front trike conversion?

So I have a great moped, but I'm extremely unstable due to a medical condition and keep falling over :(

I want to convert my 1976 batavus to a front trike. It's a one seater anyways so I think the engine can handle it. I've never done anything like this before though and have no idea where to start. Can I just make a new axle and weld things to the front thing? Does the power go to the front wheel or the back?? can you tell that I know nothing about mopeds???

halp!

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maybe it would be easier to put training wheels on it .

Less modification = less work = more riding .:)

Rick

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Hey, Rick's semi-insulting response was actually almost on-target.

Lia, a front trike, or "tadpole" trike conversion would be horribly complicated. Even if you managed to acquire the whole front end off of something that used car-style Ackerman steering (where the wheels turn at slightly different angles to avoid drag during sharp turns), your center of gravity would make it difficult to actually make any of those sharp turns.

Production tadpole trikes either lean (like the Piaggio MP3), or are very wide and low (like the CanAm Spyder).

It would look awesome, though.

Still, you can probably make your Batavus into a "normal" trike using a bolt on kit. They made these for Puch mopeds (Called Tri-Rads I believe), and for a couple of other kinds.

The big obstacle here is acquisition; if you can find one online (ebay had a trike kit a while back, as did the Buy/Sell forum), you can probably find either a motorcycle shop or a friendly soul in your area to install it for you.

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P.S. - I was working on an adult tricycle for someone with an odd balance problem, and we found that there were ways to circumvent their issues and get them on a reasonably-normal two-wheeler.

Without giving anything away, can you tell us what the symptoms of your condition are that make it hard to ride? Perhaps there is something else you could do to make your moped easier to ride.

I'm thinking smaller wheels, better weight distribution or a different seat, a better steering damper (or active steering damping like on touring BMWs), or... who knows?

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I have only seen one front end conversion and I believe they're extremely rare, rear end conversions on the other hand shouldn't be too hard to find.

Here are a few examples.

http://www.mopedarmy.com/photos/brand/18/7088/

http://www.mopedarmy.com/photos/brand/6/2065/

http://www.mopedarmy.com/photos/brand/6/622/

http://www.mopedarmy.com/photos/brand/190/9432/

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well I wasnt trying to be insulting , semi or otherwise , just trying to be practical .

Rick

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watch Nacho Libra and get some tips

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this is the one I meant to post

It is an Ariel 3 wheeled moped made by B.S.A.

the other one was its prototype

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~pattle/nacc/arc0246b.jpg

Rick

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You could get a Honda Gyro too, if you could find one. By the way, since you're in Cambridge, the mopeds in the area meet on Wednesdays over at the Otherside Cafe across from Newbury Street - we have a lot of inventive minds that may be helpful towards your quest to find the right moped for what you're comfortable with! You can also drop me an email that's on my profile if you want more info. We're all here to help each other!

- Phil

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there are Batavus trikes out there... But only rear tire versions as far as I know. Those are pretty sweet though for grocery-getting. The easiest way would be the training wheel idea.

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i have built trikes before its not hard at all

just takes some cuttin and weldin

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