Late in the 90’ies Geir Brudeli saw an old Swedish army motorbike with skis, driving on the icy roads in the forest of Norway. This trigged his desire for adventure. With his background in automotive engineering and having a passion for motorcycles, he thought that this basic idea could be developed further.
In 2001 Geir Brudeli and Kjetil Eide founded the company with visions of creating a new vehicle in the gap between motorcycles and small cars.
The development of the Brudeli 625L started summer 2001. February 2003, the first full scale prototype was ready for test rides. The prototype was based on a Polaris Trail Blazer ATV. The first challenge for the new prototype was the Norwegian winter climate with lots of snow and icy roads. These weather conditions really gave an opportunity to test the stabilizing footboards. It’s a lot of fun to be able to control a vehicle to that extent. Later, during the summer, the prototype was also tested on bare asphalt and gravel tracks. The response and enthusiasm from the test riders has been overwhelming.
The first prototype was only intended for testing of the tilting mechanism. The work continued with a new prototype in close cooperation with Hareide Design. This time the process started from scratch, designing a new vehicle, keeping the test results and feedback in mind. The next version of the prototype is shorter, the tilting angle is wider and it has got a unique design. The result was the Brudeli 625L first shown at EICMA in Milano November 15th 2005. (See picture below)
In 2006 a large group of partners and investors joined the company.
Based on the prototype Brudeli 625L, work started on optimization for production, and that first production model was based on KTM 690 Supermoto. The new Leanster from Brudeli Tech was called Brudeli 654L and was presented first time at the Intermot in October 2008. This leaning three wheeler had a full European homologation.
- Link to the press release from 2008 with specification of the 654L model.
- Link to a gallery of pictures of 654L pictures.
In 2010 it was necessary to restructure the company financially to be able to continue and Geir Brudeli became 100% owner of the company.
The years 2011 and 2012 continued with hard work building 645L leansters and establishing an automotive consultant business in Brudeli Tech. The experience from the automated manual transmissions back from the 90’ies became very valuable in this period. The future really looked bright in the autumn 2012. October 25 th 2012 a huge fire at the industrial estate totally destroyed the workshop including all parts and equipment.
The period 2013-2016 continued with balancing the work between leaning vehicles and consultancy work for a large automotive company.
Late 2016 and early 2017 a very happy new chapter started: Yamaha Motorcycles bought the patented technology used in the leaning vehicles 625L and 654L. We are of course proud that one of the leading motorcycle manufacturers in the world have chosen this technology.
What will be next step for the company?
The rapid transformation of the automotive industry with electrification, hybridization and more compact and efficient transportation is reality. We see that as a fantastic opportunity to create new products for heavy duty trucks, compact urban vehicles or new types of powersport products.