DETROIT (WWJ) – This version of Motor City muscle rolls on three wheels — not four.
Gary Pogue, of Motor City Trikes is building a trike kit, which transforms traditional motorcycles into three-wheelers, with the help of Roush Industries, that’s due out next year.
After working as a trike dealer and installer for several years, Pogue said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to stay in the business. That’s when he met a fellow parishioner who thought he should stick it out.
“I said the only way I’d do it is if I can build my own trike right here in Detroit. He said ‘Well, why don’t you talk to a friend of mine who works for Roush,’ and now we have a deal where they’re going to design and engineer a trike for us for the Gold Wings and the Harleys,” Rogue told WWJ’s Scott Ryan.
Pogue’s dilemma is that he doesn’t know what to call the trikes, which is why he’s turning to the public for help. He wants a name that tells customers the custom rides are built in the Motor City.
“We’ve come up with some initials, like M12, somebody came up with the name Phantom Raptor, you know, different catchy names that are cool for a motorcycle. Somebody came up with the name D-Trike, which kind of sounds like Detroit,” he said.
So, how much does it cost to transform a motorcycle into a three-wheeler?
“On the basic side, you could probably do a trike kit in the range of $11,000 or $12,000. And they can run up, depending on options just like any other vehicle, up to maybe $16,000 or $17,000,” he said.
To help Pogue come up with a Detroit-centric name for his trikes, give him a call at (313) 633-6670 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.