Likes Likes:  57
Page 1 of 24 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 239

Thread: DK Custom PROJECT TRI-GLIDE Report w/ Lots of Pics

  1. #1
    Sponsor
    TrikeTalk Sponsor
    DK Custom Products's Avatar
    User ID
    15624
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Red Banks, MS
    Posts
    4,583

    Default DK Custom PROJECT TRI-GLIDE Report w/ Lots of Pics

    This 2014 Tri-Glide was purchased in May of 2014.



    It now has close to 25k miles on it.

    After it was purchased, no real thought was put into what would be done to it. Basically we took everything off the 2011 that we could and put in on the 2014.

    The 2011 was a hodge-podge of mods, that were added along the way. Not saying that no thought was put into it...but to digress a bit-


    In August of 2010 an F250 hit me on the interstate (going the wrong way). I came to a stop 300 feet down the road from where the truck abruptly separated me from my Ultra.

    After 22 broken bones, 2 surgeries, 2 metal plates, many screws, & 4 months in bed, I was barely walking with a cane when I took a ride around the block on my Sportster in mid December. Took my first ride of 40 miles on the Sporty on December 30th.

    I was way ahead of schedule in healing up, but the doctors all said, I would never have even 50% strength in my right foot or ankle.

    No way I could ever ride a Touring bike, 2 up and fully loaded.

    I was angry, I was embarrassed, but I realized for Mary and I to be able to travel together, I would need to get a Trike. That is how we came to buy the 2011 Tri-Glide (at what I felt was 20 years earlier than expected)

    All that to say...

    It took me well over a year of owning and riding the 2011 Tri-Glide before I finally came to peace about it...before I quit being embarrassed about being on a Trike and started enjoying it without reservation.

    Since most of the mods done to the 2011 were during the time when I was NOT HAPPY about being on a trike, they were done with basic performance in mind, and with pure utility of our trips in mind. No real sitting down and looking at it as a canvas and what could be done to it.

    This was replicated on the 2014.



    You can see what all has been done to the 2014 at this thread-

    http://www.triketalk.com/forum/threa...he-differences


    ************************************

    So now we are sitting down, looking at the Tri-Glide, appreciating it, and viewing it as a canvas that we can really make into something fun, something that is more than just a utility touring machine, something cool.

    We have done this with many 2 wheel bikes, and are excited about doing it with the Tri-Glide.

    Many of the mods already done to it are staying, some will be tweaked, and there will be some that are totally new.

    Here is what it looked like when we decided to make it our next Project.




    We have already completed a couple of small mods to it, and there are many more coming.*

    Some already in various stages of prototype testing, others still just on a sheet of paper, and others that we have not even thought of yet!


    Right now our focus is in 6 areas-

    Performance/Power
    Longevity/Reliability
    Rider/Passenger Comfort
    Handling
    Safety/Security
    Looks (nothing radical, not show bike level, but a step up from where it is)

    We have 5-10 hours a week budgeted to working on this.

    As there are things to report I will be updating this thread.

    It won't be a lightening fast transformation, but will hopefully be something significant over the next 4-6 months.

    Kevin
    FREE USA Shipping Code for Xmas - Click HERE

    Savings Code on International Orders - Click HERE

    www.DKCustom.com
    Call: 662-252-8828
    Text: 662-420-4891
    Email: Support@DKCustomProducts.com

  2. Love Jugs
  3. #2
    In My Happy Place consitter's Avatar
    User ID
    18822
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Ashland, KY
    Posts
    13,953
    FT Author
    1 Thread

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DK Custom Products View Post
    This 2014 Tri-Glide was purchased in May of 2014.



    It now has close to 25k miles on it.

    After it was purchased, no real thought was put into what would be done to it. Basically we took everything off the 2011 that we could and put in on the 2014.

