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trike kits

Post by josua60 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:54 pm

Hello everybody, I need some advice from some trike owners. I have a 1988 Goldwing and am thinking about buying a trike kit. The one I'm leaning toward is either the Motor Trike "Coupe" or the "Phoenix". I believe the coupe has a straight axle and the phoenix has independent suspension. Would appreciate it if anybody out there is familiar with either of these and which one would you recommend. IRS costs more but is it worth the money? I'm going to do the work myself and need some outside info

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Re: trike kits

Post by wiredgeorge » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:53 pm

Just got my nose rubbed in trike - tech as I just bought a 97 with Roadsmith conversion. The Motor Trike kits are decently made and there is something to be said for less complication in a straight axle. You gonna have a passenger? If so, test ride both a straight axle and IRS Motor Trike conversion. The Motor Trike conversion is a bit shorter and puts the passenger more over the rear wheels and there will be a noticeable difference in ride as I have been told. You will also want an "ez steer" kit... various manufacturers call it different stuff. Go to the forum and one of the members offers a kit for about $700. The ez steer mod increases rake from 3-6 degrees and this has the effect of power steeing vs a trike without it. Most everyone who starts out without adding rake ends up adding rake. Unless you are attached to your trike, by the time you are done, it is sometimes cheaper to buy a low mile conversion done professionally. Check out the offerings by - they sell through eBay but you can call them and buy direct. They generally will have GL1500s for sale. They have a real pretty red one for about $13.9K for sale right now. Total up the kit plus the rake kit and see which makes more sense.
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Re: trike kits

Post by tfdeputydawg » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:32 am

IRS is much better IMO. There is not much more Maintainance to do on IRS than on SA models.
Rake kit is a must also, as least for me. On the shorter wheel base kits, 4.5 degree rake seems good. One can go 6degrees on longer wheel base models.

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