Ken's Custom Trikes     2245 N.E. Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61603     (309)682-2453
The Big Boy Of Trikes.
Reliable, Liquid Cooled
Power House

The HSC1800 is simply a “purpose
built” cruising machine. This trike
can be outfitted for cruising or
touring. -For the VTX1800R and S
models. Others may require add'l
Every HCS1800 Roadsmith Trike is built with the attention and
craftsmanship needed to be a true extension of the Honda™ motorcycle
itself. Take a closer look and you will see what we mean. Designed for
the VTX1800R and S model. Have a fun, worry-free ride.
Independent Rear Suspension
The smooth ride of the Roadsmith HSC1800 is primarily due to our
innovative suspension system that offers a ride like no other trike. The
Trike Shop was the first to offer Independent Suspension for trike
conversions over 14 years ago. The cynics said it would never work.
They’re eating those words today. Talk to anyone who has actually
ridden an Independent Rear Suspension and a solid axle system trike for a
period of time and ask them which one rode better. You can’t deny
Independent Rear Suspension is the way manufacturers of cars, SUV’s and
ATV’s are going. Trikes are no different. These trikes are built with a
purpose- “Comfort”.

The multi-point mount of the chassis to the bike frame actually
strengthens the bikes frame as well as dissipates the added stress of a
trike. We attach it to the existing mounting points on the frame; on the
HSC1800 we use the swingarm pivot and the shock mounts. A feature of
the trailing arm type independent suspension is the fact that there are
very few moving parts. There are literally only two pivot points on each
trailing arm. This eliminates any adjustments or maintenance
requirements. There are more complicated way’s to design a suspension,
but why?
We have designed this kit with
automotive parts that are easily
accessible, should you happen to
need service on the road. The
rear brakes are large 11" dual
disc. The Constant Velocity (CV)
joints and brakes are a VW Beetle
application. These heavy duty
parts for a light duty application
have proven to be dependable
for extremely long.
True Track Stabilizer Bar
The stabilizer bar, also known as a sway bar, is a flexible link between the two
trailing arms. The bar uses the torsion effect to always try to keep the trike
righted or sitting square to the ground. The beauty of the stabilizer bar is the
fact that when one wheel hits a bump, the bar can flex quickly to absorb the
movement, then return. This is the same technology used in almost every vehicle
today. Just think if you had “no lean” suspension. That means your trike is always
perfectly square to the ground. In effect, if you go over a 2” bump with your
right wheel, the trike rocks up 2”. With Independent Suspension, just that wheel
goes up. The antiquated solid axle system is only made today because it’s
cheaper and easier. Technology has improved a lot in the short history of trike
conversions but some are too stuck in their ways. Others are jumping on board
with IRS now, but none can copy our history, longevity and reliability.
Longer Wheelbase
We increase the wheelbase 8". This puts the rear wheels back behind the passengers’ seat area rather than
sitting right on top of the wheels. Any vehicle that has a longer wheelbase will have a smoother ride, it’s
just common sense. As an added benefit, the differential being farther back reduces the driveshaft angle.
Shaft Driven Differential
Our differential is constructed
from standard automotive ring
and pinion gear sets. The original
application of our differential was
a Jeep. We cut down this cast
iron housing and make an
Independent Suspension
differential out of it. The
components inside it are all new
including the 3.55:1 ratio ring and
pinion. We make the gear ratio
slightly deeper to retain the
impressive power of this monster.
Disc Brakes
Large disc brakes more than
handle the stopping of this
trike. Remember trikes stop
faster and easier than bikes.
With more tire contact area
and much better stability,
braking a trike is not the
white knuckled balancing act
that a bike can be. The wheel
bearings, calipers and rotors
are all right from a high
production automobile
application known as the VW
Beetle. Like all of our
constructed drive train,
everyday parts are off the
shelf for your convenience.
Heavy Duty Drive Shaft
We manufacture a completely
new driveshaft built from full size
sealed automotive u-joints and a
2” tube. These are the same
components used in full sized cars
and trucks. We figure if that
design can hold up in those heavy
vehicles it should have no
problems with a trike application.
We’ve proven ourselves right.
Heavy Duty CV Joints
The axles are custom made for
our conversion kits, but the
constant velocity (CV) joints are
standard automotive applications
such as VW and Porsche. We use
automotive type parts for all of
our drive train because it’s
designed for a much heavier
load, meaning these parts will
probably last forever in this light
duty application. Again, using off
the shelf parts for your
Alloy Wheels
The Alloy wheels that come with our
conversion kits are clear-coated
aluminum rims that have a similar
look and finish to the bikes front rim.
They are a 16x7”, 5x4 1/2 bolt
pattern with a positive 35mm offset
size that fits many automotive
applications. We offer a Chrome
plated option also.
Storage Compartment
The large storage compartment
comes completely carpeted to
both protect and store your riding
gear. The trunk (6 cubic feet) has
about twice the capacity of the
stock saddlebags. This gives you a
larger space to fit larger objects
like coolers, helmets, etc into. If
you choose not to get the
auxiliary fuel tank, an extra 6”
high x 12” wide x 12” deep
storage space can be added. The
large trunk door opening also
allows for easier packing or
loading. The release for the right
saddlebag under the tour pack is
now used to release the latch for
the trunk. We also use the "open
saddlebag" indicator to show on
the dash if the trunk isn't closed
completely. You won't see any
fancy hinges to close into our
storage area or bind up someday.
We incorporate a simple hinge
and soft straps to handle the job.
This convenient trunk will fit all
your gear securely away from the
Factory Styled Body
The slick body design
incorporates the look and feel of
the original motorcycle. We feel
the trike conversion body should
melt seamlessly into the original
body parts. The body is
constructed of heavy-duty
fiberglass. It is then painted with
urethane paint, flat sanded, and
buffed to a mirror finish to ensure
a perfect paint match both in
color and finish. The mounting
system for the body ensures a
rock solid attachment and no
exposed mounting hardware.
Notice the added foot room for
the passenger, another feature of
a longer wheelbase.
Trailer Hitch
With any touring machine a
trailer hitch is a familiar sight.
When riding a trike, a trailer is
not a danger like it is on a bike.
The back of a trike will never
feel like there’s a trailer behind
it.  We include a 1 1/4” receiver
for a trailer hitch neatly tucked
under the body. It is incorporated
into the rear body support and is
welded directly into the strongest
part of our frame. This is not an
option or add-on, it’s built right
in. It is another one of the
innovative ideas built right into
the design of our trike kit.
The Trike Shop has an unparalleled history of customer service and satisfaction and we put it in
writing, with the best warranty in the market. Your trike comes with a full 3 year or 1,000,000 mile
warranty on the entire trike kit. We can offer this because we know with over 16 years of producing
this type of conversion kit, we do it right the first time.
•Independent rear suspension
•True track stabilizer bar
•Longer wheelbase
•Shaft driven differential
•Disc brakes
•Heavy Duty driveshaft
•Alloy wheels
•Storage Compartment
•Factory styled body
•Trailer hitch
•Steering kit
•3 year or 1,000,000 mile