    The 2011 was a hodge-podge of mods, that were added along the way. Not saying that no thought was put into it...but to digress a bit-


    In August of 2010 an F250 hit me on the interstate (going the wrong way). I came to a stop 300 feet down the road from where the truck abruptly separated me from my Ultra.

    After 22 broken bones, 2 surgeries, 2 metal plates, many screws, & 4 months in bed, I was barely walking with a cane when I took a ride around the block on my Sportster in mid December. Took my first ride of 40 miles on the Sporty on December 30th.

    I was way ahead of schedule in healing up, but the doctors all said, I would never have even 50% strength in my right foot or ankle.

    No way I could ever ride a Touring bike, 2 up and fully loaded.

    I was angry, I was embarrassed, but I realized for Mary and I to be able to travel together, I would need to get a Trike. That is how we came to buy the 2011 Tri-Glide (at what I felt was 20 years earlier than expected)

    All that to say...

    It took me well over a year of owning and riding the 2011 Tri-Glide before I finally came to peace about it...before I quit being embarrassed about being on a Trike and started enjoying it without reservation.

    Since most of the mods done to the 2011 were during the time when I was NOT HAPPY about being on a trike, they were done with basic performance in mind, and with pure utility of our trips in mind. No real sitting down and looking at it as a canvas and what could be done to it.

    This was replicated on the 2014.



    You can see what all has been done to the 2014 at this thread-

    http://www.triketalk.com/forum/threa...he-differences


    ************************************

    So now we are sitting down, looking at the Tri-Glide, appreciating it, and viewing it as a canvas that we can really make into something fun, something that is more than just a utility touring machine, something cool.

    We have done this with many 2 wheel bikes, and are excited about doing it with the Tri-Glide.

    Many of the mods already done to it are staying, some will be tweaked, and there will be some that are totally new.

    Here is what it looked like when we decided to make it our next Project.




    We have already completed a couple of small mods to it, and there are many more coming.*

    Some already in various stages of prototype testing, others still just on a sheet of paper, and others that we have not even thought of yet!


    Right now our focus is in 6 areas-

    Performance/Power
    Longevity/Reliability
    Rider/Passenger Comfort
    Handling
    Safety/Security
    Looks (nothing radical, not show bike level, but a step up from where it is)

    We have 5-10 hours a week budgeted to working on this.

    As there are things to report I will be updating this thread.

    It won't be a lightening fast transformation, but will hopefully be something significant over the next 4-6 months.

    Kevin
    Can't wait to see what you guys come up with. Psst*oil cooler*psst...
    Present ride--
    2015 Tri glide

    Past rides--
    2009 Night Train...2008 Yamaha royal star tour deluxe...2006 Yamaha Vstar 1300...2005 Yamaha majesty...2003 Honda reflex...1991 Kawasaki 454 ltd...1985 Honda Rebel...1984 Honda Elite...1975 Kawasaki trail bike (yeah I'm counting it. I got it for my 8th b-day)

  4. #3
    2000+ Post Club desertclassic's Avatar
    User ID
    17776
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Las Cruces, NM
    Posts
    2,464

    Default

    Can not wait. I am ready to take my 14 tri glide to the next level also. Jim

  5. #4
    Sponsor
    TrikeTalk Sponsor
    DK Custom Products's Avatar
    User ID
    15624
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Red Banks, MS
    Posts
    4,583

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by consitter View Post
    Can't wait to see what you guys come up with. Psst*oil cooler*psst...
    Us too...we're making it up as we go. lol

    Oil Cooler is coming along. We are doing baseline testing. Takes some time. For accurate testing we need to have a heat soaked engine to start with. Then about 1.5 hours riding for each configuration. And to have apples to apples comparison, ambient temps, wind & humidity need to be very close. Yesterday and today it was raining all day, so no testing.

    Tomorrow raining so no testing.

    Tuesday is looking dry and the right ambient temp, so we'll get another baseline in.

