VIDEO UPDATE: Banana-Mobile Turning Heads

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Just when you thought you've seen everything, something else comes around that catches your eyes. One man's unique mode of transportation is certainly turning heads.

"It's just amazing," said Michael Maxon. Amazing is certainly one word to use when describing his ride. "The drivers are used to me. I get a lot of attention."

The truth is, no one can really miss Maxon riding his trike. "The last time I passed a school bus, all I could see were eyeballs up on the windows."

What makes Maxon's trike stand out is the weather-proof case he put on the outside. "It just opens up like a clam. Just like riding a normal bike, you still got to watch out behind you." He even has rear-view mirrors for that. "When it gets really cold I might put on side windows."

For now, Maxon rides almost every day from Fort Calhoun to downtown Omaha. "I get up and I'm out the door by quarter to six." That's about 15 miles by car. His route usually takes him from the downtown police station, where he works, up 16th Street to Ames, to 24th Street, eventually taking 30th to Highway 75.

All the way he is sharing the road with everyone else. "They seem to accept me, they just go around me. I don't get honked at or driven off the road or anything."

His co-workers have a few names for his mode of transportation. "They print out NASCAR numbers for the hood. It's been called a 'banana-mobile' and people just shake their heads when they see me riding it."

His reply is simple. "I shake my head when they are at the gas pump." He has saved hundreds of dollars a month on gas and getting a workout in return. "I never get off my bike and think gee, what a bad ride that was."

Maxon said before the year is out he'll put more than 2,500 miles on his unique creation.

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