Double wheel act
They may not be bikes as such but they’re close
The dual front wheel setup is very similar to that seen on Piaggio’s MP3 range of trikes, right down to the tilting front end being lockable at low speeds so the rider doesn’t have to put his or her feet down at the lights.
That tilting front axle should make the Onyx a brilliant ride on chopped-up city streets.
The Piaggios are at their best over cobblestones, potholes and tram tracks, on
which losing the front end takes concerted stupidity. For riding stability, they’re unbeatable.
What sets the Onyx apart is the styling, led by a removable ClipBox storage unit between the seat and handlebars that Peugeot says will store two helmets.
It also enables two riding modes: Sport, where the rider leans forward in a pseudo-superbike seating position, and Urban, which is the conventional feetforward, head-up scooter stance.
The concept uses brake regeneration to increase electric-only range, which is claimed to be about 30km. The combined fuel consumption is 2.0L/100km.
The Metropolis, a threewheelerer using the Onyx’s 400cc engine, was also on show in Paris and looked to be production-ready.
The Metropolis’s top speed is said to be about 140km/h.
There are backrests for rider and pillion and the windscreen can be adjusted on the fly. Peugeot says the under-seat storage will take an open-face helmet, while the rear boot will fit a fullface helmet or a laptop case.
An electronic smart key means the Metropolis doesn’t have a conventional ignition switch. Instead the rider thumbs the start button while holding on to the brakes.
Peugeot hasn’t released pricing for the Metropolis (it no longer officially sells scooters in Australia) but expect it to be in excess of $10,000.
Looker: Remove the Onyx’s ClipBox storage and change stance from urban feet-forward to pseudo-superbike