Ohio Rider - Cat Trike Expedition

Discussion in 'Motorized Trikes' started by ctk47, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. ctk47

    ctk47 New Member

    Here is some information about my 2009 Cat Trike Expedition. Also attached are pictures!

    I added a Golden Eagle Bike Engine Kit. Golden Eagle was great to work with and was very friendly and knowledgeable. I worked with Dennis and Julia.

    I wanted to do something other than a bike. I have ridden bikes all my life. I tried a trike recumbent and I am glad I did! It is very comfortable. I have gone on 150 to 200 mile rides. I get over 120 miles per gallon on a Tanaka 47cc engine. I am extremely happy with the product. Few things are ever better than advertised and this is one of them!

    I got over 1200 miles in 8 rides. The trike is 100% reliable. Wider tires provide more comfort. I can ride through gravel roads and different areas which I would normally struggle with the slimmer 35 mm tires. The wider rims offer additional stability on an already very stable trike. The custom boom that Cat Trike made for me cleaned up the front end. It was made without a front derailleur mount. Since I have a Schlumpf high speed drive I did not need the mount on the boom. With this drive I can pedal 40-50 miles per hour. I zip-tied one water bottle cage to the trike so I can carry an extra water, gas, or bike light battery. I keep extra belts, gas mixture and tools in the Cat Trike bags so I am good for an all day ride.

    I have previously built a KMX Cobra trike but it was not as good as the Expedition to work with. The build quality of the Expedition was far better than the KMX.

    I live in the Dayton, Ohio, area. If you would like to go for a ride or are interested in building one, let me know.


    Kenda NPG 2.1 Rear Tire, Stan's No Tubes Rim Tape and Sealant
    Kenda Kontact Elite 1.95 Front Tire, Stan's No Tubes Rim Tape and Sealant

    Arrow Racing Rear Rim, 37 mm wide
    Odyssey 7 Front Rim, 34 mm wide

    XT Hub 36 spoke - Rear - black, solid axle
    Hope 36 spoke - Front - red - 20 mm

    Hope, gold rotors
    13/14 black, Wheelsmith spokes front and back

    Tanaka 47cc
    14 tooth gear
    120 mpg

    Schlumpf high speed drive
    Shimano Shadow XT rear derailleur, medium cage
    LED rear lights
    LED Lupine front light
    KMX Rear Fender
    KMX Flag
    Cat Trike bags

    * painted engine mounting strap red and the motor mount black

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  2. Turtle Tedd

    Turtle Tedd Member

    very nice...
  3. ctk47

    ctk47 New Member

    Thanks Turtle Ted. Appreciate it...

  4. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    It DOES look nice. Have you gone through the hassle of getting it licensed yet? The issues I see are Ohio's very restrictive 1 HP engine power limit and design maximum speed limit, (and, of course, getting it inspected by the Highway Patrol.)
  5. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Very Nice! Perhaps I should look into that Schlumpf high speed drive (I pedal out at about 25mph with my 52t front sprocket (20" rear wheel)). Too bad you live so far away, we'd turn some heads cruising down the highway on our trikes.
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