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Visited local trike shop today and in the showroom they had a new Suzuki Burgman trike for sale......$16,000.....ya gotta be kidding me I thought....
 

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IMO, they're ripping riders who can't hold up a heavy bike or has to have 3 wheels for others reasons such as age or medical. They know someone who's ridden wants to keep going and its in their blood,but sometimes they just can't physically keep a 2 wheeler upright. Thats where they come in to rip you,they think every senior citizen has a wad of money hidden and they want. Theres not enough aluminum and plastic in there to justify $16k. YOu can buy a new car for that, and theres alot more parts and material in a car or truck. Its just not justified other than the fact you want it and they got it, so to play-you pay heavy.

If the new 2010 Goldwings are so high up there,just wait till they get their hands on it and trike it. What'll that be? $40,000-$45,000. Its a real shame. I go hack if I can't hold one up when that time comes.
 

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$16K?! You can find '09 Burgmans going out the door for $8,000 these days. That dealer got ripped off, and is passing the 'deal' on to someone else.
 

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So that's 8K for the trike kit fitted then. Not bad.

Take a look at some of these trike kits and what goes into them.

Not only is there the workmanship, materials and labour, but all the research and development that put it together in the first place. Also, the trike kit manufacturers are maybe producing maybe100 - 300 units a year whilst a major car manufacturer will be doing that per day - economics of scale. If you want something unusual and different, unfortunately, it generally costs more to produce. You don't get ripped off on anything because, at the end of the day, you don't have to buy it.

Have to admit, the Burgman seems an odd one to trike, but someone will want it. Our GL1800 trike was £32K brand new in 2003. At the time, the exchange rate was 2 to 1, so thats in the region of $64K. (For comparison, a medium family car here would be around $30 - $40K on that exchange rate). It would currently fetch around £25K which is a good bit more than we paid for it at 2 years old, so its not like they depreciate much. Everything is always worth what the market will stand and if the Burgman doesn't move off the shop floor quickly, then the price will probably come down a bit.
 

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Laws of mass production. The shop that used to be next to mine charged about $3.00 to machine a fairly complex aluminum hose connector. All done on a CNC machine run by an operator who knew how to put the parts in and take them out.

I asked what they would charge to make a one- off and it would have run about $300.00 because of the set-up.

If you wantit cheap you take it like we make it.

That said I wouldn't want to have money tied up in a Burgman scoot especially in this economy.
 

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So that's 8K for the trike kit fitted then. Not bad.

Take a look at some of these trike kits and what goes into them.



Have to admit, the Burgman seems an odd one to trike, but someone will want it.
The only "true" trike conversion for the Burger King, that I have seen, is from Trinity Trikes in Hudson Florida

There are 3 or so "training wheels kits" available:D

here is the web site with pics and prices Trinity Trikes

A new scooter converted to this trike at $16K, ready to ride, is OK on price

I assume that the warranty on the Burgman is void with this conversion...12 months only, so no big loss:dude:

I've had my Burger King for 5+ 30K trouble free miles/years...completely trouble free...not one glitch nor gremlin...I can't say that about any other bike or scoot I've had
( my GL1500A is currently having some right hand control gremlins sorted out )

A trike conversion is not for me at this time in my riding career...but I have learned that my crystal balls must be broken, since my ability to predict the future sucks...so I try to keep an open mind on future events...never say never

A used 1500/1800 trike would make more sense to me...hope I do not need to make that choice for a long while

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Hmmmm, I am going to need a trike. If that is so, and it will have three wheels, why choose a scooter platform?

Easier to mount?

Lower cost for all new?

More thought required...
 

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burgerking wrote:
here is the web site with pics and prices Trinity Trikes
IMHO that is one ugly trike job. The GoldWing trikes look like they are part of the bike, with matched plastics. For $8K for a Burgy trike you would think they would have some matched plastics on it too.

John
 

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$16K?! You can find '09 Burgmans going out the door for $8,000 these days. That dealer got ripped off, and is passing the 'deal' on to someone else.
This Burgman has a trike kit on it...
 

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I saw a Burgman with a side car for sale on Craigslist a couple days ago. Pretty cool looking combination. The asking price was $7200. I tried to find it again and can't seem to.
 

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All in all, aren't sidecars a better buy than trike kits? Red and I had a sidecar once, we bought it used and I can't remember the exact price, but I think it was around 2k. We had a lot of fun hauling our kid around in that thing.......

Any of you had both a sidehack and a trike? How much different is the handling between a bike with a sidecar or a trike?
 
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