MAKING A TRIKE

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #586 by Old Fogey » Tue May 30, 2017 11:27 pm

Baz, just in case you've forgotten. You need to illuminate the licence plate.
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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #587 by transitman » Wed May 31, 2017 5:30 am

Thank you, and yes I had remembered (believable?) and it is work in progress. I am working along with the Single Vehicle Approval Manual, my bedtime reading. It is fiddly work for arthritic fingers and all will be revealed, er, shortly.
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'31 BSA 500 single long stroke Sloper, dug out of a wall in Sussex, never went that well...
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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #588 by transitman » Wed May 31, 2017 3:15 pm

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Not sure if these look ok. Another idea was a trendy '70's anglepoise lamp off the back of the seat. Maybe too steampunk for me.
You can also see how the tank fixings evolved. The idea was the light brackets would discretely hide them. Not sure about the discrete bit now.

A locking filler cap (circa '60's Morris Minor) will follow, and the Suzuki float sensor, for some reason sold in packs of 2, will be sealed in. There are 4 anchor nuts to fix it, and petrol proof mastic.

And I appreciate the replies to the last post, thank you.
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"Say not the struggle naught availeth." A H Clough.

'78 GL1000 Trike
1st bike: '58 150cc Ambassador 2 stroke. learned how to chuck it down the road
'31 BSA 500 single long stroke Sloper, dug out of a wall in Sussex, never went that well...
'49 Sunbeam S8, built from bits in '67, used daily, sold to a US biker in '84, still miss it
3 BSA Bantams, now a daughter has one
'78 Honda 500T

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #589 by Old Fogey » Wed May 31, 2017 3:18 pm

Why not just mount the two lights in the holes that are already in the plate at the top?
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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #590 by transitman » Wed May 31, 2017 3:24 pm

bit obvious that...
why didn't I think of it. Serious. Hadn't noticed the holes... must get some more sleep...
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'78 GL1000 Trike
1st bike: '58 150cc Ambassador 2 stroke. learned how to chuck it down the road
'31 BSA 500 single long stroke Sloper, dug out of a wall in Sussex, never went that well...
'49 Sunbeam S8, built from bits in '67, used daily, sold to a US biker in '84, still miss it
3 BSA Bantams, now a daughter has one
'78 Honda 500T

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #591 by RAT » Wed May 31, 2017 5:18 pm

Maybe move the plate upwards enough to hide the tank attachments ....

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #592 by transitman » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:40 am

Ok, gone with John's answer. Can't really move it up because I welded fixing straps behind and anyway I think it looks neat now. So, back to work
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'78 GL1000 Trike
1st bike: '58 150cc Ambassador 2 stroke. learned how to chuck it down the road
'31 BSA 500 single long stroke Sloper, dug out of a wall in Sussex, never went that well...
'49 Sunbeam S8, built from bits in '67, used daily, sold to a US biker in '84, still miss it
3 BSA Bantams, now a daughter has one
'78 Honda 500T

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #593 by transitman » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:02 pm

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apologies again for tardy posting, but as last 8 or 9 months I have been doing almost nothing but electrics, there hasn't been a lot to report. When the horn stopped working I opened the switch and the wire had broken off. It was impossible to remove, found out later it was glued in. So bought a new switch that would cover all the missing functions. Not yet wired it in.

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This is the perch for the back seat driver. Seat harness to be added. Small hoist wired in and functioning.

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LED's all working

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Was going to fit fuel gauge here, then found the hole in the shelter top panel, so filled it with a voltmeter. The red kill switch is for the hazard lights, a lengthy complication to the build but has to comply with regs. The original start switch on the right twistgrip had also failed, so added this one. The indicator light panel had been broken on arrival so replaced them with LED's. The panel is held on with mirror clamps.

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Final tank work done. Sender works, fuel cap locks, tank well stuck in, and covered in vynil wrap.

Still got more electrics to do, kill switch, neutral switch and the electrical connections to the engine. Then the engine electrics, then hopefully time to add oil, water and fuel. One day
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"Say not the struggle naught availeth." A H Clough.

'78 GL1000 Trike
1st bike: '58 150cc Ambassador 2 stroke. learned how to chuck it down the road
'31 BSA 500 single long stroke Sloper, dug out of a wall in Sussex, never went that well...
'49 Sunbeam S8, built from bits in '67, used daily, sold to a US biker in '84, still miss it
3 BSA Bantams, now a daughter has one
'78 Honda 500T

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #594 by Fred Camper » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:00 pm

Looks better and better every 9 months or so. Can almost taste it now...
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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #595 by Easter » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:29 pm

Looking good. Glad to get your report. Quite an impressive project.
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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #596 by Track T 2411 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:51 am

Nice to see an update! I was just thinking about you and your project the other day. One piece at a time...
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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #597 by Old Fogey » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:38 am

Step by step you are getting there, Baz.
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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #598 by gltriker » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:58 am

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #599 by Arkwinger » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:44 pm

It has been a real pleasure to read your build and get a bit educated. I am hoping to try my hand at a trike someday. You are an amazing man with a vision and some awesome skills.

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Re: MAKING A TRIKE

Post #600 by transitman » Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:41 pm

Hi Arkwinger, welcome to this bit of the site and thank you for your comments. Always about to give a hand, but other than trike stuff I still know next to nothing about Wings. The other people here will help you there. They have done wonders for me. Where are you from and what bikes are in your life?
"Say not the struggle naught availeth." A H Clough.

'78 GL1000 Trike
1st bike: '58 150cc Ambassador 2 stroke. learned how to chuck it down the road
'31 BSA 500 single long stroke Sloper, dug out of a wall in Sussex, never went that well...
'49 Sunbeam S8, built from bits in '67, used daily, sold to a US biker in '84, still miss it
3 BSA Bantams, now a daughter has one
'78 Honda 500T


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