Test ride: Prius X Parlee Bike, simple yet complex

The Toyota Prius was not the first hybrid, but it was the first to make a success of it. However, we can say that they have had a hand on the first bike that you can change gears with your mind. The Toyota Prius Projects concept bike has been in the making for sometime now, so is finally nice to see it in action. During a recent test ride you were able to see the fruits of this Parlee PXP bike.

Just ten weeks ago it was all on paper and in the minds of some very cleaver people. Toyota Prius Projects needed someone who would be able to create such a bike, and that fell to Parlee Cycle, along with DeepLocal. The two worked side-by-side to come up with what we have today, but it was not easy. Some of the technology was not out there so had was designed and implemented onto the bike.

Last week was the final week of the project, and you will see in the video below just how far things have come. Now that the bike has its white paint it looks more like the sketches than anyone had thought, which is a testament to the hard work by all involved. Seeing that bike all put together must have been one of those moments when someone just wanted to jump on and give it a test ride?

Prolly is not Probably has been following the project for over ten weeks now, so felt fitting that they were on hand to see the first test ride. The guy who this job fell too must have been feeling some anxiety, as he knew that a lot was riding on this test? With sheer concentration the gears actually started to shift with just thought alone, and got much easier as the rider got used to it.

It must have been a strange experience for him; surly he felt the urge to change his gears manually? Every time you drive an automatic car there are sometimes these urges to still try to change gear yourself, as it is just instinct. It will be exiting to see how long it will be before such a bike makes it to the consumers? We say this because most of what has been used is available, those that are not will be soon. Could the bike be about to change, as the design has been stagnant for decades now?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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