Has anyone ever built a DIY Trike kit


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Has anyone ever built a DIY Trike kit

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Hello again, I like building stuff so as I have aged a bit I want to get more stability for my bike so I can continue to be able to ride. Does anyone know the important information that I may need to build it. I’m not wanting to remove the rear wheel just bolt on and ride. I don’t want to buy one, my bike is a 86 aspencade sei so it would be hard to find one any ways. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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There have been a few of the bolt on training wheel type kits over the years.
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Thanks and yes their has but I think I’m going for the full look satisfaction. Thanks
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Perhaps build a sidecar rig.
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To build an actual trike (3 wheels), would require the removal of the stock rear or front wheel, depending on if it was a delta or tadpole trike.
However, I think what you are after is something more like the Voyager kits, that are really quads, as they have four wheels. I lump all of them into the class of training wheel machines, that retain the stock drive wheel for power and just add two more to hold the bike up. Some just add rear fenders, while others have more integrated bodywork.


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One of the things I tend to hear about doing this is the need to change the steering geometry meaning the front wheel needs to move forward/backward relative to the frame. This can be done by cutting and modifying the frame itself or using a custom triple tree to change the angle the forks sit relative to the frame. On a Goldwing the "Gold standard" seems to be the kits that where made by Lehman.
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Hello Lab3 that’s a good point about the geometry, but if you don’t change the height of the bike in the front or rear or the trail it should be ok. But you can change the rake by raising or lowering the rear suspension. Or the front suspension. But that is very good advice that you gave and I thank you for it. It made me do a lot of research that helped me a lot. Thanks
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Typically trikes are hard to steer with the stock geometry. One rider mentioned needing Popeye arms.
A solution used on many is a replacement triple tree with a 6 degree rake change.
Google "EZ STEER GL1500" Plenty of info on this and other forums about it.
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Thanks for that information, I’ll check that out.
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Hi Billy I have just fitted one of these to a mate gl1500 it didnt alter the bikes ride in any way. It just un bolts and you have a bike again. Im sure you can make one this will give you some idea.
http://www.kit-trike.com/kittrike.html? ... vt7DD5njaQ
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Thank you I think it will. I’ll let you know.
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Here is a link for bike trike kits made in Alberta Canada. They are individually built for each bike.
Trike kit made to order | Touring | Medicine Hat | Kijijihttps://www.kijiji.ca › ... › Touring in Medicine Hat
Duchess, AB T0J 0Z0, Canada(View Map) ... Trike kit made to order in Touring in Medicine Hat -
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rorke wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 3:44 pm Here is a link for bike trike kits made in Alberta Canada. They are individually built for each bike.
Trike kit made to order | Touring | Medicine Hat | Kijijihttps://www.kijiji.ca › ... › Touring in Medicine Hat
Duchess, AB T0J 0Z0, Canada(View Map) ... Trike kit made to order in Touring in Medicine Hat -
that link just goes to Kijiji

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He manufactures the kits for each bike and advertises on Kijiji


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