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102 Vehicles: Private Transport

Arvadi Scooter (TL6)

Summary: 0.07 displacement ton open-topped box; 626 kg; Cr 5116 Chassis: 980 L open-topped box (1.5 m long x 80 cm wide x 80 cm high); Structure: 28.6 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.15 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 60.0 kW TL4 internal combustion engine; Fuel: 29.10 L of hydrocarbons (29.10 kg), 5 hours supply Propulsion System: 60.0 kW wheels; Maximum Speed: 86 km/h loaded, 94 km/h unloaded; Range: 430 km loaded, 471 km unloaded; Agility: +1DM (0.2G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: driver; 1 external crew station; 1 external passenger seat; Protection: front Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 106 L of cargo space (53.5 kg)

Slow but cheap, the Arvadi is a popular vehicle in poor regions, and also in crowded wealthier areas. The single passenger scrunches behind the driver — most owners rarely transport passengers they are not in friendly terms with! Over 100 litres of cargo space are more than adequate for trundling around the city.

Astraan Dirtbike (TL6)

Summary: 0.06 displacement ton open-topped close structure; 693 kg; Cr 9869 Chassis: 840 L open-topped close structure (2.0 m long x 1.5 m wide x 35 cm high); Structure: 60.3 kg of light alloy, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 100 kW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 62.5 L of high-grade hcarb (62.5 kg), 5 hours supply Propulsion System: 100 kW wheels with off-road suspension; Maximum Speed: 130 km/h; Range: 648 km; Agility: +1DM (0.2G) Crew: Crew roster: driver; 1 external crew station Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed.

Off-road motorbike racing is very popular with lower-social-standing inhabitants of many worlds. Races are typically run over convoluted courses requiring speed, endurance, and skill to complete.

The Astraan is an ideal bike for a cross-country race. It is fast, maneuverable, and has excellent off-road handling. An alloy frame and improved internal combustion engine lower mass, increasing speed by over 20 km/h over the slightly cheaper Mishnak. Most serious racers find the extra performance well worth the slight increase in price. This model is stripped down to the bare essentials, which lowers price and increases speed.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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