Loony Labor Electric: 1985 TriHawk Trike

We continue our celebration of lunacy with this next Loony Labor Day piece of automotive art. It is a strange combination of 3-wheeled trike from the 80s and electric power…and I’m not sure how I feel about. it. Find this 1985 TriHawk Trike offered for $13,900 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1985 TriHawk
condition: excellent
cylinders: other
drive: fwd
fuel: electric
odometer: 2319
paint color: yellow
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: other

1985 Trihawk – Converted to electric drive

  • Own a piece of Southern California history – less than 100 TriHawks built in Dana Point, Ca in the 1980s.
  • 1985 was the last model year for the TriHawk as Harley Davidson bought the company in 1985 and subsequently decided not to continue to market the TriHawk.
  • This electric conversion makes a fun vehicle even more fun to drive by improving the torque and horsepower curves through the use of the electric drive. It has excellent acceleration and corners like a go-kart. Add to this the cost savings from not having to pay for outrageous gas prices makes the driving even more enjoyable.

  • First and only electric Trihawk
  • Registered as a motorcycle but no motorcycle license needed in California to drive it, just a regular automobile class C driver’s license is all that is required
  • Frame off restoration completed during electric conversion

Key components and specifications:

  • 12.6 KwH of LiFePO4 batteries: 38 – 3.32 volt 100 Ah cells in 3 aluminum battery boxes
  • Range: Approximately 60 miles per charge, combined hwy/city. Range dependent upon driving style and speed
  • Curtis 1238-7601 AC-50 Brushless AC motor: Peak Torque – 120 ft-lbs (occurs virtually instantaneously), peak HP 71 at approximately 3500 rpm
  • Curtis 1238 Controller 600 amps
  • Liquid cooler for controller
  • Elcon PFC2500 charger
  • Performance VW Type 1 Pro Street transaxle w/ aluminum side cover
  • GPS Speedometer – current mileage since frame-off restoration and electric conversion: ~2200 miles


  • Two integrated stainless steel roll bars, one in dash and one behind drive/passenger seats
  • Removable convertible top with driver and passenger side doors
  • Pearlescent Corvette yellow paint – some chips and other defects
  • Original seat fabric with wetsuit style seat covers

  • Includes Siemens 240 volt 30 amp wall mounted charger

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