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  • #11132

    Mick
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      I thought I should introduce myself..

      My name is Mick and I live in Saskatchewan Canada. I’m actually English but have dual citizenship.

      I would guess like most people here I always wanted a Morgan but could not afford one. After many months of weighing up the pros and cons of all the three wheelers available I have decided the Triking is probably the best option. It’s certainly not the cheapest but I can buy it in pieces as finances allow………. I have already bought the Moto Guzzi, it’s just the surrounding bit’s that I need now. 🙂

      • This topic was modified 4 months, 4 weeks ago by  Mick.
    • #11134
      Oily
      Oily
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        Hello Mick, welcome! You’ve made an excellent choice, please keep us up to date with your progress.

      • #11135

        eclecticeric
        Member

          Hi, Mick – I’m also an “expatriate” Brit ( I think there are quite a few on this forum) living in Oregon. I started work on my Triking build about a month ago, and have had some great help from members of this forum – I’m guessing that, like me, you don’t have many friends with Trikings to look at for guidance, so the forum is an invaluable resource when you get stuck.

          • #11137

            Mick
            Member

              Oily……..When I spoke with Alan at triking last week he mentioned he had just shipped a kit to Oregon, that must have been you.

              I don’t know what the procedure is when importing to the US, but the officious frogs at Transport Canada are not helpful, they wanted part numbers for every little part on headed paper, only then would they CONSIDER it. Turns out that it’s all complete BS, they can only stop imports of complete vehicles under 15 years old, and by their own rules a Triking kit is not considered a regulated vehicle.

              As it happens I know Steve Oram in Calgary who has a Triking , he is also a member here but I forget his forum name. He’s English too !

              I will start the ball rolling later this year when I have the spondoolies

          • #11136
            WestEndGuzzi
            WestEndGuzzi
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              Welcome Mick, there is a wealth of knowledge here on the Triking forum!
              Having trouble posting pictures? Compress them down to under 512kb per post.
              Failing that, email them to me and I will add them for you. (atdwew at gmail dot com)

              Your avatar looks like a pair of hoopoes dancing the jive!
              Tony

              • #11138

                Mick
                Member

                  Yes Tony I can’t post pics 🙂 How do you compress them ?

              • #11141
                WestEndGuzzi
                WestEndGuzzi
                Moderator

                  I use photoshop elements, but I am really struggling to find something to recommend that may be on everyone’s system.
                  I’ll seek advice and guidance.
                  Perhaps we have a reader on here who can suggest a software that will do the job.

                  • #11142

                    Mick
                    Member

                      I just downloaded winzip but I don’t recommend it to anyone.

                      Trying something else… [IMG] https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15178148_1713181428999254_32095064942989915_n.jpg?oh=18e4f83d67c56b0ace0382e9311b9893&oe=59886BF3 [/IMG]

                      • #11145

                        eclecticeric
                        Member

                          That worked fine – looks similar to my 1999 Bassa.
                          , but mine didn’t have the fairing.

                          • #11147

                            Mick
                            Member

                              You can see it ?… I can’t see a bloody thing apart from a load of numbers and letters.

                              It’s a 2003 titanium with just 3500 miles. It’s the one with the hydro valves but it’s been sorted,the recall has been done. Goes like a rocket ! My Triking will fly 🙂

                              • This reply was modified 4 months, 4 weeks ago by  Mick.
                        • #11155

                          iant-s
                          Member

                            I open the image using “Paint”. There is a re-size button in the tool bar. Takes a couple of goes to get it small enough – check by looking at “properties”. Once happy with it save with a different name. Then be careful to select this smaller version when uploading.

                        • #11143

                          Mick
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                            • #11150

                              eclecticeric
                              Member

                                This works as well !

                                Importing the kit into the US turned out to be a breeze – customs, etc. cheaper than I expected also – hopefully I haven’t used up all my good luck and getting it licensed turns out to be a nightmare. However, as far as I can tell in Oregon there are essentially zero checks on equipment and emissions since I live outside the city – we’ll see! The thing that does bother me is that legally I have to wear a crash helmet since it’s licensed as a motorcycle. Since 3 wheelers are extremely rare around here, and the police may not realise I’m supposed to wear one, I may flout the law until I get my first ticket, then I guess I’ll have to toe the line.

                                • #11151

                                  Mick
                                  Member

                                    Neither of them work on my computer, it’s weird.

                                    Here in Saskatchewan they have recently changed the rules. If it has three wheels and a steering wheel it’s a three wheeled car, but you still have to wear a crash helmet and a seat belt.. If it does not have a steering wheel it’s a motorcycle, and you have to wear a crash helmet but no seatbelt.. I might install an aircraft yoke rather than a steering wheel and keep mine as a Moto Guzzi, that way I will not need to bother about a safety test.

                                    Like you I don’t think the cops here will have a clue about the laws regarding three wheelers, I can’t see me getting a ticket for not wearing a crash helmet…… That said I expect you might want to wear one anyway, the wind can quickly become a pain, it even gets tiresome even in a Lomax.

                                    PS, I don’t like the idea of wearing a seat belt, I would prefer to be ejected rather than be held captive and pastried.

                                    • This reply was modified 4 months, 4 weeks ago by  Mick.
                              • #11154
                                WestEndGuzzi
                                WestEndGuzzi
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                                  The wearing of a helmet in a Triking is only necessary if you are very tall (as some of our members are) and look over the windscreen, rather than through it. The standard height screen gives excellent deflection of wind and rain (once you are at cruising speed).
                                  Windscreen wipers are a must imho, don’t rely on Rainex, it doesn’t work at low speed.
                                  The design of the cockpit area holds the driver, and passenger for that matter, in place. Being ‘ejected’ may be a bit difficult.
                                  So rather than a helmet and no seat belt, I think the best plan would be a roll-over bar and seatbelts.
                                  Or you could buy a ready made tin-top!

                                  • #11161

                                    Mick
                                    Member

                                      Please tell me more about the tin top.

                                  • #11158

                                    SteveO
                                    Member

                                      Here in Alberta off I went without a helmet (required) and got stopped within 5 minutes – the license plate for a bike has less characters than a car hence………..

                                      SteveO

                                      • #11160

                                        Mick
                                        Member

                                          Did they do you for it Steve ?

                                          • #11179

                                            SteveO
                                            Member

                                              Nope let me go as they were more interested in the Triking than writing a ticket. It was on the passenger seat so told them I was distracted and forgot to put it on.
                                              I have a Polaris Slingshot and have to wear both a helmet and seat belt. I wear a seat belt in the Triking too, but I believe you only have to wear if fitted/

                                              Steve

                                              • #11188
                                                Oily
                                                Oily
                                                Member

                                                  Over here it’s either seatbelt or lid, I prefer the seatbelt option.

                                                  • #11192

                                                    Mick
                                                    Member

                                                      Where do you live ?

                                                      There’s different rules in Canada depending which province you live in. That said the cops here are usually very laid back.

                                            • #11173

                                              Mick
                                              Member

                                                Took my wife for a 250 mile spin yesterday, much of it on the number 1 highway at speeds in excess of 100 mph. When we got home and put it away she said .. “it can stay there till it has another wheel and proper seats ” . That makes it official !

                                                She’s the only ton up grandma I know 🙂

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