Crazy Fiero Bike! 1984 Custom Trike

Fieros have been on my mind as of late as a museum dedicated to desirable Fiero parts and cars was recently wiped out by flooding caused by the breached dam in Michigan. It was a reminder that there’s a passionate following for the Fiero to this very day, even though it is misunderstood by the general public that knows little about the Fiero and its history. That said, most of us likely knew even less about the potential for creating a custom trike out of a Fiero until this very moment. This is – indeed – a one-off machine that features the hindquarters of a Fiero and the front-quarters of a conventional motorcycle. Find it here on Facebook Marketplace for $4,200 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Russ D. for the find. The world of trikes is an interesting one, seemingly existing outside the usual channels of motorcycle ownership, as if the owners of these three-wheelers have their own club and secret handshake. I often wonder if there’s a turf war between them and the conventional two-wheeled motorcycle owners, with one complaining the wide rear end hogs the entire lane, and the other one chiding that a real man rides a trike, or something to that effect. The man who shows up with both a custom trike and a custom Fiero would win that argument, every time, I suppose, as there’s really no come back to someone with the stones to pilot a rig like this.

While the Beetle / trike concoction makes sense to me (Beetles are seemingly modified for every purpose), I do wonder how some of these other creations take flight. Is it a case of they just had the two halves sitting around, taking up space, or did someone really, really want to ride a motorcycle and their Fiero at the same time? Considering the early versions of the Fiero were degraded for being too slow and poor of handling, I wonder if the addition of a motorcycle helps kill two birds with one stone by adding some additional horsepower and sharpening up the steering response. Hint: that’s a joke. This trike clearly has a nickname on the trunk lid – can anyone make it out?

I feel you have to have a nickname to pilot a rig like this, something along the lines of the “Mad Hatter”, or “Cousin Luce”, or maybe even “Quincy the Magician.” I don’t know – something that makes everyone wonder if you’re a bad-ass or just crazy at the same time. The seller mentions that if you can’t come up with the cash for this custom trike, he is looking for property in Okaloosa, Walton, or Bay Co, Florida, so keep that in mind if you’re sitting on some property you can’t sell for the right price (because, remember – a custom Fiero trike is always the right price. Would you proudly pilot this crazy Fiero concoction?

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Comments

  1. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Looks like “GOLDEN GOOSE”

    I can’t think of a positive thing to say about this…. Not one.

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  2. Jeff

    To bad “Evel” Bob Knievel wasn’t alive, it would be kewl to see him jump Caesars Palace and crash land this piece of “high tech” engineering… NOT!

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  3. Mark

    BF needs to have a disclaimer that states, “Not responsible for objects thrown from barn”.

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  4. Howard A Member

    While unusual, I never want to thwart anyones initiative, someone did a lot of work here. FB ads are worse than CL, unless I missed it, I assume it is Fiero powered. Unless it has individual rear brakes, like a tractor, I’d think it would be hard to steer and could probably use a wheelie bar. That’s a GoldWing front wheel. Like all 3 wheelers, I’d worry about the single tire running in the grease strip, running over nails, blasting caps and such nobody else runs over. It is pretty cool, tho.

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      “Blasting caps”, Howard!??! Sounds like your roads add a whole ‘nother level to the “adventure” in ADV motorcycling!! 😳😆
      In view of what is scattered around the yard (background) the creator enjoys a challenge..though IMHO his biggest challenge will be the sale of this and break even on the cost!

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      • Howard A Member

        Yeah, you never know with these cowboys out here, firing pistols in the air. At a stop light, I did look down and saw a bullet in the “strip” once..

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      When I think of grease strips I think of cars from the 40s and 50s.

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      • Howard A Member

        The “grease strip” or “oil strip” was caused by mostly oil draft tubes, and on worn motors, would literally drip oil out the bottom. PCV changed all that.

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      • DayDreamBeliever Member

        Still there a bit, just not nearly as noticeable. The exception is where there is a hard dip, bad pavement, or a “yump” in the roadway. Immediately following will be a dark patch from drips flung from engines that leak a bit. The sudden extra force convinces them to let go….

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  5. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    Sorry. Not cool. Simply no reason for this one. Like seeing a toaster oven attached to a vacuum cleaner.

    Like 14
  6. Bob Mck Member

    I love BF! This is truly one of the weirdest things they have listed. Personally, I think it is a POS. But someone worked very hard making it. Good luck finding a buyer. This may be too unique to sell.

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  7. BILLY

    I always have safety concerns about three wheel vehicles. I first noticed the hazards of three wheelers by watching a friend ride his BMW with a side car. When going around turns the sidecar very often wanted to come up. Many vehicles demonstrate this safety short comings such as, Harley Trikes, custom trikes, Messerschmidts and the like and any and all vehicles that have three contact points with the road. Even a tail steer small plane is difficult to land. What if any is the advantage of three wheels over four or two? I don’t think there are any. Any responses? Billy N.

