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I have been looking at Scooter trikes, and have chatted with a few of them. My problem is I am very leary of buying something that big on line without seeing, and maybe riding it first. Does anyone know of any
reputable sites that would be safe for me to order something like a scooter trikes from them. Or has anyone purchased a scooter trike? I would like to know your experiences with the company and the bike. I have been looking at the scooter trikes that have the two wheels on the back, but open to models that have the two wheels on the front i.e like the spyders. I don't want to spend alot of money i.e like for the spyders I just want something to ride around on. Any help would be appreciated, I hope to be able to purchase one at the end of this year or the next. Thanks
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I'm in the same boat as you not shure what to buy I'm worried about tipping over when turning which ones tip more 2 front wheels or two back wheels,? What's safer to buy?

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It looks like you've replied to an old thread, and haven't been given any information.

I've been a scooter rider for 17 years. As far as I know, the only scooter trikes that are manufactured as true trikes are Chinese made. Some might find them reliable; I'd personally never have one.

You can sometimes find customized scooter trikes for sale on the popular motorcycle sales sites. That is, scooters that have had trike kits installed. I could kick myself for passing up a Honda Silverwing scooter that was triked with a Voyager kit. It was listed at a good price.

Alternatively, you could buy a used scooter and have it converted yourself. Typically, count on adding anywhere from for a conversion kit, depending on the model and what size bike you put it on.

Trikes will tip at high speed around sharp corners. Some kits, like the Voyager, are built to allow up to a 15% lean on the bike so that you won't be riding a rigid configuration.

If you go the conversion route, I wouldn't buy a new scooter. The Japanese models are known for their reliability. I ride a Honda Silverwing (bought new) with a sidecar. With regular maintenance, it's never given me any problems.

If you can find a class in your area, I would definitely check it out. Before I added a sidecar to my Silverwing, I took a class given by this organization
SIDECAR/TRIKE TRAINING – Evergreen Motorcycle Training
I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision before putting down a whole lot of cash and irreversibly altering my bike. It turned out to be exactly the thing for me; I don't foresee ever going back to a 2-wheeler.

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Somebody must make a trike kit for the big scooters. I would look at a or bigger scooter. Consider the Bombardir (?) trike.

When I get too feeble to ride a two wheeler I will get a 30 year old Corvette convertible.

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Many of the trike conversion manufacturers have models that fit scooters. Voyager is one, Danson is another. In fact, Danson appears to be a scooter conversion specialist.

I've noticed a lot of trikes out on the roads in the last few years, and not just Goldwings. Even Harleys have trike add-ons or the the full-blown retooling to turn the bike into a three wheeler. I suppose the aging of the riding population has something to do with it. Some will never become open top cagers, even if it means making drastic changes to their scoots.

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good advice from others so far as investing more for a trike conversion on a reliable Japanese scooter or motorcycle. but so far as what OP asked about all that time ago and another poster more recently, the scooter trikes such as shown below are a complete crap shoot. often times the "crap" part takes on a whole new meaning

the key to getting it on the road as good as can be however is if ordering online have it shipped to a local motorcycle shop / mechanic that can "PDI" it (pre-delivery inspection) and set it up properly. otherwise you are likely to be stuck with a boat anchor fairly early on. and even if set up properly these things can still require lot's of tinkering to stay on the road somewhat reliably. this kind of tinkering may suit some hobbyist mechanic owners, but not many others. also understand these are sold with virtually no warranty. if something goes wrong they will ship you a part only after receiving the bad part and approving the claim. you will pay shipping both ways, and any labor involved from a local shop. their is no dealer network

expect a top speed of around 45mph from a cc trike such as the one below, and maybe 75mph from a cc unit



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It looks like you've replied to an old thread, and haven't been given any information.

I've been a scooter rider for 17 years. As far as I know, the only scooter trikes that are manufactured as true trikes are Chinese made. Some might find them reliable; I'd personally never have one.

You can sometimes find customized scooter trikes for sale on the popular motorcycle sales sites. That is, scooters that have had trike kits installed. I could kick myself for passing up a Honda Silverwing scooter that was triked with a Voyager kit. It was listed at a good price.

Alternatively, you could buy a used scooter and have it converted yourself. Typically, count on adding anywhere from for a conversion kit, depending on the model and what size bike you put it on.

Trikes will tip at high speed around sharp corners. Some kits, like the Voyager, are built to allow up to a 15% lean on the bike so that you won't be riding a rigid configuration.

If you go the conversion route, I wouldn't buy a new scooter. The Japanese models are known for their reliability. I ride a Honda Silverwing (bought new) with a sidecar. With regular maintenance, it's never given me any problems.

