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Simon.gk
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replacement donor bike

Post by Simon.gk » Mon Jul 01, 2024 1:50 pm

<r>Hi. I am the happy owner of number 35, Series 1 Triking and I am presently refreshing it after a couple of years layoff. There are a surprising number of tasks and getting items for a vehicle built in 1984 can be a challenge. So here is the reason for the post:<br/>
Canadian registration rules for 3 wheel vehicles are truly a challenge and mine was registered back in the day as 2 door Sedan, IE, a car. It also states that it weighs 685 Kg! Now it is old enough, I have changed its vehicle status to an antique vehicle and that means it now longer needs an MVI / MOT and the annual tax is only $20.<br/>
Since then 3 wheelers with 2 seats abreast as opposed tandem have been essentially banned in most of Canada until now. <I><s></s>Nova Scotia is conducting a 5-year pilot to allow the registration and operation of federally defined three-wheeled vehicles on Nova Scotia’s roadways. The pilot will allow government to evaluate their use in Nova Scotia from a road safety aspect, while addressing requests from dealers and the public, and bringing us in line with other Canadian provinces.<e></e></I> It is unlikely that Trikings, Morgans or Pembletons will be welcome, it is aimed at the Polaris Slingshot or the Camparna T-Rex. It may open the door for future e-vehicles such as the Solo and the Aptera when and if they appear.<br/>
There is a long list of rules including helmets as they are still being considered as motorcycles.<br/>
I quickly brought my existing paperwork up to date but my first discussion with a police person may be 'interesting'.<br/>
Now to my question to the membership on a donor bike. I am looking at a 2007 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 with very low mileage and a very sensible price. If building from new, it would make a great choice but as a full refreshment of my existing bike, there would be a lot of work to be done starting with a new front end. Would moving to a Series 2/3 chassis allow for the whole drive train to be utilised? If I went this route, I would have to move the registration plates to the new frame and go with a new wiring loom. It sounds like a huge challenge with significant costs. It would give me a new Triking that sort of remains an antique thus surviving the regulators. I suspect that the Breva power train actually requires a series 4.
The only reason to consider this is my age (78) and desire to hand on a truly unique vehicle to my grandson. I gave up riding a bike 2 years ago but could consider doing so again.<br/>
Any and all comments and suggestions would be welcome; just continue with the present Triking, keep updating and refreshing or get radical.</r> Its been rainy so many be simply overthinking things.

Weg
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Re: replacement donor bike

Post by Weg » Mon Jul 01, 2024 6:33 pm

Simon,
Calm down. Have a glass of wine, sun might shine tomorrow.
You are right about the Breva, the only destination for it as a total donor is a T4.
However, the engine will fit in your T1. The 6 speed gearbox is not compatible with your bevel box.
If you go for a T4 then that will be a completely new build, trying to hoodwink the Mounties that it's an antique vehicle may take some cunning plan.
To fit the carc rear end into a T1,it will require major surgery to the rear end, including modifying the transmission tunnel/back bone of the chassis to clear the propshaft, giving you less room for passenger on the right side.
This would still retain the authentic original chassis and antique status.
While you are on the job, fit some doors to it, you wont regret it when you get old.
Tony

Simon.gk
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Re: replacement donor bike

Post by Simon.gk » Fri Jul 05, 2024 11:38 am

Tony
Thank you for your comments, just what I needed to hear. The call of fuel injection, digital management and a really good deal on an excellent bike was pretty loud. You have got me back on track, picking my way through the details of a 40 year machine that was totally rebuilt in 2013 by someone with consummate skill. This is a continuous learning process and that is meant to be good for aging brains. My main fear is screwing things up. Hopefully, with my much improved PMA I will it done before summer is over. Safe motoring, Simon

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