MASA SLINGSHOT, A BIT OF NOSTALGIA


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The era was the 1970s … 1975 as I understand is when the first of these were introduced here in the United States. A rather unique recumbent trike of the tadpole configuration came on the scene. Even though it originated in Japan it was the United States where they were most prevalent. They were big and heavy yet supposedly they were built for racing on oval tracks. Obviously they were not designed for touring and general riding. They were quite long compared to tadpole trikes of today. Their days were numbered and now they are more less a collectors item. Not only were they long, but they had a wide wheelbase so they are not too practical as far as fitting on trails and thru various openings. Speaking of being long … the chain on these was 13.5 feet long. That is a lot of chain in case you didn’t know it. Most modern day tadpole trikes have about 9 to about 10.5 feet depending upon how far out the boom is adjusted. Some say that these Masa trikes did not handle well and could tip over easily … that too much of the rider’s weight was on the back wheel. That being said you can also read that the trike handles well and doesn’t tip over as easily as modern day trikes. Take your pick. I give up. Well, I have already said more than I know about them. 🙂  So I won’t say anything more. I will just post a couple of videos where they are featured and talked about.

HERE are lots of pictures of two of these trikes.

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About Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, and truthtoponder) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at stevenewbauer at outlook.com

Posted on March 31, 2017, in special trikes, tadpole trikes, videos and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is only the second time I have ever seen one of these, and the last photos where not that great, and I don’t know to much about them.. But I’ll say this, it’s not a far stretch from our modern trikes of today…!

  2. Peter Thelin

    I have a Masa Slingshot which I’ve modernized with Sturmey Archer drum brakes, a continuous chain and TerraCycle idlers replacing the original sprockets.

    Just yesterday I rode the Masa 30 plus miles and have ridden high-speed tight circles with no sense of tipping.

    In fact the Masa seems even more stable then my beloved Windcheetah which will get up onto two wheels if I take a corner too fast. I can’t imagine getting the Masa up on two wheels.

    Furthermore, with the addition of the new idlers the Masa–while being much heavier then the Windcheetah–is very nearly as fast on level surfaces. Hills are a bit more of a struggle, but I’m planning on adding a Sram 3-speed rear hub in addition to the 7-speed cassette. That should really help on steeper hills.