Most riders’ first question will be about handling dynamics, and from the descriptions we’ve seen, it’s hard to make a call on the Motohome’s viability.
At its core, the Motohome is a Honda CB street bike with a CR500 front end and modified rear suspension, with a miniature camping shell grafted on 4 wheel carrier to the back.
Carman claims the camper shell weighs about 20 kg, which isn’t that much, but the added surface area would likely make the machine a handful in any sort of crosswind, and when the machine is in use, that centrestand might not be enough to prevent a tipover if the camper rolls over in their sleep..
But a motorcycle with a built-in camper is something completely new. He’s currently about halfway to his $5,000 US goal. No doubt he’ll figure out the answer to those questions and more, if he actually makes it around South America as planned.Motorcyclists have camped in tents, etc.
It’s a senior thesis project for Jeremy Carman, an architectural student from California, and he’s hoping to take it across South America to prove it actually works., for more than 100 years, and more recently we’ve seen bigger touring bikes hauling miniature camper trailers, designed to be pulled by bikes.