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Victory Motorcycle and MotorTrike Kit Review by Roger of Illinois
I've been able to put some miles on my Victory Vortex and offer the following review:
Rode everything from Honda’s to Harleys over the past 38 years. Rode a 1999 Honda Goldwing with a Lehman Trike kit for 5 years prior to purchasing the Victory Trike.
2012 Victory Cross Country with Motor Trike Vortex trike kit.
Motor Trike is spot on with their design. Kept the Victory lines true. From the rear the trike almost resembles a Camaro. Color is black throughout the bike so it’s not a tuff color to match up. Love the black rims to keep that “dark” look.
Coming off a Honda with the Lehman trike kit I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I experienced was a shock. Handling with the independent suspension was fantastic, hugs turns with ease, almost gives you that “glued down” feeling, which can be good and bad. Good for handling, bad, well, ya just want to see just how fast you can take a corner. The passenger seating with the luggage bag is less comfortable than the Honda and takes some getting used to. This is certainly a more “open” ride feel which is the best way to explain. We did purchase the Victory in the fall so it was nice to take that break from the Honda trike over the winter and almost start out fresh in the spring with the Victory. The handle bars that come stock on the Victory are not made for a trike and I highly recommend, one, raising the bars higher (makes for more control on turns), or, install the longer (2”) handle bars which are costly at $250. There are some modifications that need to be made to the bike itself for the trike kit, one being the muffler guards need to be cut down which leaves a single mounting point, which over time sag and bang on the trike kit itself, very annoying. I’m working with the dealer on how to resolve. The rear / lower trunk needs to be SLAMMED shut or will not lock properly and will pop open while driving. The rear / lower truck door also goes out of alignment often and needs to be adjusted to keep the “lines” right. Recently went on a Sunday ride, it was in the lower 90’s, I’ve been married for 25 years and my wife has NEVER asked to stop due to heat. The configuration of the bike muffler system and the trike fenders has the heat coming off the mufflers hitting the passenger in the back of the leg.
Nice trike, very cool if it’s just a day’s ride, NOT made for long distance rides.
I have numerous issues with the Victory bike itself, but don’t affect the “trike” itself. Will most likely be selling the trike soon and looking for something more reliable.
Can-Am Spyder Roadster Touring Unveiled for 2010
Sport versions also hit the road 10/30/2009
BRP is unveiling the Can-Am Spyder RT (roadster touring) in response to specific consumer demand for a touring model. The Can-Am Spyder RT is powered by a Rotax 991 engine with Electronic Throttle Control optimized for touring. The RT features the same BOSCH-engineered Vehicle Stability System (VSS) as found in the Spyder RS roadster, which includes anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems. The VSS, coupled with the inherent stability of the roadster's "Y-architecture'"and overall ease of use reinvents riding for enthusiasts of all skill levels. < More >
Smoother ride for Champion Gold Wing trike
10/15/2009: After years of research Champion Trikes is introducing new suspension technology called Comfort Ride Trike CRT suspension. The latest motorcycle to receive the new CRT trike conversion is the Honda Gold Wing GL1800. <More>
Honda Goldwing with Motor Trike Review
Motorcycle Test Drive -
Southwest Trikes -
Honda Gold Wing - Motor
by Kirk Johnson
Jan . 2006 Price as tested $27,900.00. This was a little different. Imagine never having to put your feet down or lean into a corner. But you still have the same good old wind in your face like any motorcycle. It reminded me of riding in an open and stylish convertible.
All the Trikes that Southwest Trikes sells are conversions from existing motorcycles. The kits they use are from Motor Trike and they can convert your Harley or a Honda motorcycle (or they offer one from Honda already build). <more>
Harley-Davidson Adds Second Trike to Line-Up
Street Glide three-wheeler part of 2010 new models:
7/28/2009: Harley-Davidson will offer two models on its three-wheel Trike motorcycle platform for 2010, as the new Street Glide Trike joins the Tri Glide Ultra Classic. As its name implies, the Street Glide Trike brings the lean, stripped-down, hot-rod styling of the two-wheeled Street Glide model to the three-wheel category. <more>
Harley offers a Trike in 2009 : the Tri Glide Ultra Classic
The market in tricycle motorcycles as aftermarket modifications of factory bikes has grown big enough to attract the attention of Harley-Davidson, who now offers their own factory built trike, called the Tri Glide Ultra Classic.
The trike is at the high end of their line made like the full dress Ultra Classic which has full instrumentation, a stereo, and intercom system as well as good bagage capacity and comfortable seating for two. <more>
Lehman Unveils Victory Vision Trike
CrossBow debuts at annual Victory dealer meeting
7/24/2009: Lehman Trikes unveiled its newest trike, the CrossBow, at the annual Victory Dealer Meeting in Wyoming, Minnesota. The CrossBow, is designed to be a modern American luxury touring trike, providing riders and couples with a preeminent three-wheel experience. <more> <more reviews>
2008 Victory/Lehman Pitboss Trike Review -
The Three-Wheel World Gains Power
By J. Joshua Placa, Aug. 12, 2008, Photography by J. Joshua Placa.
Lehman’s Victory Kingpin-based Pitboss doesn’t mess around. It is a well-muscled, sleek machine that can attract riders in and out of the traditional trike domain. Finding that irregular market target has been Victory’s forte for the last few years. <more>
Champion Trike Conversion: 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King
Molly Kight, Arroyo Grande, California <more>
California Sidecar releases Volusia Trike Kit
California Sidecar has announced the release of the new Volusia Trike Conversion kit for Harley-Davidson Softails®. Inspired by Formula 1 Racecar technology, the Volusia is California Sidecar's sportiest and best handling trike to date.
The Volusia offers an entirely new concept in Harley-Davidson trike conversions. Unlike other kits, which are old concepts redesigned to fit various Harley motorcycles, the Volusia was designed specifically for Softails®. With its low center of gravity, stiff chassis and proven CSC Independent Suspension, the Volusia offers a smooth ride coupled with a sleek look. The design follows the classic lines of the Softail®, making the trike a vehicle suited for cruising both in comfort and in style. Engineered to fit all 2000 through 2009 Softail® models (except Springer® models), the Volusia offers the quality craftsmanship and performance consumers have come to expect from California Sidecar. <more>