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Old Yesterday, 12:46 PM   #1
Keithert OP
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Training wheel trike or sidecar for winter?

I recently bought a 98 Ural rig that I'm having a great time with. I've put more miles on a bike this fall than any fall in the past. Part of the reason is knowing I'm not so likely to go down if the roads are wet or have ice.

Being that the bike is a 17 year old Ural I don't know how long it will be reliable for. That said I don't see a sidecar or trike being my primary bike that I have a lot of money into.

How would a trike add on like a Voyager be for stability in wet or icy conditions? That would be less expensive than having a dedicated bike for such conditions.
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Old Yesterday, 03:01 PM   #2
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Never ridden a trike in the snow but doubt they're safer or more stable than an outfit on slick roads. Unless you can source/build everything yourself trike conversion kits aren't cheap and REALLY expensive if a shop builds/assembles it. Heck you already have a 3rd training/stability wheel Ural go ride it and learn how to handle it on slick roads.
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Old Yesterday, 05:23 PM   #3
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The Voyager is what I call training wheels as it adds two more tires to the ground. You should check your state laws about using this as it could be illegal or require a different license.
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Old Yesterday, 06:03 PM   #4
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I had a Voyager setup on 2 different bikes. A 250 and a 600. They were fine going straight but in turns it felt like you were going to fly off and flip the bike. IMO the Ural feels much more stable.

I've never ridden a true trike so can't comment on how one rides or how it might compare to a Voyager kit.

IIRC the Voyager kit was a fairly easy off and on after it was installed. It does leave some low hanging hardware when the wheels are removed. That can make sharp curves "exciting".
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Old Yesterday, 06:08 PM   #5
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How would a trike add on like a Voyager be for stability in wet or icy conditions? That would be less expensive than having a dedicated bike for such conditions.
My uneducated answer is the trike/Voyager will be stable, but........

All the ones I've seen have wide auto type tires seems like rolling friction would be higher and if you are taking about roads that might be somewhat snow covered they would seem to "Hydroplane" on the snow taking the weight off the drive tire. At least with a single wheel drive sidecar if the sidecar rides up on the snow it just tips the outfit a little to one side with little effect on the driving traction.

I would lean strongly in the favor of the sidecar, just fit some good knobbies front and rear on the bike, and the sidecar if two wheel drive.
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Old Yesterday, 06:12 PM   #6
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I picked up a Spyder at the end of last winter. Another option.
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Old Yesterday, 06:24 PM   #7
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.........and then there's the risk of someone you know actually seeing you riding a trike.
Some of us could care a less what people think.
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Some of us could care a less what people think.

Yes bad joke, I'd like to retract it.
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Old Yesterday, 08:39 PM   #9
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I bought a Ural cargo hack for a winter bike last year. Personally, I feel safer (and much warmer) riding a Goldwing in the winter. I actually bought my 2wd Gear up for a winter bike years ago but I love it so much that I won't put it in the salt.
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