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.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!