Check this beauty out! This is the USMC R2 Drift Trike Build. #SFMF! This is my absolute favorite build. This beast screams DEVIL DOG! OD green and Black are my favorite colors and if you are a veteran or are friends with any veterans they’ll most likely say the same thing. Alright, lets get to the specifics on the USMC R2 Drift Trike Build. The 20″ R2 frame, forks, front rim, and handle bars were sent straight to Area 51 powdercoating for their 5 star treatment. They sandblasted all the parts, then applied a base primer, and then the final color coat in OD (Olive Drab) green. They also coated the Bearing housing in flat black to match the theme of the trike.
Once all the parts returned from Area 51 we got to work on lacing up the front wheel after applying the subdued American flag and “Trike Daddy Customs” decals. We then started the 10hp engine build up using a 6.5hp clone block and adding the go fast parts to make her scream at speeds of up to 45mph. Once the engine was mounted and the front end was installed it was time to applying the decals. We decided to use a military stamped style of font, the same font you will see on all military vehicles. In addition to the standard decals I went a little #moto and put several EGA’s (Eagle Globe and Anchor) emblems all over the trike frame.
I also added a few WWII and Vietnam acronyms that are commonly used even in today’s military. Among them you’ll see BOHICA (Bend Over Here It Comes Again), SNAFU (Situation Normal All Fucked Up), FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition), and POW-MIA. You’ll even see a couple hashtags in there like #SFMF.
Another small detail you might notice is that I blacked out the axle and exhaust pipe. The axle was easy to do, just grabbed some sports tap and evenly applied it to the axle after it was installed. The exhaust pipe is another story tho. That took some high temp paint and a slow bake process to get the right look. In the photos I used black electrical tape as a temporary solution just to take the photos but I later removed that pipe and sprayed it with high temp coating. The USMC R2 Drift Trike Build is nothing short of sexy and mean. Low to the ground, fast as hell, mean and green was the look I was going for. I’d say we nailed it!