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$96
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 3 2014 3:50 PM UTC +00:00
$96
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
13
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 3 2014 3:50 PM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to Tortuga Trikes. We are so happy you're here.
Welcome to Tortuga Trikes. We are so happy you're here.

Hello!

Over the past few years drifting has become one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Downhill drift trikes are a gateway to the sport and are growing in popularity everyday. However, if riders do not live in an area with hills their fun is limited by good old gravity. 

The Trikes

Here at Tortuga Trikes we have developed a product that satisfies a "Flat-Lander's" need while staying true to the fundamental mechanics of drifting. The finished product is a rear-wheel drive, gas powered drift trike equipped with a 6.5 hp motor capable of intense sideways action. Unlike many other motorized trikes available on the market, the Tortuga Trike's rear wheel drive layout truly drifts using the rear wheels for power as opposed to sliding or dragging around corners and using momentum as the front-wheel drive configurations do. 

Matching the trike's drivetrain layout to drift cars (usually Front-Rear or for some Mid-Rear) allows the rider to power oversteer through corners and hold the throttle open for full opposite lock sideways drifts while accelerating and decelerating. This opens up to many more advanced techniques like feint and manji down the road. Our braking system also allows for weight transitions and extended drift entries into decreasing radius corners. The fun multiplies when you add a second or third trike for tandem action!

Josh and Dylan sliding at our closed course "spot".
Josh and Dylan sliding at our closed course "spot".

The Story

Tortuga Trikes first became a thing when the guys and girls from our local drifting community wanted a cheap alternative to drifting.  It had to be easily accessible and readily available all the time. It also had to be just as fun as the real thing. We've hit the mark. 

These photos document some of the v1.0 and v2.0 trike builds. We have since upgraded many of the components to handle the abuse from even the most aggressive riders. 

Lots of our friends compete as drivers in various drift series (Formula  Drift, Streetwise Drift, Golden Gate Drift, US Drift Circuit), so the trike had to encompass the same physical mechanics and driving techniques as that of a full scale drift car. If it didn't ride like a drift car they'd know and things just wouldn't translate. 

What we are saying here: it has the same feedback as a full scale car and the given same inputs a drift car react in the same way the trike does. We stand behind our claim that this trike WILL make you a better drifter. 

It also needed to be less expensive than running a drift car. Check! 

The added advantage of having the ability to transport the trike on a roof rack, in a truck bed, or on a trailer to a private track setting or sweet secret spot was ideal. 

Tortuga Trike locked down and secured...ready for highway driving!
Tortuga Trike locked down and secured...ready for highway driving!

After scouring the interwebs to find inspiration and researching the design of both non-powered and powered drift trikes alike, we found some common design flaws and we wanted to make the experience better for the rider. The motorized trike frames that we could find were either too heavy and bulky or not strong enough to handle heavier riders. We went through three frame designs revisions before reaching our current version - ready for large scale production!

Our first design was rough and was just meant to see if there woud be enough interest in it to produce a out of the box trike that was ready to drift and safe. The first was neither and constantly needed to be fixed. The biggest problem we were running into was the alignment with the sprockets. The chain coming off was a big issue, we found that a thicker axle, new frame design and motor mount resolved the issues.

We started with the normal 4x10" wheels which most drift trikes use, we found that we weren't getting enough traction around corners and decided to go with bigger wheels. They now come with 8x10 wheels that are used on shifter karts. Upgrading to this new wheel set up provided us better handling, a wider stance for safety, and a more desirable look. 

 Our latest design incorporates a sleek, low profile design and a robust frame with reinforcements welded in for redundancy and safety! We are very excited to be at a point where the trike is truly ready for Kickstarter. The event horizon approaches!

Dat rear-end tho. This trike is equipped with an upgraded and larger high-back seat.
Dat rear-end tho. This trike is equipped with an upgraded and larger high-back seat.

Our Process

We start with 10' of tube steel for reach frame, then use a precision pipe bender to bend the frame to the exact measurements needed. We have all of our measurements and bends programed in the bender so every frame is the same exact fit and finish. After that we weld the frame together, grind down all the welds for a smooth finish. All of our hardware is hardened steel to make sure that the threads never strip out if you ever have to remove parts for servicing.

we powder coat the frame, handlebars, forks, and front wheel for maximum longevity. We found that painting the frame didn't last as long and stretched too easily. With this powder coating, the frame holds up to the abuse.

Tortuga Trikes have tirelessly tested the trikes and we're very proud of the finished product. We've worked hard...very hard, over the last half year in product development. All of the original parts and mechanical specs have undergone countless hours of research and modification to ensure our product can take even the most savage abuse from the most gnarly riders. 

Detail shot of our powder coating process.
Detail shot of our powder coating process.

