Ready For Trike Conversion?


Maybe it’s because of taste, of age, or because she told you so. Ready for a conversion by adding 1 more wheel to your ride? Santiago Chopper, out of Tampa, builds a lot of custom trikes, turns a lot of stock Harleys into 3-wheelers, and even produces some of his own propriatery parts to do it or let you do it in style. Several 2-wheeler brands can now be converted into a rigid trike thanks to this new tig-welded frame that Santiago Chopper just released. For example, in addition to Harley models, this frame can be adapted to welcome a Kawasaki Vulcan or Honda Shadow. More info by contacting Alan on my behalf at Santiago Chopper.


11 Responses to “Ready For Trike Conversion?”

  1. 1 Paul Apr 17th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Can we see a trike built with this frame?

  2. 2 Steve Carr Apr 17th, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Alan is a great Builder as well as a Great guy. This kit is second to none, and looks like a trike should look when completed. Alan knows what he is doing for sure!

    Steve Carr

    Lightning Rod Motorcycles

  3. 3 Grayhawk Apr 17th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Anybody know if the dimensional fitment on the slide on rails at the rear of Santaigo’s frame are the same as the stock HD Servi frame as to allow use of old drum brake, hydraulic of course not mechanical brake original rear HD Servi setup to save a couple bucks if one had budget restraints. If so slide it on and add a master cylinder tab to the frame. Looks like lots of possible options with their frame.


  4. 4 Grayhawk Apr 17th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Sorry before I forget that is with the understanding you can get a right side tranny set up to work with the original 45 rear end set up as its sprocket was on the right side. Maybe just spend the $2895, just thinking out loud.

  5. 5 ¿ Apr 18th, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Grayhawk-don’t give up 😉 Those servi rear ends can be flipped over and run with the chain on the left side. The gears inside are all straight-cut and don’t care. Bad news is that good Servi rears are bringing $1000+ quite often and the brakes really are lousy, even the hyd. ones. They can be adapted to discs, but there are nicer new rears out there and the small servi rear sprocket is a hassle for selecting a front sprocket.

  6. 6 Brock Apr 18th, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Talk is cheap…Want a trike done right ? Russell Mitchell of Exile is THE MAN.

  7. 7 Don Schneider Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Hey, Brock. Don’t run a commercial. There are several people doing great trikes. Alan at Santiago Choppers is one of them. Russell mitchell, as far as I know, has built oly 1 trike in his life! Santiago, several dozens. See their website.

  8. 8 Grayhawk Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for the follow to my comment. Those that have the money will go with the bolt on that was made for it, Santiago’s frame, in most cases. Those that don’t will look for other options as alluded to. Still some deals out there on old stuff from time to time.

    Looks like the frame is good start from a quality shop for someone wanting a trike, not withstanding the quality of a turn key trike/bike from the many professional shops.


  9. 9 Brock Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    One trike by Russell Mitchell is all that is needed as for as a BOSS TRIKE…..Nuff said

  10. 10 Steve Carr Apr 18th, 2009 at 10:33 am


    Its very easy to see that you have no idea as to what you are talking about. Russell Mitchell is a very good bike builder, but he does not specialize in producing trike conversions. Alan from Santiago does. This is not about one trike that was built 5,6,7 years ago, this is about new innovative parts that Alan is producing for the everyday guy to make a trike. Please, for the love of god, get your head out of your ass.

  11. 11 Doc Robinson Apr 18th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I agree 100% with Steve Carr about the quality of Santiago trikes and bikes having both ridden them and used Alan’s parts. They are of excellent quality and fitment. I am not comparing him against Russell though, as everything I have seen of Russell’s is first class also. However, Alan’s are right up there, that is for sure..

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