If you can find a class in your area, I would definitely check it out. Before I added a sidecar to my Silverwing, I took a class given by this organization
SIDECAR/TRIKE TRAINING – Evergreen Motorcycle Training
I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision before putting down a whole lot of cash and irreversibly altering my bike. It turned out to be exactly the thing for me; I don't foresee ever going back to a 2-wheeler.

Stay away from Chinese they are junk. I live in Florida and we have quite a bit of scooter dealers I went with a Sym a made in Taiwan it is a HD it go's up to 70mph has a liquid cooled ceramic lined cylinder. All the scooter trikes i have ever seen are cheap Chinese made ones.
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I have been looking at Scooter trikes, and have chatted with a few of them. My problem is I am very leary of buying something that big on line without seeing, and maybe riding it first. Does anyone know of any
reputable sites that would be safe for me to order something like a scooter trikes from them. Or has anyone purchased a scooter trike? I would like to know your experiences with the company and the bike. I have been looking at the scooter trikes that have the two wheels on the back, but open to models that have the two wheels on the front i.e like the spyders. I don't want to spend alot of money i.e like for the spyders I just want something to ride around on. Any help would be appreciated, I hope to be able to purchase one at the end of this year or the next. Thanks
The Spyders have been out long enough now that there is a used bike market for them.
i'd certainly want to have a hands on experience when buying a bike and resist the urge to buy online.
Do you just want a little 50cc scooter type bike or do you want something capable of highway driving.
What city are you in.?
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Anyone done an electric trike conversion? (Front wheel)

When I first got mySun trike, I was very happy with it,because i ad noidea how easy it was for me to pedal with a substantially paralyzed leg. After a month of riding it, I am incresingly disnchanted with it. I am short and the 24 inch wheel Sun Trike isn't long enough for me. If I pedal when turning, my toes catch the rear of the front fender. I've become conscious of it, but I somtimes forget. Not a big issue, but it certainly disrupts early morning tranquility. A serious issue is the fact that the trike does not do hills! The three speed Nexus isn't worth much on a hill. I have read that hills will destroy the Nexus internal hub. My only other alternative that the local BS can think of is the 5 speed Sturmey Archer, which will be marginally better. I thought of a crankset with fewer teeth with the 5 speed, but that only puts more stress on the internal hub. There are good reasons we aren't seeing trikes in the highway bike lanes!

The biggest issue for me evolved yesterday! I have been working my trike pretty hard for a month. The chain was getting a lot of slack in it. So, I began trying to adjust to tighten the chain. I immediately realized that I was in the "for every action there are several reactions" world. With two chains, linked, but independent, but still linked and a shifter adjustment You don't just loosen a couple bolts an slide anything back or forward.

Of course, if I had longer trike with a front hub the chain would not stretch so quickly, but the inevitable still just delayed.

Last night I found a "GREEN BIKE" on Amazon. It only goes 20 mph, but promises very good range, and the price is very reasonable. Then Biria offers what looks to be a great bike for me. Range of up to 68 miles???? Tomorrow morning, my nephew is coming over and I am going to try riding a two wheel bicycle. I rode a Honda 50cc moped for years with no serious problem. Now that I know that I can pedal, why not a two wheel bike? Especially if it has electric assist! I can have all of the gears that I want! I have been looking at the Schwinn Streamliner 2. Low step through frame, steel fork, 7 speeds that I can easily change to get a super low granny gear. AND! I could even put a smaller crankset in. If I can't ride the two wheels safely, there is the EZ TRAINER training wheels that allow some leaning for cornering!

The only thing my trike is really good for is strength and endurance training on the flats. Chain and shifter problems are going to be ongoing problems. To do it over again, I would leave all of the settings alone and just remove a link when the chain stretched enough. Either that, or just always keep a new chain on hand.

I don't know what I am going to do. BUT! I AM going to do something! That trike is holding me back! I have a Honda with training wheels, but I want to pedal. There is just something about the peace and tranquiity of pedaling. I got my five miles in this morning, and my legs are tight and burning. I can't stop! I feel great again!

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    Voyager trike kit

    Does anyone have any experience with this trike conversion kit? What is the ride like? Convenience? Power robbed? Mileage robbed?
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    nope only that this is a complete frame conversion /add on so you adding say # to bike to add two wheels and its framing hubs etc youre rear tyre stays on ground and drives the assy.. this buis. is all attached to youre frame proly a bolt on affair so you can go back when needed ..not for myself until im semi handicapped or better


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    Their are three types of trike kits. The cheapest is basically a glorified set of training wheels. This type does not have brakes on the extra wheels and relies on the traction of the back wheel to start and stop the bike. (I consider this type dangerous) The second type is similar but has brakes on the outrigger wheels. The third type removes the rear wheel and has the outrigger wheels providing the power and braking. The third type is a safer design.
    I would look for a bike that is already converted. The Suzuki Burgman is a popular bike for trike conversions.

