1999 Honda GL 1500 Gold Wing Motorcycle Trike Conversion by Win's Trikes and Bikes

Images of conversion in progress. Click on each image to expand.


Undoubtedly, the Honda GL 1500 Gold Wing motorcycle is one of the most beautiful bikes ever made, right out of the box. A classic in its own right, these beauties have solid, miles proven performance, durability and reliability that can’t be debated. They become a true part of the family after a while which is why most owners find it hard, if not impossible in some cases, to part with theirs even if the bike’s physical size becomes a challenge to handle.

That was the case with this beautiful 1999 Candy Red Honda GL 1500 Gold Wing motorcycle. Even after the tens of thousands of miles under her, the owner felt she needed to stay in the family and to do this, the owner decided to convert the bike into a trike.

But a great motorcycle such as this deserves an equally great conversion, provided by one of the best trike conversion companies around. For this important project, the client entrusted Tim Rathbun, the owner of Win’s Trikes and Bikes, located in Pittsford, Vermont.

After an initial consultation, Tim and the client agreed to convert the GL 1500 using the Motor Trike Phoenix IRS Conversion Kit which is specifically designed for the Honda GL 1500 Gold Wing motorcycle. This is an advanced kit that absolutely adds to the quality of ownership of this bike. Without trying to sound like a commercial, this kit features:

  • Independent rear suspension
  • Patented air ride suspension
  • Over 4″ of suspension travel
  • Progressive coil over shocks
  • Integrated disc brake system
  • Hidden trunk door hinges
  • Trunk light on interior of door
  • 12 volt power outlet in trunk
  • Torque thrust chrome steel wheels
  • Newly redesigned driveshaft

Conversion of the bike took place at Win’s Trikes and Bikes in Pittsford, Vermont, the work being performed by Tim Rathbun himself. After the kit was installed and tested, it was painted to match the rest of the bike.

The pictures at the top of this page show the bike throughout different stages of conversion, beginning with how the bike looked as a two-wheeler and through the conversion process. Finally, the finished member of the family being delivered to her home in Connecticut.

By the way, the client was ecstatic with the results! Just imagine: a 1999 Honda GL 1500 Gold Wing motorcycle that may as well be a new bike now. A safer bike for the owner who doesn’t want to give up the quality of ownership enjoyed throughout his or her life. And, brought to you by Tim Rathbun of Win’s Trikes and Bikes, located in Pittsford, Vermont, one of the best converters in the country. That’s a feeling you can’t put a price on.

Naturally, Win’s Trikes and Bikes doesn’t just convert Gold Wings. They offer a kit to fit most major brands out there. Whatever make and model of motorcycle you currently own, chances are there is a trike conversion solution for your needs. Take a look at the gallery section on this site, or better yet, give Tim a call at (802) 770-2181 for a consultation.