Sandy Poglavec and his partner Erick, have been running Poechy’s Classics in Belgium for a number of years. Sandy builds custom Harleys while Erick uses his skills in the automotive area. After 20 years of building customs, Sandy was beginning to see the limits to where he could go so he and Erick decided on a new direction and the Q-Tec concept was born.
Q-Tec Engineering has developed 2 wheel kits that can replace either the front wheel, rear wheel or both, giving you the option of creating a trike with 2 wheels on either end or going with both kits to build a full quad. You get fully independent suspension and a compact differential. There are options for both belt and chain drive. Frame covers and fenders are fiberglass and it can run either a solo or dual saddle. There’s an electric reverse.
The suspension can be adjusted for both ride height and all of the normal geometry settings plus, the whole assembly requires no permanent changes to the bike, no drilling or welding is involved, it can be removed later if desired. You can return the bike to original configuration and install the parts on another bike. Full conversion takes less than one day.
The Q-Tec has European Type Approval for both trike and quad versions. They show the kits installed on Sportsters and Softails, I’m not sure if there are any specific restrictions on what models may be converted.
There are lots of accessories, too, like bumpers, running boards, luggage racks, larger tires and various custom paint jobs.
I never thought of using a Harley as the basis for a quad until a couple of years ago when I saw this one using a flood damaged Dyna Wide Glide converted into an ATV. That one looked pretty interesting but the Q-Tec versions look very well engineered and give the Harley crowd another option if they want more than 2 wheels.
All dealers listed on their site are in Europe or the United Arab Emirates. There is no mention of any plans for the US. Since the Can-Am Spyder is on the road, I would think these might very well be able get approval, at least in their trike versions, the quad might work in those states that currently allow quads on the road.
Although this isn’t for everyone, I think it shows some great engineering and the whole concept shows pretty nice design work. I like it.
Thanks for the tip, Shean!
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