Oh wouldn't the tree/wetland huggers love a few of those cruising through their local preserve.
Finally in production for around $50,000 here is the Sherp. I have followed this fellow's prototype designs for years and am glad to see he has secured venture capitol to begin production. Suppose I could sell my bikes, boats and 4x4s and join the world of skid steer adventure ATVs. Room to sleep in the back if stuck in the outback and a lot more fun than a Bobcat. Cheaper than a lot of rigs seen in Moab too.
Needs a rod holder for trolling though.
Don't know if you could ever make it DOT legal but a dealership needs to be set up in Florida. If it can be setup with shooting chairs and a dog box for hog hunting they would sell like crazy.
That thing is awesome! Get it street legal and you will never be "stuck" in traffic again - just roll over it, stuck in jail maybe....but not traffic!
43 kph top speed is a bit slow compared to Florida's air boats and swamp buggies but it will get you there and back. Better suited for taiga, tundra and musket of the far north. Awesome though. Would be as good for SAR ice rescues as some fire department's hovercraft here in the states. A little slow for whitewater and flood rescues but good for a avalanche rescue/recovery we had last weekend.
Here is an video of an earlier Garagashyan prototype. Production version is not too different. Used to be impressive videos of operation over rocky sub-arctic dry land that I can no longer find.
Another Russian prototype finally making it into production is the Taurus two wheel drive folding motorcycle. The replacement of the inner tube for tires with real tires as well as a Honda power plant have more than doubled the original weigh, yet is still less than half the weight of a TW and will fit in a sedan's trunk.
That thing is very capable yes, but, and this isa big BUTT, it does not tread gently on the environment,and I suspect it uses a lot of fuel per mile.
Being American made I think I know of one of our members would opt for the Ripsaw.
Good old thundering American V-8 beats the Ruskie's 4-banger. The various Ripsaws have been under development by the Howe brothers for years with a little help of some DARPA and Army funding. So they were designed and originally built with more battlefield durability in mind than recreational applications. Well named, well designed machines with several proposed models for differing missions.
Maybe Trump will get the US Army to place orders, or sell some to Russian millionaires who want to kick butt on a simple SHERP.
Last edited by Fred; 12-13-2016 at 05:14 PM.