Weight Limits

We've hand-crafted a completely custom tube steel frame capable of supporting weights in excess of 450lbs. Our drift trikes are tough...very tough. In addition to our Kickstarter trikes we also offer fully custom made frame sizes to fit even the tallest riders. 

The Hardware

Our new and improved rear axle combo boasts a robust 40mm axel commonly found on 90mph shifter-karts. This improved axle set up ensures the rider will not experience wheel hop or vibrations through the seat. The design delivers 100% of the power smoothly and evenly to both 8"x10" wheels. The 6.5hp engine delivers torquey throttle response to the chain drive and allows for instant burnouts from a stop. You can even do a brake stand while holding the front brake.

Our new axel design is even more robust!
Our new axel design is even more robust!

The Options

We offer 10 powder coated colors. In the rewards section we are also offering exclusive Kickstarter color combos for our dedicated early backers. These drift trikes come complete with Kickstarter graphics on the frames so all your friends will know you were there, supporting Tortuga Trikes, in the beginning! Thanks for being an OG. 

Our powder coat colors are sea foam green, shocker yellow, tangerine with gold flake, white, black (gloss or matte), red, silver, Kickstarter Green, bright coral and of course, that purple flake.

BECAUSE RACE CAR...BECAUSE DRIFT TRIKE (trike equipped with our upgraded exhaust pipe)
BECAUSE RACE CAR...BECAUSE DRIFT TRIKE (trike equipped with our upgraded exhaust pipe)

Live outside the U.S.?

That's ok. All we ask is for your patience. After the 12 day kickstarter campaign has run its course, we will be opening up the TortugaTrikes.com storefront. We are working with freight operators to bring you the lowest possible cost to import a Tortuga Trike into your country. Email or message us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/tortugatrikes) if you have any further questions

Our Goals

We need your support for additional product development and testing.

Our goal is to fill a large initial order to kickstart full-scale production of Tortuga Trikes. 

Our company needs backers like you. Our time and money invested have really been for one thing: to make you smile. The benefits of these donations are passed directly to our customers and bring the final price of a Tortuga Trike to $2350 shipped any where in the continental U.S.! 

Rewards

We will be delivering our first 5 early bird (local Pick up) trikes within 30 days of funding and 45 days for home delivery. All of our stickers and shirts will be delivered within 30 days of funding as well. As for the later orders, we are at max 60 days delivered to your door or 45 days for a local pick up of the trikes.

Anyone backer who's reward is a trike will also get a free t-shirt and stickers to go along with the trike and we will be including 2 sets of PVC slicks for every order!

Example of our logo t-shirt!
Example of our logo t-shirt!

What's next?

With great enthusiasm we are very hopeful that our campaign will reach its funding goal of $25,000. 

Upon the completion of this goal we will be releasing updates every Monday and Thursday. These updates will be large and small. Everything from boxes arriving with new components to frames being powdercoated. 

Our timeline is as follows:

June 5th: Kickstarter campaign successfully funded. 

June 15th: Our frames will be under full production and ready for assembly. 

July 1st: Assembly begins for early backers

July 15th: Tortuga Trikes first shipment of early bird special Kickstarter Edition trikes roll out of the showroom. 

August 1st: Tortuga Trikes second shipment of Kickstarter Edition trikes roll out of the showroom - making their way into the hearts and homes of our amazing backers.

And after that?

We really want to build a rear wheel drive electric version of the Tortuga Trike. We'll be using a golf-cart motor and battery system! Our prototype is currently in the design phase and we are researching power plant options. Soon! 

Why we love Kickstarter

The only way our company will be able to accomplish this is with the help of backers just like you, who want to Kickstart a fun idea that we hope to launch into a favorite new past-time! 

We've been fortunate to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from individuals contacting us to get their hands on a trike! We want to release our product to the Kickstarter community first, and with your help, hope to have our first large-scale production order underway! 

Thank you so much for stopping by. We really do love the kickstarter community and the individuals behind Tortuga Trikes are long-standing members of this wonderful community (David sleeps with his Remee on the regular)! We are very excited to be on the opposite end of this campaign for once...we are passionate about this and would love to make it our full-time gig!

From us, to you, thanks again,

-Team Tortuga Trikes (Josh, David, and Meg)

Meg riding in style!
Meg riding in style!

One more video:

Risks and challenges

Funding! We really want to make more of these. A lot more. (Imagine a video of 10 deep bombing a sweet technical gocart track!) Getting backers support is needed to start full production. We need to order parts to have on hand so we can have our trikes made and delivered within three weeks of ordering. We are also looking to keep inventory for those customers that want to trike right away and dont want to wait for their trike to be built.

We've carefully evaluated risks and challenges. We have partnered with multiple vendors to provide the components we cannot manufacture ourselves. Our team will continue to build relationships with manufacturers, retailers and professional drivers to grow our business network.

