Trick Hot Rod Trike Seen In Daytona







Watch out baby boomers intending to add a 3rd wheel to your ride, and trike lovers, whatever your age . The retro trend is overflowing to the world of trikes. While leaving the ‘Builders Breakfast Event’ I stumbled  on this cool trike built by Santiago Chopper. Evidently, it has a Hot Rod feel (Copper and black paint with white wall tires will always scream retro) and seems to me to be the transition look until we, custom builders, invent or re-invent the Bobber trike. It’s a Santiago Chopper frame  wrapping a 110" Rev Tech engine and carrying in the front a finned Crime Scene oil tank. Notice the cool one-off air-cleaner designed and fabricated by Alan Bernard himself. Santiago Chopper.  


24 Responses to “Trick Hot Rod Trike Seen In Daytona”

  1. 1 Paul James Mar 9th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I could ride one like that, but I am only 28 !

  2. 2 Nicker Mar 10th, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Seen some wheel chair guys make use of trikes.
    One way to stay in the game after a disabling injury, regardless of age.


  3. 3 Rodent Mar 10th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    If you are disabled and need a trike ok otherwise it’s stupid

  4. 4 Dan Morrow Mar 10th, 2008 at 8:38 am

    No, Rodent. A Trike is not stupid. Trikes and side cars are motorcycles. You are prejudiced. Bad attitude.

  5. 5 Slag Mar 10th, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Rodent is correct. If your too old,disabled,scared of falling over then maybe a trike is the way to go,otherwise it’s stupid. A motorcycle has 2 wheels not 3.

  6. 6 TROY Mar 10th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    In the state of Texas, a motorcylce is defined as having 2 or 3 wheels. Maybe, some day, if you’re lucky, you will be too old, and too crippled up to ride and would appreciate a trike. The alternative is , you will be dead or driving a mini-van. All of us who are too old or disabled would rather be 28 years old and blasting down the highway on a rigid. Your time will come soon enough!

  7. 7 Kiwi Mike Tomas Mar 10th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    2 or 3 wheels it’s still fun.
    I have some of my Indians with a sidecar, some that are trikes which were called back in the day “Dispatch Tows” and many on 2 wheels. Weather it be 2 wheels or 3 wheels I find them all fun and if it enables someone to share the same enjoyment we do, more power to them. We all seem to know someone who is an avid rider who may have some unfortunate health or phisical ailment stopping them from riidng 2 wheels yet 3 wheels keeps their face out in the breeze and with us. Let’s be positive and share the fun, it’s all good.

  8. 8 TrickaTrike Jon Mar 10th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Rodent is probably not a biker. A biker would not talk like that. Rodent, what do you ride ? The truth..

  9. 9 madpuppy Mar 10th, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I stole the training wheels off my kids bicycle, and put it on my old pan, Yea, go ahead and laugh, but I feel much safer ! LOL

  10. 10 Marshall Veitenheimer Mar 10th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Rodent is pissed off because he can’t ride a trike. Trikes are 3 wheel motorcycles. Period.

  11. 11 saorijohn Mar 10th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    As long as your not in a car, that’s all that matters. 2 or 3 wheels is motorcycling. Just remember the first outing on the trike not to fire down the middle of the traffic!

  12. 12 Iceman Mar 10th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    It used to be THAT you rode, not WHAT you rode………

  13. 13 Nicker Mar 10th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    “…A Trike is not stupid…”

    Well, as a design exercise, Trikes can be a challenge.
    Over the years there have been some wicked trikes running around.

    One powered by a 911 Porsche motor had a sprint car wing.

    Another, Renault powered job looked more like a dragster.
    Rider & Passenger sat in it like in an airplane cockpit.
    With a differential brake set up, i saw it executing 90 degree turns, on asphalt, at speed !

    Neither were devices for the faint of heart or unwashed newbies.

    “…you’re lucky, you will be too old, and too crippled up to ride and would appreciate a trike…”
    Spot -on.
    Say a kid who lost the use of his legs in a AA/fuel dragster crash using a hopped up trike to participate in a poker run.

    “…. A biker would not talk like that…”

    I guess it depends on what type-a “Bikers”….. Road-Warrior, Beer-Warrior, Weekend-Warrior….etc.
    Seems most ya talk to now days haven’t a clue how to steer a bike. Hence the accident rate.
    So, any allusions to the superiority of “Two wheel” riders over the three wheel riders is overoptimistic, at best.

    Most of the scooter jockeys is see out on the road today are barley qualified to “drive” a motorcycle, let alone “Ride” one.

    Not having fallen-off your scooter lately is no indication of your riding skill. That only shows up in a tight spot (oil on the off ramp, antifreeze cooked off on a windy mountain road, etc.). What ya ride has nothing to do with your “qualification” as a biker.

    Once again, IMHO

  14. 14 fat bastard Mar 10th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I think its badass!!!

    nice work!


  15. 15 Jerry Mar 10th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I agree "badass". It’s a beautiful trike. And custom trikes are also difficult to build. A lot of time and merit. Rodent must ride a RV with 2 x 3 = 6 wheels..

  16. 16 Doc Robinson Mar 10th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Hey guys, Rodent has been a biker longer than most of you have probably been born.
    Yes, he is opinionated. Yes he can be aggravating. But in decades of going to bike rallies all over the country, he has earned the right to his opinions. If you want to know more about him, read Barnett’s Magazine to which he regularly contributes. He rides a cool Sportster, tricked out as a bagger currently.

  17. 17 Bobby Hassendoff Mar 10th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Doc, if it’s true (that he writes…) his statement is even worse. If he is so old, he is good for a trike very soon. Maybe it’s because he hates the idea that he will need one. A true motorcycle lover loves all bikes and those who ride, whatever they ride. You don’t qualify trikes and their riders of being stupid. The guy is dumb.

  18. 18 Nicker Mar 11th, 2008 at 12:47 am


    “…. been a biker longer than most of you …”
    “…. is opinionated …”
    “…. has earned the right to his opinions …”

    Hell, being opinionated is half the fun of being alive…. 🙂
    But that, in and of itself, doesn’t say what type of biker you are.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. That’s not something ya have-ta earn.

    What ya do have to “earn” is the respect required to get people’s attention to what you say.

    And since life ain’t a popularity contest, respect simply means that one has enough credibility to get their opinion considered, regardless of agreement.

    “…want to know more about him, read Barnett’s …”

    OK, But not interested enough to go out and buy another mag…
    Is there on-line stuff (besides what’s here) more easily available…….?


  19. 19 burnout Mar 11th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    You keep at it Rodent……………… makes everybody excited! I have to bite my tongue every day because , easily, 85 percent of people on 2 or 3 wheels have no business being there! This particular trike is way cool…….. I, however, do not like the way trikes handle compared to a 2 wheeler. I may have to ride one someday but trikes are a completely different animal. “To each his own” doesn’t really cause a warm fuzzy feeling either! peace

  20. 20 dragon Mar 11th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    i thought you all said he rode a sportster and another wheel and he would have a tricycle lmao i got friends that would that ride jap bikes because they would not be caugth dead on a sportster

  21. 21 dragon Mar 11th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    oh forgot that is one smoothhhhhhhh trike

  22. 22 Biker Bob Mar 11th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    That is absolutely the coolest trike I have seen in a long time.

    I love it.

    Biker Bob

  23. 23 HARLEY JON Jun 15th, 2010 at 6:57 pm


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