The new Ridley RT Roadsmith trike conversion retains the vintage look and feel of the Ridley Automatic motorcycle. Hit the streets with a longer wheelbase, generous additional storage, independent suspension, disc brakes, and optional electric reverse. You may never want to return home with this stylish, rider friendly trike.
The Roadsmith RT conversion is designed for the Ridley Autoglide models.
The Ridley has a timeless look of the traditional American motorcycle. It's a very well designed bike with lots of chrome. The Roadsmith Trike Conversion adds even more with a trailer hitch, trunk carpet, an optional chrome bumper, chrome spoke wheels and white wall tires. Just a really sweet Ridley Trike.
The Roadsmith Conversion features our independent rear suspension with about a 6" longer wheelbase. That, in simple terms, means it rides like no other trike on the market.
The smooth ride of the Roadsmith Ridley RT is primarily due to our innovative suspension system that offers a ride like no other trike. The Trike Shop was the first to offer Independent Suspension for trike conversions over 20 years ago. The cynics said it would never work. They're eating those words today. Talk to anyone who has actually ridden an Independent Rear Suspension and a solid axle system trike for a period of time and ask them which one rode better. They won't deny Independent Rear Suspension rides nicer and corners awesome. IRS is the way manufacturers of cars, SUV's and ATV's have been and are going. Trikes are no different. These trikes are built with a purpose "Touring in Comfort".
The multi-point mount of the chassis to the bike frame actually strengthens the bikes frame as well as dissipates the added stress of a trike. We attach to existing mounting points on the frame like the upper shock mounts and the swingarm mounting area. A feature of the trailing arm type independent suspension is the fact that there are very few moving parts. There are literally only two pivot points on each trailing arm. This eliminates any adjustments or maintenance requirements. There are more complicated ways to design a suspension, but why?
We have designed this kit with
automotive parts that are easily
accessible, should you happen to need service on the road. The rear brakes are large with an 11" dual disc. The Constant Velocity (CV) joints and brakes are a VW Beetle application. These heavy duty parts, for a light duty application, have proven to be dependable for extremely long.
Bolts solidly to the bikes frame via the upper shock mounts and the swingarm pivot area of the bikes frame. This design actually strengthens the
bikes frame, thereby reducing the torsional flex that a trike puts on a frame.
Our new adjustable length swing-arm that now carries our differential has a unique adjustment system that has a central cam adjuster, similar to an axle adjuster. When the hex-bar is turned, the cams evenly push back the differential to tighten the trike belt. Just tighten the nuts up on the machined and slotted swing arms and you're done. The differential housing simply has a set of spider gears in it. It's filled permanently with gear lube. The gears only move when the trike goes around a corner.
It's that kind of detail and engineering we've put into the design of this conversion. We don't want to leave you hanging with some special parts or tools
required for you to drive your trike for many years to come.
The RT kit comes with a new Gates Polychain
carbon fiber drive belt. These are much stronger
than the stock belts.
Another unique and cool option we have developed is our Electric reverse system. This electric motor is not just some starter motor, but rather a extremely high torque 12V motor that goes through a gear reduction to produce huge torque. To operate the reverse simply lift the lever on the left side to engage the electric motor's gear directly into the front of the belt's sprocket. One you've engaged the motor simply push and hold the bike's horn button down to back up. When finished, put the engagement lever back down and the horn button acts as a horn again.
The stabilizer bar also known as a sway bar is a flexible link between the two trailing arms. The bar uses the torsion effect to always try to keep the trike righted or sitting square to the ground. The beauty of the stabilizer bar is the fact that when one wheel hits a bump, the bar can flex quickly to absorb the movement then return. This is the same technology used in almost every vehicle today. Just think if you had “no lean”. This means your trike is always perfectly square to the ground. In effect, if you go over a 2” bump with your right wheel, the trike rocks up 2”. With Independent Suspension, just that wheel goes up. The antiquated solid axle system is only made today because it’s cheaper and easier. Technology has improved a lot in the short history of trike conversions but some are too stuck in their ways. We offer only the most innovative designs to our customers.
We increase the wheelbase of this bike by about 6". This puts the rear wheels back behind the passengers’ seat area rather than sitting right on top of the wheels. Any vehicle that has a longer wheelbase will have a smoother ride. It’s just common sense.