We hope our main obstacle is production demand. Currently Tortuga Trikes operates out of a 400 sq/ft. store front. With the shop out back, we believe a yield of 10-15 trikes a week is realistic. Given a wildly successful campaign and increased popularity, keeping up with demand for the units may pose a challenge. But we would love to hire more people! That's where you come in. Back us so we can employ more awesome people! Maybe even you!

As a preliminary measure, Tortuga Trikes is exploring options which include relocating to a larger facility capable of higher production volume. That said, we will be sure to keep our community of backers up to date on our progress, big or small.

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    Every dollar counts so THANK YOU for your donation! For your support we offer the following: (1) your name in the credits of the first three videos we release once the project is successfully funded. (2) You will exclusive access to video footage and project updates via our website (3) Your picture will be immortalized on our wall of awesome in the Tortuga Trikes showroom!

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    Support our research and development efforts and get a STICKER! These donations allow us to buy stuff like gas and extra parts for future innovations. For this reward we are offering a Tortuga Trikes sticker in Kickstarter green. Also included is exclusive access to project updates and unreleased videos.

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    $29 FOR A SHIRT?! Well...it's a really, really nice shirt. You're awesome for supporting us and since we're such nice guys we're going to give you the shirt off our back. Well, not really (it will be new...and clean). But for your contribution we will send a very sweet Tortuga Trikes logo tee in your choice of mens short sleeve or ladies tank top! Also included is exclusive access to project updates and unreleased videos.

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    COMPLETE DRIFT TRIKE EARLY HATCHLING SPECIAL

    **LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY**

    This is our first edition, early bird special trike! Not only do you get one of the first production models made, you'll also receive priority delivery handling within 30 days of our funded project! This Trike includes everything you need to start drifting out of the box (except gas...you'll need your own gas)! Visit our shop in person to pick up your trike just 30 days after full funding! We have an exclusive riding school at Three Palms Speedway for our early backers. Pick up your trike, ride with us, and learn to drift your trike from the guys who built them! Our special Kickstarter logo green/black and green/white powder coat frames are for these early birds!
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    COMPLETE DRIFT TRIKE

    **LOCAL PICKUP ONLY**

    Full trike set up with your choice of 10 colors! Saw your friends are getting one but you missed the early bird special? Don't worry, we have you covered! Tortuga Trikes is offering you the full set up in your choice of (ten) powered coated colors! This package comes with everything you need to drift out of our parking lot! In addition to all this our complete trike package comes with two free sets of PVC slicks! Also included is exclusive access to project updates and unreleased videos.

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    COMPLETE DRIFT TRIKE EARLY HATCHLING SPECIAL

    **DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.**

    Drift outside the box! These first edition trikes are produced specially for our early backers! With this package you get one of the first production model and recieve early delivery within 45 days of our funded project! (Time frame includes shipping) Trike includes everything you need to start drifting right away! Our limited edition Kickstarter color combos in green/black or green/white are optional for the early birds! And every trike comes with two free sets of PVC slicks. Also included is exclusive access to project updates and unreleased videos.

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    COMPLETE DRIFT TRIKE

    **DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.**

    Full trike set up with your choice of 10 colors! Saw that your friends are getting one but you missed the early bird special? Don't worry, we have you covered! Tortuga Trikes is offering you the full set up in your choice of (ten) powered coated colors! This package comes with everything you need to drift out of the crate! In addition to all this our complete drift trike even comes with two free sets of PVC slicks! Also included is exclusive access to project updates and unreleased videos.

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    ULTIMATE BIG BOY TRIKE!

    **LOCAL PICK UP ONLY**

    We have the ultimate solution for bigger guys out there who love to drift! Your trike comes with exclusive upgrades including a 26" front wheel and fork with disc brakes. The axle-under kit gives an additional 4" ride height for easy on and off. Comes with an adjustable seat and cushy backrest to fit riders up to 7' tall and 450lbs. Extra heavy duty clutch and chain included.
    Tortuga Trikes provides everyone with the opportunity to become a drifter. This is your excuse to be a kid again, just more power!
    In addition to all this our complete drift trike even comes with two free sets of PVC slicks! Also included is exclusive access to project updates and unreleased videos.

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    ULTIMATE BIG BOY TRIKE!

    **DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.**

    We have the ultimate solution for bigger guys out there who love to drift! Your trike comes with exclusive upgrades including a 26" front wheel and fork with disc brakes. The axle-under kit gives an additional 4" ride height for easy on and off. Comes with an adjustable seat and cushy backrest to fit riders up to 7' tall and 450lbs. Extra heavy duty clutch and chain included.
    Tortuga Trikes provides everyone with the opportunity to become a drifter. This is your excuse to be a kid again, just more power!
    In addition to all this our complete drift trike even comes with two free sets of PVC slicks! Also included is exclusive access to project updates and unreleased videos.

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