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    voyager is combo of 1/2 I think..


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    According to what I see on their web site it is a set of training wheels with a trunk, fenders and a trailer hitch. Lowers ground clearance so you should avoid speed bumps and such. Ground with more than a 6" dip or raise could take the rear wheel off the ground rear eliminating braking or drive traction.


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    I had a Bmw K bike with a voyager kit. The kits are heavy and the ride is different. When you put one on you create a strange riding machine, not a trike not a motorcycle. Unless you found a scooter with a kit, and the price is right, I would look toward the MP3 Piaggio/vespa. This also makes for a wide scooter with the wheels sticking out. However you do have very easy stop and go riding and do not have to worry about dropping the bike, if this is what you need.


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    I have a tow-pac trike kit I had on our `04 GT for the wife to ride. It's lighter than a Voyager kit and looked really sharp on our dark red Scarabeo. I took it off because we couldn't ride 2up anymore 'cause the trike kit is # and saps acceleration on uphills. On the flat you can cruise @ 65 mph no problem. I paid over $3K for it. It dropped our mileage from 55 to 45 mpg. I'll sell it for $1, ready to bolt on your GT.


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    For a little more than the price of the kits you could just get a Chinese trike to test out the waters without compromising your Aprilia.

    These folks in Florida have been at it for a decade or so:

    http://gekgo.com/motor-trike-shoroom.html

    http://www.extrememotorsales.com/motter-trikes.htm


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    cc 2 valve motors on a trike means I'd be surprised it they could do more than 45 mph on a flat road with no headwind. 50cc motorget REAL !!


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    QuoteOriginally Posted by norAz RandyView Post

    cc 2 valve motors on a trike means I'd be surprised it they could do more than 45 mph on a flat road with no headwind. 50cc motorget REAL !!

    A Chinese or to test out the waters would be easier to sell afterwards if you find you don't like it than a proprietary trike kit, could be cheaper and would not involve cutting into your Aprilia to see if you like it. You might be surprised by even the 50cc models in town. The is not that bad speed wise and should do 65/70 while the are sometime EFI and capable bikes.

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    lotsa peeps fooled by that typhoon / SR 50 di tec thingy a lil trick out and the suckers at 65 mph with a not fat azz rider .. and very dang reliable cheap belts etc 14K revs etc so im guessing now ive gotta hunt down a quasar type thingy they lookin to be most reliable so farr. the class is the faster moving class change wise update wise people can easily get hold o these and dress em dwn to look like 50 if ya will and roll w no DMV certs at all did this for years personally and need to go back to this methodology during these years things were fun no major probs either ..these even small issues take all the fun outta the whole mess bck to shootin and blowin up shiet


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    These recommendations from scooter riders who have not yet actually tried/owned a scooter trike kit. I'm talking for real world experiences. It's your $, spend it as you wish.


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    I have ridden with folks who have the kits that make bikes into true trikes, those that purchased Leeman Trikes, training wheel kits and the scooter trikes. Trikes are not for everybody and some of the training wheel kits leave your bike hanging up with the drive wheel off the ground when going over depressions, leaving driveways, etc.

    The do it yourself kits many times leave you on your own on how to deal with cutting into belly pans and other bodywork to install their attachment ponts leading to water infiltration issues impacting electrical systems and other items best kept dry. It is a mixed bag and not many go that route. Many do not like how trikes handle and get rid of them immediatly.

    If no one here has done it then this is will be the best we have to offer. You may want to see if there are any bikes (scooter or not) for sale near by you with a similar kit on them and see if you can take a test drive to determine if one is really for you. You may think its nice or may immediatly jump off and say no way.


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    Another option that provides some of the stability of a trike,but also the feel of a motorcycle is the Piaggio mp3. Food for thought.


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    I would stay away from the training wheel trike kits. A member of out local scooter club has one of these kits and I rode with her one day. I watched her get high centered in a parking lot and also watched her pass 1/2 of the group on the shoulder when a quick stop was more that the back wheel could handle. I offered to adjust the outrigger wheels but she said no because she would then have to re-adjust them when she put on a new rear tire. Needless to say I don't ride anywhere near her. To make these training wheel kits work you will have to adjust the rear wheel height a couple of times as your tire wears.
    I have seen a couple of the trike kit where the outrigger wheels provide both the power and braking. These kits were on Burgman scooters. Keep an eye on e-bay because these converted scooters sell pretty cheap considering the cost of this type of conversion.

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