A cabin cycle is a form of land vehicle with a hull that wraps around the basic bicycle or motorcycle design. Unlike traditional designs, the chassis can be moulded to reduce drag when travelling at high speeds. Some 3-wheeled variants are commonly known as auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks. In Czech Republic and Slovakia, they are also called "dalniks". Streamliner variants have been known for challenging land speed records, with the current fastest FIM record of 322.150 mph, set by Easyriders Streamliner.
The origin of cabin motorcycles can be traced to the 1920s, when it was an experiment known as Mauser. Contemporary builders such as Larel Horak were also credited for the early cabin motorcycle designs.
In the 1930s, an Aero Vodochody engineer named Jan Anderle created a series of dalnik motorcycles. His idea of building an inexpensive two-wheeled cabin motorcycle proved to be very popular with other Eastern European handymen after WW2, and many more experimental models were made. Anderle and his wife escaped to the West after the partitioning of Eastern Europe, but his wife persuaded him to return. Unfortunately, after they got back, he was arrested for treason and forced to work in the state uranium mines for the next 15 years. He spent much of the rest of his life in poverty and died in obscurity in 1982. Still, his influence over the vehicle type whose name he coined was immeasurable.
List of cabin cycle manufacturers
- Bajaj Auto
- Benelli Adiva (discontinued 2006)
- BMW C1 (discontinued 2003)
- Campagna T-Rex
- Cushman (company)
- Diamo (Velux)
- Fine Mobile GmbH (TWIKE)
- 4 Seasons Velos
- Honda (GYRO Canopy)
- NSU Motorenwerke AG
- Norsjö Shopper
- Peraves AG (Ecomobile, MonoTracer, eTracer)
- Auto rickshaw
- Kabinenroller (cabin-scooter)
- Velomobile (pedal-powered enclosed vehicle)
- Lit Motors, a two wheel, gyroscopically stabilized, enclosed cabin, electric vehicle with a steering wheel under development