Motorcycle trikes are a common sight in the foreign markets, especially in the USA where big cruisers are converted into trikes. In India however, the sight is not so common due to lack of space on the road and general lack of interest in the trikes. However, there are many have converted their motorcycles into trikes and they look quite good. Here are five trikes that you can find in India. Just for the record, trikes are not road legal and one has to get RTO approval and get necessary changes done to the Registration Certificate of the vehicle to make it road legal.
One of the biggest reasons that most trikes are based on a cruiser motorcycle is because of the comfort they provide. The cruiser bikes have laid back seating that makes them a perfect base vehicle for the trike conversions. This Bajaj Avenger from Mumbai has been modified into a beautiful looking trike.
The bike gets a rear trolley and sofa style seat for two more people in the rear. The rear-end gets a car style look and the whole set-up looks quite interesting.
The Karizma has been the workhorse of the Indian roads for a long time now. Here is a Karizma based trike that looks quite good. The video below shows the work in progress and how the frame has been upgraded to convert it into a trike. The whole conversion has been done at home.
The bike gets the engine from Karizma and tank from old Bajaj Pulsar. It is a chain-driven bike with the rear wheels taken from Volkswagen Jetta. The final product looks quite unique.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird
The mighty looking vehicle gets the skeleton of ThunderBird. The power is drawn from the 796cc engine of Maruti 800 that produces a maximum of 37.5 Bhp and 59 Nm of maximum torque. The Trike features McPherson struts with coil springs in the rear and keeps the stock suspensions in the front.
The bike gets a bright yellow colour that makes it very easy for people to spot it easily. It looks like a perfect blend between a car and a motorcycle!
The tried and tested Honda Unicorn forms the perfect base for this reverse trike. Now, the reverse trikes are a bit more complicated than the regular ones because of the steering system has to be modified completely. This trike gets tiltable steering that does not takes away the fun of leaning the motorcycles on the corners.
This may not allow extreme tilting but nevertheless, a tiltable steering column requires a good amount of work. The Unicorn in this form looks fantastic. It also gets individual disc brakes for the front two wheels.
TVS Maxx is a commuter bike that many may not remember. A group of engineering students have modified the Maxx to a reverse trike and has christened it “Anvitha”. The bike gets regular tyres at the front and rear and as per the video, it can be tilted on the corners too. This makes the triked based on the commuter bike very unique and good looking. The front frame has been developed from scratch.