"Trick Trike"

By Dave Brackett

     In December of 1971, AEE Choppers wanted to do another three wheeler style custom bike to help promote AEE products. It was my job to come up with a radical design. I watched a lot of racing in those days, and modern race cars were using spoilers and were being more conscious of aerodynamics. I decided to build a three wheeler with a complete body, with some of those race car designs, using a Harley 74 Shovelhead motor. The front wheel would be inside the body structure, not out on the typical motorcycle front end. The rear end would be from an early Harley Servi-Car.Pic1cropres
     I proceeded to build the frame, using mostly 1 1/4 inch round mild steel tubing with .065 wall. I had four 1" dia. tubes heading to the rear in back to hold the rear end, and a custom made front spindle in front to hold the laced motorcycle front wheel. Since the bike was a two seater, side by side, I ran a steering shaft up the left side, and Stan Meyer in prototype built a neat set of handlebars that tilted up, to allow easier access.dashcropres

     The Shovelhead engine was chromed and installed with new AEE finned primary cover. The motor was connected with a chain that ran between the two passengers. Around this time, I was made general manager of AEE Choppers, and was spending more time in the front office. I hired several people to take over my chores in prototype. Stan Meyer and Dean Rediger were the two principal ones who worked on finishing the "Trick Trike".
     They continued by mounting a Moon aluminum gas tank, and a smaller one for oil.  Of course there was no sissy bar on this bike, but the custom seats were made by Whitey Morgan. Before final assembly, the rear end was narrowed, to pull the tires inside the body, and was chrome plated. Custom rear wheels held superwide Goodyear Indy style tires. Custom exhaust pipes were built, and it was time to deal with the body.    

     The body was made from aluminum, formed in a nearby fab shop, and fastened around the frame. A large Plexiglas window was added to see the all chrome Shovelhead Harley motor. After forming and fitting the body, which held two Aris louvered rectangular headlights, it was sent to Molly for paint. The finish was a pearl orange base with gold leaf accents. shopguyscropres
     The finished bike had an unusual appearance. I had envisioned a different looking body, with scoops and louvers, but by the time the bike was finished, I had quit AEE Choppers and was on to other ventures. The bike was used to help promote AEE Choppers and utilized  for future advertisingrealsidecropres.

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