Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Port Orchard, WA
Today I gave my trike to a long-time friend because I could no longer ride it.
I broke my back about 3 years ago and it never really healed properly. The (very) heavy steering caused me to be in pain for several days every day after driving the trike. I just couldn't bring myself to pay over $1K for the aftermarket triple-tree and who-knows-what for installation.
The basic kit price is in the $5K range. Adding a triple-tree and electric reverse will get you into the $7500 - $8000 range. Paint fenders to match? $200 -$300 additional. If you substitute SEATEC's absolutely gorgeous body kit for the fenders, color-matched and installed ... you're well into $10-12K+ territory (I may be conservative here).
If you can't install everything yourself, plan on $600 -$1K for installation by a competent/qualified mechanic. In my experience, every motorcycle dealership and most independent shops declined my business. Before you buy, be confident that you can get the job done on your own or have subs who can.
OK. Enough of the Negative Nellie.
If you're prepared to spend $12K+ for your trike kit and the ancillary bits to make it fully functional and looking like it came from the factory, you will have a well engineered/designed trike for boat-loads less money than any other commercially available trike even if you have to pay for installation. (Seriously, check out Gold Wing and Harley trike prices.) And you will have something that stands out from the crowd. Trust me, it's been fun (even with my relatively Plain Jane conversion) becoming the center of attention and questions at every run I've attended.
I'm a bit concerned when I look at the ytrikes.com website and see that they think we ride CTV (sic) scooters. But, I've been around enough engineers to know that correct spelling's not a high priority. Still.
2006 Burgman 650 Executive
2008 smart s.u.v. (short utility vehicle)
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