Long wheel base recumbents are extremely popular with folks who tour and often carry heavy loads. They are exactly what you would think of from the name….long. They usually have a larger rear wheel and a smaller front but the front wheel is not neatly tucked beneath you as on a SWB bike but is out in front of the bottom bracket (where the pedals are). I am now the proud owner of a Rans V2 and although I only have a few rides on it I have to say it is the most comfortable ride I have ever had. As far as speed goes I can manage the sam or higher speeds on this baby as I can get on my SWB. Any further improvement in speed must come from the engine.
In 2009 Team RANS crossed the USA in 6 days, 3 hours and 40 minutes, at an average speed of 20.46 MPH on a Rans X-Stream. I am not prone to thinking inanimate objects are sexy but that bike truely is sexy. You can check out their site at: http://www.ransbikes.com/ITR79.htm .
LWB bikes are at the very high end of the wallet spectrum so here I also need to mention a gentleman from almost “The Great White North” who has a passion and a skill for finding other people’s junk and turning it all into LWB works of art. ADC is a homebuilder who has one of the finest stables of bikes and is more than willing to part with one or seven (one for each day of the week). He can build you a bike to your specs or you can select from his production beauties. His site is: http://sites.google.com/site/recycledrecumbents/home I have added a pic of his current crop for your enjoyment. (hope you don’t mind me snagging the pic ADC)