Converting Vulcan VN900 to Trike Question Anybody know how much it would cost to convert my 900 to a trike? Other Deby 6 years 23 Answers 2115 views 0
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I’ve found kits for around $3700 for only the axle and wheels before.
Do It yourself kits…professionally installed, various features and accessories.. I’ve seen a huge range of prices…$2,800 and up to close to $9,000.
We bought a tow pac Insta trike to put on our 1500 nomad. We found ours on craigslist for 1600 and my father was able to install with some fabrication for another 100.
I got quoted almost 14000 to trike my 1500 vulcan, that was 3 years ago
put a Voyager trike kit on his. mtcvoyager.com/?gclid=CMmZ5IySxtYCFQe5wAodWaUDUQ
A mototrike start at 9000
I did a champion trike on a 900 was 8900 with spoked wheels
8K-9K for a kit with independent rear suspension. You DO NOT want a kit with a stick axle. Add another 1.5K for a rake angle kit to make the steering a bit more reasonable. Sell your bike, take the proceeds and the money you would spend on a kit and by a used Spyder. You’ll love it.
Sorry Bob, I’m going to have to say no on the Spyder thing. 100% not the same. I do agree with the straight axel comment, causes a front wheel shake when hitting bumps but is fully controllable
Bob, our Lehman storm has a solid axle rear, handles beautifully. Absolutely no body roll in cornering and handles any curve I’ve thrown at it at speed. While the ride is a bit rougher over railroad tracks and speed bumps, the lack of body roll is more of a plus IMO. Sam, Lehman adds a compensator on the forks, for shake. Any trike will have shake cornering at low speed due to the wheels not being in line.
Yes Bud that is the one I was talking about. Had a steering stablizer. Don’t get me wrong. Was a great trike for my 5’2″ wife. She run it to the Vegas rally. No problem. Ask anyone that was at Vegas that year. Her trike was the talk
Agree with Sam on the Spyder. Test rode one and it’s awful. A truly awful vehicle.
Derek, not sure what you found objectionable about the Spyder, but a common complaint from first time riders is about twitchy steering. There is a learning curve, to be sure, especially for someone with years of 2 wheel experience. I believe they are much more stable than conventional trikes, especially if caught going into a curve too hot. The weight transfer to the front is going to lighten the weight on the inside rear wheel on a conventional trike. On a Spyder the weight transfer increases traction on the front wheels and loads the suspension on the outside front. It is possible to lift the inside wheel, but not near as easily as with a conventional trike.
Twitchy doesn’t begin to describe it. Because it is narrower than typical vehicles, it won’t settle into either rut, constantly jumping back and forth. Also, because the 2 wheels are also the steering wheels, they have to be narrow, severely destabilizing the entire vehicle. And because the vehicle doesn’t lean, you are forced to lean against the inertia of the vehicle, a truly uncomfortable experience. It’s, at best, a 70mph trike. An awful vehicle from stem to stern
I test rode a spyder at Thunder in the Valley a few years back. The steering felt very heavy compared to our trike. It may not have felt that way if not for all the time spent on two wheels. A conventional trike is heavier than a bike since you actually steer it, and it takes more input that counter steering, but the spyder felt even heavier. I also wasn’t a big fan of the riding position. Couldn’t stretch out with all the body work so close to the pegs. I rode the ‘semi automatic’ I’ll call it, and the downshift it selected were very rough.
The steering feels twitchy to everyone at first. Once you get comfortable and loosen up your grip it disappears. I can ride at 65-75 mph with just my fingertips on the bars and the bike tracks as straight as an arrow. It’s very stable once you get some time in the saddle, just like any vehicle. I can take curves on my Spyder faster than I could comfortably on my Nomad and I don’t believe a conventional trike could stay with me on the twisties. I’m sorry that your experience was a negative one. As with most modes of transportation, one man’s steak is another man’s hamburger. I switched after years of riding two wheels due to weight of the bike and 66 year old knees and hips. Couldn’t be happier. Stay safe.
Might not be worth it I’ve seen where these smaller bikes just don’t have the guts to carry that extra weight I think it was an 1100 that was converted and they could barely get the bike up to 70 miles an hour
They have “trailing wheel” kits available that would be way cheaper than conversion
I had one of those training wheels kits on my Shadow ACE Tourer, rode like a haywagon. 900 too small.
Contact Lehman trikes. They due the storm conversion. Down side is you have to send the bike to Spearfish SD for the conversion. Upside is Kawi warranty is honored on everything in front of the swingarm pivot. Everything aft of that point is Lehman warranted. Even kawi extended warranty coverage is available. Assuming of course the bike is still under warranty.
they now have a 900 trike for sale available in the USA not Canada :(… just sayin …
Company out of alabama does the basic kit for like 2995.00 installed at their facility or they can ship to you. riptrike.com
California Sidecar! Check their web page at californiasidecar.com
Shop shop and shop! I saw a 2000something voyager with a tow PAC trike kit painted to match 25000 miles for $6k on Craigslist a few months ago.
Put a trike kit on a big bike. At least a 1300=1500 model.