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razshirug
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Trike

Postby razshirug » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:51 pm



I bought a 2008 Goldwing Trike a few weeks ago and it has the Motor Trike conversion. One of the Dealerships told me that conversion kit is not safe. He sells Lehman kits though. What are your thoughts?



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trike lady
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Re: Trike

Postby trike lady » Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:33 am

Hello and welcome to the forum, glad you joined us.
There are many happy Motortrike owners and it is an excellent conversion. Sounds more like the shop wants to sell you a Lehman.
Enjoy your trike and should you have any concerns take it to an authorized Motortrike dealer.
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razshirug
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Re: Trike

Postby razshirug » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:04 am

Thanks for the welcome. I look forward to using this site. I am having a hard time finding anyone in my area who is qualified as an authorized Motortrike dealer. With all the calls I've made, most Honda places won't service a Trike and the only guy I found that said he could change the oil, etc. was the guy who sells the Lehman kit and said how bad the motortike kit was. It is very frustrating to me.

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Southern Man
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Re: Trike

Postby Southern Man » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:14 am

You know what they say about opinions!

I personaly think Motor Trike is one of the main games in town conserning trike kits.
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Re: Trike

Postby trike lady » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:16 am

I'm going to pass a website on to you for a gentleman who has a shop in your state and he should be able to help you.
http://www.lonestartrikes.com/
I know he is also has a multi state trike service run presently visiting trike owners. Not sure of where his Trike America 2011 tour has him at present. Contact Gary, I'm sure he can help you.
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Southern Man
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Re: Trike

Postby Southern Man » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:22 am

Also might add.
I have owned a Lehman kit mounted on a Harley
The Factory Tri-glide
Motor Trike mounted on a Harley

Of the 3 I liked the Motor Trike the best.

Since then I have owned a 2008 GL1800 with a Champion straight Axle kit
and now own a 2004 GL1800 with a CSC IRS axle. Love them both
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Re: Trike

Postby Ghostman » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:10 am

Heres a list of motortrike dealers in ILL. If you wouldnt mind please PM the lehman dealers name Id like to know if this is the same one I had issues with.

Bikers Dream
1107 East Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611 USA
Phone: 309-699-3929 Fax: 309-698-3671
bdream1@yahoo.com website: www.bikersdreampeoria.com

Hammer's Cycle Works
1704 US Highway 67, Preemption, IL 61276 USA
Phone: 309-221-1165 Fax:
trikes@hammerscycleworks.com website: www.motortrike.com

Hammond Trikes
20725 N Bluegrass Rd., Martinsville, IL 62442 USA
Phone: 217-276-5759
maxeen@cvmtc.com

Mid USA Trike Shop
1290 Decatur St., Barry, IL 62312 USA
Phone: (217) 430-5212 Fax: (217) 335-2745
midusatrikeshop@yahoo.com website: www.midusatrikes.com

Pride of the Prairie Motor Trike
7575 Kirby Rd., Oreana, IL 62554 USA
Phone: 217-468-2000
prideoftheprairie@cebridge.net website: www.motortrike-dealers.com/ppmt

Trikes by Dennis
2221 Commercial Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938 USA
Phone: 217-259-4538
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razshirug
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Re: Trike

Postby razshirug » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:36 am

Thanks everyone for all the Illinois Trike sites. I wish there were some closer to me though. I can't believe the Honda dealerships are far and few between. At least now if I have a question I can call one of these places you sent me. Now I need to find a trustworthy place close to me to do any kind of Maintainance on my Trike and for Winter storage.

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Re: Trike

Postby razshirug » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:08 am

2008 Honda Goldwing Trike
2008 Honda Goldwing Trike


Here is a picture of my Trike. I am just trying to see if I uploaded it correctly. :)

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Ghostman
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Re: Trike

Postby Ghostman » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:14 am

Thats a great looking trike. Which model Motortrike is it?

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Re: Trike

Postby razshirug » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:20 am

I don't know? It was put on in 2008 when the original owner bought the Goldwing and I think they have a newer and bigger version now. I bought the Trike from someone on ebay. I asked him about 1000 questions but I don't think I asked which model the kit was. Maybe it's in the paperwork. :oops:

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Re: Trike

Postby trike lady » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:29 pm

I'd say it's the Fastback model, it used to have a different name Spyder Fastback. There was also the 2+2 version which gave you more storage room.
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Re: Trike

Postby twostrokes48 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:53 pm

razshirug wrote:
2008 Trike.jpg


Here is a picture of my Trike. I am just trying to see if I uploaded it correctly. :)


Great looking trike. Maybe I decided against another one too quickly..Enjoy it all.

