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    I'm new here and new to a Champion trike kit on a 2016 Indian Chief. I purchased the kit with the electric reverse option and have a major problem with it. I had used reverse a couple of times without incident but the last time it wouldn't stop after taking my finger off the actuator button. I couldn't stop it, ended up backing into a speed rack which stopped my backward movement. I had to get off, remove the seat and disconnect the battery to end this scary incident.

    Smoke poured out from under the body the whole time I was disconnecting the battery. It pretty much fried the electric motor which I've since removed. I've been trying to contact them since the week before Christmas; never any live person answering the phone. I get a recording to leave a message which I have on the numerous times I've tried calling. I also left email messages via their web site and like the phone messages, no response at all. Are these people out of business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chromeguy57 View Post
    I'm new here and new to a Champion trike kit on a 2016 Indian Chief. I purchased the kit with the electric reverse option and have a major problem with it. I had used reverse a couple of times without incident but the last time it wouldn't stop after taking my finger off the actuator button. I couldn't stop it, ended up backing into a speed rack which stopped my backward movement. I had to get off, remove the seat and disconnect the battery to end this scary incident. Smoke poured out from under the body the whole time I was disconnecting the battery. It pretty much fried the electric motor which I've since removed. I've been trying to contact them since the week before Christmas; never any live person answering the phone. I get a recording to leave a message which I have on the numerous times I've tried calling. I also left email messages via their web site and like the phone messages, no response at all. Are these people out of business?
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    Champion/Lehman has very recently informed its dealers that they are no longer taking trike conversion nor sidecar orders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Zook View Post
    Champion/Lehman has very recently informed its dealers that they are no longer taking trike conversion nor sidecar orders.
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    They are not officially out of business, as I understand it they are talking to potential buyers. The owner is retiring and has other businesses he will focus on.

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    Got a call from them this morning and were very helpful. They wanted me to send the electric motor and control box to them for repair and/or replacement. Thanks to all who replied to my thread.

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    And thank you for letting know the outcome. Let us know what the fix is?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Zook View Post
    They are not officially out of business, as I understand it they are talking to potential buyers. The owner is retiring and has other businesses he will focus on.
    What would be interesting if a company like Polaris/Indian were to buy the company they too could produce a factory trike and still provide units to dealers and DIYers. (this just a thought)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimer View Post
    YES, that would be interesting!

    Is Harley now producing their own trike conversion or is Lehman still making them for the Tri-Glide?

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