Retract-a trike advice needed


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Nealschoen
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Retract-a trike advice needed

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Hi all,

My knees are bad and i just had a triple bypass in June so i figured my Goldwing riding days were over as I could not possibly pick the sucker up if dropped. That was until I heard about the old Retract-a Trike add-ons.

I have a 1500 and bought an old system that the owner swears was on a a 1500,(according to the guy he bought it from).

When I get it home I see that the instruction manual has diagrams of an 1800 and then I also noted that the file name for the instruction booklet is for an 1800!

The seller is many miles away and when I called him he said it was sure to fit.

Am I snookered or will the wheels fit both bikes?

I read that the 1800 set are not the same width as the 1500 and I can only assume that all the mounting points have changed between models.

Any advice would be welcome.

Feelin' better but stupid.



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Re: Retract-a trike advice needed

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Nealschoen wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:08 am
Hi all,

My knees are bad and i just had a triple bypass in June so i figured my Goldwing riding days were over as I could not possibly pick the sucker up if dropped. That was until I heard about the old Retract-a Trike add-ons.

I have a 1500 and bought an old system that the owner swears was on a a 1500,(according to the guy he bought it from).

When I get it home I see that the instruction manual has diagrams of an 1800 and then I also noted that the file name for the instruction booklet is for an 1800!

The seller is many miles away and when I called him he said it was sure to fit.

Am I snookered or will the wheels fit both bikes?

I read that the 1800 set are not the same width as the 1500 and I can only assume that all the mounting points have changed between models.

Any advice would be welcome.

Feelin' better but stupid.
It really depends on how it actually fastens to the bike - but the rear end of the 1500 (double sided swingarm, solid axle, dual frame-mounted shocks) is completely different from the 1800 (single-sided swingarm, lug nuts, single inboard shock). I have my doubts that one kit would work on both.

Nealschoen
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Re: Retract-a trike advice needed

Post by Nealschoen »

That's fantastic news. My wing is in a friend's garage 300km away while a heal but I just looked at the assembly and the mounting hardware is identical on both left and right side!

If I figure out how to add a pic I will post it. I have seen hardly any mention of the system on the site so I will report when it is functioning. Likely in the spring.

Thanks sooooo much.

Neal
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Re: Retract-a trike advice needed

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I have a set of retractable wheels called "Safety Stop",
the kit is made for an 1800.

looking for a buyer someday, $500 would be great.





~John

'02 GL1800
2009 Piaggio MP3 250cc

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