donjoe wrote:I don't understand something here: why have that canopy there, adding to the total weight, if it's not going to protect you from the rain (which it isn't, with those huge gaping holes on the sides)?
Once you get moving on the bike, it should give a measure of protection. Placing side curtains on it could make it unsafe. I saw a bike that used a design set-up like this and a number of things happen.The side profile with side curtains greatly increase area that can be blown in the wind. Cross winds then can blow the bike around making handling very difficult.
The other problem is that body heat can build up in colder weather causing the interior fog up. A design with the option of an open cockpit takes this problem away.
One other item I read about was the increase in recumbent trikes sales. Many users of velomobiles prefer the use of a trike base over a two wheels bike. I test rode a velo-trike design in 2001 an wrote a review about it. Here is a link to the review.http://stevbike.hubpages.com/hub/Velo-mobile-Review
I think this could one of the reasons why there is very little info about the X-1 now.