    Quote Originally Posted by desertclassic View Post
    Can not wait. I am ready to take my 14 tri glide to the next level also. Jim
    Yeah, we're pretty excited too!

    Kevin
    FREE USA Shipping Code for Xmas - Click HERE

    Savings Code on International Orders - Click HERE

    www.DKCustom.com
    Call: 662-252-8828
    Text: 662-420-4891
    Email: Support@DKCustomProducts.com

  6. #5
    Sponsor
    TrikeTalk Sponsor
    DK Custom Products's Avatar
    User ID
    15624
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Red Banks, MS
    Posts
    4,583

    Default

    Since we have so many things in the works, the mods that I list are not going to be in any apparent logical order.

    Right now we have several big things we are working on, but there are no pictures/no final results yet, as we are still fabricating & testing.

    But as we finish one of the items on the list, I will post it up.

    Here is the first-

    White LED Running Lights/Amber Turn Signal combo.


    I did not think I would like these too much, but Devin was hot on the idea, so he wired some up.

    Turned out to be a super easy install, and I REALLY LIKE THEM.

    The White Lights really increase visibility, day and night, and the turn signals are just cool. I have gotten a ton of positive comments from everyone that's seen them.


    Not much to see when their off-





    Full Daylight & on- The pic does not do them justice...they pop pretty bright even in the daylight!




    Semi-dark, you can see they really put out some light!




    When the turn signal is activated they go from white to amber, and flash with the stock signal lights-




    Wiring was a breeze. Taking the side cover/bracket off the top of the fork, the wires were right there (leading into the fairing).

    We used some Posi-Taps (pic below) and it was literally less than 5 minutes per side to wire up.





    I like this mod so much, I am going to do it on my Softail also..but I am going to Remove the stock turn signals and run just these.

    That is something I'm still considering on the Tri-Glide also.

    Kevin
    FREE USA Shipping Code for Xmas - Click HERE

    Savings Code on International Orders - Click HERE

    www.DKCustom.com
    Call: 662-252-8828
    Text: 662-420-4891
    Email: Support@DKCustomProducts.com

  7. DKCustoms postbit
  8. #6
    In My Happy Place consitter's Avatar
    User ID
    18822
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Ashland, KY
    Posts
    13,953
    FT Author
    1 Thread

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DK Custom Products View Post


    Us too...we're making it up as we go. lol

    Oil Cooler is coming along. We are doing baseline testing. Takes some time. For accurate testing we need to have a heat soaked engine to start with. Then about 1.5 hours riding for each configuration. And to have apples to apples comparison, ambient temps, wind & humidity need to be very close. Yesterday and today it was raining all day, so no testing.

    Tomorrow raining so no testing.

    Tuesday is looking dry and the right ambient temp, so we'll get another baseline in.



    Yeah, we're pretty excited too!

    Kevin
    I completely understand.

    Take all the time you need.

    Just have it ready before spring.....
    Present ride--
    2015 Tri glide

    Past rides--
    2009 Night Train...2008 Yamaha royal star tour deluxe...2006 Yamaha Vstar 1300...2005 Yamaha majesty...2003 Honda reflex...1991 Kawasaki 454 ltd...1985 Honda Rebel...1984 Honda Elite...1975 Kawasaki trail bike (yeah I'm counting it. I got it for my 8th b-day)

  9. #7
    Sponsor
    TrikeTalk Sponsor
    DK Custom Products's Avatar
    User ID
    15624
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Red Banks, MS
    Posts
    4,583

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by consitter View Post
    I completely understand.

    Take all the time you need.

    Just have it ready before spring.....


    Oh yeah, it will either be ready, or a bust, soon. We think it will work...but the tests will tell the story on whether it works well or not.

