Here’s your new daily-driver: it’s a Honda Goldwing powered 1984 Tri-Magnum and it can be found on eBay with a current bid of just over $3,100 but the reserve isn’t met. This cool reverse-three-wheeler is in Fairfax Station, Virginia and yes, it’s street legal and is titled as a motorcycle, so you’ll need a motorcycle endorsement to drive this baby.
As you have probably guessed, this is a kit car, or kit bike, or, a kit trike. For $4,000 plus the cost of any used motorcycle drivetrain you’ll be in business. Well, it took the seller of this Tri-Magnum two solid years to make this one, but it looks like it’s a factory production machine to me, it’s super cool. Normally I’m not a big Cragar wheels guy, but oddly enough I love them on this thing. You can still get Tri-Magnum kits today from their website.
No, you don’t want to hit a Chevy Suburban head on with a Tri-Magnum, but you don’t want to do that even with another Chevy Suburban. This machine is really no more or less safe than the millions of motorcycles on the roads. That isn’t saying much when you’re faced with a world full of SUV-wielding commuters putting on makeup, texting, and otherwise practicing the horribly distracted driving that plagues the roads today. One could argue, possibly, that some drivers pilot the biggest possible vehicle just so they can pay even less attention behind the wheel because they know that they’ll be safer in a crash. But, as with everything, those drivers are a small percentage and they’re just giving everyone else a bad name. Off of the soapbox now, Scotty G, and back to the Tri-Magnum!
Randy Newman fans must be at least 5′-10″ tall to drive this one, so “short people” need not apply.. The only adjustment would be to physically and mechanically remount or otherwise adjust the foot pedals. I’m not sure if I’d like the Craftmatic-Adjustable-Bed-like driving/seating position, it seems like it would be too cocoon-like and far too restricting for me. And, at 6′-5″ tall, I usually don’t fit in fun vehicles like this one anyway so I have just come to expect not to fit in a lot of the vehicles that I want. This is a 5-speed manual and it has a Volkswagen front suspension, so yeah, you could say that it took a lot of work and craftsmanship to build this “kit car”.
This is the Honda Goldwing engine. It looks like a lot of modern engine bays in that there are more hoses and wires than engine showing, but it’s in there somewhere! This is Honda’s 1182 CC boxer (opposed) four-cylinder with about 95 hp. This Tri-Magnum only weighs 1,200 pounds so that 95 hp will cause it to get up and go! This probably isn’t a year-round vehicle as there is no heat, no AC, and no windshield wiper, not to mention there is no reverse gear so practice your hyper-miling and find the pull-through parking spots at the big box store parking lot. I can’t imagine what the reserve will be on this one, any guesses? $5,000? More? Could you see yourself driving a Tri-Magnum?