Trike passenger seatbelt


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Trike passenger seatbelt

Postby cquestguy » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:55 am



Anyone know of an aftermarket seatbelt that can be installed on a Goldwing trike? Wife and I just got back from a 1500 mile trip into the Blue Ridge mountains and she is asking about the possibility of a seatbelt. She has a neurological problem that gives her stability problems and the twisties and cutbacks give her some trouble maintaining her position in her seat. She also has a tendency to fall asleep sometimes and wanted to be strapped in place so she could feel more comfortable when she does fall asleep. We are new to this sport and are enjoying it greatly but with her illness anything to make her more comfortable and safer would be a good thing. Anyone have a clue? Tried to do a Google search but came up empty.



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Re: Trike passenger seatbelt

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:47 am

My wife is a stroke survivor but left her also unstable on the right side.
We pondered seat belts too.None are made that I could find or could be easily fitted.
I designed and welded a custom arm rest in such a way to restrict side movement and provided a "handle" for extra support.
If you add a seat belt of some sort,I might suggest a salvage yard and replace the buckle with a large chunk of Velcro.
You might check into the harness that's used in the off road vehicles too.

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Re: Trike passenger seatbelt

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:53 pm

I agree with Virgil. I would not want to be belted into a motorcycle. A strong piece of velcro would be the most I would use. Being securely belted into a motorcycle during a crash could turn an otherwise minor scrape from being thrown clear, into a tragedy where a 1000+ lb bike comes crashing down on top of you.

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Re: Trike passenger seatbelt

Postby redial » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:59 pm

Have you thought about armrests for the trike, and then to put a strap across the two ends of the armrests? If you are looking to have a three-point harness to keep her from slipping forward onto you while she is resting her eyes, then you would have to find a "strong point" to provide the anchor. This would mean going back to the frame to get a sufficiently strong point to provide the restraint that would be needed. I wouldnt use velcro, though, but a simple belt like is used on an aircraft would suffice, but again it would not a strong point anchor.

I trust that she wears ATGATT, including a helmet.
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Re: Trike passenger seatbelt

Postby cquestguy » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:05 pm

Thanks to everyone for the tips! Yes she wears gear, and she has arm rests installed but they do swing out. I like the idea of the Velcro. The idea of being strapped on a thousand pounds of machine in an accident coming down on her and not able to get away from it had not occurred to me. I don't think she needs to rely on the belt, I think it's knowing it is there would comfort her. Maybe some 1.5 inch webbing sewn around the frame on both sides of the seat with 2 or 3 inches of overlapping Velcro would suffice. That should be strong enough I think.
Thanks again for the replies!




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