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    While responding to the tire thread I got to thinking " What is the perfect trike "? That question is asked a lot and there is no right answer. We are complex human beings and have our own thoughts about this. I know I have the perfect trike for me just as you all think the same about yours. One person wants a wide trike and the next wants a narrow one, one person wants a straight axle the next wants I.R.S. You may not like the running boards but your brother has to have them. I want the aux fuel tank for peace of mind but some people thinks its a waist of money. One thing for sure when you have the wind in your face we are all brothers of the trike world. the old Deacon of Dirt, Charley
    Member of the Hann-Amigo Trio
    Member of the Stone Pony's

  • #2
    Good post Charley and well said. If I live long enough, I want to try the Hannigan, or maybe in my next life.

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    • #3
      OH, my bad buddy, as I thought at first you said "the perfect Trike(r) thus why I responded. LOL

      I have had the chance to ride several different models and enjoy the variety that is out there. I really enjoy seeing what each owner has done to make their Trike special to them. The pin stripping, accessories, and what is often amazing is the paint and murals that are added. Love to attend the rallies and look at all the creativity. Totally agree with you (did I just type that, LOL), that riding is what makes it all good.
      __________________________________________________ __________

      Why sweat the leg thing when I can still ride a Goldwing
      Member of the Hann-Amigo Trio

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      • #4
        I'm still to young for a trike................enough said
        2001 Hot Rod Yellow GL1800A

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        • #5
          Fred, what you are old buddy is *****whopped. so there!
          Member of the Hann-Amigo Trio
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          • #6
            When selecting a ride I look for a product that fits, handles well and that I can ride comfortably for long periods at a time. It is likely that some modification will need to be performed to achieve the best results. The perfect ride will materialize the day the rider can either build or have the manufacture built it to the buyer's specifications.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Missouri Charley View Post
              Fred, what you are old buddy is *****whopped. so there!
              Just tell em, if he does not behave he is gonna get whopped. Chuckle. Sure is nice to see banter once again.

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              • #8
                This was the perfect trike. 63 years ago and the chicks ate it up! Click image for larger version

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                2012 Goldwing CSC Viper Trike
                Retired MSF Instructor

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Grandpa1 View Post
                  This was the perfect trike. 63 years ago and the chicks ate it up! [ATTACH=CONFIG]n7270[/ATTACH]
                  Gotta ask, how many miles do you get at the pump?

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                  • #10
                    The little motor would go all day on a couple of pints of regular chocolate milk. I remember because my Dad drove a milk delivery truck.
                    2012 Goldwing CSC Viper Trike
                    Retired MSF Instructor

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                    • #11
                      I didn't look and ride any other trike before I bought my Champion S/A. We liked the way the trike looked and the way it was setup by my dealer.
                      I have over 44,000 trouble free miles on it.
                      T.A. Jens
                      The Pizza Man
                      1800 06 White Champion Trike
                      2005 Bunkhouse Camper
                      2006 Breeze Cargo Trailer
                      GWRRA Life Member

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                      • #12
                        Can any one comment on the dynamics of having the two wheels on the rear opposed to having them on the front Can Am style?

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                        • #13
                          I can't comment on dynamics but I think it's just a choice you make. I like both but I chose a Goldwing because I know them.
                          Lots of happy riders on both styles!
                          2012 Goldwing CSC Viper Trike
                          Retired MSF Instructor

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                          • Kit Walton
                            Kit Walton commented
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                            The wing runs on regular gas and develops it's power at lower rpms.

                        • #14
                          From what I'm observing, it seems that the 2014 RT/RTS/RT Limited are beciming more popular

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Retired Army View Post
                            Can any one comment on the dynamics of having the two wheels on the rear opposed to having them on the front Can Am style?
                            Take this a a general comment as all Trikes both Delta(wheels in back) and Tadpole(wheels in front) are safe used in a safe and sane manner. However a rear wheel trike is more likely to flip under heavy braking if you are not careful and the wheels in front situation tends to slide and is more resistant to flipping. Hence the banning of three wheel ATV vehicles used off road, they were quite unstable. A three wheel trike on public roads is not as subject to uneven terrain and so most of this does not apply. However it is wise not to brake in the middle of a high speed curve, that might have unwanted result.

                            The rear wheel trikes in general have more power, more comfort and are perfectly safe used properly.

                            The front wheel jobs are fun, but the most of them are very uncomfortable, for one thing they are most of them designed with you the rider leaned forward from slight to extreme, and with knees bent and either straight down and or slightly back, which really puts a crimp in the fun after about two hours.

                            Some of the new wheels in front machines have steering assist and also traction control so if you do lift one wheel in a curve it automatically brakes you to prevent a flip.

                            It is all what you like.

                            If I was 25 years old I would certainly enjoy a machine like a Can Am. As I am older and enjoy comfort more I would not even consider one unless they did change the rider position.

                            Oh the one I did play with had only the foot brake, did not have a front brake it was all linked together with just a single foot control.

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                            • #16
                              While the Can Am sport may have the rider in a more "sport" oriented riding position, the RT model does NOT. The foot controls are slightly relocated, and the bars allow for a more sit up riding position.

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                              • #17
                                What about the new proposed trike by Elio Motors? Is this something you would be interested in?

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                                • Kit Walton
                                  Kit Walton commented
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                                  If I wanted a car I'd buy a car.

                              • #18
                                After dealing with all the idiots in Nashville on the way home today, I'm leaning more towards this type of trike. Cut me off or try merging over on this bad boy, sucka!

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                                • #19
                                  After experiencing all the idiot drivers in Nashville this weekend, I'm leaning more towards this......

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                                  • #20
                                    Originally posted by Kit Carson View Post

                                    Take this a a general comment as all Trikes both Delta(wheels in back) and Tadpole(wheels in front) are safe used in a safe and sane manner. However a rear wheel trike is more likely to flip under heavy braking if you are not careful and the wheels in front situation tends to slide and is more resistant to flipping. Hence the banning of three wheel ATV vehicles used off road, they were quite unstable. A three wheel trike on public roads is not as subject to uneven terrain and so most of this does not apply. However it is wise not to brake in the middle of a high speed curve, that might have unwanted result.

                                    The rear wheel trikes in general have more power, more comfort and are perfectly safe used properly.

                                    The front wheel jobs are fun, but the most of them are very uncomfortable, for one thing they are most of them designed with you the rider leaned forward from slight to extreme, and with knees bent and either straight down and or slightly back, which really puts a crimp in the fun after about two hours.

                                    Some of the new wheels in front machines have steering assist and also traction control so if you do lift one wheel in a curve it automatically brakes you to prevent a flip.

                                    It is all what you like.

                                    If I was 25 years old I would certainly enjoy a machine like a Can Am. As I am older and enjoy comfort more I would not even consider one unless they did change the rider position.

                                    Oh the one I did play with had only the foot brake, did not have a front brake it was all linked together with just a single foot control.
                                    Thank you sir for the information I see a lot of projects with the wheels in front. I see the trike as a platform to prolonging the riding career. I am looking at converting my f6b. A dear friend of mine just sold his 1500 and got a used 1800 all ready converted. he said if he had it all to do over again he would get the independent suspension over the solid axel.

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