Honda Gold Wing Trike Motorcycle
Honda Gold Wing
by Kirk Johnson
Jan . 2006
as tested $27,900.00
This was a little different. Imagine never having to put your feet
down or lean into a corner. But you still have the same good old
wind in your face like any motorcycle. It reminded me of riding
in an open and stylish convertible.
All the Trikes that Southwest Trikes sells are conversions
from existing motorcycles. The kits they use are from Motor Trike
and they can convert your Harley or a Honda motorcycle (or they
offer one from Honda already build).
All Motor Trike kits are manufactured using Air
Ride Suspension (patent pending) as standard equipment. They offer
true suspension—letting the shock absorbers do what they were
designed for—to dampen sudden and rapid motion. The product
is unique in that the ride quality and handling characteristics
split the difference between the traditional solid axle design and
the independent rear suspensions being offered today.
I did not know that there was so much interest in
Trikes until I met with Jim, Don and Kathy from Southwest Trikes.
One thing that I did notice is that these Trike conversions are
really attractive looking packages. Aside from that there are multiple
reasons for the popularity. Some folks do not like holding up that
big Honda Gold Wing with their toes or have a handicap that prevents
them from doing so. Also, there are a growing number of people that
just want the luxury of having three wheels to tour. Start looking
around and you will see more and more of them populating the highways
and streets in your neighborhood.
month I got to ride a new Honda Gold Wing. I was very impressed
with the motorcycle. The one thing that I did not like about the
Honda was the seat height. It is a big motorcycle and weighs in
around 800 pounds. The only time that this was a concern was while
parking or stopped at a light. My poor toes would have liked a massage
at the end of day. Not with the Trike. After you mount, you never
have to put your feet down again. Not even to back it up. All of
the Honda Gold Wing motorcycles provide a reverse. How nice. I understand
that they also offer reverse on some of the Harley’s that
they convert. Anyway, after I started across the parking lot, I
ran over a recessed sewer lid. What a strange feeling to have the
bike lean without having to correct for the lean. You just keep
going straight without giving it a second thought.
After turning onto Cave Creek road the bike felt
great. I did notice, and I was warned, that when you turn you have
to allow for the wide rear end. When I turned the corner I noticed
that the inside tire comes close to the curb. Riding down Cave Creek
was a blast. You just sit there and enjoy the ride. The Trike runs
down the road like it is on rails. Straight and solid with only
the occasional dip in the payment to remind you that you are not
on a motorcycle as you lookout over the handlebars.
Stopping at stoplights and parking could not be
easier. You get to sit there in complete comfort. No concern about
putting one or two feet down to hold up your ride. You feel as thought
you have more time and you can look around more. Now with the Honda
Gold Wing, you have more options than most people have in a car.
This is a great time to fiddle with the radio or seat or handle
grip warmer. Or, if you have a GPS you can fiddle with it and not
be bothered by holding up your bike.
The only thing that I did not like about the Trike
was I found that while turning in town, you have to apply a fair
amount of pressure to the handlebars to make sharp turns. It will
turn, no problem, but the resistance is noticeable. I was told that
the Gold Wing is the only Trike that does that and they have a cure
for it. If you rake the front-end a little, (with an existing kit)
the trike turns like it has power steering. On this Trike I would
recommend the kit.
The on-ramp to the 101 was a great treat. This three
wheeler runs down the ramp at a great clip. It is not as fast as
the Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, but it runs pretty strong. Again
it is solid and comfortable. You can tell there is a differential
under you, but it is not a distraction. On the 101 the Trike gives
you a great feeling of stability. If you tend to look around, you
do not wander around in your lane as you sometimes do on a motorcycle.
On the highway it runs down the road straight as
an arrow and making lane changes is a breeze. This Trike is as comfortable
as sitting on a couch. But you still have the wind in your face
and the roar of the six cylinder Honda propelling you down this
A fun machine for sure and really great looking.
If you ever wanted a Trike, you do not have to give up your ride.
They can convert your motorcycle, provided it is a Harley or Honda.
I did not have any sensation that there would ever be a problem
with the inside wheel coming up. You would really have to work at
getting it off of the ground. This Trike corners like a cat. One
other thing that is great about this ride is that it will provide
a new market to some people that can’t ride a conventional
motorcycle. As they say, it is all the same wind and more people
that can enjoy the motorcycle arena the better. By the way, you
do need a motorcycle license to operate these Trikes.