The Trike Making Me Love Trikes











I have never been crazy on trikes. As a matter of fact there are probably less than 5 that I can remember and front of which I would agree to have my picture taken. And it includes this one which was a Discovery Channel Biker Build-Off winner built by Zeel Design. I know that some of you are going to classify it more as a tricycle with an engine (year 06 1200 Sportster) than a trike, but I still would have liked to put this one on my resume. I love the cat eye gas tank fused into the curvaceous frame (no straight line anywhere to be seen). I admire the one-off aluminum front end with hidden dual RST front brakes, a suspension fitted in the neck and the 3 CNC machined wheels (26” in front dressed in Vee Rubber and 2×15” 200 mm in the rear). I like the Round oil tank discreetly fitted between transmission & rear axle. I appreciate the handlebars (internal clutch & throttle) designed with so much curve that the grips end up facing each other. The copper treatment applied to the rocker boxes, wheels and solid lines is extremely beautiful in contract to the charcoal frame and red pinstriped gas tank. Well, there is much more to see and to say about this "Bobster" trike. Discover more of the very unique style of Michael Long from Zeel Design by going to his website,              

8 Responses to “The Trike Making Me Love Trikes”

  1. 1 Sam Nehme May 8th, 2007 at 9:19 am

    This trike turned out awesome! I love it! Zeel Designs did a great job!!!

    Keep up the good work Mike! ……Sam Nehme (BMS Choppers)

  2. 2 TBear May 8th, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Looking forward to meeting Mr Long up at the Canadain Championship of Custom Bike Building in Olds, Alberta this July.
    I will also be on the judging panel for the event.
    I’ve built a few trikes in my day for myself and a few other disabled riders but nothing close to this baby.
    Maybe Mike will be gracious enough to let me take it for a test ride and photoshoot.
    Horse Magazine &

  3. 3 Don May 8th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Superb trike work.

  4. 4 Curt! May 8th, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    That is one beautiful trike. I’m not much of a trike fan either, But I wouldn’t be adverse to being seen on that one. Nice job, guys!

  5. 5 Mike May 16th, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Cyril you have definitely picked a winner to headline. This, to me, is worth every penny it would cost to fab this beauty. It would also look nice with a Knucklehead for power. Zeel Designs gets an A for this.

  6. 6 grizzly garry Mar 22nd, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Seems like anyone can buy into the biker phenomenon. Even “sidewalk commandos”.
    Just takes MONEY. Buy some leather, some boots, and a motorcycle. Real bikerism-is either born into one’s self-or it is not.
    This theory hasn’t got much (or anything) to do with the style of bike, trike, or whatever.

    After seeing his work, obviously Michael Long is a “born in” biker, not a “bought in” one like so many are………..

  7. 7 matt Apr 25th, 2009 at 11:07 am


  8. 8 Pete The Greek Dec 4th, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I knew someone would beat me and build a motorized H.D. powered tricycle ! That’s what happens cause I am too busy racing motorcycles instead of building them. I definitely can’t afford to do both, though I still try! I had this vision of building a pan head tricycle about six year’s ago. My hatt’s off to Zeel design for beating me to it, and they did a great job! Pete The Greek #63

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