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I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby King Herald » Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:59 pm

Well, I swapped my hot rod for the trike and some cash. It’s Reliant powered, with bike front forks and a custom frame,,built about 9 years ago. It’s definitely an interesting beast to ride....

I have spent a few days tweaking and fettling it, sorting out some minor issues, and I now need to get a grip of the weird handling, and the foot clutch, hand shift, hand throttle setup.
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby Mjolinor » Wed Jul 21, 2021 4:01 pm

More pictures please.

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Postby george baker » Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:15 pm

Hi
looks like a fun thing
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Postby DEEP DIVER » Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:44 am

I have a VW one and you'll find a wheel wobble when you set off. This should stop around 5 to 7 mph. If still there try a lower tyre pressure. I run 24 psi in mine front and back.
Also is it on a Q plate reg, if not you may have issues getting a MOT.
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby King Herald » Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:05 pm

I have a VW one and you'll find a wheel wobble when you set off. This should stop around 5 to 7 mph. If still there try a lower tyre pressure. I run 24 psi in mine front and back.
Also is it on a Q plate reg, if not you may have issues getting a MOT.
PM me and I can give you more details.

The steering is very odd, it doesn’t wobble but is very hard to turn on faster corners, lots of effort has to go into the bars. Plus the steering flops to the side when stopped. It has 10” of trail on the front end, when ideally it needs about 2”.

It is on a Q plate, built in 2011.

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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby george baker » Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:00 pm

Hi
Now you have had it a while it looks ready for a K11 engine and gearbox

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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby DEEP DIVER » Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:26 pm

With 10" of trail the wheel will flop to the side when stopped. Leading link forks help with the handling. Also there is a special trike front tyre with Trike written on the side walls, this helps a lot but they don't make many sizes. I have to put a lot of effort into my steering too.
There is a UK trike forum which is very good for info, I'll PM you a link to it if you want.
As its on a Q plate that means its had a MSVA test, which is good as loads of death traps have been built up over the years and they pop up now and again.
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby King Herald » Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:51 am

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Now you have had it a while it looks ready for a K11 engine and gearbox

George

I’m really not keen on the hand shift foot clutch thing, when so much effort has to go into the steering. A bike engine would make so much more sense.
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby DEEP DIVER » Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:01 pm

Or a Pan European engine is another good one.
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby george baker » Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:39 pm

Hi
but don't Pan engines cost lots compared to whole K100/K11? You could get back a chunk of your money for wheels, tank, panniers, seat

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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby DEEP DIVER » Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:18 pm

True George, but I've seen pan engine with gearbox around £300
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby King Herald » Sat Jul 24, 2021 11:06 am

True George, but I've seen pan engine with gearbox around £300

Apparently running Reliant engines sell very well, guys with old classics install them because they are small, compact and lightweight. Mine has been tuned too, intake manifold mods, valve job, gas flowed a bit. So spending a few quid on a decent bike engine to replace the Reliant motor wouldn't break the bank.

I assume I'd have to get a letter from a proper garage to get the engine change on the V5?
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby Jaythro » Sat Jul 24, 2021 11:52 am

Ahh Also How are you going to get power from the bike Engine to the rear axle ??

I'd think seriously about getting a flat profile front tyre on that instead of a round profile

That will help it track straight and make it less unnerving to reach to change gear

I did do a post about Not looking for a set of leading links as I am pretty sure that they will not work with that rake angle

And also check carefully for cracks where the headstock meets the lower tubes

A tyre would be a cheap mod rather than changing out the Engine and driveline ??
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby george baker » Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:18 pm

Hi
I've see pictures of the K power/ gearbox unit off set and the drive shaft taken along the centre line of the trike. As this moves the CoG to the left (which would really suit a Bond Bug as the driver is on the right) a Big block of something (Steel? Concrete?) was used to re-balance the trike.

(BTW, I was being provocative not serious in my previous post, King had only had it a day) :lol:
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby Mjolinor » Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:47 pm

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I've see pictures of the K power/ gearbox unit off set and the drive shaft taken along the centre line of the trike. As this moves the CoG to the left (which would really suit a Bond Bug as the driver is on the right) a Big block of something (Steel? Concrete?) was used to re-balance the trike.

(BTW, I was being provocative not serious in my previous post, King had only had it a day) :lol:
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby george baker » Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:08 pm

Hi
Slabs Or a sack of sand suits a Robin, and I should have had one in the bug the day I rolled it!

My (ex)wife took out a combo of mine with a bag of sand in the chair to keep it running level but did not tell me. Next time I took it out, away from a set of lights -(Tod Rd outside Turf Moor) road swings Right-- whole plot went straight ahead, That cam as a surprise #-o

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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby King Herald » Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:40 am

Ahh Also How are you going to get power from the bike Engine to the rear axle ??

I'd think seriously about getting a flat profile front tyre on that instead of a round profile

That will help it track straight and make it less unnerving to reach to change gear

I did do a post about Not looking for a set of leading links as I am pretty sure that they will not work with that rake angle

And also check carefully for cracks where the headstock meets the lower tubes

A tyre would be a cheap mod rather than changing out the Engine and driveline ??

It already tracks dead true and straight, just hard work turning corners. The clutch is very ‘bitey’ and the gear change very sloppy, which is what I don’t like.
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby george baker » Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:17 pm

Hi
the gear change being sloppy is probably the lever, it is retained by a bell shaped cap held on with a C shaped spring clip which ca break a lug off one side.

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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby King Herald » Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:04 am

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the gear change being sloppy is probably the lever, it is retained by a bell shaped cap held on with a C shaped spring clip which ca break a lug off one side.

George

I’ve had the lever out, it is all a bit worn, though intact. the spring seems a bit short, but the lever has been welded so i can’t easily get it apart to fit a better spring.

My old plastic pig back in the 70’s, was much the same.
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Re: I’ve bought myself a trike.

Postby windmill john » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:06 am

Apparently running Reliant engines sell very well, guys with old classics install them because they are small, compact and lightweight.


In 1979 I worked for a Reliant main dealer parts dept. Guy walks in and asks for a 850 engine. I’m not the strongest person in the world, but I go to the shelf, grab one and pop it on the counter for him.
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