Curbside Outtake: 2009 Trifun Three Wheeled Truck – The Middle West Is The Perfect Place To Own One…

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…Because all our roads are perfectly straight! (ba-dum!)

I snapped this Trifun three wheeled “truck” last month as it was heading South on a local rural State highway, and apparently moving at a pretty good clip, too. What little information I could find on it says this $11,500 vehicle (including an $1,500 optional 1/4 ton capacity bed) will do up to 70mph (slower in turns, natch).

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The web site for Trifun appears to have been taken over by one of those ad aggregators and has no information on it today, so I suspect the Trifun’s run in the US was fairly short-lived. Licensed as a motorcycle, they are powered by a 970cc four-cylinder Wuling-GM engine, hooked up to a five-speed manual transmission. Reviews of the vehicle from its 2009 debit in the US were tentative, and non-media reviews were quite negative, focusing on the very cheap materials and build quality. I presume this example was sold out of John Bearce Suzuki in Washington, IL, as it was listed as the only dealer to offer them between Chicago and St. Louis.