Large disc brakes more than handle the stopping of this trike. Remember trikes stop faster and easier than bikes. With more tire contact area and much better stability, braking a trike is not the white knuckled balancing act that a bike can be. The wheel bearings, calipers and rotors are all right from a high production automobile application known as the VW Beetle. Like all of our constructed drive train, we use everyday parts off the shelf for your convenience.
Heavy Duty CV Joints
The axles are custom made for our conversion kits, but the constant velocity (CV) joints are standard automotive applications such as VW and Porsche. We use automotive type parts for all of our drive train because it’s designed for a much heavier load, meaning these parts will probably last forever in this light duty application. Again using off the shelf parts for your convenience.
The Alloy wheels that come with our conversion kits are clear-coated aluminum rims that have a similar look and finish to the bikes front rim. They are a 16x7”, 4 bolt on 100mm circle; positive 35mm offset size that fits many automotive applications. We also offer a Chrome plated option.
The large storage compartment comes completely carpeted to both protect and store your riding gear. The trunk (4.5 cubic feet) has about 50 percent more capacity than stock saddlebags on a bike. This gives you a larger space to fit larger objects into. The large trunk door opening also allows for easier packing or loading. This convenient trunk will fit all your gear securely away from the elements.
The slick body design incorporates the look and feel of the original motorcycle. We feel the trike conversion body should melt seamlessly into the original body parts. The body is constructed of heavy-duty fiberglass. It is then painted with urethane paint, flat sanded and buffed to a mirror finish to ensure a perfect paint match both in color and finish. The mounting system for the body ensures a rock solid attachment and no exposed mounting hardware.
With any touring machine a trailer hitch is a familiar sight. When riding a trike a trailer is not a danger like it is on a bike. The back of a trike will never feel like there's a trailer behind it. We include a 1 1/4" receiver for a trailer hitch neatly tucked under the body. It is incorporated into the rear body support and is welded directly into the strongest part of our frame. This is not an option or add-on, it's built right in. It is another one of the innovative ideas built right into the design of our trike kit.
The Trike Shop has an unparalleled history of customer service and satisfaction and we put it in writing with the best warranty in the market. Your trike comes with a full 3 year or 1,000,000 mile warranty on the entire trike kit. We can offer this because we know with over 20 years of producing this type of conversion kit, we do it right the first time.
|Wheelbase|| 70" |
|Overall width|| 56" at the body |
|Weight|| 900 lbs wet |
|Storage|| 27" wide x 14" high opening x 15" deep |
|Suspension|| Lateral trailing arm Independent Rear Suspension |
|Suspension adjustment|| manual |
|Stabilizer bar|| 5/8" bar to control body roll |
|Tires, rear|| 215/55-16 radial |
|Rims, rear|| 16x7 alloy 4x100mm 35mm offset |
|Final drive ratio|| 76 tooth rear sprocket |
|Brakes, rear|| dual piston calipers |
|Shocks|| adjustable coil over |
|Body material|| polyester resin fiberglass |
|Drive system|| 1 1/8" Gates Poly Chain Carbon belt |
Another unique and cool option we have developed is our Electric Reverse System. This electric motor is not just some starter motor, but rather an extremely high torque 12V motor that goes through a gear reduction to produce huge torque. To operate the reverse simply lift the lever on the left side to engage the electric motor's gear directly into the front of the belt's sprocket. One you've engaged the motor simply push and hold the bike's horn button down to back you up. When finished, put the engagement lever back down and the horn button acts as a horn again.
You can brighten up your wheels with this 16" x 7" chrome rim option. They are a 5x4 1/2 bolt pattern with a positive 35mm offset.
If your front tire has a white wall, you should have matching tires in the rear, right? We offer them with fat 1 1/2" white walls, thin 3/8" white walls, or the 2009's a 3/16" thin white wall. The tires are specially made to our specification. The 215/55-16 tires are Formoza FD1's. They will fit a 16" or 17" rim.
Add protection and beauty to your rear end with our Nerf Bumper. This 1 1/2" chrome plated tube with capped ends is solidly mounted to the trike frame. If you do "bump" into it, it's OK.
This is a 3/8" stick on trim that goes around your wheel opening. It just finishes off the look nicely.
Here is the prepped and primed body ready to be sanded and painted.
We can paint and match to your bike's exact color.
We can also paint two-tones to match your bike's exact color.
Pinstripes can be matched to your bike's layout on single color paint schemes.
The Ridley Auto Glide is a great bike that has a 750cc engine and fully automatic transmission! The Classic model has a timeless look of the traditional American motorcycle.