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HANNIGAN MOTORSPORTS Hi-Tech TRIKES

THREE WHEEL MOTORCYCLE SPECIALISTS

Toph Bocchiaro
3/16/2012


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Hannigan Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Hannigan Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide

 
Yamaha Venture with Hannigan HMS-SP2 sidecar. Your passenger will love you for this.
Yamaha Venture with Hannigan HMS-SP2 sidecar. Your passenger will love you for this.

 
We caught up with Hannigan Motorsports at the Daytona International Speedway to drool over all of their stylish, classy and sporty Trikes. Hannigan puts as much effort into the handling and performance as the unique, individual look of each Trike model.
 
Hannigan Suzuki Bandit 1250S- looks like serious fun. One of the coolest trikes we've seen.
Hannigan Suzuki Bandit 1250S- looks like serious fun. One of the coolest trikes we've seen.

 
Be sure to check out Hannigan's website where there is a lot more information on each specific model as well as sidecars and technical info that is a must read for any Trike owner or prospective buyer.
We've compiled some of the more general ideology behind Hannigan Motorsports here.  
 
Hannigan Honda Gold Wing. When you want power and comfort, the GL1800 powered Trike is about as good as it gets.
Hannigan Honda Gold Wing. When you want power and comfort, the GL1800 powered Trike is about as good as it gets.

Q: What is independent suspension, and how does it affect the handling of the Hannigan trike?

A: Trikes with solid axles have four times as much unsprung weight as the Hannigan Trike, which has similar unsprung weight to the original two-wheeled motorcycle. More unsprung weight results in a much harsher ride, where you feel every bump in the road. It is the Critical Law of Physics: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When only one rear wheel of the trike hits a bump, which happens on most road surfaces, the sideways motion of a solid suspension is transmitted to the motorcycle seat, creating a very negative effect on your lower back, and especially on the back of the passenger. Hannigan’s independent suspension has almost no lateral forces on the motorcycle seat creating a much healthier, more comfortable ride.
 
Hannigan Kawasaki Vulcan 2000. Sleek with eyecatching paint scheme.
Hannigan Kawasaki Vulcan 2000. Sleek with eyecatching paint scheme.

Q: Do I need to add Steer Lite to my BMW Trike or EZ Steer to my Honda Trike?

A: EZ Steer and Steer Lite shorten the trail of the bike by 60%, lessening the steering effort by 60%. Trail is the difference between the pivot point of the fork, and the tire patch of the front wheel. This is measured in inches or millimeters. When you have added Steer Lite or EZ Steer to your trike, you will be able to ride longer without tiring, feeling more refreshed at the end of a day of travel.
 
Hannigan Harley-Davidson V-Rod. Classic Black & Orange meets smooth, liquid-cooled Milwaukee muscle. This Trike rocks.
Hannigan Harley-Davidson V-Rod. Classic Black & Orange meets smooth, liquid-cooled Milwaukee muscle. This Trike rocks.

 
Hannigan Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic El;ectra Glide in Blue. The iconic Touring bike that all else are measured against.
Hannigan Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic El;ectra Glide in Blue. The iconic Touring bike that all else are measured against.

Q: How is riding a trike different from riding a two-wheeled motorcycle?

A: The main difference is that you steer around corners instead of leaning into corners. And, you never have to worry about your bike falling over again.
 
Honda Gold Wing with Hannigan GTL Sidecar. Futuristic, aerodynamic design is loaded with features; even available with air-conditioning.
Honda Gold Wing with Hannigan GTL Sidecar. Futuristic, aerodynamic design is loaded with features; even available with air-conditioning.

Q: What kind of warranty does Hannigan Motorsports provide on their trikes?

A: Standard Hannigan warranty is two years, unlimited mileage on parts and labor.
 
Hannigan Indian (King's Mountain era) classic looking Trike.
Hannigan Indian (King's Mountain era) classic looking Trike.

