Went the way of the trike


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josua60
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Went the way of the trike

Postby josua60 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:54 pm



Haven't been on for a while, been very busy. But, one thing I have done is have my '88 Wing triked. Chose, after much research, the CSC Sporter model. Cleanest looking kit, I think, on the market. It has to be done by an authorised dealer, closest to me was Forest Park Honda in Erie Pa. A little pricey, (about $11,000) but I think what I ended up with was worth the money. CSC matches the paint perfectly. It included EZ Steer triple clamps, makes it like power steering, 15" mags and tires, totally revamped brake system, dbl piston disc on both rear wheels, new 8" offset rear end, new drive shaft, fully carpeted trunk and total peace of mind. One other thing I added, not with the kit, was a Saddlemen Road Sofa seat. You've got to try one of those, 700 miles no problem. The ride is much better than I thought it would be. Knowing where the rear wheels are is tricky to start, but you catch on fast. Extremely stable at any speed, a major plus. Forget about the leaning, you get used to it quickly. Ran down the Blue Ridge Parkway a couple of times. Road the Dragons Tail at Deals Gap in North Carolina twice. There are very few roads with switchbacks that tight. 135 or so in 11 miles. Done babbling now, but read some posts wondering about trike kits so I thought I'd throw my two cents in.
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redial
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby redial » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:30 pm

Yes, it looks good. Did you get an extra fuel tank as well?

I have been contemplating triking mine, and CSC was not on the list of preferred outfits - so why did you pick CSC?

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josua60
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby josua60 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:03 am

I think the biggest reason for the CSC was the really clean body lines. The other ones are kind of boxy in the back. If I don't like what it looks like, I don't want it. The extra gas tank was debatable because of the money. You can look at a complete installation guide from CSC and being a hands on guy, I think I can fab that myself. It fits inside where the rear tire used to be. Tons of room. The ironic thing is I talked to many trikers and they said mileage was worse after they're kit was installed, there's not being CSC. CSC bumped the rear end ratio from 2.9 to like 3.1 giving me better average mileage than before. For sure depends on what roads you're on, but for the most part better mileage. Can't notice any difference in performance. The only down side is you can only get a straight axle on the 1500 kits, BUT the suspension setup they use is pretty awesome. Two huge coil over shocks (5 or 7 adjustments I think) plus your original air shock (infinite adjustments) make for a really decent ride. They recommend 25 or 30 lbs in the rear tires instead of what you would normally use makes for an even softer ride. You 're going to get a little rougher ride just because you have 2 "car" tired instead of 1 skinny bike tire. I think when I change the rears I'll put on Michelin instead off the Coopers that came with it. Little softer. There are many more options they offer if you want, but most are gingerbread, ground effects etc. Didn't want the end result to be as big as my car. The sporter is right around 108". Makes for a sharp turning radius, surprised me. Whichever kit you decide on, you'll almost certainly love it. No mre worries about gravel, pot holes etc that would normally tighten you're ****. Doesn't matter who's on the back or what they they do anymore, hence peace
of mind. Good luck and ride safe!!!!!

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liquineer
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby liquineer » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:39 am

I agree with your sentiment "if I don't like it I don't want it"- that was how I chose my triking company- my other half and I sat down with pictures of the available options, and we both went for the design you can see on the avatar next to this message.

It did have a drawback which I reported a while back of the seat bolts being below the bodywork, but I found a way to get them out without a lot of hassle.
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby suvcw04 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:23 pm

I have an '05 with a Lehman kit, also a straight axle. You might think this is extreme, but try lowering the air in the back tires to 20 to 23 lbs. I run mine that way with two-up, and it really makes a difference. The Lehman manual even says that tire pressures in that range will not hurt the tires.
Also, check out triketalk.com. Good forum for all brands of trikes.

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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby Happytrails » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:50 pm

Looks good Josua, maybe I'll meet you on the road sometime. I only live around 15 miles from you. Sometimes I go to Crossroads Yamaha in Gibsonia for tires and such. Good luck with your trike.
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby liquineer » Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:25 pm

I have been told not to exceed 20psi in my trike tyres and some people recommend 16 as being more comfortable- I am at 20psi at the moment though.
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby suvcw04 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:41 pm

liquineer wrote:I have been told not to exceed 20psi in my trike tyres and some people recommend 16 as being more comfortable- I am at 20psi at the moment though.


Good to know.
Might soften mine up a little next summer. When I bought the trike, it had 26 psi and rode like a buckboard. Dropping to 22 and then lower made a world of difference. Just makes sense that a tire made to hold up 1000 to 1500 lbs, or more, can be run at a low pressure when carrying less than 500 pounds.

josua60
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby josua60 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:57 pm

I've got to try the 20 - 25 lbs in the rear tires. What about the front? I've heard 40 - 45, makes for better handling and tire wear. I'm running about 38 right now, seems to handle slightly better. My bike's never really put away for the winter so as soon as it quits raining and doesn't snow I'll be giving it a whirl. By the way, for all you 1500 wingers, a guy from the Ukraine (Russia) was selling on ebay an adapter housing to get rid of that scrap radio Honda used. A little tweaking and it looks and works great. Lets you put in an aftermarket stereo of your choice. Put in a pioneer with a usb port. Don't even know if the cd player works, don't care. Super small flash drive with mp3's sounds awesome. Have to have my tunes. You lose the intercom but who needs it anyway.You have to be a little handy but not a rocket scientist. If I get a chance I'll post some pics of it.

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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby trike lady » Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:10 pm

Nice looking trike. :mrgreen:
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby suvcw04 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:58 pm

I run 40 to 42 in the front.

josua60
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby josua60 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:21 pm

Little off the subject, Trikelady and Happytrails, ever hear of the Scoreboard? Favorite wateringhole. If you're in the area stop in and compare notes.

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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby amsoilguy » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:02 pm

Nice looking trike, thanks for posting pics. Our goal is to do the same with our '88 sometime in the future.
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FNG
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby FNG » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:49 am

You mentioned changing your rear tires. Unless cosmetic, in theory you shouldn't have to replace them virtually ever. Unless you're doing burn outs, they should go 100000 miles...

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Dwight_n_Sue
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Re: Went the way of the trike

Postby Dwight_n_Sue » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:25 pm

Nice bike! We do a '04 Lehman GTL straight axle on our '96 GL1500 SE. We keep our front at 42 and the rears at 20.




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