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post #1 of 12 Old Dec 9th, 2014, 3:54 pm Thread Starter
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Fellow members it's time for some of us to consider adding that 3rd wheel. My diabetes and other factors force me to considered a trike ...... do I go to Hanigan and convert ?
or go the Canam route and then there always Triglide from HD. currently i own a 2002 K1200LTC with about 16k miles (2nd owner) and just had a new clutch and drive shaft installed.
I am 62 yrs old and this is my 4th BMW !!!!!!!!!!!

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post #2 of 12 Old Dec 9th, 2014, 4:06 pm
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When I get to the 3rd wheel option, in addition to the Can-Am and the Hannigan conversion, I'm gonna take a serious look at the Piaggio MP3. YMMV.
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When I get to the 3rd wheel option, in addition to the Can-Am and the Hannigan conversion, I'm gonna take a serious look at the Piaggio MP3. YMMV.
After riding all three for me the trike is the way to go.

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Re: Three Wheels ????

Something I've often wondered what I'd do too if/when it gets to that point... road a Can-AM Spyder when they first appeared, bloody horrible feeling of being thrown sideways off the bike in cornering.
Just found this with a quick Google search.. maybe an alternative that keeps the feeling alive... if they'll do something other than a Harley??
Tilting Motor Works

Also like what this little company is doing in the US, although it might only be useful as a commuter due to range.
Home | Lit Motors

Do some more research, seems to be a few builders out there that might offer you something better.... and good luck!

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Just a thought,....Hannigan makes some nice sidecars too

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Just a thought,....Hannigan makes some nice sidecars too
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If and when the time comes it'll be a sidecar for me. Much more fun than a trike in my opinion. I've owned 2, '90 GW/Champion and '85 R100/EML, over the years.
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I saw a BMW trike when picking up my bike from service, beautiful!
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post #8 of 12 Old Dec 10th, 2014, 7:10 pm
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Try riding a trike and sidecar. To me a trike is like driving s car especially in the turns. Feels like I am about to tip over. With a sidecar I feel comfortable just shifting my butt to counteract that feeling. Of course slowing down always helps. Go slow until you get experience and the "feel' of a sidecar. First time, many years ago, I drove out of my drive way, made a right turn into the oncoming lane. Fortunately, nothing coming.
I'm 80 and have to realize my limitations.
I have a Hannigan on a K1200LT. Hannigan will stand by you.
Lots of info on driving sidecars.
Go for it.
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Re: Three Wheels ????

I vote for the sidecar - as I currently own a 2008 K1200GT with a Hannigan Astro
Sport. Wife has her convertible and I have my bike.

Side cars take some time to used to but unlike a bike you fear no gravel or
balance issues and the bike can maneuver in very tight spaces and turn in tighter
spaces than a two wheel outfit.

Advantages over a three wheeler - much more storage space, your co-pilot can
sleep, make food, FaceTime the kids and family members and enjoy seating and
move around and not bother you.

The downside of a sidecar is that everybody is stopping you to talk, taking
pictures and even asking for rides!! Sort of slow downs your progress when you
are out for a ride.

FYI - I will be selling mine and posting it here in the Classifieds in a day or so as I
am in the process of moving to Minneapolis and thinking of owning to just an LT
and maybe a snowmobile !!

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I vote for the sidecar - as I currently own a 2008 K1200GT with a Hannigan Astro
Sport. Wife has her convertible and I have my bike.

Side cars take some time to used to but unlike a bike you fear no gravel or
balance issues and the bike can maneuver in very tight spaces and turn in tighter
spaces than a two wheel outfit.

Advantages over a three wheeler - much more storage space, your co-pilot can
sleep, make food, FaceTime the kids and family members and enjoy seating and
move around and not bother you.

The downside of a sidecar is that everybody is stopping you to talk, taking
pictures and even asking for rides!! Sort of slow downs your progress when you
are out for a ride.

FYI - I will be selling mine and posting it here in the Classifieds in a day or so as I
am in the process of moving to Minneapolis and thinking of owning to just an LT
and maybe a snowmobile !!



If you like to ride and handle go the CanAm if you want to tootle around town and tighten everything every night go the Harley trike route
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I converted my '06 KLT to the Hannigan Trike in 2012 and have never regretted it. It just seems so much more relaxing especially in slow moving or stop and go traffic. On the straight open roads I almost forget I'm on 3 wheels. My wife and I have taken several long trips and find it very enjoyable and fun. I do somewhat miss leaning into the curves with it. But when I feel the need to lean I'll just drag out and blow the dust off the old 2 wheel KGT and get it out of my system. The only reason I would even think about getting rid of this Trike would be, maybe someday when I hit the lottery, upgrade to a K1600 Trike..............

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When the time comes, I'll not ride if I can't lean. That's the reason I like to ride a bike. I'm not interested in a fast ATV feel.. So I'll look for an alternative such as this: LegUp by Chopper Design - BMW K1200LT Models

I've seen others, but can't find a link right now.

Just my 2 cents.


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Due to heart health, the Dr says not to ride under 40 degree air temp. Ugh! Now it is harder to get my 18000 miles a year in just in the summer. Guess that stopped my 20 degree rides now.
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Love this LT bike and still waiting for my first speeding ticket. LOL
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