Q: Does trike conversion void the factory warranty?

A: Yes, any modification to the original motorcycle will void the factory warranty. However, most motorcycle dealers will look at the warranty problem and will honor the warranty if the problem has not been caused by the addition of the trike kit.
 
Hannigan Yamaha Venture with all the bells and whistles including full-length footboards.
Hannigan Yamaha Venture with all the bells and whistles including full-length footboards.

 
Hannigan BMW 1200LT sleek, fast, smooth and powerful. This baby is an Interstate dream.
Hannigan BMW 1200LT sleek, fast, smooth and powerful. This baby is an Interstate dream.

 
Hannigan’s “No Compromise Trike!” slogan comes from the high level of parts and engineering they employ. A Hannigan Trike utilizes 6 unique design features common to all premium sports cars:
1. Independent Suspension with Progressive Suspension IAS shocks
 
Hannigan Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic rear end. Note the difference from the BMW. The design and flow makes it look like these Trikes were born this way.
Hannigan Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic rear end. Note the difference from the BMW. The design and flow makes it look like these Trikes were born this way.

 
2. Wide Track
 
Hannigan Kawasaki Vulcan 2000.
Hannigan Kawasaki Vulcan 2000.

 
3. Low Center of Gravity
 
Hannigan Indian leather seat detail and smooth, flowing bodywork.
Hannigan Indian leather seat detail and smooth, flowing bodywork.

 
4. Anti-sway Bar
 
Hannigan Harley-Davidson V-Rod from the other side. Hold on tight, this isn't for the weak of heart. Look at how the tank flows across the seat mating perfectly with the countour of the rear. Beautiful!
Hannigan Harley-Davidson V-Rod from the other side. Hold on tight, this isn't for the weak of heart. Look at how the tank flows across the seat mating perfectly with the countour of the rear. Beautiful!

 
5. Rigid Chasis
 
Hannigan Suzuki Bandit 1250S. We'd be hard pressed to choose this or the V-Rod for pure Triking Lightning.
Hannigan Suzuki Bandit 1250S. We'd be hard pressed to choose this or the V-Rod for pure Triking Lightning.

6. In-Line Driveshaft

Hannigan Kawasaki Vulcan with large, extended trunk.
Hannigan Kawasaki Vulcan with large, extended trunk.

 
Hannigan Motorsports • 4044 U.S. Highway 641 South • Murray, Kentucky 42071 USA • 270-753-4256

Click HERE to visit the Hannigan Motorsports' website.

Hannigan BMW K1200LT from the rear. Each Hannigan design is unique and designed with the base motorcycle styling in mind.
Hannigan BMW K1200LT from the rear. Each Hannigan design is unique and designed with the base motorcycle styling in mind.


 

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I HAD A STROKE A YEAR AGO,SURGERY ON MY HEAD TO REIEVE THE PRESSURE FROM THE BLOOD CLOT.I HAVE RIDDEN BIKES SENSE I WAS 13,I AM 60 NOW! NEVER HAVE I RIDDEN A TRIKE.I BELIEVE THE ARTICLE WILL HELP ME! I AM CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN GETTING A HANNINGAN TRIKE INSTALLED ON MT 2007 HONDA GOLDWING.IT PUT ME TO RIDING SOONER.

joe miller
knoxville, TN
Friday, January 11, 2013
Editor Response Let me know how its going and send me photos and a paragraph, I will put it on Bikernet Trikes. Thanks Joe

gary@bikernet.com
Triking Viking
Sleek, but full lined. Award winning, yet not overdone. That is what I see looking at Hannigan trike. Adequate power, good control and comfort is what I crave on a ride. Please respond, and help me own an excellent used Hannigan Trike in your inventory or build me a sweet but inexpensive one.

Prince Benjamin
Gaithersburg, MD
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Editor Response I sent your info to Hannigan have they responded?

gary@bikernet.com

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