Taurus 2×2: Lightweight, foldable, off-roadable
Meet the Taurus, Russia’s compact, lightweight and foldable two-wheeler that can go anywhere.
It’s been doing the rounds on Facebook this week and has caused a stir among bikers in the UK and throughout Europe.
We’ve done some digging to find out exactly what the Taurus is all about.
What is it?
The Taurus is a Russian off-road bike that’s being called a 2×2 in the same way that off-road cars are called 4x4s, get it?
Aren’t all motorbikes 2×2?
Nope. Motorbikes have two wheels but only the rear drives the bike, unless you’re talking about the Taurus 2×2.
As the name suggests, the Taurus has two-wheel drive, giving it go anywhere ability, as you can see in the video.
What’s different about it?
On top of its two-wheel drive system, the Taurus 2×2 is different to anything you’ll see on UK roads.
It looks like a military vehicle for starters, with dark green colouring, an angular frame and sturdy steel bars around the body.
It also comes with two huge tyres to help it get through tough off road terrain: they’re 12-inches wide and 25-inches in diameter.
That doesn’t sound that different.
Incorrect, you can also break the 2×2 down after use. You can pop the wheels off, fold the frame away, detach a couple of pieces and throw it in the back of your car.
I drive a Hatchback, will it fit in my car?
OK, that’s a stumbling block, despite being pretty small the Taurus is not going to fit in the boot of your Ford Fiesta.
According to the Russian manufacturer, it will comfortably fit in the back or your pickup or SUV (pictures on its website show the 2×2 folded neatly into the back of a Range Rover Sport).
Is it not quite heavy to pick up and pop in your boot?
The Taurus 2×2 is light. It weighs just under 60kg, less than half the weight of the Honda PCX 125 scooter, one of the UK’s most popular bikes.
OK, so it can’t have a very powerful engine?
You’re kind of right. The Taurus 2×2 comes with a small Honda GX210 engine, which is often used to power Go-Karts.
It generates just 7hp (the Honda PCX 125 generates just under 12hp), so you’re not going to break any land speed records.
How quick can it go then?
The 2×2 is about off-road ability rather than speed however some sites online reckon it will reach 22mph, but it’s not about that.
Fine. I’m sold, where can I buy one?
Eeek. Unfortunately, the Russian 2×2 is not on sale in the UK, so if you want one you’ll have to buy it direct from Taurus and import it to the UK yourself.
It’s priced at $1,700, just under £1,300.