Voyager Trike kit


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Has anyone installed a voyager trike kit on GL1800?


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Surprised at no response. I did a 1500 mile ride a couple of weeks ago, coming home after nearly 600 miles riding that day, about 150 miles of it thru heavy rain on the interstate, I was nearing home and stopped for gas. After filling up, I took off and nearly dumped the bike, but with much effort, I was able to keep it on two wheels. Although I was really tired at that point, it made me think that maybe it is time to get on 3 wheels. That's why I am looking at the Voyager kit. I know there are others out there, and I would welcome comments from those that own other kits. I like the idea of being able to remove the kit and go back to 2 wheels. I know there is a company up in Ocala that makes a kit that is removable. Comments?
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bstig60 wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:09 pm
Has anyone installed a voyager trike kit on GL1800?
Sorry ... I've never installed a kit, but I do have a couple of customers who have them. In fact there is one in my shop now. Here is what I know about them. But first let me say that I believe there is an actual manufacture that makes a Voyager kit. However, on the street, or at least to me, a voyager kit is a generic name for several manufactures that make them. All have 3 wheels going across the rear, and they use the center one to drive the bike.

- Unlike a trike that has a differential, turning one at low speeds takes a lot of arm effort. The center drive tire is pushing the trike forward while trying to maneuver around an outer tire. A real trike on sharp turns, and with a differential has the outer tire spinning much faster than the inner tire because it has to go around a larger radius.
- Trikes in general are the worst riding vehicle out there, with the exception of a voyager kit. A car follows 2 tracks, a m/c travels down one track, and a trike three tracks. But a voyager kit travels down three tracks and if the front tire hits a bump, it will get hit again with the rear m/c tire. The more tracks the more likely hitting rough pavement.
- Many will install pay an extra $800-$1,200 for an easy-steer kit. Easy steer kits make a huge difference on real trikes, with voyager kits the difference is disappointing.
- The kits in general are kind of a 1/2 into a real trike.

My advise, spend more money and get a real trike.

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I agree with Greg. Spend the extra money and get a real trike. I think you will be much happier with one. Most riders I know that have had a Voyager Kit did not have them long and went to a real trike.

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Wingrider55 wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:50 pm
I agree with Greg. Spend the extra money and get a real trike. I think you will be much happier with one. Most riders I know that have had a Voyager Kit did not have them long and went to a real trike.
That's been my experience too. It seems that the person who's attracted to a voyager kit, is thinking he'll get by without spending the money that is really needed. Unfortunately, it's turns into an expensive 1/2 step lesson, before getting what he really wants.

Save the 1/2 step lesson and get a real trike.

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Thanks for the advice and comments. I am not ready to go to 3 wheels yet, but most likely soon. The Voyager kit made by MTC seems to be a good compromise between two wheels and a trike. I see them on the street here once in a while. With the price even used, a trike commands, i.e. just saw 2005 GL1800 on Marketplace for 16000 bucks, and having a conversion done on my existing bike in the 15000 dollar range, it will be a while, if ever, that I go that route. It's a matter of what one can afford. My bike is low mileage, only 42000 miles, and the subject kit is affordable and the trike conversion is not. So there is a lot to consider. For the most part, I can still handle two wheels pretty well, I have an ST1300 in addition to my GW that I ride on shorter trips. The incident I mentioned earlier on the GW made me a little skittish on it.


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