Custom trikes of India: From Royal Enfield Himalayan to Suzuki Burgman

Motorcycle trikes are frequently seen in foreign markets, particularly in the USA, where large cruisers are often converted into trikes. In India, however, such sights are less common due to limited road space and a general lack of interest in trikes. Nevertheless, there are still many enthusiasts who have successfully converted their motorcycles into trikes, resulting in impressive creations. Presented below are six trikes that were made in India. It’s worth noting that trikes are not considered road legal, as they are modification of any sort is considered illegal in India.

Bajaj Avenger

One of the main reasons why most trikes are based on cruiser motorcycles is their ability to provide comfort. Cruiser bikes are equipped with laid-back seating positions, making them ideal as a foundation for trike conversions. Take, for example, this Bajaj Avenger from Mumbai, which has been beautifully modified into a trike.

The bike has been fitted with a rear trolley and a sofa-style seat that can accommodate two additional passengers. The rear-end of the trike has been given a car-like appearance, resulting in an intriguing overall setup.

Hero Karizma

Moving on to the Hero Karizma, a long-standing workhorse on Indian roads, there is a trike conversion based on this model that catches the eye. The accompanying video showcases the work in progress and highlights the frame modifications made to transform it into a trike. Interestingly, the entire conversion was accomplished at home.

The bike retains the engine from the Karizma and features a tank borrowed from an older Bajaj Pulsar. It operates using a chain-driven system, with the rear wheels sourced from a Volkswagen Jetta. The final product exudes a distinctiveness that is truly captivating.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird

Next up is the Royal Enfield Thunderbird, a vehicle known for its imposing presence. This trike is constructed using the Thunderbird’s skeleton and derives power from a 796cc engine borrowed from a Maruti 800, producing a maximum output of 37.5 Bhp and 59 Nm of torque. The trike is equipped with McPherson struts and coil springs in the rear, while the front retains the stock suspensions.

With its vibrant yellow color, the bike stands out effortlessly, catching the attention of onlookers. It strikes a perfect balance between a car and a motorcycle, merging their best qualities.

Honda Unicorn

The Honda Unicorn, a reliable and tested model that serves as an ideal base for this reverse trike. Reverse trikes tend to be slightly more complex than conventional trikes, as the steering system requires complete modification. This particular trike features a tiltable steering mechanism that retains the joy of leaning into corners, despite the alterations.

Although extreme tilting is not possible, implementing a tiltable steering column demands significant effort. The Honda Unicorn, in this transformed state, exhibits a fantastic appearance and is equipped with individual disc brakes for the front two wheels.

Royal Enfield Himalayan

The modification in question is centered around the Royal Enfield Himalayan. This bike underwent an official commissioned modification by Royal Enfield and is currently showcased at a Royal Enfield Cafe in Goa. Its debut took place at the 2016 Royal Enfield Rider Mania event in Goa. Referred to as the Rooster Trike, this unique creation features a modified rear section where a differential has replaced the original setup. The back of the trike now boasts a set of knobby tires. The wider wheels serve to distribute the weight over a larger surface area, enhancing the Rooster Trike’s performance on beach sand significantly compared to the stock bike.

Suzuki Burgman

The modified Burgman Trike boasts an impressive appearance. In addition to the front rider seat, the scooter provides ample room for two passengers in the rear. Extensive modifications have been made to the scooter’s rear-end, incorporating spacious sofa-style seats for the passengers. The entire body of the scooter has undergone significant alterations, necessitating structural changes. While the original scooter utilizes a final belt drive system to power the rear wheel, it is evident that modifications have been made to this particular scooter. Although the exact mechanism by which power is transferred to the rear wheels remains uncertain, it is likely that the modified scooter employs a new rear axle connected to the final belt drive, which in turn propels the wheels.

Custom trikes of India: From Royal Enfield Himalayan to Suzuki Burgman