Takeuchi started in the shop with a head full of ideas and an eclectic assortment of components. Two , three , four , five and even six wheeled configurations were examined, but the three wheel concept delivered the best combination for the machine's intended mission. It dealt with snow, mud and assorted slippery conditions a two wheeler couldn't, while providing more maneuverability than other configurations. In the early stages, a Honda STTM70 motorcycle gave up its 70cc four stroke single cylinder engine for the cause, along with assorted chassis parts. An extended rear axle carried cultivator wheels designed to handle rough terrain. Two driving wheels in the rear worked well. Cultivator tires didn't. The biggest challenge would be finding a tire capable of getting a grip on soft, changeable terrain such as snow, sand and mud. Two wheels, three wheels, four wheels or more?Motorcycle tires weren't an option. The design process quickened when American Honda sent Takeuchi an American invention called the Amphi Catand that rolled on six 20 inch low pressure, high flotation balloon tires. The light bulb went on.
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