The Playa Marauder was a very fun build begun in June 2015 and finished in August 2015. This bike project was built for Burning Man 2015.
Like the Gitche Gumee Tadpole built the year prior, the Playa Marauder employed a three-wheel “tadpole” design. The tadpole design is perfect for the soft and unpredictable surface conditions of the playa. Such a design has all the stability of a trike, but also the direct-drive traction provided by a single rear wheel drive.
When I unveiled this bad-boy to the interwebs this was the introduction accompanying the unveiling..
Introducing my latest mutant bike build for Burning Man 2015: the Playa Marauder. One part Mongoose Beast, two parts Genesis Super 32, and eight parts attitude add up to an eleven on the 10-point Badass scale.
A Mad-Max:Fury-Road-inspired pillager on three wheels, this human-powered playa vehicle features a supersized all-terrain 4-1/4”-wide knobby fat tire on the rear and dual 32” front wheels tadpole-configured on an 38” axle track — allowing this bad boy to effortlessly traverse the deepest playa serpents. Built on pieces chopped from more than seven bicycles, this amalgamation of repurposed bike parts sports inverted cow-catcher-esque fenders in front and a turret-mounted pneumatic harpoon in the rear resulting in a monster trike that is as striking as it is terrifying.