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    I recently purchased a 1988 gl1500 lehman trike. Love it! It has a sliding drawer for storage as opposed to a door type access. How can I tell the model and year of the conversion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendtdj View Post
    I recently purchased a 1988 gl1500 Lehman trike. Love it! It has a sliding drawer for storage as opposed to a door type access. How can I tell the model and year of the conversion?

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    Dave, During the introduction of the GL1500 and Lehman's trike building, there were several transitions in the trike construction until 1990. Between 1988 and 1990, Lehman performed a lot of so called one-off conversions with differing body features until they arrived at the Tour Model.

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    Thank you, Mr. Murphy! I find the sliding storage extremely handy to get at things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendtdj View Post
    I recently purchased a 1988 gl1500 lehman trike. Love it! It has a sliding drawer for storage as opposed to a door type access. How can I tell the model and year of the conversion?Thanks,

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    Default Thanks for the warm welcome!

    Finally have some pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendtdj View Post
    Finally have some pictures.

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    Dave,

    When you get a chance, I would like a picture of that outside. I have never seen a model exactly like that one. It is truly unique and probably a one-off conversion. Really sharp !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendtdj View Post
    Finally have some pictures.

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    Wow.........I don't know what year it is, And i know its not new....But it sure looks new, That is one fine looking Machine .........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendtdj View Post
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    Dave,

    When you get a chance, I would like a picture of that outside. I have never seen a model exactly like that one. It is truly unique and probably a one-off conversion. Really sharp !!!!

    It looks like it has a modified TriGlide body and an internal swingarm, suggesting it is a much later conversion and not an original Lehman. None the less, it is beautiful, one of a kind, and with the lights on the back, a typical Lehman cosmetic touch.

    The wheels used are the 2001 and later. The original wheels are probably shown below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendtdj View Post
    Finally have some pictures.
    Nice find.

    It definitely looks to me to be early '90s at the latest. I'm no expert, but Having owned ours since 2004, I have looked over a lot of Lehmans just out of interest in details, differences, etc at rallys, meetings, etc. You'r '88 based trike looks like the start of a pre GTL body in the fenders area. Looks a lot like the black one on Lehman History page for 1990, except with round fenders and not flat top fenders, so likely after 1990 I think morphing to later look. I have seen at least a couple with the flat topped fenders long ago. I do like those colors together, "different". You say the lower trunk opens like a drawer? I never seen that before that I recall. The extra LED lighting (ovals at rear, fog lights up front) is of later origin but the rectangles look period.

    Are the passenger floor boards mounted to the bike or is the swing arm outside the frame and floorboards attached to the swing arm? I'll bet it wants a rake kit?

    The all silver ASA wheels do look like ones used in '00s era, different than earlier ASAs that had dark grey accents. There were maybe several options. Picture below is of the 15"x7" ASA wheels that came in the kit on ours in 1998, it had 245/60-15 Dunlop GT Qualifiers then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee H. Mann View Post
    Dave,

    When you get a chance, I would like a picture of that outside. I have never seen a model exactly like that one. It is truly unique and probably a one-off conversion. Really sharp !!!!
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