Complete freedom of Design and Build. Old and New Ideas. Do not want to repeat previous design and styling. Looking for a stripped down lightweight - limited body construction similar to aircraft "monocot" construction.
Frame and all welding to be done by professional fabricator and family friend. Light-weight, Reasonable power train, with, reasonable Power to weight Ratio.
Not a complete green horn - Worked on an Ariel Square Four Chopper. Nice project for a couple of years, a trike. Crate VW 1800 cc engine - under consideration, or even an "Insurance Bike" ?
Planning stage Now, Any time there is motion - problems can come up. That is why the drafting equipment. .
Thanks in advance, Have already all drafting equipment. Updates available, for progress. Long time in Coming. .
sounds good..ya got any drawings or sketches you made to show what is up??
Here is the Plan Mr. Greasy,
After gathering information-including many Chopper influenced publications, as well as looking at plans and spec's and some Parts catalogs - Techinical Manuals and internet sites - as-well the Club photographs. I plan on constructing 2 (two) scale models to allow for the 3D look and to see it - for any potention flaws and critisms. The drawings now, are concept - non -detailed scetches. Big Paper with Dry markers. Which leads to refinement, later. A VW crate motor, trans-axel and clutch can be got for around $4,000. A insurance bike - cost unknown - ? Yes, But would the biking community consider this trike - un-conventional or Non Motorcycle ? HUMMMM !!!
In the mean time Check out Ron Finch - Michigan Motorcycle Artist, His web address - is www.finchscustoms.com Meet and Talked to him - only once. The man is brilliant.
Thanks for asking,
Best Wishes .
I did ck out his site..i remember the creamsicle from the past..can't remember which mag I saw it in but do remeber it..sounds like your doin your research and information hunting..will be glad to see your project as it comes along..
Mr. Greasy, I certainly want to say Thank You for your imput, encouragement and support for my project. I enjoyed the build up of the last bike, before the Cool Tools, Materials, and Building Methods were available. I will keep you informed and will probably ask you questions along the way.
Mucha"s Gracia's, My Friend - and Thanks Again.
you don't have to call me Mr...just greasy will do..and yep,,glad to be informed about your progress..thanks
i also had thoughts about a trike design and shelved it when i found the dept of transportation would require certain ap-proval of design , i wonder if they still require this
Mr. French, I had an untitled bike, purchased in Michigan - a 100cc Italian thing with no builders title either, just a sales receipt. It came from a go-kart sales / repair place going out of business. Applicaption was made for registration and title. A State application was filed out, and a a motor vehical inspector came a month later. All he did was to ask "Do the lights work ?, let me see them ? That was then, and this is now. I will venture, that the single intended use - for a trike build - would be easier than trying to sell them, as Production. Only need one.
I Could be wrong - Michigan has many; Unions, Laws, Requlations, Rules, and Guidelines, in place at this time. Any-thing can Happen Here. After that experience - Bought Titled Only. Today you can build your own house - But inspection / pertmits s are required. You can buy residential / commercial electrical components - but not install them yourself
Very Interesting Concept !
j.parker yup here in fla i have a 3/4 ton van converted to motorhome and has a sticker on it that oit is approved by the state , funny how the individual will modify a bike ans use it with no approval, we have the two cylinder boys running wioth no muffller, this is unlawful and they couldent care less
yep frenchie..wrong place for your comment on 3/4 ton van and 2 cyl boys mods....we're talkin trikes here and build plans.. I agree with joe which I don't very often..
a mistake. sorry
Thank You, LA.
Both Your-self and Greasy have brought to my attention something, hat I have over-looked. That being the legal side of the build. As an amputee - I still want to ride again, very much. Here - in Detroit, 'Boss Hog" sell bikes with Car Motors - sells as Production !
In this situation - Is it better to build knowing, later modifications would be required - ???????. Because I don't think Michian Transportation Employee's would understand Plans & Specs.
A volkswagen vendor, E maled to say - he does not have long blocks/crate motors older than 1985. In my day - the bug was "a nickel - a ton". I do not need legal problems A time out now, to study what the state wants for "experimental vehicals" Not giving up !!!. Trike is only in the primary stage of design. NO welding - yet. Good Points all-around ...".Ignorance of the law is a poor defence."
Exactly what I needed!!! Thanks again.
j parker ln some of my posts i questiomned if home built trikes were legal, the trike i ride is legal AS FAR AS I COULD ASCERTAIN, IT HAS APPROVED POLLUTION CONTROL AND IS PLACARDED FOR SAME, IT HAS APPROVED EXHAUST SYSTEM AND APPROVED LIGHITS. ALL WAS OKAYED FOR THE USE IN THE U S A BY THE HONDA MOTOR C=COMPANY AND U HAVE NEVER BEEN QUESTIONED CONCERNING ITS LEGAL STATUS, I CANNOT SPEAK FOR OTHER MAKES, I DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY MANY BIKES ARE OPERATING ILLEGALLY AT YHIS DATE, YOU WOULD FIND NO OBJECTION CONCERNINC A HOME BUILT UNIT BUT IN CASE OF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT YOU MAY FIND IGNORANCE IS INDEED NO EXCUSE FOR THE LAW LEADING TO JUDGEMENT AGAINST YOU AND YOU COULD BE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE, NOT TRYING TO THROW A GLITCH IN YOUR WORKSM JUST BE CAREFUL,FRIEND, ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN
RIDE SAFE , IF I Cn help you in ny way just e mail to frenchie at