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    Hi all, newbie here and to Road Hawks. I've had everything from big V-8 Trikes to my recent GL1500. made them all drivable to fit me as I'm a T-10 Paraplegic. Hardest part was and still is getting on and off of them and taking my chair with me. I recently saw and purchased off of Ebay a 1996 Road Hawk specifically built for a handicapped individual back then.

    It's been through a few owners and some changes were made, it used to have a steering wheel with VW steering box but was changed to T-bars, looks like the shifter was setup somehow on the front right with some kind of a linkage but now it's been Rube Goldberged on the left of the column, wiring is a total mess, if I don't keep it on a charger the battery go's dead.

    I've changed the neck and wheel bearings on the Springer front end and that pretty much took care of the death wobble that it had, still some wobble in it though. Changed the bearings in the wheelchair turntable and that rotates really nice once again. Been tracing out dozens of broken wires and found a lot of live ones, been removing the ones that are dead and capping off all the live ones. I have been reading a lot of posts in here and there is so much good info, I want to say thank you to everyone.

    I'm trying to get this Trike up and running and make it safe for me to ride, as it alleviates the getting on and off problem and allows me to be in my chair to ride so fixed the problem of taking my chair with me on my old trikes. Parts are so hard to find for it, can't find any literature or wiring diagrams. Any info would really help me out a lot, I've enclosed a pic below. I've already contacted, Road Smith in both MN and Fla. but not much help so far. That's not me on the trike but the last owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkmtn33 View Post
    Hi all, newbie here and to Road Hawks. I've had everything from big V-8 Trikes to my recent GL1500. made them all drivable to fit me as I'm a T-10 Paraplegic. Hardest part was and still is getting on and off of them and taking my chair with me. I recently saw and purchased off of Ebay a 1996 Road Hawk specifically built for a handicapped individual back then. It's been through a few owners and some changes were made, it used to have a steering wheel with VW steering box but was changed to T-bars, looks like the shifter was setup somehow on the front right with some kind of a linkage but now it's been Rube Goldberged on the left of the column, wiring is a total mess, if I don't keep it on a charger the battery go's dead. I've changed the neck and wheel bearings on the Springer front end and that pretty much took care of the death wobble that it had, still some wobble in it though. Changed the bearings in the wheelchair turntable and that rotates really nice once again. Been tracing out dozens of broken wires and found a lot of live ones, been removing the ones that are dead and capping off all the live ones. I have been reading a lot of posts in here and there is so much good info, I want to say thank you to everyone. I'm trying to get this Trike up and running and make it safe for me to ride, as it alleviates the getting on and off problem and allows me to be in my chair to ride so fixed the problem of taking my chair with me on my old trikes. Parts are so hard to find for it, can't find any literature or wiring diagrams. Any info would really help me out a lot, I've enclosed a pic below. I've already contacted, Road Smith in both MN and Fla. but not much help so far. That's not me on the trike but the last owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkmtn33 View Post
    Hi all, newbie here and to Road Hawks. I've had everything from big V-8 Trikes to my recent GL1500. made them all drivable to fit me as I'm a T-10 Paraplegic. Hardest part was and still is getting on and off of them and taking my chair with me. I recently saw and purchased off of Ebay a 1996 Road Hawk specifically built for a handicapped individual back then. It's been through a few owners and some changes were made, it used to have a steering wheel with VW steering box but was changed to T-bars, looks like the shifter was setup somehow on the front right with some kind of a linkage but now it's been Rube Goldberged on the left of the column, wiring is a total mess, if I don't keep it on a charger the battery go's dead. I've changed the neck and wheel bearings on the Springer front end and that pretty much took care of the death wobble that it had, still some wobble in it though. Changed the bearings in the wheelchair turntable and that rotates really nice once again. Been tracing out dozens of broken wires and found a lot of live ones, been removing the ones that are dead and capping off all the live ones. I have been reading a lot of posts in here and there is so much good info, I want to say thank you to everyone. I'm trying to get this Trike up and running and make it safe for me to ride, as it alleviates the getting on and off problem and allows me to be in my chair to ride so fixed the problem of taking my chair with me on my old trikes. Parts are so hard to find for it, can't find any literature or wiring diagrams. Any info would really help me out a lot, I've enclosed a pic below. I've already contacted, Road Smith in both MN and Fla. but not much help so far. That's not me on the trike but the last owner.

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    Hello Jim-

    My name is Dick Lindholm also MR TRIKE. I am the Owner of The Trike Shop now known as RoadSmith. I am the person that built your Trike, along with my Great Staff. In the fall of 1995, I got a call from a gentleman in Birmingham, AL who was in a wheelchair and wanted to know if i could build him a trike he could mount and drive from his chair. I had never had such a request, but i said over the winter when we were slow i will make what he needed.

    He was a pharmacist in Birmingham. I extended the frame by 4 feet and made a double box tubing frame to support the added weight. I cut a 4 foot circle of plywood and made a lazy susan turntable with a flip down ramp for easy entrance. I put all controls on top for easy access. I and my wife delivered the trike to AL in the spring. The new owner was SOOOOOO HAPPY!!! I saw him at several MC Rallies for a few years then i was in SC one year at a Honda Rally when i met the original's brother who said his brother died and he now owns the trike, he was not handicapped but wanted it to remember his brother who had gotten a new lease on life with that Trike.

    I have not known where the trike went for the last 10 years. Glad to hear it is going to somebody who has like needs. As far as the wiring, its pretty basic. I am sure it has had a changes since i built it, but any good mechanic with a circuit and continuity tester should be able fix anything. Make sure you always maintain a 30 amp circuit at the starter solenoid so you protect the entire wiring harness. Use inline waterproof fuses where needed. Replacing the neck bearings is normal wear.

    If i can be of an help, call me on my cell # 1-386-299-8081. I live in Ormond Beach, FL and Retired at 72 yrs. old. I own a 2004 RoadHawk 4 speed w/ a 2333cc high performance motor and my wife has a 2002 Runabout Automatic with a 2110cc high performance motor both look like new. We still enjoy riding, but not as much traveling as we used to do.

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    Dick

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    Many thanks Gator.

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    Welcome Hawkmtn.....may I suggest you look up speedway motor.com.....look for the booklet (How to wire a Street rod)..... not vw specific, but will cover just about all wiring situations......Larry

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    Wow many thanks for all that info Mr. Trike and really glad to make your acquaintance. I loved reading it all, thank you once again.

    Mr.Trike I just wanted to add that I will definitely keep you, your Mrs. and everyone here informed as to my progress. I was already able to find an original windshield from RoadSmith Trikes in MN. I received it in the mail yesterday Evening, and tomorrow morning my local mech will be taking it in to clean out the carbs, change the fluids, tune it up, and thankfully his son is really great at wiring problems, I will post pictures as it progresses.

    I cannot say thank you enough for the way you put this Trike together, I know once I have it going, it will give me such freedom and independence once again, I also give many thanks to all the members here, it looks like I found a place I can call home, the men and women of this site are really so wonderful, I thank you all for the fantastic welcome I've received.

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    Many thanks Larry, will check out the web site.

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    Dick,

    That's one helluva piece of engineering! Great work for a great cause!

    Jim,

    Welcome to Trike Talk from Mid-Mo! This is a great place full of great folks only too eager to help. I hope you get her ironed out soon and get back in the wind.

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    Wow!

    And it looks like you have the hook up already.

    Please post your progress.

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