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I am hopeing to be able to order a trike kit for an 1800 and I would like to hear all the pros and cons for the different models and is there one that actually allows some lean to it

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I have the Triwing kit, got it because I could afford it and I have the Skilled help (Brother) to help me put it together. They don't make one for the 1800 so they will be of no help to you.

I have never heard of one that allows lean.

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I have the Triwing kit, got it because I could afford it and I have the Skilled help (Brother) to help me put it together. They don't make one for the 1800 so they will be of no help to you.

So how hard and involved is it to install one of those?

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I'm not sure what you are asking. I had an '87 1200 that was triked out. I liked it very much but I wanted to get back to just two wheels under me.(personal enjoyment) I also bought a '03 1800 that had a voyager kit(take on or off in short time trike kit) I didn't really like it at all and it was done professionally, whatever that means.

I like my Trike....also have a 2008 Honda VXT1300
also have a 2003 Honda GL 1800
also had a 1987 Honda Gl 1200
also had a 1986 Honda Sei1200
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I'll keep this as short as possible.

1. If you want to install your own, your choices will be very limited.

2. IRS gives a smoother ride than straight axle models

3. Extended wheel base IRS models give an even smoother ride

4. Rake kits for the steering are a must. The degree needed depends on the model conversion you pick.

All models have their pluses and minuses. You should test ride as many as you can and make your choice.

If you intend to have it installed, the installer you pick is as important as the kit you pick!

If you intend to add the foot boards/foot fairings(various other names) be aware for some maintenance items, they must be loosened and or removed. No problems for oil/filers change but, anything that requires the removal of the lower cowl will mean the foot fairings will need loosened or removed.

If you desire to check the LoneStarTrike forum, you will find a wealth of trike knowledge there you can learn from.
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Chris has a CSC Cobra on a 2003 1800. We've had it since 2005 and she has done about 35000 miles on it in UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Its just brilliant and customer service from CSC is second to none. It rides well, handles well, tows well, looks well and simply ticks all the boxes.

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thank you for the reply's the reason this question is coming up is if you remember 3 yrs ago the wife and I went down at 70 mph I have been riding but the wife will not she said she might be interested if I get a trike so I am looking at possibley new with professional install or used but I just want to know if there is any ones I should steer away from and what options to have to make it more appealing to my wife I really miss my riding partner and would love to have her back there again



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can't go wrong with the csc, just make sure you add some passenger armrests.





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Ok, now I understand, my '87 was done by Motor Trike, and was put on in the 90's. It was fun riding and tripping. As I understand, Hannigan is one of the better trike kits. I've talked to a number of people and that's the one I would choose. As deputydawg says, making sure the person that is putting it together is knowledgeable and has the experince is as important as the kit. Have you ever thought about a side car? More storage, more room for partner, and you still can ride two up, if you want. Another note: with a side car, you can take it off/put it on, if you want to ride with two wheels.

I like my Trike....also have a 2008 Honda VXT1300
also have a 2003 Honda GL 1800
also had a 1987 Honda Gl 1200
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i would not mind a side car but she said flat no I think her being able to see something on both sides of her is comforting to her she still has not recovered from the brain injury and as it looks never will but anything to give her peace of mind may help her get back in the saddle again I had even looked into a can am spyder but again she wanted more on each side of her like the standard trike kit

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