten

      That's Über to you, mein Herr.

      1. Wildcat_445 Avatar
        Wildcat_445

        My dots fell off! Had them so nicely balanced on top, too…

    2. Batshitbox Avatar

      Mmm… Uber and Sidecar are two separate service providers, as is Lyft. Here's a handy guide (from San Francisco, California)
      Sidecar:
      <img src="http://media.utsandiego.com/img/photos/2013/09/26/RidesharingSidecarPortrait_r620x349.jpg&quot; width=450>
      Lyft:
      <img src="http://blog.sfgate.com/techchron/files/2014/04/lyft.jpg&quot; width=450>
      Uber:
      <img src="http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/171/2/0/insane_car_crash__gif__by_enderman699-d69xqro.gif"&gt;

      1. ptschett Avatar
        ptschett

        I don't want to know what that fuzzy pink mustache looks like after a few months of road grime and dead insects. I'm not sure I even wanted to know what a fresh one looked like.
        From some Googling, apparently the pedestrian survived despite the Darwin Award attempt of crossing when neither he nor the PT Cruiser had right-of-way (which belonged to the car that ended up on its roof.)

  2. ptschett Avatar
    ptschett

    It can be interesting to compare car repair costs to motorcycles…
    -Some years ago, my '96 Thunderbird and my KLR650 both needed radiator replacements within a few weeks of each other. The T-bird's radiator came in an appropriately car-radiator-sized box (2'x3'x6"-ish) and cost under $200. The KLR's radiator could have been safely packaged in a shoebox (assuming the shoebox was for gunboat-class shoes like my usual US-system 12.5 or 13) and cost $300.
    -This is motorcycle/rider/road/tire-dependent, but it was routine for me to go through about 3 rear tires and 2 fronts for every 10,000 miles on the KLR running 50/50ish dual-sport tires and also about 50% pavement/50% dirt & gravel. My riding season would peak in June/July with the warm weather and the twilight lingering almost to the 11 PM hour, and I had times where a new rear tire installed in early June was due for replacement in late July/early August. It was hard to be too bothered when the tires cost $70-$80 and the worst part of the replacement was either a) not poking a hole in the tube or b) making sure the rear wheel and drive chain were correctly aligned after the reinstall.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      The KLR has a load bearing radiator. It's designed to have a big assed dirt bike fall over on it. My DRZ400 also has $300 radiators. For this reason, $100 radiator guards and a wider tank are on the list ahead of dirt bike helmet (I'm still using my Arai Signet-Q, I just look like a noob on the trail) but behind dirt bike boots (my Daytona touring boots are kaput after 15 years.)
      <img src="http://aviciouscycle.ca/images/ProductImages/DRZ400Eunabiker.jpg&quot; width=200>