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My 1 month trike observations.

Well. Added another 240 miles to it today and decided I like it. It's fun to ride. We have some pretty tight S curves near me. Speed limit is 15. Well. The Freewheeler holds a tight line at 35 through them. Pushed it to the point I could hear tire scrubbing. They say leaning on a trike is pointless. Well, not if your pushing it. Did the sportbike slide off the side of the seat and man it felt cool. Not as cool as on 2 wheels doing the same curves. But I'm good with it. So this this gets an A for that.

Bumps. You ever ride behind a trike and kinda watch it rock when one wheel hits a bump? I can honestly say that you dont really notice that after a while. It seemed to look annoying to me when I followed one. Now I see. If it's not a big one. It's really a non issue.

Here's a big plus for the trike. Wins over the bike all day. You know when you hit that bone shaker with the front wheel you brace for the back breaking second hit for the back wheel? Ya. I dont have to. I've learned hit the obstacle with the front tire and it goes right between the back tires. No more spine crushing hits. This I really enjoy.

Keeping my feet up when I stop. Sounds stupid. But let me tell ya. My hips are getting bad. Especially the up and down when I stopped. If y'all remember about last year I posted a trike thread due to my hips. The discomfort I was having is gone. So that's a win. And being as relaxed as when you're in your car at a light is pretty cool too.

Rain, while this is not impervious to bad weather it has a ton more traction and is more sure footed on wet roads. No false sense of security here. I'm aware of hydroplaning. But I'll take the trike in the rain over the bike in the rain any day.

The motor. 114" any of you can relate to this one. The 114 is an awesome motor. Power to spare. It wheel standed the 1200 pound trike. I can imagine how it moved a RG down the road. I was anti M8 due to the few issues. And had zero intention of giving up my 103. Being forced into it I had no choice. Ut I can say. I have no regrets.

Comfort. Like all the bikes. You need to dial it in to your size. With all the RGS take off parts I'm basically sitting on my RG. The Factory bars are 12" apes. I had them on my 16 RG.

Electronic Linked ABS. I think this is the most advanced version to date. And it really stops like a car. The feedback you feel when you just hit one or the other you can feel it in the pedal or lever. Not a little bit like on the 16RG. The front brake lever about collapses to the grip. Just using the back it activates that much front.

Gas mileage. Not what I hoped. Getting about 180 out of a tank. Never seems to read full even when I fill it up the neck. Getting 35 to 40mpg. Depending on how I'm riding. Interested to see how it does on our trip. The wifes 15 is lucky to get 32mpg.

It gets a lot of attention. Especially now with the amp and speakers. People wonder where all that sound is coming from. I get a lot of compliments on it. Need the F47S on it.

I think I may put a RGS front fender on it. A lot of body from the tank back.

2850 in 4 weeks. Not too shabby.

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Well. Added another 240 miles to it today and decided I like it. It's fun to ride. We have some pretty tight S curves near me. Speed limit is 15. Well. The Freewheeler holds a tight line at 35 through them. Pushed it to the point I could hear tire scrubbing. They say leaning on a trike is pointless. Well, not if your pushing it. Did the sportbike slide off the side of the seat and man it felt cool. Not as cool as on 2 wheels doing the same curves. But I'm good with it. So this this gets an A for that.

Bumps. You ever ride behind a trike and kinda watch it rock when one wheel hits a bump? I can honestly say that you dont really notice that after a while. It seemed to look annoying to me when I followed one. Now I see. If it's not a big one. It's really a non issue.

Here's a big plus for the trike. Wins over the bike all day. You know when you hit that bone shaker with the front wheel you brace for the back breaking second hit for the back wheel? Ya. I dont have to. I've learned hit the obstacle with the front tire and it goes right between the back tires. No more spine crushing hits. This I really enjoy.

Keeping my feet up when I stop. Sounds stupid. But let me tell ya. My hips are getting bad. Especially the up and down when I stopped. If y'all remember about last year I posted a trike thread due to my hips. The discomfort I was having is gone. So that's a win. And being as relaxed as when you're in your car at a light is pretty cool too.

Rain, while this is not impervious to bad weather it has a ton more traction and is more sure footed on wet roads. No false sense of security here. I'm aware of hydroplaning. But I'll take the trike in the rain over the bike in the rain any day.

The motor. 114" any of you can relate to this one. The 114 is an awesome motor. Power to spare. It wheel standed the 1200 pound trike. I can imagine how it moved a RG down the road. I was anti M8 due to the few issues. And had zero intention of giving up my 103. Being forced into it I had no choice. Ut I can say. I have no regrets.

