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That's really something...I guess that trike kit acts like training wheels?

But if it runs good and you wanted a normal vn750 and you got it for a good price, you could probably strip off all of the extras and sell them and end up with a free bike or even a little profit. But I imagine he has a pretty good sized reserve set on that auction.
 

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I would call that a trailer....JMO

It has a single mounting point somewhere under the engine and just gets towed along with a stock bike. It looks cool, but I don't see the point since it doesn't even give you more storage.:doh:
 

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Looks like it should convert back pretty easy.

48,000 miles!

I bet burnouts are easy on that thing.

edit: KC, I guess the point must be not having to balance like you would on two wheels.
 

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That's really something...I guess that trike kit acts like training wheels?

But if it runs good and you wanted a normal vn750 and you got it for a good price, you could probably strip off all of the extras and sell them and end up with a free bike or even a little profit. But I imagine he has a pretty good sized reserve set on that auction.
That appears to be a Voyager brand Trike Kit or something similar.They are actually easy to install and remove and bring a pretty good price used.
http://www.mtcvoyager.com/voyager-standard.html
 

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I just took a closer look and that VN has a couple of hard to find Items Looks like it has ire and steel Floorboard and possibly a Tour Package Front Fender as well ,both are getting hard to find and I can't really tell if that is the factory built fairing or a Vetter. edit: I believe it is a factory tour package fairing without lowers and I did notice the voyager sticker on the frame of the kit.That bike has some rare and pricey parts on it,for sure.
 

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I guess that trike kit acts like training wheels?
My thoughts exactly, lol...I wonder if it has suspension so you can still lean it....
Dont that kit trike setup have you remove the rear wheel though ? Ive seen em for different bikes, and they "claim" a 20 min switch....If that unit is independantly suspended (would need to be to work), one could add a Servicar type box to the rear of it....looks like there's lots of steel there to weld to.
 

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That Voyager kit is a bolt on, and the mc tire is the only one that powers forward motion. There is an older couple, in their mid to late 70s I would estimate, who have a Voyager kit on a 14-1500cc Suzuki cruiser. I do not believe it leans at all in the corners. Herb cannot hold it up anymore when stopped, so they put the kit on it and continue to ride. They also have another big v-twin that is a true trike and ride the 2 bikes alternately to bike nights.

Tom is another local long time rider who runs an independent garage where he works on cars, trucks, bikes and quads, maybe even outboard boat engines if you ask. :) He is a dealer for the Voyager kits which sell for $4500 CAN. It takes him about half a day to install the kit and do a wheel alignment. 20 minutes to unhook or hook up again after the initial installation sounds reasonable.

Edit: I stand correctted. The motorcycle will lean from 6-12* when in a turn with the Voyager Kit installed.

http://www.mtcvoyager.com/voyager-standard.html
 

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...just thinking though, the 2 outer wheels would need to ride slightly off the pavement. If they didnt, on even the slightest rough ground, the drive wheel would spin...they HAVE to give a little...
Ever see a kid on a bicycle with training wheels ? If theyre even the slightest bit agressive in turns, or are on rough ground, the center wheel just spins...wish that post had better details near the inner rear wheels....
Noticed too from the front view....it IS kinda narrow....I think if I was gonna go trike, Id go full bore with a true 3 wheeler...
OT, but Merc, KC and I were following a trike going over the mountain once...had a passenger on the back too...the guy was FLYING !!!...we couldnt keep up...cool too, it was glassed to look like a vintage car from behind....similar to the 57 Chevy bike OCC did, but was a trike, and much better done...
 

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...just thinking though, the 2 outer wheels would need to ride slightly off the pavement. If they didnt, on even the slightest rough ground, the drive wheel would spin...they HAVE to give a little...
Ever see a kid on a bicycle with training wheels ? If theyre even the slightest bit agressive in turns, or are on rough ground, the center wheel just spins...wish that post had better details near the inner rear wheels....
Noticed too from the front view....it IS kinda narrow....I think if I was gonna go trike, Id go full bore with a true 3 wheeler...
OT, but Merc, KC and I were following a trike going over the mountain once...had a passenger on the back too...the guy was FLYING !!!...we couldnt keep up...cool too, it was glassed to look like a vintage car from behind....similar to the 57 Chevy bike OCC did, but was a trike, and much better done...
click on the link I posted above and you can read all about them,The rear suspension is independent and it works quite well.

Like Ol Hoss I have seen two of them one on an older Wing and the other on the Older Kaw voyager XII'

I actually rode with one of them he was a paraplegic and had mounted a Hand Shifter and had linked his brakes Hydrauilicly and moved the clutch to the right hand as well.he old dude rode better than a lot of people I have rode with that had two wheels.

