Those industrious and inventive Swedes have created yet another impressive innovation which should bring relief to big-city police and traffic departments all over the world. Coming Through, a Sweden-based company who claims to be “provider of the world’s most efficient recovery solutions,” has taken a late model Honda Gold Wing GL1800 and converted it into a recovery vehicle (“tow-truck” in American English) which can handle most common types of passenger vehicles. Yes, that does mean that they have created a motorcycle which hauls cars!
The Retriever, as it is known, operates just like a standard motorcycle when the towing unit is stored. In fact, the entire system is designed to work with only one operator. The Retriever is further designed to minimize the forces transferred to the motorcycle from the towing setup. This is achieved by a patented connection between the two units; as the brakes or steering are used on the motorcycle, the system automatically adjusts the fully independent hydraulic and mechanical components contained in the towing unit. This allows the motorcycle to behave as it normally would even though it is hauling a car behind it - an accomplishment of engineering beauty.
The advantages of the Retriever should speak for themselves if you have ever been in a traffic jam on a busy highway due to an auto accident. A standard recovery vehicle needs an entire lane to get through to the scene, but the Retriever only needs about half as much room. In heavy traffic, there is no better solution. See for yourself at the Coming Through website.