At 2013 Daytona Bike Week, Roadsmith Trike, a known trike designer, unveiled a brand new design – the HTS1800 for Honda Gold Wing trike conversions.The HTS1800 design will join the existing line of Gold Wing conversions that convert both the 1800 and 1500 series of this iconic touring machine. The new HTS model is available for newer Honda Gold Wings from 2012-on.Features of the new design include styling cues specifically created to complement the design evolution of the newer Gold Wings. Angular bodylines carry from the front fairing to the side panels and on to the trike body in the rear.Doug Lindholm (Roadsmith General Manager) says: “This is a truly an evolutionary design for us. In addition to making it look nice, we were able to create some improvements in the manufacturing and installation processes, as well.”In addition to its stunning, contemporary design, there are some very practical new features of this kit that will appeal to both consumers and dealers alike. The stylish and durable running boards are now easier to install and offer more structural integrity than ever before.The company has added new paint-matched, integrated side panels that will be supplied with each new kit, guaranteeing a more “finished” transition from the front side cover to the body of the trike kit.One of the biggest new features of the new model (literally) is a larger trunk. Not only is the opening considerably larger for easier access, but the actual trunk is slightly larger, as well. In addition, the company has employed sleek, retractable wire cable supports for the trunk lid that allow unrestricted access to the trunk opening.Finally, there are some newly revised components and other improvements that promise to expedite the installation process and improve the overall functionality of the kit. In the end, this new model introduces some appealing new features and benefits and becomes a suitable complement to the existing HT1800.For more than 40 years, Roadsmith Trikes has been designing and producing some of the best engineered, best handling trikes in the business. Based in White Bear Lake, MN, Roadsmith manufactures and distributes 19 different trike conversion kits for Honda, Harley-Davidson, Victory and Indian motorcycles. Roadsmith Trikes is represented by over a hundred dealers in the U.S. and Canada as well as their own retail location, The Trike Shop, on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, Fla.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.