MEV tR1ke

The reverse trike with the heart of an R1

Your girl wants to sit next to you in the MEV tR1ke









MEV tR1ke

If you are looking for a 21st century reverse trike, look no further. The tR1ke has motorcycle performance with the safety of car-like handling. Get a tR1ke kit and an R1 to create a three wheeled, two seat monster that will turn heads everywhere you go.

The tR1ke's chassis is a fully triangulated steel space frame and has been designed to provide a strong structure for the reverse trike. The main chassis tubes are arranged efficiently to absorb the loads at the node points such as the roll hoop and the top of the suspension connection points. The design used computer simulated loads and was refined through real world testing.

The 998cc power plant from the R1 provides 150hp on tap for your 715 pound tR1ke. With such a high power-to-weight ratio you are in the company of supercars. Since ride quality is always a personal preference, the tR1ke features fully adjustable suspension that can be adjusted in ride height and damping to achieve the perfect feel for the driver. For steering, a 2.8 turn lock-to-lock rack is included standard or choose to upgrade to a 2.4 turn unit with faster ratio.

Oh, and if this isn't crazy enough for you, don't forget that you can get turbo kits for the R1 motor to push it to 235hp...

Yamaha R1 Donor Components

Builders of the MEV tR1ke have the choice of purchasing new parts or using a donor to obtain the majority of parts not included in the kit. Since many parts of the donor are unneeded, we recommend buying a decent 1998-2006 Yamaha R1, remove the parts you need and sell the remaining parts on eBay, Craigslist, or Message Boards. In our experience from customer builds, you can recover a significant portion of the cost of the donor R1. The following components can be provided by the Yamaha R1 donor bike:

  • Engine & Transmission
  • Swing Arm
  • Chain Drive
  • Back Wheel
  • Wiring Loom
  • Gauges
  • Ignition


Immerse yourself in the tR1ke experience at the MEV Owner's Forum


MEV tR1ke Specifications

Length: 8.83 feet
Width: 5.83 feet
Height: 3.67 feet
Weight: ~715 pounds
Power: 150-235hp

tR1ke Base Kit - $8,113

  • Tubular space frame ready to accept R1 Engine & Transmission
  • Pro Tech adjustable shock absorbers with coil over springs
  • Front and Rear Suspension Arms with Polyurethane Bushings
  • Front Uprights with hubs and radial brake caliper mount
  • Alloy front and rear bulkheads, center console and floor
  • GRP Set: Hood and Front Fenders with steel mounting brackets (Standard colors: Red, White, Tangerine, Yellow, Imperial Blue and Kawasaki Green)
  • Smoked polycarbonate wind deflector
  • Front grill mesh
  • Aluminum coolant pipes
  • Twin 2 gallon fuel tanks with locking cap
  • Steering Column
  • Steering Rack
  • Assembly Guide

Optional Extras

  • Left Hand Steering - $160
  • Two sport GRP seats - $395
  • Powder Coating of chassis and suspension components - $525
  • High Spec front brake package four piston calipers, drilled and slotted rotors, and EBS brake pads - $685
  • Quick ratio steering rack kit - $185
  • Lighting & Wiring Kit - $385
  • Kliktronic electronic steering wheel mounted gear shift - $998
  • Kliktronic flappy paddles for gearshift - $605
  • Kliktronic ignition interrupt module for no-lift gear changes - $250
  • Non-standard gel coat color - $105

Current lead time is approximately 8-12 weeks. Built to order by RTR in Nottingham. Shipping, insurance, import duties and fees can range from $600-$2000 depending on your location. We will make every effort to minimize these costs.

*Exomotive no longer distributes the tR1ke or other RTR kits as of January 2013*












RTR demonstrates the new MEV tR1ke on the streets of Nottingham



John Sadler pushes the exoskeletal reverse trike hard at Everyman Racing

"The resulting acceleration was controllable, but absolutely exhilarating. "                                              
Rob Hawkins - Kit Car Magazine

"The MEV Atomic and tR1ke are the UK's maddest exo cars."                                                                   Complete Kit Car

"MEV is what the kit car industry should be all about."                                                                   Steve Hole - Editor, Total Kit Car magazine