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I has a csc trike kit put on my 02 gl1800. Thought it was what I wanted. Have only ridden it about 1,000 miles but I am really struggling with the trike ride vs the 2 wheeler ride. Feel like I am "driving" the trike instead of "riding" it. I triked mainly to eliminate the tip over factor and having to worry about gravel, u turns etc etc. But now I miss my two wheeler bad. to the point that I am thinking of selling the trike which the kit is basically brand new and then going back to two wheels.

I am sure I am not the first person to have these oh no I made a mistake feelings.

Help me out here for those of you that had the same feelings Tell me your experiences if you will share them.

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I'm sure that if I was able to still ride a 2 wheeler that I would have the same thoughts as you. But unfortunately, the only way that I can still ride is on 3 wheels. So, sacrifices are made and dealt with and knowing that I don't have the option of 2 wheels anymore, I enjoy the trike as much as I ever did a bike.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do and I'm sure that most can understand your dilemma:yes1:
 

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I has a csc trike kit put on my 02 gl1800. Thought it was what I wanted. Have only ridden it about 1,000 miles but I am really struggling with the trike ride vs the 2 wheeler ride. Feel like I am "driving" the trike instead of "riding" it. I triked mainly to eliminate the tip over factor and having to worry about gravel, u turns etc etc. But now I miss my two wheeler bad. to the point that I am thinking of selling the trike which the kit is basically brand new and then going back to two wheels.

I am sure I am not the first person to have these oh no I made a mistake feelings.

Help me out here for those of you that had the same feelings Tell me your experiences if you will share them.

Thanks.

Rich
Well Rich you sure are not alone. Although I'm a bit surprised you are this dissatisfied since I'm sure the CSC conversion has done exactly what you were seeking. Yes, you gave up the "Two Wheel" feel for the security of three. Yes you do steer the trike more then becoming one with the machine. And, yes there are others that have considered going back to a two wheel bike.

I converted my '06 nearly three years ago because it was really touch and go if I could hold it up any longer. A year ago I had my right hip replaced and came very close to selling. As it turned out that would have been a HUGE mistake for a couple reasons. First I would have given up all the reasons you converted. Tar snakes, gravel, sand, other debris are issues that scare the crap out of me. I did some serious soul searching and decided to keep the trike. Smart move because I have since had a total left knee replacement.

My best advise is to ride and ride and ride. In 1000 miles I would have thought you would be pretty much in tune with your CSC but maybe it will take you a bit longer. Not knowing your riding style or desire to push the envelope I can't say much. I think my aggressive style helped me to "feel" the trike and become at ease quickly. I truly hope you can also reach that point.
 

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No mistake'''''

I did about the same thing your talking about, For a long time when i would start stopping i would put my left foot out to hold the bike up when i stopped, talk ABOUT fell stupid,,I couldn't get used to not leaning in the curves. I had got to the point of wabbling a lot on my slow down's. riding 2-up. gravel was very bad. Wife was getting un-eazy on the back of the 2 wheeler,, So we went the 3 wheel route. { So- if- you- can } stay with it for a while.. I LOVE THE FEEL OF THE TWO WHEELER.. IT'S FREEDOM. ''BUT'' I ALSO LOVE MY WIFE;;{ WHAT CAN I SAY } { HANG IN THERE} It only gets better believe me.:yes1::yes1: Harold :joke:
 

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I know someday because of physical limitations I will no longer be able to ride a bike, but people say "you can always get a trike". I know I will never have a trike because of having to drive instead of ride. Maybe I'll buy a convertible.
 

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I know someday because of physical limitations I will no longer be able to ride a bike, but people say "you can always get a trike". I know I will never have a trike because of having to drive instead of ride. Maybe I'll buy a convertible.
NEVER SAY NEVER :eek:4::eek:4::eek:4:
 

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need to move to florida where you can sit back n ride ! dont need to steer here much :lol::lol: give it some time -sometime it takes awhile for change
 

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GOOGLE gl1800 landing gear It is an automated set of wheels that automatically drop down at walking speed to hold your bike up at parking lot speeds and while backing up but then retract back up at normal speeds to give you the two wheel riding,, I tried them at americade two years ago worked just as promised.. The Japanese version is even concealed under the bike into the exhaust pipes

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=gl1800+landing+gear&qpvt=gl1800+landing+gear&FORM=IGRE
 

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I know someday because of physical limitations I will no longer be able to ride a bike, but people say "you can always get a trike". I know I will never have a trike because of having to drive instead of ride. Maybe I'll buy a convertible.
As as able bodied late middle aged rider who still rides on two wheels, regularly does track days, owns a convertible, and thoroughly enjoys the Trike for what it is and offers, my advise would be to open your mind to things that are different and not worry about what others say or think. No its not the same as a two wheeler, its also not the same as a convertible, and its not for everyone but you might just find its also not what you preconceived either.



To the OP I would suggest as other have. If you still want to give it a chance just relax and ride. :thumbup:

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Maybe if you give it more time....I would predict you'd be missing the trike and some $ if you decide to return to two wheels. Maybe you're feeling some perceived peer pressure? I recall saying I'd never do the trike, but then one day I got older, wanted to continue to ride two up in the TN mountains.
 

