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Old 10-10-2007, 03:24 PM
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i built a couple reverse trikes. mine had kind of an old high boy looking front end, and the other looked like and indy car.

i used 1.25 .120 walled DOM. i made a square mounting platform for the engine tranny and rear swingarm. that way i could pull the motor easily to work on.

i used a 900 ninja each time. the front a arms i ordered out of a speedway racing catalog since they were light and already made.

they are wickedly fast. i sold both of them on their first trial run. i pln on building another one soon and try not to sell this one.

for reverse, i used a modified winch motor and electric clutch and belt. it was a PITA to make, but worked well.

i wished i had pics, but i am not a picture taker. my wife said she would start taking all the pics so that i can post them on my website.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:39 AM
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VW beam, some Tubing, and an old dirtbike !

I'm down
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:11 AM
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A 3-wheeled rail? That could be fun...for you guys in the US of course, we're a little short on dunes in the UK
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:34 AM
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A 3-wheeled rail? That could be fun...for you guys in the US of course, we're a little short on dunes in the UK
You cant complain, at least you can get the Defender TDI's over there.
I'm Jealous !
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:21 PM
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4x4s? Waste of time and money in the UK (we call them 'Chelsea Tractors'
99.999% never even see mud/dirt, they're mostly used by posers, and mums doing the school run.

We get about 1/2inch of snow for a couple of days a year (Scotland, Wales and the Lake District excepted :) ) And it's usually the 4x4s that are first to end up in the ditches because their drivers think they're immune to it...

Any 4x4s that are used on the few off-road routes where they're still allowed (ancient byways, RUPPs [roads used as public paths] BOATs [byways open to all traffic] etc) tend to churn them up so badly that they get closed to all vehicles, even those that do negligible damage (i.e. bikes).
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:30 PM
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Its mostly the same thing over here with landys (mall crawlers and grocery getters) but a few of us wheel them like they should be. The terrain is much different across the pond. I still pisses me off that LR wont bring the Defender or the TDI over. I guess I gotta thank Ford for that now..

Then again if I were over there the 4x4s would be the last thing on my mind.
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:59 AM
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...mall crawlers...
Like it!
Your fuel is much cheaper of course...A US gallon would be around $7.40 ish
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:26 PM
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Like it!
Your fuel is much cheaper of course...A US gallon would be around $7.40 ish

I knew it was high but, WOW !
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:28 PM
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I found this http://www.rorty-design.com/content/hammerhead.htm looks cool
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:41 PM
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I knew it was high but, WOW !
Diesel is now 1/litre...$7.75/US gallon
How much is unleaded in the US now?...no wait, don't tell me











*goes off to buy cooking oil in bulk*

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Old 12-21-2007, 01:02 AM
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http://reversetrike.com/trirod.html
http://www.trirodmotorcycles.com/

Enjoy!

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Old 04-22-2008, 07:34 AM
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This is getting beyond a joke now....
Diesel is now $9 per USGallon here.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:53 AM
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I am going to jump on the band wagon with Yoshi. I would not use Chromo, for the fact it gets brittle over time, and will not hold up with the flex and stress from street use. People forget that Chromo race cars have a max life of roughly 3-5 ys and they only go down the track straight. We are building a street drag bike now and when I started my investigation on tubing from builders they all agreed Mild steel would be best. Chromoly does have its place but I think the internet has made a huge deal, and stroys grow with mislead info over time. So everyone wants a cage that wont flex or the litest rig using chromoly. Chromolys memory only holds for a small time before it cracks, mild steel has Much more elasticity, and fogiveness.
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:25 PM
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Yoshi,, I've checked it all over,,, and that's overall the best tube chassis of it's type that I have ever seen. I've seen several too ...

I grew up in the cycle business, so I enjoyed the trike subject too,, but I had to stop, admire and comment on your chassis ... That's good stuff ...

Bill
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:53 PM
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For those who have built an RT, have you had any issues with registration or insurance? In my state the only reverse trike configurations require steering via handlebars otherwise they are called an "autocar" are fall under some highly restrictive traffic rules (45mph max speed, no highway, etc). I've wanted to build one for a long time but have always eeked out because of the legal issues.

Just curious whether others have had good experience when it comes time both to register and insure, but also what kind of trouble they attract from law enforcement when being used (responsibly)
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:50 AM
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I live in Georgia USA and have no restrictions on my. Classified as a motorcycle. This is not spam and not trying to sell anything. Just one of 2 I have built. You can see it at www.reversetrike.webs.com
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:56 AM
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^^^ I like it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:16 AM
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I used 1 5/8" pipe for impack collision resistance. Powered by a Honda vtx 1800, it will fly.
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a build

k all i have a hayabusa that i skipt down the road instead of fixing it up i have went out and bought a golf vw car on sunday we are cutting the car in half and useing the busa as the back end of the reverse trike i have docs for both the bike and car then we arebuilding up the back end to hide the busa it will not have a reverse gear so am i right in asumming this will be a motorbike trike so i would register it as a motorbike yes or no i only have a motorbike licence so im hopeing this will be class as a bike build only motorbike will be powering it and other engine removed also i libve in uk apartently just need to go throu a reg test

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