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Harley Davidson Trikes - The Servi-Car
Harley Davidson Trikes info - Trikes are three-wheeled vehicles. The word trike is an abbreviation of the word tricycle. Therefore, you could say that the first of the Harley Davidson trikes was in 1932 in the shape of the Harley Davidson Servi-Car. This was a three-wheeled utility motorcycle and was designed during the years of the Great Depression. These trikes were produced from 1932 through to 1973 and were originally designed to target the automotive industry. The 41 years that this production line spanned would have made it the longest standing Harley Davidson line, but this was overtaken with the Sportster range. The first trikes produced in 1932 could be identified by the letter ‘G’ (G - had a tow bar and small rear box, GA - had no tow bar and a small rear box, GD - had no tow bar and a large rear box, GE - had an air tank and large rear box). In 1933, the ‘GDT’ was added to the range, which had a tow bar and large rear box.
Harley Davidson Trikes - Targeted Small Businesses
Harley Davidson Trikes info - The original Harley Davidson Servi-car was designed to accompany a new car to a customer, by being towed. Once the new car was delivered, the delivery driver would unhook the Servi-car and ride back to the garage. This meant that only one person had to deliver a new car instead of two and the trikes were therefore designed with a tow bar at the front. Not only were the Servi-car trikes used for delivering new cars, they were also popular with those who owned small businesses and mobile vendors. Some police departments are said to have used the Servi-car trikes up until the 1990s.
Harley Davidson Trikes - 1932-1973
Harley Davidson Trikes info - The engine utilised in the original Harley Davidson trikes was the flathead (45 cubic inch) engine, used in the R model which ran from 1932-36. In 1937 the engine used in trikes was then changed to the W model which had a better oil system and this engine continued to be used on all Harley Davidson trikes until the Servi-car range ended in 1973. The transmissions used in 1932 were also the same as the R solo model, but a year later it was replaced by a constant-mesh transmission that had 3 speeds and a reverse. Suspension on the original trikes was non existent as the axle was mounted directly on to the frame.