With the AMD Official World Championship for Custom Bike Building in Sturgis right around the corner, now's the time we look forward to some real innovation coming from the American V-twin crowd – just not quite the kind of forward-thinking we see here. Don't get us wrong, we loved our Big Wheel as a kid – bombing up and down the driveway and perfecting the art of the powerslide – but we're not entirely sold on the idea as adults.
In any case, the SS Trike from Olmax Fabrication is powered by the buyer's choice of air-cooled V-twin engines from Ultima, S&S or TP. That giant hoop up front measures 24 inches in diameter, easily dwarfing the classically-cool 14-inch American Racing rims out back. Those twin rear wheels receive power through either a six-speed manual gearbox or optional automatic transmission developed using well-known GM Powerglide parts that should therefore be more than up to snuff in this application. Through a quick-change set of seats and foot controls, the SS Trike can reportedly accommodate riders ranging from 5-foot tall to 6-foot-2. Click past the break for a short video of the machine in action.
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The SS TRIKE Rolls Into Sturgis In Production Mode
Olmax Fabrication LLC., the manufacturer of the SS Trike, introduces the production version of their trike at the 2009 AMD Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building located at Champions Park in Sturgis, SD. The SS Trike resembles the classic "Big Wheel" Chopper-style design that we all rode as a kid, which is sure to put a smile on your face no matter how old of a kid you are.
Builder Jason Nieman is entered in the Production Class at the World Championships and will be competing for the gold with other storied manufacturers like Brass Balls Bobbers and Choppers, OCC Motorcycles, Big Bear Choppers and Big Dog Motorcycles just to name a few.
The SS Trike comes with a long list of race-breed features including composite body, a 24-inch Olmax Fabrication polished front rim wrapped in a Metzler, American Racing 14-inch rear wheels and digital speedometer. In addition, the trike sports American Suspension front end, 6 speed or automatic transmission, and a choice of power from Ultima, S&S or TP.
The popular automatic transmission option features a bullet-proof design lifted from automotive racing applications, which met Olmax Fabrication LLC reduced weight and packaging requirements. The design is sourced from a General Motors Powerglide system that is a current racing standard, which delivers smooth and consistent shifts.
Extending in the race inspired theme is a custom 2 into 1 performance pipe that connects into a chambered muffler. The dual exhaust pipe at the rear of the trike delivers a healthy rumble that is a cross between a muscle car and a sweet-stroking Harley.
The SS Trike is designed to comfortably accommodate a variety of enthusiasts from 5′ to 6′2″ tall in fewer than 5 minutes. Selecting two different seat heights and three different foot control locations is a snap and easy to do.
The SS Trike is available in all primary colors. Additional options include graphics, Wire-Plus digital speedo, air-ride suspension, a solo seat with enclosed trunk, multiple trim treatments and a black or polished engine.
To see the SS Trike in Sturgis check out the production class at the World Championships located at Champions Park in Sturgis, SD.