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kerrsys
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Re: Trike

Postby kerrsys » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:33 pm

My first trike was an 89 wing with a Motortrike Kit...I loved it and had over 75K miles on it...Solid axle, which u may like, or not. I'm on a 2010 wing with a roadsmith kit, now. It has irs. Smoother on bumps still getting used to on twisties (it likes to dip and stay dipped compared to a solid axle rig).

Anyway, ride safe. Sounds like Lehman guy, is touting his product.

BTW -- I've ridden lehman on both Victory and Harley. Harley was solid ride. Victory not so much. So, lehman can be "iffy" in my opinion.

razshirug
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Re: Trike

Postby razshirug » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:59 pm

This may be a stupid question but I am looking for seat covers for my Trike. Does anyone know if all Goldwing 1800 seat covers fit a trike too? I'm looking for some that will protect my seat and make the ride even more comfortable. I have a hard time swinging my leg up and over and it rubs on the seat so I am afraid I will end up ruining the seat. I need one for the passenger seat also.

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Re: Trike

Postby trike lady » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:13 pm

I believe it is Hartco that makes the seat covers for the Goldwings.
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Fatty Arbuckle
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Re: Trike

Postby Fatty Arbuckle » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:55 am

Hi Welcome to the site and the wonderfull world of trikes.

Can't comment to much dealers as I'm in England (just to the left of Europe).

Couple of nice looking trikes on here.

I think Lehman conversion are okay, but then I would. :D

This one has the "no lean" feature which means it corners like its on rails.
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Re: Trike

Postby cal3san » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:12 am

I have two trikes. A 2009 750 Honda Shadow Aero with a MT kit and a 1982 Honda GL-1100 with a 1999 Lehmann kit. I am very satisfied how they have performed.
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cutter426
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Re: Trike

Postby cutter426 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:31 am

I have a Motortrike and love it . Has anyone had the running board lights burn out , if so , what did you do ?

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Re: Trike

Postby jim mccarty » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:04 am

I have owned Motor Trike, CSC, DFT, & Roadsmith trikes. Motor Trike was my least favorite, but only because it was my first trike, I didn't know anything at all about trikes & it didn't have EZ Steer on it. Nothing unsafe about it. Looking back, had I kept it & put a rake kit on it, I'd be many thousand dollars ahead.
Sounds like the Lehman dealer needs a sale. If anything was wrong with your MT, why would he want it in trade?
Only one person has to be happy with your trike. You.
Go to triketalk.com, some boys on there can point you in the right direction.

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Sharon2665
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Re: Trike

Postby Sharon2665 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:45 pm

We have a motor trike kit on ours and love it. No problems whatever. We also usually just take it to any authorized Goldwing dealership. The Powersports places all seem to work on them. The bike maintenance is all the same. I guess maybe if you need work on the trike kit it would help to have a motortrike dealer but we haven't found that to be the case. Most of the dealerships seem to have enough experience with them to help with any issues. In fact we just had ours in for a large service and to get a new front tire and they were able to recommend a newer type tire made for trikes. It really seems to make an improvement in handling. Sounds like the competition wants to sell you another bike! Good luck and I hope you find what you need.

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Re: Trike

Postby paid4c4 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:07 pm

We have a 2006 GW1800 with a Motor Trike conversion. It was converted in 2007 and is a Spyder. It has almost 23K on the clock with no trouble. We love the ride and the way it handles. Good luck with your ride.
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Re: Trike

Postby pauldeere » Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:19 pm

I have a friend who has a Moto Trike installed on a 2005 Wing. My Bro. has a Lehman Trike installed on his 2005 Wing. Of the two I think the Moto Trike is a much better trike. Many reasons for my opinion.....

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Re: Trike

Postby dadztoy » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:30 pm

Have you tried Randy's Cycle in Marengo??? I have heard good things about them...

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Re: Trike

Postby GLRT » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:06 am

I would say all trikes are unsafe and so are motorcycles and cars and anything that gets one out of a locked room and into the world. To say "unsafe" is a very open and misleading statement.

I personally designed and build the first of a kind universal reverse trike conversion kit in the country, actually the world, as with any designer vigerous testing and trials were undertaken. Personally over 152,000 miles on all types of road surfaces from clear pavement to dirt and gravel. Safety is a major concern, and I speak for all manufactures. This particular concept was new at the time and the list of priorities narrow - It had to be safe, it had to be aerodynamic and handle well as does any vehicle which focuses on steering as 99.9% of them do. And lastly it had to look good.
It is just bad salesmanship for a vendor of one brand to make a claim another is not safe. This is just politics of the worst kind to mud sling blindly.
While I am in no way affiliated with MotorTrike in fact just the opposite as they are competitors, I still feel to call their unit unsafe just so they can sell more of their product brand is just bad business.

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