There are a lot of trike conversions available, but very few kits put the dual wheels up front, Qtec Engineering is one, offering a Harley Davidson kit, and Hannigan has a Gold Wing quad, but they never offered it as a reverse trike, so when I noticed this Gold Wing for sale, I was curious. Could this pull away some high end Can-Am Spyder sales?
Over in Holland, Sturgis Motoren, a Gold Wing entusiast company, decided it was time to bring the Wing into the reverse trike world and they've designed a kit that adds a whole new front end to either the GL1800 or the F6B. The complete kit offers two wheel independent suspension, an extra radiator to keep things cool and all of the necessary bodywork to make the unit look like it's a natural part of the bike. They made their own rims, too. If your Gold Wing was equipped with an airbag and ABS, they still work after the changeover. The whole trike weighs about 1100 pounds and fuel economy is said to be about 30 miles per gallon which is actually better than the Can-Am.
The conversion must be done by certified installers, no DIY kits, for liability reasons, but what you get seems to be a pretty high end unit with all of the Gold Wing luxury and reliability plus the extra stability of three wheels and a ride guaranteed to attract attention when you show up at the next Wing gathering.
So what does all of this cost? Well, it's not cheap. Compared to a Can-Am which can range from a base price of about $15,000 and run up to $30,000 depending upon model and options, the R18 kit is $15,500 plus $700 for matching paint and $1200 for the installation and this is on top of the Gold Wing itself, so high $30k or $40K total? The one I found for sale is a demo unit that was at Daytona and it has a Buy it Now price of $40K.
Wing World Magazine had a nice write up and they say there will be four dealers in the USA that will carry the kits, two in Florida, one in California and one in Missouri, which is the importer.
Anyone thinking of a Gold Wing trike won't be put off by the price of this conversion though whether it will siphon off any Can-Am sales is hard to say. I do think we'll start to see more quality reverse trike kits as time goes on and I'm actually surprised we haven't seen more already. Interesting.