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  • Trike finished.........

    Took nearly a year and a half, but it's done.
    Made a short maiden run today, backed out of the driveway turned around in the street and backed back to the garage Woo-hoo!!!
    Got a few tweaks to do, DMV inspection on wednesday morning, and then we can test ride.

  • #2
    I'm sure that you are required to have a front brake. Have you inquired?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by monte55 View Post
      I'm sure that you are required to have a front brake. Have you inquired?

      Nope, not required according to the Iowa DMV's list of requirements for "reconstructed and specially constructed" motorcycles.
      "Brakes required on rear wheel/axle only".

      Trust me, I have carried that document in my back pocket for the last 18months..........and I've also talked with a couple other locals that have built similar trikes, no front brakes on any of them.



      • #4
        we need specs! engine size, trans type, rearend. looks like a great project, i like how there is no support running in front of the engine. very cool and nice job!
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        • #5
          Nice job on the build...Bob
          Bob Wright


          • #6
            Originally posted by Coalsmoke View Post
            very nice job on that trike! Is that a 350 in it? I was wondering, with such long bars, can you get that thing turned around a standard 90 corner, like say at a stop sign?

            I agree about the open engine design you went with, very cool

            Look again, there are two steering heads, one at the fork and one back at the bars, with push/pull rods between. The bars really don't travel much more than a standard bike.

            Yes, everybody comments about the engine mounting. Hopefully the DMV inspector will like it also. It's actually very well supported, 2 heim jointed 3/4" solid stainless bars hang it at the front, two "elephant ear" mounts between the motor and trans, plus the trans mount. Effectively makes the engine a stiffening member in the frame.


            350 Chevy, this was a brand new GM 86-up one-piece-seal roller cam short block. 9:1 compression, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Comp Cams 262 roller cam, roller rockers. Edelbrock performer rpm intake, holley 750 vac secondary.
            Schoenfeld 1-7/8" sprint car headers with T-bucket style mufflers.

            Stock 350 turbo trans
            9" Ford narrowed to 50", 3:70 gear
            GM "metric" disc brakes
            31-16.50 x 15 Mickey Thompson tires
            125" wheelbase
            Estimated weight approx 1500lbs.

            Frame is mostly 2x3 and 2x2 11ga tube, all welded with an SD180 TIG

            All but the Lazer Kranberry(deep purple) powder coating was done at home.


            • #7
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              Nice trike that you built. I wonder if that 350 chevy will have enough power for you. HaHa I am building a trike with a subaru engine and auto transmission. To see what I've got go to and take a look.
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              • #8
                Very, very nice. What a project. Thanks for sharing.