Motor kit for adult tricycle?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Kingdusk, May 22, 2015.

  1. Kingdusk

    Kingdusk New Member

    I recently purchased a Schwinn Meridian adult tricycle ( and I want to add a motor to it. I first thought of adding a electric motor but i found that the price of batteries for them are too much for me so now im looking at gas motors. My question is if normal motor kits will work for the tricycle and if there is a specific type i need to get for the tricycle.

  2. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

  3. Large Filipino

    Large Filipino New Member

    I would say the absolute easiest way is a Bike Bug on the front wheel.
    One supplier is bikebug dot net
  4. Kingdusk

    Kingdusk New Member

    I bought the bike to get some exercise and lose some weight but it is literally impossible for me to go uphill with it, so thats why i was wanting to get the motor.
  5. Saddletramp

    Saddletramp Member

    I made that happen. L P can tell you that. Meridian is what I ride. I have some kits still. HHey LP, OWWWW!
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  6. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    It might be a little more helpful to the OP if you shared some specific details if exactly how you went about motorizing the meridian, since that's what he seems to actually be asking for. Simply saying you made it happen does not lead the OP any closer to successfully motorizing his bike, now does it?
  7. Saddletramp

    Saddletramp Member

    Hi, I use a custom machined steel plate .25 thick. About any motor 50cc will fit it. 4 stroke. Plate is 3.2 lbs.
  8. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    I doubt the OP knows where to put the plate or what it's for, let alone where to get or how to make one, but that post was a little more useful than your last one
  9. Kingdusk

    Kingdusk New Member

    Yea, its my first time ever attempting something like this. What i was asking was if there is a kit or specific motor that would work with a tricycle like it or if any type would work.
  10. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    There are several types that work with a trike, each setup meeting different wants and needs for the rider, each with it's own set of advantages and disadvantages, and some may cost more than others. It helps a lot to have a general idea of what you want and need in a motorbike before starting a project, especially one involving a trike.
  11. Kingdusk

    Kingdusk New Member

    My main want out of my motor is to get up hills more easily, as the meridian only has one speed, and the speed does not matter to me.
  12. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    all the easy builds of these I've seen use an electric front hub
  13. Purple Haze

    Purple Haze Active Member

    Keep searching the forum archives, there have been many of these built in the past. A friend here in town has one he built with one of those $99 4-strokes from Harbor Freight.
  14. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    If your main objective is to get up hills and you want to pedal the rest of the time, the easiest way to do that is with a 2 stroke kit and a bigger rear sprocket. A 56t sprocket ought to pull you up hills just fine. You will need anything o be creative in mounting the motor, but it can be done.
  15. Slogger

    Slogger Member

    Looking at the trike I think it would be easiest to just put the electric wheel motor on it.
    If you only want an occasinal boost up the hills you could go with a low output DC electric motor wheel, then use the cheapest 10 AH lead/acid lawn and garden batteries. 2 for 24V, 3 for 36V.. A box in the basket could hide em, and the cost would be a fraction of the 20 mile range, 20mph batteries from the electrobike catalogs.
    Hopefully it won't drag when it's off and you're pedaling. If it's a low output you could get away without a speed controller, just use an on/off switch and a circuit breaker.
    The low output motor won't j e r k too much or spin the tire. A nice assist for the hills and that's all.
    If you aren't into long rides, going fast or continuous running it might just work.
    Just a thought.
    Good luck to you!
  16. amitparmar

    amitparmar New Member

    It sounds good. Yes, motor kit is best thing for tricycle. I have advice for you. IF you want a good motor kit for your tricycle. then please check it. Here, many option about that. I hope,you will find best.
  17. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Trikes are tricky machines.
    20MPH is the safe top speed on a straight flat road.

    Even though I am fan of electric mid mount electrics that use a trikes rear gears your bike has no gears or good brakes so I concur with a front wheel electric hub.
  18. K9Kruiser

    K9Kruiser New Member

    I am in the process of electrifying a Schwinn Meridian. I considered the hub motors but at the moment I am leaning towards a gear reduction motor.
  19. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor carries the electric systems I use for 2 and 3 wheels E-builds.
    I don't know if your trike has gears or not, but if it does I found this system to work pretty well...



    By making a box for the back I fit everything electric including the charger in it ;-}
  20. K9Kruiser

    K9Kruiser New Member

    Thanks for the you have a shot from underneath, something that shows how you attached the motor, what gears and sprockets you used, etc? I have only a single speed bike, no gears. I have a spot on the axle I think I could squeeze a sprocket into, preferably a freewheel for the motor.