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catweazle
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« on: August 07, 2016, 08:43:17 PM »

Today I was asked if I could Trike somebodies 350cc bike. Personally I think 500cc is the minimum engine size, but am I wrong? Secondly its chain driven so would it be more hassle than its worth. Finally would he be better off slinging a chair on the side if he so wants to hang on to this bike but have 3 wheels... Comments please.
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 11:59:21 AM »

For sure smaller cc trikes are available commercially,
Ice bear sell the 250cc Warrior.
While the three wheeled Coco taxis found in Cuba are only 175cc,
and the Auto rickshaws found in other parts of the globe are typically only 150cc,
though I believe the newer designs feature a slightly larger engine,
now at the rear like the old De Dion trike.
Which obviously makes the machine more stable than those where the engine was in the forward position.

Chain drive not really an issue as long as you are not using an antiquated beam axle,
and thus the diff can be mounted on slots to adjust up the chain.

Probably going to hit as many issues with fitting a chair as turning in to a trike.
could work well enough if you can find suitable parts,
and with the right approach.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2016, 02:12:16 PM »

Some years ago, with some cash in my pocket. I enquired of a company who claimed they could 'trike anything', if they could transform one of my MZ 300s..We had a laugh about it, but they said it could be done. But the cost of course would be about the same as for a larger bike.  This put me off somewhat in terms of resale value, should it occur.
But now, without that cash available, I wish I had taken the plunge and gone with my convictions. Instead of listening to the nay sayers..    DO YER OWN THING!!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2016, 06:28:45 PM »

listening to the nay sayers

http://www.trike-bikeshop.de/service/MZ_Trike.jpg

Execution is probably more the issue than powerplant Sheddy,
I had a 1500 Goldwing in last week,
and it was utterly horrible to ride,
flat six lovely for sure,
but the 'conversion' was a joke,
absurdly heavy steering, and a backend that did it's own thing,
very complicated, heavy and stupid
(I suspect an American made kit).

I think I could be betting that a nicer to ride machine could indeed have used an MZ engine.


     

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2016, 08:49:58 PM »

Thanks for the feed back guys.... he's changed his mind now and looking toward a much larger BMW with a chair....
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2016, 06:00:51 PM »

with a chair....


Yeah, sidecars seem to making a bit of a comeback,
I have had three come in for various work recently.

Certainly there are more machines around which are well suited to pulling a chair,
George Brough back in the day played around with fitting hotted up Austin seven motors
to make a better tug for an outfit,
Back then four bangers were largely 'exotica'.

I could not say I was convinced with regard to outfits generally,
but I was surprised at how well the XJ900 that came here rode,
it's ability to lazily pull the weight of a fairly big sidecar made for a not unpleasant ride,
I did weld some hefty fittings up to hold it all together,
and went for some chunky leading axle brackets to sort the steering,
but yeah real nice easy to pilot
(way nicer than the 1500 Goldwing trike I mentioned previously).

Maybe the typically awful car axle married to an ancient hack
has burst the bubble,
I still love my yellow eighteen hundred twist and go Scooby  trike.gif trike.gif
 
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2016, 01:13:51 AM »

Hey up i saw a trike advertised only the other day it was a jailin 250cc in castleford west yorkshire, but it looked more likw a disabled scooter, so would reckon something bigger than 350cc, do you know of any clubs in west yorkshire where i can meet up or any suggestions as i am just getting back into triking
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2016, 11:47:20 AM »

jailin 250cc in castleford

This one by any chance ?
https://www.gumtree.com/p/jialing-motorbikes/jialing-trike/1190295001
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2016, 01:38:26 PM »

More likely a 125.  LOVE IT!
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2016, 10:08:08 AM »

Looks like it uses the 109cc Honda super cub motor Sheddy,
so about the same 8 bhp as a late model De Dion-Bouton.

JiaLing's web site shows larger cc machines being available,
largest is quoted as being 644 ml twin cylinder,
styled a little like a New Map Solyto,
or the Tempo Hanseat seen in that great movie Micmacs (2009),
(which if you have not seen, you really should).
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