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Thread: Nicholson 500 Custom "Big Moe" Trike Found!

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    Nicholson 500 Custom "Big Moe" Trike Found!

    Hey Guys thought I would post this in a new tread. I have had a few guys asking about the bike so figured I would post some pics and info.
    I started posting in an older tread about an Ascot 500 trike.
    http://www.3wheelerworld.com/showthr...-84-ascott-500

    Here is text from that tread:

    I was turned on to the bike by Whitetail Hunter. It was down in his neck of the woods in Florida. I had a friend pick it up for me and he got in with it yesterday. Haven't had a chance to really check it out. I dropped it off over at my parents shop. Had Christmas functions last night but going by later today to take a closer look at what I have.

    It was an early Christmas present to Me and My Brother. Been looking for a Nicholson framed bike.....really want a 185/200.

    Have Big plans for this bike. Really cant believe I now own an early Nick 500.

    *** I'll post more pic's later. ***

    Still haven't had a chance to go over and check out the bike.....
    Just too busy with work and the Holidays. I'm going to my parents for Christmas tomorrow evening and I'll get back there and take a closer look.
    The story is the guy I bought it from Step Father purchased this bike and another bike new and has had it all these years...... His step father is now close to 90. He said he sold the other bike several years back. He purchased them to ride around on his property. He claims the mileage on the speedo is correct at 92 miles. It's hard to tell from the pic's but the swing arm, shock springs, axle, motor mounts and the side cases were all chromed. The tank is from a Suzuki and the rear fenders are fiberglass. The paint is definitely period correct early 80's style. It does have a signature on the tank. If anyone recognized it please let me know. Also it has some interesting wording on the fenders. On the back it has "Big Moe".....and on the side it has "Rocket POP". The paint is in really good shape for its age. The owner did have West Coast connections. He was friends with someone with ties to the NBA and traveled from California to Florida.
    Interesting bike for sure. Does look like it was set up for the street but the front Goodyear is kind of a strange choice. Although it does have a wheel weight like it was balanced. lol
    Wish I knew more about the history. The son could not get much out of his step father. He kept going back and forth on if he really wanted to sell. Fortunately he did.
    Check out the pic's I have so far and you guys let me know what you think.


    These pics are from the other day.


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    Cool Bike for Sure. Wish I knew more about it's history. It does have an Ascot motor with internal work. I can tell from looking down the intake the head is ported and it has a 38mm carb. Going to get it running maybe this weekend. If anyone recognizes this bike or knows anything about its history please let me know.

    Thanks 3WW!
    Joseph
    Last edited by Joseph Farrow; 01-10-2015 at 10:25 AM.
    * 1978 ATC 90/180 Pauter PJ1 / Springer "Team BAPP" Bike *

    * 1980 ATC 110/180 "Danny's Machine Works" 3D Sprint Dune Bike *

    * Nicholson 500 Race Bike *

    * HPATC Yamaha RD350 "Big Moe" Trike *

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    what motor is in it was there a eletric start on the xr500
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    I think it came out of one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Camexican View Post
    I think it came out of one of these.
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    FT500

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    The Ascots looked a lot better stripped down, or better yet made into "Big Moes" I can see why someone would have wanted to put one of the engines into a trike back them. A lot of dirt guys took a second look when one was featured in Dirt Bike magazine, they were a phenomena like the Mazda Miata of bikes the way I remember them.

    I can just imagine the double takes that trike got rolling down the road back then.

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    That's one sweet bike. glad you have it now Joseph.

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    Well....... "Big Moe" Lives!

    Had to order a new battery for the bike as well as clean the carb and check a few other things before trying to start it.
    It's been cold around here and really haven't wanted to get out to much but the weather has turned in the past couple of days and it has been very nice. Excellent trike weather so I went over to the shop and installed the battery, put in fresh gas, changed the oil, made sure it was firing and would turn over........hit the starter and it fired right up. All I had to do was adjust the idle. Did not think it would be that easy. Next I took it for a spin. It will haul ass. I have a two acre lot behind the house and I couldn't get over second gear. Everything worked. Even the horn. LOL.

    Stay tuned. More to come on "Big Moe"!!!
    Last edited by Joseph Farrow; 01-19-2015 at 11:01 AM.
    * 1978 ATC 90/180 Pauter PJ1 / Springer "Team BAPP" Bike *

    * 1980 ATC 110/180 "Danny's Machine Works" 3D Sprint Dune Bike *

    * Nicholson 500 Race Bike *

    * HPATC Yamaha RD350 "Big Moe" Trike *

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    That's cool Joe. That's a good looking trike.
    * 1970 US90 Red
    * 1978 ATC 90/180 Helm&Son, Bandito /3D springer. ( Spaghetti Winder )
    * 1978 ATC 90/128 Bandito / Ace Williams Springer.
    * 1980 ATC 110/ ? Helm&Son, Dickson Full Suspended
    * 1981 ATC 110 MTC Full Supended
    * 1985 ATC 200s
    *1986 ATC 250R/310 2"+ Westcoast Swinger

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    What carb are you using?

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    I wanna see a video of this bad boy in action!

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    I absolutely love this bike!
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    I love this bike as well. I remember when whitetailhunter posted about the trike, I remember saying don't go to look at it, buy it! Super cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Farrow View Post
    Well....... "Big Moe" Lives!

    Had to order a new battery for the bike as well as clean the carb and check a few other things before trying to start it.
    It's been cold around hear and really haven't wanted to get out too much but the weather has turned in the past couple of days and it has been very nice. Excellent trike weather so I went over to the shop and installed the battery, put in fresh gas, changed the oil, made sure it was firing and would turn over........hit the starter and it fired right up. All I had to do was adjust the idle. Did not think it would be that easy. Next I took it for a spin. It will haul ass. I have a two acre lot behind the house and I couldn't get over second gear. Everything worked. Even the horn. LOL.

    Stay tuned. More to come on "Big Moe"!!!
    Your 500 is way Cool !!!! Thanks for the New thread! Do that Video !!!!
    DO the Best With What you got !



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    Quote Originally Posted by RapidRick View Post
    What carb are you using?
    38mm Keihin PE Round Slide

    Will definitely work on a Vid. It was good to hear it run after who knows how many years of sitting idle.
    * 1978 ATC 90/180 Pauter PJ1 / Springer "Team BAPP" Bike *

    * 1980 ATC 110/180 "Danny's Machine Works" 3D Sprint Dune Bike *

    * Nicholson 500 Race Bike *

    * HPATC Yamaha RD350 "Big Moe" Trike *

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Farrow View Post
    38mm Keihin PE Round Slide

    Will definitely work on a Vid. It was good to hear it run after who knows how many years of sitting idle.
    Thanks for the info.

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