ford flathead trike

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by R Strong, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. R Strong

    R Strong Guest

    Last year as I was travelling east on the M4 motorway near Bristol,
    England, I was passed by a couple of bikes and what looked like a
    trike with a ford-type flathead V8 engine. That looked like fun! I
    wonder what sort of tranny was used, anyone out there got one?
    R Strong, Jul 31, 2003
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    R L Driver Guest

    I've certainly got a flattie, but mines in a truck. It would seem a peculiar
    choice for a trike as the engine and gearbox alone weigh in at around 500
    lb, taking a large bite out of the eight cwt that you are allowed for using
    the trike on a bike licence. Flatheads are not exactly highly tuned either,
    mines a 255 cubic inch (about 4.2 litre) and develops about 100 bhp,
    approximately half the 170 that the lightweight , all alloy Rover 3.5
    engine develops . I could go on about how tuning parts cost an arm and a
    leg and the cracks , but as I have to go to Leeds, I wont.
    Steve the grease
    R L Driver, Jul 31, 2003
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    pete moyes Guest

    I know of a few people who build/ride some of these 'interesting '
    machines. One that I have had a ride on was V-4 ford truck engined and that
    had no gear box - just a clutch straight to the rear axle, there seems to
    be no need for a gearbox as basically all that the engine is doing is moving
    itself and 1 / 2 passengers. the one that I rode on was capable of 130 mph &
    I know of one that was fitted with nitrous and won the fastest trike on the
    drag strip at the bulldog bash some years ago.
    pete moyes, Aug 1, 2003
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