Just got this BGW Tri-Rod Mini-Pickup!

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I just picked this up last weekend. It is mostly all there and about 90% original! It doesn't run at the moment, but I don't think it will take much. The motor is not locked up, I can turn it over by hand. The carb is off of it, but it is clean and looks like it will be fine. The clutch/pulleys/belt seem to be in good working order. The front wheel is locked up, but it looks like a pretty easy repair/replacement. The body is in great shape for being 45 year old fiberglass. There are a couple of large cracks in the foot wells, but glass is pretty easy to repair. The battery is shot and the switches/gauges are gone. We'll see what it takes. I'm going to start with the engine and see if I can get it running, then go from there. This will probably end up being a long-term resto-mod/weekend tinker project. I really wish there was more info about these available. Judging from the internet, you'd almost be hard pressed to prove BGW even existed.

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Hey Meatalhead1982...welcome to the OMB...!

That's a very cool trike, and a great find.

Our member Steven Durham, knows a lot about these. If I'm not mistaken on the model, he used sell, and race these. @steven Durham . The @ sign will send Mr. Durham a notification, so he can chime in.

Enjoy your new bike !
 

CaptNugget

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I have a similar one... heard it was a street legal model and I don’t remember who on here had told me it was 1 of maybe 12 made?? If you find out anything I’ll be looking haha
I've been looking for info on BGWs for a while now. I'd come across your post before. That was one of the posts that got me to sign up here. I've been a fan of these 70's trikes since I was a kid and tore up my cousin's farm on an Alsport Phase 3. All I have found about BGWs I found on this board and an old issue of Popular Mechanics that Google was nice enough to archive.
 
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I'm not at all sure what model mine other one is. It looks just like yours, except is has the rear suspension. Does that make it a TR-381? The BGW label is completely illegible and it had no motor on it when I got it.
 
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I also have a BGW TR-351?
I’m almost done with the resto just need long enough cables for throttle and brakes
I have one a lot like yours, except mine has the rear suspension in it. Does that make it a TR-381?

I found a 10' throttle cable from amazon for $13 that works great on mine. I was able to take it under and up the back of the engine with plenty of extra cable to be comfortable. Here's the link. I just cut the ball off the engine end of the cable.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4PPVS3/

For a rear brake cable, to get when long enough I ended up making my own. I bought some bicycle cable housing and then used the smallest cable they had at my local hardware store and cut it to fit. Dorman sells a cable stop kit that had the stop ends that were small enough in it.
 
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I have the STR-381 dual shocks front and rear and I got the ski too. My son driving in a parade.
Thanks for the brochure pics, @Cuda54 , I've been looking all over for any BGW literature, this is the first I've seen this. Do you actually have a copy of it or just the photos of it? I'd love to get some good quality scans of that.
 

Cuda54

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No I saw this on E Bay. I had looked all over to try to find out witch one had dual shock front and rear. And what model I have and just could not find anything.
 
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No I saw this on E Bay. I had looked all over to try to find out witch one had dual shock front and rear. And what model I have and just could not find anything.
I'm starting to think that if it weren't for the few Tri-Rods that survived the 70's, I don't think you could find enough information to prove the BGW even existed. I can't even find any history on BGW or Arms Industries as a company, let alone the products they produced.
 

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