To most people – mainly toddlers – the pedal-powered tricycle is a mere stepping-stone to riding a big boy’s bicycle. However, to inherent man-children of the world, it’s a tool for hilarious sideways action.
I have no doubt it can be a lot of fun. You throttle – no hill or pushing required – and this drift trike with a 6.5 hp motor will take you to about 32 mph for some drifts that will make any grown man giggle like a school girl. Frame in CNC bent out of .095 Benteler chromoly, fully tig welded, built and assembled in house.
Did you get a thrill riding your plastic-tired Big Wheel when you were a kid? We’ve seen adults online who’ve been scaling up that fun by drifting fullsize trikes. All they need is a seat, a frame, handlebars, three wheels, and a big hill. There’s a downside, though, because they have to haul the trike up the hill first. Fabricators Chris Harris and August Agner of Lexington, North Carolina, solved that problem with a 6.5hp kart engine—no pedaling required. “Walk it back up the hill? We said, screw that,” says Chris. He and August run SFD Industries and used their kart parts and fabricating skills to build the motorized trike.
Designer, fabricator and welder August Agner of Winston-Salem and his wife own and run SFD Industries, an outfit that specializes in fuel cells, catch tanks and steering wheels for karting, though SFD is available to do custom fab work of any kind. With a hand from good friend Chris Harris, August built the motorized trike after he got tired of lugging a non-powered adult version and his two-year-old son’s big wheels up their local hill during his recovery from a dislocated hip and broken leg.
After a motorcycle crash nearly took his life, a Winston-Salem father used his background in motors to make a Big Wheel for adults who don't want to grow up. "You had that Big Wheel that you outgrew when you were about 6 years old that you always wanted to ride again, but...