Friday, 11 February 2011


With the heart of 145.45cc pushing 7hp (seven whole ponies maybe) of raw power to the wheels the Indian Auto Rickshaw is engineering at its best (ish). Loud, uncomfortable, prone to breaking down and completely useless at protecting you from the elements they are possibly the least suitable vehicles for covering the entire sub-continent in 2 weeks.

Which is of course the reason they are the only choice to tackle thousands of miles of sweaty jungle heat, dirt tracks, monsoon rains and the Himalayan peaks.

With our own pimped out rickshaw it should be working better than when they came out of the factory, which is not saying much, but fear not it will still break down, a lot.

Under the Skin of the beast:

Engine: 2 stroke, single cylinder, forced air cooled
Engine Size: 145.45cc
Power: 7 HP at 5000 rpm
Tourque: 12.17 Nm at 3500 rpm
Transmision: 4 forward, 1 reverse
Brakes: Hydraulic expanding shoe
Fuel Capacity: 8 ltr inc. 1.4 reserve
Top speed: 55kmph (I've seen more, especially down hill)
Weight: 277kg plus us two plus extra fuel plus a case of gin...

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