Conversion of 1985 goldwing limited Ed to a trike


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Conversion of 1985 goldwing limited Ed to a trike

Postby SILVEREAGLE355 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:25 pm



I have an understanding that if I turn my limited edition Goldwing to a trike it will loose the classic standing and value. Can anyone advise me?
After my 2stokes of may 26, 2015, then my open heart surgery I don't really want to risk in 2 wheels, for I would like to fulfill one of my last wishes (to ride coast to coast visiting, fishing and camping on mountain ranges however long it takes for I really don't know how much longer I will last since I really haven't gotten any better.
I would like to convert it to a trike with a full trunk (and how much would it cost) to store food and some camping stuff, and maybe haul a trailer for easier camping.


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Re: Conversion of 1985 goldwing limited Ed to a trike

Postby CrystalPistol » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:18 am

I don't believe there's an issue with "value" so much .... they just aren't moving good at present. I know an SEi is a beautiful bike. I have an '85 Aspencade, I like it a lot .... and I have a '97 1500 Trike.

At this stage however, it's gonna cost you nearly as much to convert the 1200 as it will to just shop for and purchase a nice already converted to trike GL1500.

The 1500 makes it's power down low in the rpm range compared to a 1200 and will move the weight from stop with less work than a 1200. I know a 1200 bike vs 1500 bike will stay with the 1500, even stay out front ..... once rolling. But a 1500 with 6 cyls and a 5500 rpm redline has the low end grunt that a 7500 rpm 1200 4 doesn't. I know as a two wheeler, the 1200 takes off easy .... but make it a trike, add trailer, strap on a load ..... I don't know ....... :roll:

Besides, if out there mid trip it needs some component to continue, gonna be easier to find parts for a 1500 ..... and even more so with a 1800 ..... plus there's that reverse deal. I seldom ever use reverse, but there have been a few times when it came in handy as I pushed with feets.

Trike, always pull in on up hill parking, roll back into space on down hill spaces.
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Re: Conversion of 1985 goldwing limited Ed to a trike

Postby SILVEREAGLE355 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:22 pm

Thank you so much for the info. I guess it would be a waste of time and money
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Re: Conversion of 1985 goldwing limited Ed to a trike

Postby Rednaxs60 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:03 pm

I looked into a trike conversion on my 1800 last year at the Biker's Reunion in New Liskeard, Ontario. Talked to the dealer and was told that the advertised cost of $10,000.00 CDN was a starting point and that in reality end costs were actually $20,000.00 CDN - no one ever just does the basics. This would probably be applicable to whatever bike is converted.

I would think that it is less expensive to buy one already converted. I would keep the LTD as a second bike as you never know when your bike will go down for maintenance or work. I also find the LTD more fun and maneuverable than the 1800. Me and the better half do 105-110 KPH without it breaking a sweat.

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Re: Conversion of 1985 goldwing limited Ed to a trike

Postby SILVEREAGLE355 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:40 pm

Thank you for the info, I guess I'll just have to leave it as is, and just balance myself the best I can, since I have no finances for a trike.
Thank you and God Bless
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