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Old 09-17-2009, 11:44 AM   #1
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Has anyone here ever converted thier bike into a trike (in this case a Kawasaki KZ750)? If so, what parts did you use? I want to do this myself (and not use one of the mega bucks kits), and was wondering about possible rear ends to use, brakes, etc. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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It's not worth it. The coversion kits are expensive vs the value of the bike. If you check around there is a smokin' 86 Honda VF700 SuperMagna that has a trick conversion kit for sale in GA. I used to insure it and the new owner posted something on a forum that he was selling it because he lost his job. You'll spend around $6500 for it, but it's clean and taken care of. Don't remember where I saw the post- sorry.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:51 PM   #3
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I put cards in my spokes once. It sounded so cool!
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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polkat,

The short answer is: Don't do it!

It will cost a good bit of money, and it will make you crazy trying to get the geometries and construction details right.

You cannot just weld the ass-end of an old Datsun pickup to a couple pieces of square tube and bolt it up.

Even if you managed to build it perfectly, you'd have a vehicle that would do everything it could to throw you off. Especially in an emergency braking maneuver, or a hot turn.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:40 PM   #5
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Don't let these nattering nabobs of negativism stop you from modifying your KZ7550, what you need to find is a Cushman Truckster, cut the back end off, and weld it up to your Kawasaki's frame.

The Truckster has sprockets, and cable actuated drum brakes, so you will have top flight equipment when you go with the Cushman mod.

Also, you can get many accessories for the truckster, like a cement mixer, mini-wrecker, glof club bag holders, and a neat refrigerated box if you want to sell ice creme to the neighborhood kiddies. I mean, in this economy you might as well get the most out of it...
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:38 PM   #6
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Seriously, is a Truckster frame strong enough to hold up to a big Kawasaki? And how would it perform at highway speeds?
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:54 PM   #7
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The only home-brew conversions I've seen involve grafting a quad front end onto the bike. That means you have two wheels up front for cornering and braking.

They work pretty well, so I'm told.

But I am sure that is not what you're looking for.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:11 PM   #8
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You might be better off finding an old HD servicar and sticking the Kawasaki motor in it.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:35 AM   #9
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Trucksters were rated at 1000 lbs. with an 8 hp motor. Your old KZ motor should do just fine. The frame was beefy enough for a hydraulic dump-bed option as well.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:14 PM   #10
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Why don't you just ride the kawi and find an early Beetle and cut it in half to make a trike out of. I'm talkin' true 70's style here with a 15 foot spring and apehangers nice 6 foot King/Queen Cobra seat... flat black paint with Moon Racing eye's on it..(ask your dad)......If you want total authenticity spray can FTA, FTM, FTN or the catch-all FTW on it in flat white...a nice big "13" on the back....some original 15 inch Cragers with mis-matched tire size's......

Now you're mobbin yo.....
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