|Ken's Custom Trikes 2245 N.E. Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61603 (309)682-2453 email@example.com
Our Most Popular Model
For Good Reason!
The HT1800 is simply a “purpose
built” touring machine. No other
bike has been converted to a trike
more. If you want to travel the
country worry free, this is the one
Every HT1800 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.
Have Fun, Worry-Free
Independent Rear Suspension
The smooth ride of the Roadsmith HT1800 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 16 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 - “Touring in comfort”.
The Roadsmith suspension is fully adjustable right from the dash controls.
The same way the GL1800 was originally designed. This is great for
adjusting the right height and sensitivity depending on the way the trike
is loaded. 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.
For example, on the HT1800 we use the crash bar mounts and the shock
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 ways 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.
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.
Shift Driven Differential
Our differential is constructed
from standard automotive ring
and pinion gear sets. The original
application of our differential was
a Ford car. We cut down this
brand new cast iron housing and
make an Independent Suspension
differential out of it. The
components inside it are all brand
new including the 2.93:1 ratio
ring and pinion. We keep the
speedometer correct with that
ratio and tire diameter.
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
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
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.
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.
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
•Shaft driven differential
•Heavy Duty driveshaft
•Factory styled body
•5-gallon auxillary fuel tank
•3 year or 1,000,000 mile