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Do whatever you want.
I had two choices, buy a trike or not ride. I bought a trike and yeah, it's different. I rode it almost 500 miles home the day I picked it up. For the first 50 miles I was wondering if I had screwed up too. Especially when I exited off an interstate onto a cloverleaf. No leaning at all! Scared the crap out of me!
By the time I got home, many hours later, I was in love with my new trike.
You just have to learn how to 'drive' it. It's still a motorcycle and now I feel so much better knowing my wife won't be hurt because of my balance issues or gravel or rain slick pavement.
As I said, do what you want and good luck!
 

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Once I got on my trike I wish I had done it 20 years sooner, love the ride and stability.
 

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Do whatever you want.
I had two choices, buy a trike or not ride. I bought a trike and yeah, it's different. I rode it almost 500 miles home the day I picked it up. For the first 50 miles I was wondering if I had screwed up too. Especially when I exited off an interstate onto a cloverleaf. No leaning at all! Scared the crap out of me!
By the time I got home, many hours later, I was in love with my new trike.
You just have to learn how to 'drive' it. It's still a motorcycle and now I feel so much better knowing my wife won't be hurt because of my balance issues or gravel or rain slick pavement.
As I said, do what you want and good luck!
Grandpa1 kind of nailed it, I rode my kit home 50 miles and wondered about my decision. A week later and apprehensive about it we took a 1500 mile trip to Arkansas by ourselves to really check out things on a non highway route so we could take our time. The first 100 miles I was scared to death and all tensed up with ever bump thinking I was maybe going in the ditch, kept reminding myself to relax and enjoy the ride, especially your arms & legs / the tighter turns took trial and error (not any error) to gauge the entrance to turn speed while practicing foot pressures to make me feel stable, and accelerating out of the turn, it was all me the spouse never had an idea of my apprehension. Another 200 miles down the road and 50 turns later I was relaxed again and back to my 2 wheel speeds...now I'm even faster once the turn factor is learned. I still have two wheel bikes but now rarely ride them.

It just takes some time, take a short trip as I did "non highway" and force the learning factor, if your trikes suspension is not tight enough your trike body could be rolling to much. Once I tightened that suspension to kill some of that roll it was much better.... so take a trip to see if you need to adjust something (two up if that's the way you ride, you need back seat feedback also). Outside turn foot pressure and relax..... Hope that helps!! Enjoy what you have you did it for a reason, I did mine for the spouse so I wouldn't drop her some where!!

 

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I have been riding since I was 16.
Always had to have go fast ones and never thought about a trike.
Went to a brand new wing in 1989.
We enjoyed it for many years, but every time we went out west, my wife didn't like the way the wind would push us around.
Also due age, to my knees getting bad, holding it up and gravel, etc, trips were not fun any more.
In 2006, I retired and sold my pizza business.
The first thing I did was to find a Honda dealer that also installed Champion kits. I found that dealer and ordered a new Goldwing and had it triked.
We picked it up a month later.
Never driven one , I decided this-
The dealer was 300 miles from my house so I took my truck and enclosed snowmoblie trailer down to pick it up.
The dealer drove into the trailer and we tied it down.
We towed it home and unloaded it.
We sat on it and decided to take our first ride around our small town.
Our dealer warned us to remember this- It's wider then your two wheeler so never park to close to the curb or gas pumps.
We came back with the biggest smile on our faces and decide we did the right move.
We don't miss the 2 wheels and will drive this one into the ground.
 

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Give it time. Once you get the feel of it you will enjoy riding again. I've heard it said. The first 1,000 miles you say what did I do. The second 1,000 miles you say, this isn't so bad. The third 1,000 miles, why didn't I do this sooner. Be safe and enjoy the ride. Larry
 

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GOOGLE gl1800 landing gear It is an automated set of wheels that automatically drop down at walking speed to hold your bike up at parking lot speeds and while backing up but then retract back up at normal speeds to give you the two wheel riding,, I tried them at americade two years ago worked just as promised.. The Japanese version is even concealed under the bike into the exhaust pipes

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You already paid for it--and with good reason. Might as well ride it. I say ride the heck out of it. Beat the ever loving crap out of it. Drive it over rocks and gravel. Take it around on ramps, through the mountains, down dirt roads, over curbs. Ride the snot out of that thing! What have you got yo loose?

If you decide the sell it, just wash it twice, polish it up good and brag about all the cool places you took it.

If you go back to two wheels, consider a CT as I've heard they give a more stable feeling at very low speeds. Then take the a Ride Like a Pro class and see if that allows you to be more comfortable crawling around on your Wing. Until then, wear out a couple of sets of tires AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN, then decide if you like the trike.
 

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It's already been said, but I'll chime in anyway.

When I got my trike in '06 I was beside myself, I figured I had screwed up a perfectly good motorcycle. But after 1-2K I was in love with it and wished I had done it sooner. Now I would hate to go back to two wheels.

Hang in there you'll get the hang of it.
 

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Doesn't have to be trike or 2 wheeler. My wife won't ride on my 2 whelers, but she likes the trike. I like the trike, but nothing like two wheels and curvy roads.
 

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I had the same feeling when I got mine...shortly afterwards I read this (I think on this forum) about what a new Triker goes thru.
1) Oh Crap, what did I just do?
2) Maybe this is not so bad
3) I like this
4) Why did I wait so long.
After two years I wouldn't go back to 2 wheels.
 
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