Comfort. Like all the bikes. You need to dial it in to your size. With all the RGS take off parts I'm basically sitting on my RG. The Factory bars are 12" apes. I had them on my 16 RG.

Electronic Linked ABS. I think this is the most advanced version to date. And it really stops like a car. The feedback you feel when you just hit one or the other you can feel it in the pedal or lever. Not a little bit like on the 16RG. The front brake lever about collapses to the grip. Just using the back it activates that much front.

Gas mileage. Not what I hoped. Getting about 180 out of a tank. Never seems to read full even when I fill it up the neck. Getting 35 to 40mpg. Depending on how I'm riding. Interested to see how it does on our trip. The wifes 15 is lucky to get 32mpg.

It gets a lot of attention. Especially now with the amp and speakers. People wonder where all that sound is coming from. I get a lot of compliments on it. Need the F47S on it.

I think I may put a RGS front fender on it. A lot of body from the tank back.

2850 in 4 weeks. Not too shabby.

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so glad you moved up to an M8! the low end kick on these babies is a lot of fun, eh?
the rear end is a solid rear axle, right? how is it suspended? shocks or springs?
does the rear end "hop" over bumps or is it compliant?

there's been a few people in this area that have had serious accidents on these trikes.
is there anything to be wary of with the handling on these bikes?
i have a picture in my mind of you doing the sport bike thing - hanging over the side of the bike. so cool

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Glad to hear that the trike is working well for you and you're happy with it. I may have to go with a trike in the near future and your review was helpful. How much did you pay for that trike?
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so glad you moved up to an M8! the low end kick on these babies is a lot of fun, eh?

Ya. Its night and day over my twin cam.

the rear end is a solid rear axle, right? how is it suspended? shocks or springs?
Yes, solid axle. The trade off is ha sling and smoothness. Solid axle dont ride as smooth as Independent rear suspension but it corneres better.
19s have coil over shocks with the knob to stiffen the ride. Unlike the premiums on the bikes. This adjusts both shocks.

does the rear end "hop" over bumps or is it compliant?

there's been a few people in this area that have had serious accidents on these trikes.
is there anything to be wary of with the handling on these bikes?

They're not bikes. We have one in the dealership. 80 miles on it totaled. These have to be driven differently. I think theres a misconception that these are easy to ride. They have their own set of rules that if you dont follow them. You're in trouble. I'll bet most of the accidents you see (if they're single vehicle accidents) are inexperienced riders. In the case of the bike at our shop. The salesman never had him test ride it. Never went over the rules of how they react. Just sold it and sent him on his way having never been on a trike. I dont think they're any more dangerous than 2 wheels. If you respect it like it should be.
i have a picture in my mind of you doing the sport bike thing - hanging over the side of the bike. so cool

Ya. That was fun. Ut I'm thinking I should stop pushing the trike to its limits. It's time to settle in to it. Lol. Maybe.


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Glad to hear that the trike is working well for you and you're happy with it. I may have to go with a trike in the near future and your review was helpful. How much did you pay for that trike?
They're $28,099 for the base model Freewheeler. add 2k for the other paint schemes. I got this OTD for $27,500. Tax, tags, freight and all the bullshit they add. But my guy gave me a sweet deal.
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Thanks for the write up. I may have missed it, did you find you have to use a lot more arm/shoulder to turn the front wheel? A buddy of mine stated he had to get use to that.
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Good looking bike, thanks for the write up never ridden one and you answered questions I didn’t even know i had. Hope you have miles of smiles in the future. Ride safe. SC
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Thanks for the write up. I may have missed it, did you find you have to use a lot more arm/shoulder to turn the front wheel? A buddy of mine stated he had to get use to that.
Yes. That's one of the things that is important to learn. At first you'll try just pushing or pulling to turn. Then you see how sore you get. Then ya figure out to push and pull at the same time. Makes life a lot easier. then you add in the upper body to the push pull and now your riding. Not working.

The rear end in very compliant. It stays down. The suspension reacts as youd expect.

The other thing is you run the tires at 22psi in the rear. That makes it a bit more smooth over little bumps.


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The other thing is you run the tires at 22psi in the rear. That makes it a bit more smooth over little bumps.
Your tire life will extend dramatically too....basically car tires

Glad to hear you are digging it man and that you are on the road..........in the end, THATS what matters Brother
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Your tire life will extend dramatically too....basically car tires

Glad to hear you are digging it man and that you are on the road..........in the end, THATS what matters Brother
I have a feeling I am going to be smashing front tires. Lol. We were in a turn yesterday and the lead bike second guessef his speed. He has it no problem but he hit his brakes i was at the 2 second rule distance and i had to brake. I find that i am very aggressive in turns. I need to back off.


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