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Hi All:

For anyone who might be interested in an instant - removable type trike kit.

I have done some sketches for a trike attachment to our GL1200. This is a removable trike similar to Insta Trike, Voyager or Trigg.

In my research of other kits, costs etc I found that these kits start around $3500.00 plus shipping and go up from there. To me this seems a little expensive so I decided to design a kit similar that would be much more affordable.

The kit I designed would cost between $600.00 & $700.00 painted as long as you can do the welding and painting - The weight is also very reasonable at around 160lbs.

I have created the preliminary sketches that I will start the actual build from and there may be some alterations as I go along. Once the trike is built and fitted to the bike I will refine the sketches to as built and take pictures.

It's at least a starting point:

Just in case your wondering I am a retired aerospace mechanical engineer so am quite confident in the design and strength.

You can see the different sketches at this link on my website - http://goldwing.lawrason.net/?Trike_Build

Any comments, suggestions etc are appreciated

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I think what you are doing is stupendous. Most of us could handle a job like that, but just aren't really qualified in the engineering department.

I tend to "over do it" so it is safe, and hence, heavy.

From your drawings, it is going to as good, if not better than the commercial and over priced units. They want to get their pound of flesh on each and every unit sold.

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That looks great!

it's something that I may be interested in pursuing.



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Kits are not expensive because of materials/construction; it is the cost of liability (lawyers and insurance).

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In response to latest comment - I agree - added costs for commercial kits are due to liability insurance, legal fees and protection as well as marketing and labor costs.

In my case with the kit I'm building, I do not have any of those costs as this is strictly a home project built for myself with no intention to commercially market or sell the kit.

My whole purpose of posting my idea is to just to let those who might be interested in a trike kit know that there is an alternative that is affordable and a fun winter project that they could work on.

I hope I didn't give the impression that I would be building and selling these kits - that is not my intent.
Again for those interested, it's intended only to help someone who may not know where to start.

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Thanks Rob, some very nice work there. It would be really nice to see some pics as you build it. that alone would really be helpful if others want to persue this as well. I have a feeling there will be others really interested.

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Rob, it is a wonderful thing you are doing. In these economic times, there are a few of us joining the Social Security eligible ranks that just might benefit from your work.

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Naaa.. wasn't criticizing, just stating perhaps the obvious.. I am sure there will be much use of your information..

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I would be very interested in this Rob. Keep us up to date with progress please.

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Here is a 1982 1100 I. I have been working on.

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