OK, I'm not sure if this is the correct place for this at all, so if not please move it to where it belongs.......with my appologies.....
OK....I have an idea burning a hole in my head that needs to get addressed soon or I will get locked up in the mental ward someplace far far away......
I want to build what people are calling a reverse trike.
I want to use a relatively small cc'd engine from a 250-400cc range. Just for the fuel economy aspect of it.
I need a complete front end from a sport ATV to act as the donor for the front end of this project. It will be cut just behind the "A" arms from the rest of the ATV so I can make use of all of the suspension components and wheels and hubs. I will also cut it down the middle front to rear and stretch it 3 feet roughly to get the space to mount an engine between the front wheels. Turn an engine sideways so the output shaft is facing towards the rear, make up a splined connecter to join a drive shaft to the output shaft and send it backward. I need enough room to sit behind the engine/suspension set up at a level as close to the road surface as possible. I want to sit stradling the seat similar to our seating position we use now with capabilities to use your feet to push this contraption backwards as a reverse just like we do now. I then need a shaft drive swingarm and wheel set up to join to the driveshaft coming from the engine. Either a mono shock or twin shock set up is possible, doesn't matter really but the mono shock requires less structure to operate making it a cleaner looking machine.
I want thin tall front wheels similar to the rear, whatever size that is. I want a retro look and not a sleek stylish smooth bodied machine dreamt up by some artist, but the opposite a functional basic machine designed to get you from point A to B.
I want economics over power for a change.....this thing needs to be capable of towing a very small lightwieght trailer to carry my camping equipment etc when doing long distance adventures.
I am no suspension designer and can not figure out all of the necessary diamentions that is critical for proper steering geometry that is why I am thinking of using a sport ATV's complete front end to start from. If you think about what was built in the early days of machines to carry our arses down the road, this donor should be light years ahead of those.
I would be happy to be able to get 60mph from this machine at a sustained speed over long distances. Again, I'm not interested in performance as I am in my KLR......the cc size I am looking at just won't allow it. I feel it would be a great machine to built and enjoy at the speed limit.
A completely open to the elements machine with thoughts of using shrink wrap possibly to make a temporary body skin from. But only as a secondary thought. It would be cheap and it does stand the pressures of wind while transporting boats etc down the highways now....so it makes sense....no?
So...does anyone know where I can pick up any of the donor parts at a very cheap cost? I forgot to say...this has to be done on the cheap finacially. If it works well the first time, then maybe I will build one with more power down the road and use much more costly parts etc off the shelf. But for the first attempt.....cheap is the key with safety firmly kept in mind.
So...parts needed are.....
1: some sport ATV front end or complete ATV with blown engine or damaged rearend as long as the front is completely intact.
2: a small reliable 250-400cc 4 stroke bike engine
3: a rear shaft drive swing arm and wheel and suspension
The rest I can fabricate to join these parts together.
I live in Canada near Toronto.....but I have a few buddies who live in or winter in the USofA and can get the parts back to me if it works out that way.
So....can anyone help and what do you think of my lunatic idea????
Search out reverse trikes and you will see plenty of strange contraptions that many have already built.......