While driving home from work today, I encountered something strange. A adults-sized Green-Machine Big-Wheel heading Eastbound on Florida SR 404. It was following a camera crane truck. There was another “big-wheel-type” vehicle on the side of the road near US1, along with a helicopter apparently filming from overhead. I’m sure we’ll be seeing this on TV soon.
I always wanted one of the green-machines when I was a kid. The rear steering just seemed so cool, and power-sliding was easy.
Apparently, this thing of awesomeness was built by the Parker Brothers Choppers in Melbourne. It has a 45” front wheel and runs on an 80 cubic inch Harley motor. Check out this article about it from Wired
It turns out this thing was featured in the Hammacher Schlemmer Holiday gift guide, for the low price of $75,000.
This is the 9′ three-wheeled motorcycle inspired by the Green Machine, the classic big-wheeled pedaled tricycle from the 1970s. Its proportion, color scheme, and striking 45" diameter front wheel–the world’s largest–are so convincing, it compelled the toy’s 1975 designer to see the motorcycle for a side-by-side comparison with the original toy. At its heart rumbles an air-cooled, 80" cu. Harley-Davidson v-twin Evo–hailed by some as the engine that saved the iconic company–providing 60 horsepower for speeds up to 50 mph. The front wheel is driven by a chain housed in a protective cowling that replicates the toy’s frame and, like its predecessor, the cycle is steered by two handheld push/pull levers that control the two rear wheels via a directional linkage. The hand levers include brakes while a foot lever controls its manual 6-speed transmission. Its 8 1/2-gallon fuel tank is built into the frame, hidden from view, providing a range of 400 miles. 9′ L x 4 1/2′ W x 45" H. (450 lbs.)
Photo: Parker Brothers Choppers