The price on that basic setup is around $3800 US and is easily dropped off the bike to put on a different bike if you trade up.Compared to the cost of sending one to one of the full on trike conversion companies it is an affordable alternative.Especially if you already have a bike.

Voyager makes a bunch of different mounting kits for a lot of different bikes so it is easily transferred to another bike.

Some people actually use the trike kit for travelling 2 up and pulling a trailer and just use the bike for local riding.I am not a fan of trikes but I could see someone older or not as strong as they once were using this to extend their riding life well beyond what they could manage on two wheels.

That is the basic kit shown , there are several upgrades available.Here is the link again so you don't have to read the whole thread

http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=48ba4f8f6e9352e1de7ee15beaa005e9&loc=http://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?p=258186&posted=1#post258186&v=1&libid=1364068617907&out=http://www.mtcvoyager.com/voyager-standard.html&ref=http://www.vn750.com/forum/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=258170&title=VN750 Trike.. umm .. Quad? listed on Ebay - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums&txt=http://www.mtcvoyager.com/voyager-standard.html&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13640686368794
 

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Thanks brother...honestly, with my health right now, my legs aint gettin any stronger too soon....I may need to go that route....hopefully not for a few years yet...Id never be seen on one of them CanAms....but a 45cu in Servicar would do me just fine if it had the 6 speed and reverse....I got a pic in my files of a 45 trike from 60s SF...buddy of mine had a leather shop there, and he shared some old pics with me...gotta find em and post....car tires all 3 wheels, storage, etc...I'd love to grab one....



Id never ride bitch, lol...
 

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Thanks brother...honestly, with my health right now, my legs aint gettin any stronger too soon....I may need to go that route....hopefully not for a few years yet...Id never be seen on one of them CanAms....but a 45cu in Servicar would do me just fine if it had the 6 speed and reverse....I got a pic in my files of a 45 trike from 60s SF...buddy of mine had a leather shop there, and he shared some old pics with me...gotta find em and post....car tires all 3 wheels, storage, etc...I'd love to grab one....
Did you ever see one of the old 80 inch flathead three wheelers,I think they were ULH models but I can't remember .The OHV Knuckle came out about the same time and they didn't sell very well ,two wheels or three.
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1938-harley-davidson-ul.htm

here it is and i can't find a trike with it in it but I have seen one in a book I used to have ,may have been a one-off or custom:confused:
 

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I remember the "U" series...stood for "utility" I think, like the Servicars, but never seen an 80cu in...must have been VERY limited...meaning also, BIG bucks if ya find one, lol....
i was gonna just get a rear off some lil economy car and weld it up to my VN frame, lol...Im good friends with the local scrapyard...they only charge me by weight...

Her's an actual "U" series....awfully short looking stroke....bore musta been insane...

 

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I have never seen a UL trike, but I have a History of Harley Davidson book with a picture of an 80 cu in ULA (?) kitted out for the US Navy in WWII. IIRC the navy took 1200 of them, most for use on Shore Patrol. (Is that the same as Military Police in the Army?)
 

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Yup....SP is the same as MP....SP got silly uniforms though.... ;)
 

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The original auction went to a little over $3000, didn't hit reserve, and is now relisted.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawasaki-Vulcan-1999-KAWASAKI-VULCAN-TRIKE-VERY-VERY-NICE-/310639330198?pt=US_motorcycles&hash=item48538c0396

Voyager says their kit lets the bike lean 6-12 degrees versus 45-60 degrees on two wheels.

I think they look better as a full dresser, they hide the back tire better.

Here's a Kawi and a Honda slide show from Voyager's website, a few with trailers that look decent too.

Kawi slide show
http://www.mtcvoyager.com/gallery/13-kawasaki/detail/147-kawa-nomad.html?tmpl=component

Honda
http://www.mtcvoyager.com/gallery/11-honda/detail/241-honda-gl-1800-2.html?tmpl=component

edit: Here's a guy with a prosthetic leg trying out a trike kit. 79 Honda CBX
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9r-LxPXs64

There's a lot of videos of the Voyager Trike kit and others on Youtube. If you go there looking for them, you're bound to run into one of these... the 9 second trike?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su7gNQf8gK8
 

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Now thats cool...well engineered and thought out too it appears...build a box fer the front, paint "Ice Cold Beer" on it...'58 Chevy headlights, and I "might" ride it...I still like the servicar types...

http://newjersey.craigslist.org/mcy/3670358195.html

Build a box fer the back with a built in bitch seat, and yer set !

Too big a pic to post, but.... http://www.americantrike.com/images/187.JPG (rt click, open in new window).

...or the full Monty..........



www.americantrike.com

has all kinds of trike kits talked about on there. See, Id want wide 60 series tires on the rear, and a fattie up front too...I wouldnt burden mine down with too much though...just the neccessities...beer cooler, cig lighter, and stereo...
 

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