This odd, “Rigidite Fiberglass” shell of a machine is a 1970s Alsport Tri-Sport Trike. It’s found in Winnebago, Illinois and is listed on eBay for $450; potentially a good deal. This would be a heck of a fun project! These trikes can easily go for $1,000-$2,000 or more in nice shape, and the market for these will never go down. Small, easy-to-store, relatively-inexpensive, and unusual vintage vehicles like this are about the most fun vehicles to collect, in my opinion. And, parts are still available; maybe not every, single part like a Mustang, but lots of parts. And, a “minutes-quick addition of a front ski makes Tri-Sport a snow bunny.”
Lookin’ good so far! Well, other than obviously needing a full restoration; but come on, this Tri-Sport project will only take a month and then you’ll be the envy of your fellow vintage motorcycle groupies at every show you attend this summer and beyond. Alsport, Inc., out of Norwalk, Ohio, made five models of the Tri-Sport with four-cycle Tecumseh engines, and sometimes with other engines: the MTS-30 (Mini-Tri-Sport, for kids) with 3 hp, a TS-50 and a TS-100 with 5 hp, a TS-125 with 7 hp. They also made a TS-150 with a two-cycle 12 hp CCW engine that would have been the one to have, blue smoke trail not withstanding. The TS-150 was capable of “0 to 40 in a flash”. Of course, it doesn’t look like they have the world’s strongest underpinnings, and that’s where I’d be worried about putting too much power on this frame. Here’s one that a gentleman is restoring, you can see the frame painted in primer. Some Tri-Sports came with JLO 230cc and other engines, so I don’t know what model this particular one is or what engine it would have had.
And, this one is good for either 0 mph or maybe 15-20 if you’re going downhill, coasting. Of course, there is no engine here. People have put all sorts of little engines on these things and as you can imagine, they’re super light so the bigger the engine, the faster you go, and the more you’ll need to wear a full, protective body suit and full-face helmet! I have an 11 hp Honda engine that I’m not using for anything.. hmm.. As always, I’d like to restore one back to original bone-stock spec, and there is no mention of anything else on the top four models of the Tri-Sport being different other than the engine, so I’d want to look for an OEM-type of engine if possible. This would be a fun project, how would you restore this one and what would you use for power?