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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-08-2008, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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vn750 trike....anyone?

I have decided to try to make a trike from scratch. I can buy a good vn750 from a friend( because I don't want to experiment with my pride and joy).

my question...do any of you know someone who has done this to a vn750?

if not I'll blaze new trails

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I have seen one before. I think it was some kind of kit they used.

With that I should note that the bike had three wheels on the ground, but the bikes original rear wheel was somehow raised up and used just to power the two add ons in the rear.(or that is how it appeared)
Now if you are talking about making a true trike, meaning only using the front frame , motor , etc..and plan on using something of your own design in the rear, you should consider that because the bike is a shaft drive, you will have more obstacales to overcome as opposed to choosing a chain or belt drive bike.

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Now if you are talking about making a true trike, meaning only using the front frame , motor , etc..and plan on using something of your own design in the rear, you should consider that because the bike is a shaft drive, you will have more obstacales to overcome as opposed to choosing a chain or belt drive bike.

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KM - Shaft drive might actually be easier - just use a narrowed car rear end from say an old Pinto or 4 cyl Mustang or some old RWD Japanese car. Just adapt the driveshaft to the rear end u-joint. Should be fairly easy to do.


Stan - Awesome idea! Keep us posted.

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I've seen Pinto's and Maverick's used on Wings, nothing as small as our VN's

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There was one done in England I saw picts, let me see if I can find them.

Here it is http://hometown.aol.co.uk/teasyandjill/index.html
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I posted this one here about a year ago....
(there's also a pic of a 500 trike in the post HERE)



Nothing was known about it though except for this......

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This is my 2004 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan with a '74 Dodge Colt 411 rear end inverted. Very clean and custom. Not cluttered with cargo compartments. Rear suspension includes two swing arms. Custom seat, Dual front disc brakes, rear brake drums.


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Wow - both of those turned out really nice.

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KM, the kit you saw was a voyager kit. you make no mods to the bike with that kit and can go from 2 wheel to four in minutes.

I am going to do a true trike conversion. I agree with scoop, I think it'll be easier to use a shaft drive bike and mod the ujoint.

hyper and ccspinner, thanks for the pictures. I'm sure they will help. the donor bike I am going to use is a 2000 with 14K on it. I bought it for $1,500 so I didn't pay a lot for the basic bike.

now to hit autocad and come up with my concept. BTW, I can come up with a miata rear end for free so I'm going to see if that'll work

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KM, the kit you saw was a voyager kit. you make no mods to the bike with that kit and can go from 2 wheel to four in minutes.

I am going to do a true trike conversion. I agree with scoop, I think it'll be easier to use a shaft drive bike and mod the ujoint.

hyper and ccspinner, thanks for the pictures. I'm sure they will help. the donor bike I am going to use is a 2000 with 14K on it. I bought it for $1,500 so I didn't pay a lot for the basic bike.

now to hit autocad and come up with my concept. BTW, I can come up with a miata rear end for free so I'm going to see if that'll work
Note that the comments on Hyper's post said the rear was inverted. This must mean that the drive shaft on a VN750 turns the opposite direction from a standard car and you will need to flip the rear end over (unless you prefer to drive it backwards!). You'll need to account for proper pinion bearing oiling if you do that. Sometimes you can just install an internal oil slinger, but it will depend on the rear end you ultimately get. I am not familiar with Miatas.

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Degoated
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Ears Shaved/Rejetted
MF/AGM Battery
Irridium Plugs
Spring Solo Seat
32 Ford Model A Tail Light
Custom 2 into 1 Exhaust with 12 inch Glass Pack

Rear bobbed and hard-tailed!
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