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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Trike trees....maybe??

Okay, first off, what I have......
2012 Road Glide Custom, front 21" wheel, American suspension front end with progressive monotubes at full 2" drop. Rear will be lowered with 11.5" progressive 444s, at some point, whenever they get here

What I'm wanting to do......
Install a set of trike triple trees....why?....I'm wanting to kick the front wheel/fender out just a little bit, so it's not looking so "cramped" under the fairing. What I've seen is the trees move the front wheel out roughly 2"

I'm happy with the ride quality of my current setup, it rides nicer then it did from the factory and no I do not have any clearence issues. I'm wanting to kick the front out a bit solely for the look of it, think it would flow well with the bike.

My question is, has anyone done this?? Is anyone here a math/geometry wizard?? The swap itself would be straight forward and I don't have a question about it looking good, just wanted to see if anyone had any experience with a similar setup. I.E. inner fairing clearance, fork leg extensions, changes in handling, wobble, trailing numbers, etc

Hopefully this doesn't get turned into a thread about 23/26/30 wheels LOL

The "cramped" front end I want to strech out just a little...sorry for the shity not so current pictures....




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Subscribed, would like to see if it has been done as well.

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I found a pic of the xxx trike with a 21. I know it has the batwing, but if you look at the distance from the fender to the frame it should give you a good idea of what it'll look like.
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When you move the front wheel out by increasing the rake, the front of your frame will drop a little. Be prepared to add an inch or maybe 2 back to your front forks. (giving you've dropped it 2 inches already)

Here's an article of adding Triglide trees to a trike.. the author purchased longer forks.. Says 1 and three quarters longer.. Hope this helps.
http://www.ultraboy.us/Harley%20Rake...le%20Trees.pdf

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Another thing to think about is the clearance on the inside of your fairing. I'd imagine you'll have to move your fairing forward (modify fairing mount) to give you proper clearance when handlebars are turned to max (right or left). There's not much room now.. the additional rake will cause forks to hit at bottom of fairing.
I've been thinking of doing the same thing.. Love the raked look.. Bagger Nation sells a modified fairing mount for their raked trees..

Looks like tjs529 has done Triglide trees on a 09 RoadGlide.. Might want to try and track him down..

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Nothing smart to add. Sick bike though. Looks amazing.

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As stated, you will have to add the longer TG tubes and sliders to maintain the proper height. Otherwise you will be dropping the front further and creating other clearance issues.

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Thanks for the input so far gentlemen, I do appreciate it!

The clearance on the inner fairing is the only current issue that I'm trying to work through in my head at the moment...Yeah, it hurts ....I think it would be a pretty easy fix by modifying the fairing mount, plus I'd like the move the fairing around a bit anyway LOL

As for running the trike fork legs......they are 1-3/4" longer and the fork leg extensions come in "-2" so I could go either way there. But, if I'm moving my fairing anyway, I could fix my clearence issues at that time...I would imagine. As stated I currently have the -2" monotubes in and think if I did the 11.5" 444s when they finally get here and run a 1" lowering block that would keep my trailer numbers pretty damn close to where they need to be. Anyone here a geometry guru?? LOL

For some it probably seems like a lot of work just to get a "look" but that what makes everyone's bike there own. I know it will look great, like it "should". I'm in to building a bike that when you look at and know something's different but you can't quite tell what it is Just looking to keep it handling like it does now, but with the look that I'm after........

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I agree with your idea that by dropping the rear, you'll level out the bike. The only thing you'll loose is ground clearance... and your kickstand will seem a little longer.. on it.. bike will not lean so much.

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When going with the Trike triple trees are there any trail reduction issues that need to be addressed?
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