Has anyone installed an Insta-Trike set up to the 650 Burgman?
I followed a lady on a the blue bird factory ride at Scootercade on the insta-trike. We were in a group of approximately 15 scooters. As we went through a little town in Arkansas (can't remember which one?) I witnessed her small right support wheel go over a bump on the highway and next thing I witnessed was the support wheel collapse under her! Lucky for her we were only going through the town at 15 mph and she was able to pull off the shoulder. Two of the four bolts that hold the wheel on sheered off! She had the rig on I believe was a 400 Burgman. Anyway no one was hurt and I heard later at the rally that the vendor was more than happy to cover all expenses under warranty. Not really sure why it happened. Might consider a sidecar wife loves hers.
Thanks for your help.
Tomorrow I will call Tow Pack and get all their information. I'm still wondering if this trike addition will have any adverse effects on my new scooter. I don't want to overload it, or cause any long term problems. If I do get the trike kit I will give you future reports on it's performance. Thanks again.
Welcome to BurgmanUSA! Please do keep us posted on your Tow Pack research. There were a few of those at Scootercade being used on Burgmans, Silverwings - even a Helix. I did not hear about that wheel incident on the Burgman 400 Tow Pack while I was there, but I'm sure you'll probably inquire about that. The folks using them seemed to like them, and they were scooting around as fast as anyone else it seemed. The vendor was there, and was offering test rides on a Burgman equiped with the Tow Pack - I believe it was a 650. Unfortunately, I didn't get over to chat with them.
I'm still wondering if this trike addition will have any adverse effects on my new scooter.
I can tell you with the 650 Burgman attached to the 225lb Texas sidecar the Burgman has a very broad power band under the seat. We use to
have the sidecar attached to a 250CN Helix and with the 250cc on a windless day it was Ok, but get any wind or a lot of hills and you were really a hazard on the road. This is why we got rid of the 250 Helix and decided to go to the AN650 Burgman. This scooter and sidecar setup can cruise 70+mph all day and will climb hills with out a hitch. We have only had the Burgman and sidecar combo since Sept of 2004,but to date have 700miles and have not had any problems. I really do not expect any as I feel the AN650 Burgman is well built and can handle the sidecar weight. I find myself sneaking her rig out of the garage all the time. Don't get me wrong I would still rather solo, but 3 wheels is fun too!
Although my question is specifically directed at your experience with the Texas Sidecar combo, I think it still is legitimately relevant to the Trike discussions.
I have a 650 on order and am scheduled for a Texas Sidecar installation in mid February. How do you handle situations requiring you to back up? I suppose it's not much of a problem on level ground, but what about swales and sloped streets?
A couple of weeks ago, I parked on a very steep hill facing into the curb with my 400. Luckily there was enough room on the sidewalk that I was able to jump the curb and proceed face first. I had a lapse of memory and almost trapped myself as there was no way that I could've pushed the scoot backwards and uphill out of the space by myself.
I can't wait to get the "hack" home to Hawaii. I'm going to do the maiden voyage from Dallas to Long Beach, CA even if I freeze my butt doing it. But before that, I have to ride it solo from central Arkansas to Dallas. :brilsmurf:
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