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dan8400

posted on 30/4/21 at 05:23 PM Reply With Quote
Reverse trike project.

Hi everyone,

I have been working away at a reverse trike project for around 3 years on and off now.

I never thought of doing a build diary or anything but I have been taking pictures as Iíve gone along.

I will leave a link to my Flickr below so you can see my progress and Iíll add some pictures below too.

It started as a chassis I got from eBay for £50. I was going to make a 4 wheeler but I saw some other reverse trikes on YouTube etc and thought they looked fun. It is also easier to build as the whole rear end is done. Engine, gearbox, suspension etc.

I have modified the chassis as Iíve gone along. Iíve used locost bottom wishbones, Sierra uprights and mushroom tops, punto rack and column and fiat 500 headrest (because itís round). Motorbike donor was a 2000 ZX9R.

I have been teaching myself sheet metal work, youíll have to judge for yourself at the quality and styling but I welcome constructive criticism. It was easier for me to work with metal for now than fibreglass. If I like what I create I can always take a mould.

Iíll put some pictures below. Please ask any questions and please visit the Flickr link for more.

Overall weight so far is 320kg (not much to add).

Flickr link: https://flic.kr/p/2kVGEWg

Thanks
Dan

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dan8400

posted on 30/4/21 at 05:25 PM Reply With Quote
Test to see if it works...

Trike[/ url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/152677313@N05/]daniel payne, on Flickr

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posted on 30/4/21 at 06:24 PM Reply With Quote
Trike[/ url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/152677313@N05/]daniel payne, on Flickr





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posted on 30/4/21 at 06:26 PM Reply With Quote
Trike[/ url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/152677313@N05/]daniel payne, on Flickr

Trike[/ url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/152677313@N05/]daniel payne, on Flickr

Trike[/ url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/152677313@N05/]daniel payne, on Flickr





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myke pocock

posted on 30/4/21 at 07:34 PM Reply With Quote
Very neat, well done, nice project. If you like working in metal then why not. Probably stronger at the front end than fibreglass anyway and who cares if it is a little heavier.
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dan8400

posted on 30/4/21 at 07:45 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks myke.

I thought the same about the steel. I was concerned about how much weight I was adding. However, our forklift has a weigher device so I am able to keep an eye on the weight anytime.

I am still learning with the sheet metal but Iím hoping to get this project done and on the road and under my belt so that the next one can be a little better.

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Edwardo

posted on 30/4/21 at 08:45 PM Reply With Quote
Looking great Dan - that's really coming together.

I'd love to know how these trikes handle on the road - I bet it's tail out action all the way!

Cheers
Tony

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dan8400

posted on 1/5/21 at 05:47 AM Reply With Quote
Thanks Tony.

Iím curious to know too. It boils down to one video that really gave me the inspiration to start looking into reverse trikes and take the plunge, sell my Tiger Supercat and fund this project. Funnily enough I spent most of the budget in the first two weeks otherwise the domestic government would have spent it...

Link to Canadian trike

I ended up going a different direction with the body etc as I do not (yet) have the tools or experience to make a chassis like his. Neat thing though

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dan8400

posted on 18/9/21 at 03:44 PM Reply With Quote
I have been making steady progress with the body on my Reverse Trike.

I am concentrating on tidying up all the panels and getting ready for filler, primer and paint. The grey primer is just cheap stuff blown over when I finish for the night as I got fed up with constantly removing surface rust before I could do anythingÖ









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posted on 18/9/21 at 03:44 PM Reply With Quote
A few moreÖ









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JC

posted on 19/9/21 at 04:57 AM Reply With Quote
Wow - I really like that! Looking forward to seeing it on roads near me...
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dan8400

posted on 19/9/21 at 07:18 AM Reply With Quote
Thanks JC

Getting tools and materials together for filler and painting. So hopefully no too long now.

Where abouts are you in Lincolnshire? Iím in Midville between Boston and Spilsby.

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