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metalhead1982 08-13-2019 10:48 AM

1973 BGW Tri-Rod project
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Hey all, I just wanted to show off for any vintage trike fans.

I bought this Tri-Rod STR-381 with no motor for $100 last fall. I originally had it set up with a 212, but it was under powered for what I want. I just finished installing a Duromax 440 with electric start last weekend and this thing rocks!

I have it geared at 4.8:1 with a 40 series TAV2 and it will ALMOST wheelie with me on it. If I gun the throttle, it will unload the front suspension. It will wheelie with my wife on it, as she found out accidentally. Now I can't wait to mod the engine and build it up right. Completely stock with the governor on it, it will carry my 290 pound self around at about 40 MPH when the governor kicks in. I'm planning on removing the governor and installing a new Mikuni style carb, intake, and exhaust just to get started. I think once i do that, it will be flirting with 60MPH at about 4500 RPM.

Up next it gets new brakes and a lighting system, since I have to have the battery for the electric start. I think with a little work, this will make a nice around-town runner.

JTSpeedDemon 08-13-2019 11:21 AM

Sweet ride man!!:thumbsup:

Texan 08-13-2019 11:42 AM

Those are cool looking. :thumbsup:

Got any plans for the blue gas tank, kinda sticks out like a sore thumb?

I don't know, but 60mph on that machine sounds kinda scary :smiley_omg:

metalhead1982 08-13-2019 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by Texan (Post 530656)
Those are cool looking. :thumbsup:

Got any plans for the blue gas tank, kinda sticks out like a sore thumb?

I don't know, but 60mph on that machine sounds kinda scary :smiley_omg:

60-65 MPH is the theoretical top speed on the street that I am shooting for. I live in a small rural town and I'd like to use it as an in-town runabout/cruiser so it will likely not see over 45-50 most of the time. I just don't want to run WOT all the time with no governor.

It is also bigger than it looks in the pics. It is a little less than 7' long from front to back and the rear wheels are about 4' wide. It rides and handles a lot like a full size motorcycle trike.

Absolutely I have plans for painting the whole thing! I am currently also working on a 1973 Ford Ranchero resto-mod on the weekends and this thing will fit perfectly in the bed of it. The current plan is to paint the trike to match the truck when I get it done. I thought the weird car/truck and trike combo would be pretty cool color matched.

This winter, the trike will be getting completely torn down so I can get the frame, fork, and bars sand blasted and powder coated where I work. There are a couple of small (half-dollar sized) chunks missing from around the edges of the fiberglass. I will fill those in with bondoglass and some mat to reinforce it and then repaint the entire body.

If I can get the gas tank and engine shroud powder coated to match, I will do that, otherwise they will get painted. The stock exhaust and air box are going to go away because the roll bar won't fit with them on there.

landuse 08-14-2019 01:23 AM

Welcome to the forum!! That is a cool looking trike :D

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