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Billy N., a four wheeled platform has a two-track footprint and is generally more stable in that respect. It however gives up width of track to a single-track vehicle which uses gyroscopic dynamics to traverse its path of travel. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

      Three wheeled vehicles compromise on both and gain advantages of both, in that it’s more stable than a single track vehicle IN SOME SITUATIONS and has a smaller footprint than a 4 wheeled platform IN SOME CASES. 3 wheelers vary from 2 wheels in line with a chair attached to the side to 2 wheels out back to 2 wheels up front, all with their own totally unique physics..
      With that, you bring up a good point, one that used to be addressed in our MSF classroom sessions prior to actually riding. A key question following the introductions and class criteria was “Can we learn to ride safely?” and almost everyone would agree we could. The RiderCoach would then ask “Who can give me a definition of safe?” The usual answers were “awareness”,“attention to surroundings”, “being careful”, etc. to which the Rider Coach would answer “all those are good parts to riding. However, a dictionary definition of the word ‘safe’ is ‘an absence of risk’. Can we ride with an absence of risk?”

      We would occasionally lose a student at the class break afterwards..

      No one can ride, drive or fly without risk.

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    • Jeff

      One benefit would be one less wheel the safety crew would need to clean up after a crash.

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    • Al

      In the U.K., only a motorcycle license was required to operate a 3 wheeled vehicle, less difficult and expensive to get. Hence the Robin Reliant.

  8. Bob

    Not safe at all ,have to be crazy to.drive this

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  9. Richard Van Dyke Sr

    Being a Trike rider with ! wheel in front I can attest to the safety of these vehicles. Now as with any motor vehicle yes they can be dangerous if driven like an idiot I choose not drive like that. While your turning radius is definitely extended the ride in this trike is sure to be very enjoyable especially for passengers.

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  10. Stevieg Member

    I have ridden many trikes working in the service department at the Harley dealership. I am not a fan of trikes at all! But that is subjective.
    I rode in a Fiero once back in the mid 1980’s. I am not a fan of those cars. Again, subjective.
    I like this contraption! I would not buy it, I doubt it is safe, but I love the creativity behind it.
    There is an a$$ for every seat. I am just not that a$$ lol.

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    • Howard A Member

      Hey Sg, H-D missed the boat BIG TIME by not producing the Penster. I saw’r it at the H-D museum( a worthwhile visit for anyone in Milw.,,thanks geomechs!) and it looked really cool. My nephew worked for Harley for short time and did some on it. Can-Am had a lot of success with the Spyder.
      https://thekneeslider.com/harley-davidson-penster-tilting-reverse-trike/

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      • Stevieg Member

        I haven’t seen that yet, but yeah…Harley should have pulled the trigger on that one!
        I have only been to the museum once. I should get there more often but between work, home ownership responsibilities, and wanting to complete my projects, along with ride the 2 wheeled ones & drive the 4 wheeled ones, I just don’t have a lot of time.
        That “reverse” strike sure is cool though. Maybe they will one day decide to go through with it.

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  11. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This seller is sitting on a Fiero goldmine, for whatever that is worth. There are at least 3 shown in the pictures.

    They also have some sort of VW kit car.

  12. T C Oztralia

    Considering the date stamp on the photos you have to wonder what it looks like now, they were taken 6 years ago, probably just after it was completed? Does it really need to be that long, shorten the front and it might be a proposition, you could even stick some doors on it for added ‘safety’, and a roll cage, and, etc, etc, etc. Here in Australia all bike/trike riders must wear a crash helmet, what about the passengers in this thing ??? Probably wouldn’t hurt, along with a suit of armour for good luck!

    Like 4
  13. Kenn

    Note to TC: It’s got doors! They are slid forward, on the outside of the front fenders.

    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      Kind of looks like sliding doors from the side view, but from a front view…

      Nope, I don’t think so. Looks like a solid section from the round turn signals back to the passenger openings.

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    • TC Oztralia

      Kenn, take a closer look there aren’t any doors that’s a solid box section, check it from the front view.

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  14. V8roller

    I just don’t see the point.
    Many years ago when my car was off the road I had a Honda 50 with a sidecar I made from a pram chassis/wheel and some angle iron, and the wood lining from an old wardrobe. The steering geometry was all wrong, it steered like a snake, and in corners yes it wanted to come off the ground. But it was useful for carrying stuff to and from my garage a mile away.
    However, a sidecar or trike can’t wiggle through traffic like a bike, when it rains you get wet, and in this … thing.,.. when it doesn’t rain you look like a dork in an invalid carriage.
    I’m afraid the point entirely escapes me.

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