Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Re: Looking at buying for trike conversion...
I agree with the amount of work needed to ride a hack on local streets. Get it out on the highway and it is effortless. Tracks straight due to the hydraulic camber adjust, stops well with the disk brake. The sidecar definitely looks cool though!
As far as having your wife ride in the side car I wouldn't recommend it. Use the sidecar for the stability factor and have your passenger ride behind you on the bike.
All this being said I think the trike is the best option as it offers a number of advantages over the sidecar. Narrower, more attractive, no final drive, etc.
The real advantage to the sidecar for me is it keeps me from having bruised ribs ("You're tipping too much"), etc. while giving me the option of quick removal which takes the LT back to a standard configuration.
As for pre or post 2005 that is an easy question to answer. Get an older one because they are the only ones painted pretty purple! The advantages of the 2005 and later is a few more horsepower, better forward lighting and the electro-hydraulic center stand.
The horsepower might or might not be missed my old one seems to have enough HP. The lighting can be fixed with aftermarket upgrades, HID etc and te electro hydraulic centerstand? Not much of a factor once it has been triked.
I would look for the best value for your money, old or new, and enjoy the dickens out of it.
I want to see pictures of your new trike when you get it!
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