The Honda Gyro
is a family of small, three-wheeled, single-occupant vehicles sold primarily in Japan
, and often used for delivery or express service.
These vehicles are tilting three wheelers
. They combine a tricycle's stopped & low-speed stability with a leaning main-body for stability while turning at speed. They resemble a scooter
with a small hinged rear pod containing the engine and two drive wheels. This particular variation was developed and patented by George Wallis of G.L.Wallis & Son in Surbiton
, Surrey in 1966. It was first marketed in the failed BSA Ariel 3
of 1970, then licensed to Honda.
Honda has built seven vehicles with this configuration. The first Stream
was introduced in 1981, followed closely by three other personal transport versions, the Joy
, and Road Fox
. All were short-lived, but the cargo-oriented Gyro
line begun in 1982 found a ready market, with all three variants still in production in 2008.
It is notable that these vehicles are all powered by a 49 cc 2-stroke
engine, while Honda has a long history of producing 49 cc 4-stroke
mopeds and light motorbikes. It is possible these vehicles operate within a limited engine-size license class in Japan, forcing Honda to choose a 2-stroke engine to provide enough power for these... Read More