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  • Biker guys, i want to build a trike.

    What do i use for a frontend? When i was a kid, 1970's, every month in Hot Rod there was a small block Ford trike for sale. I wanted one then and i have all the parts but a frontend and i am zero bike smart. Thanks...Bob
    Bob Wright

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    Bob,
    I'm no biker / builder but could you possibly find something like this in your area and go from there.....
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1976-...spagenameZWDVW
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    • #3
      that would be a great option.
      i have a honda 750 i will be using some day to do the same with if i run across the right car to tear down to become a trike.
      i would think any of the bigger bikes would do the trick. the gold wings are about a ton so i suspect the triple tree would be plenty strong.
      be shore to show us the build. that way you can show me how to build mine.
      thanks for the help
      ......or..........
      hope i helped
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      • #4
        Guess i should have used Google first...Bob
        http://www.meanstreetproducts.com/meanstreet/
        Bob Wright

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        • #5
          If your planning to run a heavy engine a double shocked reverse springer front end might be your best bet

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          • #6
            Looking for something like the one I have in progress??
            http://www1.cedar-rapids.net/tdkmoto...rikebuild.html

            Currently torn down to the bare frame for final welding, going for powder coat this week come **** or high water, hopingto have it runnig before the snow flies.

            I'm using a stock Harley WideGlide frontend, I know of several that are using these with good success. Some use external helper springs over the fork tubes.

            Contact me at: tkrause "at" cedar-rapids.net if you have any questions.

            Tom

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            • #7
              One word of caution would be to avoid a real heavy rake on the forks. I know a guy that built one heavily raked and he can barely turn it. The front wheel just kind of lays over sideways and with no way to lean the trike, it takes 40 acres to turn that rig around.
              To all who contribute to this board.
              My sincere thanks , Pete.

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              • #8
                Do some reading up on rake and trail, here is a good reference:
                http://www.rbracing-rsr.com/rakeandtrail.html

                I'm at 26* total, 23 in the neck, 3 in the trees, trail comes out to approx. 2".
                Something to think about is that the more rake you use the more strenghth you need in both your neck attachment, and your fork tubes, longer rake puts more lever action on both.

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                • #9
                  Do a search for 'Brotherhood of the Third Wheel'

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                  • #10
                    http://btw-trikers.org/uploads/home.php

                    Some other trike stuff:
                    http://www.lvtrikes.com/
                    http://www.cheetahtrikes.com/
                    http://www.v-8trikes.com/
                    http://www.ecstasyinc.com/
                    http://www.v8trikes.com

                    The builder of this one lives about 15 miles from me:
                    http://btw-trikers.org/uploads/class...num=2376&tab=1
                    Sadly, I wasn't able to use much of his design in mine.

                    Unfortunately, there's very little trike info out there, and even less V8 trike info. You're pretty much on your own design wise. The v8trikes webpage offers a set of "plans" but they're really lame, anyone with any fabricating "vision" can figure it out.

                    Get a design in your head and go too it. All I had was memories of one built by a friend in the late 70's, with a primary idea of making it as narrow as possible. I didn't get as narrow as his, but I got close.

                    Take some time to go through the photos on the BTW site, there's definitely some there that you have to wonder WTF they were thinking, some of them are just plain scary.

                    Tom

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                    • #11
                      Nice pics Tom and Thanks everyone for the links...Bob
                      Bob Wright

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                      • #12
                        Update, reassembling after powdercoat, color is Lazer Kranberry, deep purple.
                        Gotta run brake lines and wiring before the rumble..............

                        http://www1.cedar-rapids.net/tdkmoto...ikebuild2.html

                        BTW, the frame sat at the powdercoater's for nearly a week, alot of people saw it, and several wanted to know if I could be hired as a welder.
                        Apparently my welds aren't too bad...........

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                        • #13
                          Pretty wild. How long is that rascal?
                          To all who contribute to this board.
                          My sincere thanks , Pete.

                          Pureox OA
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                          • #14
                            It's not as long as it looks, the frame is just over 10ft from the fork head to the rear of the rails, plus what ever the fork and rear bumper adds. Abour 12ft total.

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                            • #15
                              I love getting on just about anything with wheels that moves fast but that trike looks like it could get real interesting when you hammer the gas. Very nice work for sure.
                              owner of EVOLUTION WELDING

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