Why the two wheels in front?
The two front wheels make Rungu easy to control on soft sand, mud, ice and snow. It’s hard to control any two-wheeler on slick or soft surfaces. When you turn a two-wheeler, all the turning force on the front tire is directed through a narrow strip of tread on the front tire that follows the turning circle. That narrow strip of tread on the inside of the turning circle needs a surface it can grip, or it skids. If you don’t straighten out the front wheel in an instant, the skid can result in a “low-side” or “washout,” or worse, a “high-side” or “over the handlebars” crash.
The dual-front-wheel design provides control on slick or soft surfaces. Rungu uses a form of Ackerman Steering so that the center of the turning circle for all three wheels is the same. When you turn a Rungu, you always have one tire on the inside of the turning circle. You use the whole surface of that tire for traction in the turn. It “digs in” instead of “washing out.”
Why aren’t the wheels farther apart for even more stability?
Keeping the wheels close together makes it easier to bank into a turn on-road and keep from being thrown from the Rungu. In 2017, at least 16% of all ATV fatalities in the US resulted from an on-road rollover. In an on-road rollover, the rider takes a street corner too fast in a Quad or UTV. The combination of the high center of gravity, the weight and the narrow stance of the ATV prevent the rider from leaning enough into the turn causing the ATV to tip and roll over injuring or killing the rider. The narrow front-wheel stance helps you lean the Rungu like a motorcycle and avoid rollover. Within 30 minutes of riding Rungu, you learn to lean the Rungu into a turn like a motorcycle keeping you on the road and through the turn.
Is it easy to ride?
Rungu rides differently than a two-wheeler but is easy to learn. The added stability of the two front wheels makes Rungu easy to learn on all surfaces – pavement, dirt-road, trail, snow, mud and sand. It takes first-time Rungu riders less than half-an-hour to master riding Rungu. Customers with motorcycle riding experience observe that leaning a Rungu into a corner feels just like riding a street bike. On soft surfaces like soft sand, the experience changes. The softer the surface, the more Rungu feels like riding a bicycle. But you won’t notice because you’ll be too amazed with the fact you’re riding at all!