The tricycle has been around for probably more than a century. Tricycles are produced for children to obtain about freedom easier as opposed to wanting to be pulled in wagons. For a lot of young children, a tricycle is essential to be far more than a riding toy. It also had to have other functions or have character tie-ins to their preferred shows or characters. Not only children can have fun with the trike, but also adults. Recently, this vehicle has combined the latest technology with the power of engines, thus creating a new means of transport. Thereby, it is more Eco-friendly and easier to maintain than a car or a motorcycle.
There are quite a few companies that make conversion kits to turn you motorcycle into trikes. The prices and components vary. You can get everything including fenders, suspension, seat with backrest and lights or just a bare bones kit that in composed of a bracket, axle, sprocket and brake system. Perhaps one of the most popular models of trikes is the VW one. It is very easy to convert a VW bug. The rear engine makes the build easy and the highly reliable air cooled motor simplifies the mechanical aspects. Basically, to build a VW trike you need a VW Bug, a motorcycle front end, steel to build the connecting frame, and some mechanical and fabrication skills. One of the key points in building VW trikes is the design. So many home made trikes look like dumpy Mexican ice cream vendor carts. You really want a sharp chopper looking design. You can either fabricate a steel body or use a fiberglass, but the base body needs to be cool.
The easiest model to do it yourself is the hard tail. Just connect the axle tube to the bike frame with a set of ground parallel frame rails and down tubes. Hard tails are light, cheap and fun, but can be a little hard on the back. If you are building a soft tail bike, then you will need a U joint or CV joint equipped, articulated drive shaft and trailing arm type suspension. One of the other great advantages of the VW trikes are that the rear weight makes it real easy to do wheel stands. Moreover, the VW trikes are very capable of towing a utility trailer or camp trailer. If you get caught in the rain on VW trikes you may get wet, but you will be able to keep going.