Anyone approaching the idea of a Trike ; if so what brand or kit?

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  1. BKCTPD

    BKCTPD Well-Known Member

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    Have been considering thinking about it in couple years. My wife had a hip replacement and one tip over could impact her new hip. We both love riding together and it has become a topic of discussion. Indian conversions seem a little pricey. The Harley Tri-Glide seems to surprisingly the most reasonable?
     
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    What about a custom sidecar? Better than a trike.....to me.
     
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    That is a thought
     
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    Sidecars are a blast. For comfort I would recommend something a little more modern. This thing rides like a jeep... intentionally. Originally I was thinking of a Vintage with a sidecar but why have 2 bikes with the same purpose? When it comes to it, I will be looking at an Indian with a Hannagan sidecar. Cant beat the look.

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    Hannagan is made in USA [Kentucky...I think] and made the GORGEOUS hack that @sidecarsam pushed around. I remain impressed.
     
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    Nothing against trikes....CSC seems to have a huge following. Also, another option GLK Global Leader K
     
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    @will can provide great advice regarding a sidecar option along with @sidecarsam.
     
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    Thnx
     
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    Unfortunately, might be in my future. I would have to try Tilting Motor Works. I would hate to lose the sensation of leaning into turns. I had a side car for a while, did not like it at all.
     
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    I have some health issues that have prompted me to consider alternatives, and I have to say I am not super thrilled with any of the options at this point. I have ridden an Indian trike, a Spyder, and a TriGlide. None of them replicate the feel of leaning into a turn at all for me, and I came away depressed about the ride feel. The Indian and TriGlide still look good. The Spyder was more fun to ride, but looks like a space ship to me. I am hoping I can continue to ride my Chieftain for a while yet.
     
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    Meeting with my Indian dealer about building a trike. Still think Harley will be cheaper, but Indian nicer.
     
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    There's that Yamaha Nikken. Someone here has one.
     
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    Looks too strange
     
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    I get it. Just trying to help.
     
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    Thnx. We went for a ride tonight, just love my bike. Dont think i can part with it right now.
     
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    We are along the same wavelength there.. The looks of the Can Am just turn me off but after doing some research their maintenance records have a lot to be desired, and costly to maintain as well .. My old buddy Gray Wolf was aware of this, and does all his own maintenance, but if I were missing a left leg like he is, it is the cats meow.. This is the only Bike he didn't have to add anything to be able to Shift/Brake properly .. Right Side Brake pedal interlinked and all shifting done by hand .. If I did go Trike would most likely look at Frankenstein Conversion for my Dyna or more than likely a Harley as they as the only Motorcycle company that builds Trikes from the ground up .. All the rest, no matter how nice they look are Conversions ..
     
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    My dad will be 84 in December, he has very few friends still alive and is battling the "...use it or lose it.." scenario......after dropping it at a difficult to navigate intersection, he decided to sell his Yamaha VStar (think it was a 1600cc?). Anyway, he wanted to keep riding and bought a slightly used Honda Rebel....put a windshield & saddle bags on it and SHAZAAM he's riding again!
     
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    After 60 years of riding, I had to make the choice to move to a trike (didn't like the sidecar experience) or stop riding altogether. 2 years ago I was run over by a truck at an intersection and not expected to live...but I fooled them and I'm still here though still rehabilitating. My injuries wouldn't allow me to ride on 2 wheels any more and decided to put a trike in the garage. I really didn't want a conversion and found the Can Am just not my "cup of tea" from a design perspective. I have to agree with Jay here...That leaves Harley, because they are the only Motorcycle company that builds Trikes from the ground up, and has a dealer network large enough to handle service while on a tour. So I am now on a 2019 Tri Glide Ultra, and even though I miss my Springfield, feel that getting out on 3 is better than never getting out at all.
     
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    Thnx, i love my bike and would like to keep it and get a trike. My concern is riding 2 up with my wife and her new hip puts her at risk. I agree so far on the tri-glide for the reasons you mentioned. Glad you recovered and are still riding. I am going to wait till spring to watch what happens with the future of Harley before investing in their trike.
     
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    Trikes are not Bikes! :p

    Sidecars are more stable and more fun.
     
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