1986 Litestar Pulse GCRV
The GCRV acronym stands for Ground Cruising Recreational Vehicle. There were about 347 of these made between 1985 and 1990 in Owosso Michigan by the Owosso Motor Car Company. The first 21 were called "Litestars" and then the name changed to Pulse. The Pulse is a two wheeled vehicle equipped with an additional two wheels, located as outriggers, one on each side. The outrigger wheels provide balance for the vehicle when it is at rest or in a turn. As the gyroscopic action of the main wheels increases, the outriggers no longer bear weight. It is impossible to tell which outrigger is touching the ground until a turn is made if the air shocks are at the right pressure. It has a 123" wheelbase and an overall length of 192" X 76" width X 54" height and weighs about 1000 lbs.
OMCC uses an 1100/1200cc four cylinder horizontally opposed water cooled motorcycle engine that featured a five speed manual transmission coupled with shaft drive, using lead free gasoline. The 5 speed transmission and reverse gear allow the pilot to be in full control, using a ratchet type gear shift lever located in the right side panel. With an acceleration of 0-60 in 6.7 seconds, the 85 HP engine creates speeds of 130 mph. Owners report figures of 50-55 mpg when driving normal highway speeds. To own a Pulse, you are required to have a motorcycle endorsement, a written test, on your regular automotive license. The Pulse is licensed in 27 states. Helmets are not required due to the roll-bar, canopy, and seat belts. The Pulse was designed to comply with USA Federal Regulations Title 49, Part 571.3 as a motorcycle.