    Kevin
    FREE USA Shipping Code for Xmas - Click HERE

    Savings Code on International Orders - Click HERE

    www.DKCustom.com
    Call: 662-252-8828
    Text: 662-420-4891
    Email: Support@DKCustomProducts.com

  10. #8
    200+ Post Club BOXX3R's Avatar
    User ID
    20047
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Huntington Beach, Ca
    Posts
    289

    Default

    I am new to Trikes and Motorcycles in general. I chose a Trike because of physical limitations and the need/desire for the stability that a Trike afords over a 2-wheeler. And like you I was reluctant at first because of my perception that Trikes were viewed [by most] as glorified mobility assist vehicles for old farts.


    But once I got past my own mis perceptions, made the purchase and started riding.....I realized just how comfortable, practical, chalenging, fun and COOL Trikes really are. I may be an "old fart", but I get thumbs up and smiles while out on the open road, and questions and compliments wherever I go by non enthusiasts as well as riders on 2 wheels.


    I think the perceptions about Trikes are changing, and having someone with your expertise, and reputation customize a Trike will help to make Trikes just as envied as 2 wheelers are, and show the rest of us what CAN be done to personalize and customize our rides. So bring it!
    "HOW we ride today, may determine IF we can ride tomorrow"

  11. #9
    2500+ Post Club trike lady's Avatar
    User ID
    336
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Deming, NM, U.S.A.
    Posts
    2,989

    Default

    I like the idea of the posi-taps, beats soldering and shrink tubing the wires. Will certainly get some of those for my next project. Thank you.
    International Master Bike Builders Association Technician II Certification.
    America's first lady trike builder.
    Go Navy!

  12. Love Jugs
  13. #10
    Sponsor
    TrikeTalk Sponsor
    DK Custom Products's Avatar
    User ID
    15624
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Red Banks, MS
    Posts
    4,583

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BOXX3R View Post
    I am new to Trikes and Motorcycles in general. I chose a Trike because of physical limitations and the need/desire for the stability that a Trike afords over a 2-wheeler. And like you I was reluctant at first because of my perception that Trikes were viewed [by most] as glorified mobility assist vehicles for old farts.


    But once I got past my own mis perceptions, made the purchase and started riding.....I realized just how comfortable, practical, chalenging, fun and COOL Trikes really are. I may be an "old fart", but I get thumbs up and smiles while out on the open road, and questions and compliments wherever I go by non enthusiasts as well as riders on 2 wheels.


    I think the perceptions about Trikes are changing, and having someone with your expertise, and reputation customize a Trike will help to make Trikes just as envied as 2 wheelers are, and show the rest of us what CAN be done to personalize and customize our rides. So bring it!
    Yeah, no doubt the perception is changing about trikes. It was mostly in my head, but there are still some old-timers that I ride/hang with that either feel "sorry" for me, or think I should "man-up". But after riding with me in the twisty's, they definitely have a new view of a trikes capabilities.







    I am years past caring.

    As you stated, I've also realized just how comfortable, practical, challenging, fun and COOL Trikes really are.

    Quote Originally Posted by trike lady View Post
    I like the idea of the posi-taps, beats soldering and shrink tubing the wires. Will certainly get some of those for my next project. Thank you.
    Cool.

    We discovered those little gems a little over a year ago. They come in many sizes and configurations and they make life much easier!

    Kevin
    FREE USA Shipping Code for Xmas - Click HERE

    Savings Code on International Orders - Click HERE

    www.DKCustom.com
    Call: 662-252-8828
    Text: 662-420-4891
    Email: Support@DKCustomProducts.com

Page 1 of 24 12311 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 152
    Last Post: 11-22-2017, 12:11 AM
  2. Lots and Lots of Desert
    By FuzzyWuzHe in forum Show And Tell
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-13-2015, 06:58 PM
  3. Real Time Ride Report of DK Custom Hot Bike Tour
    By DK Custom Products in forum Trike Travel
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 09-24-2014, 02:07 AM
  4. First Road Trip on 2014 Tri-Glide...lots of pics
    By DK Custom Products in forum Trike Travel
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-11-2014, 10:47 AM
  5. First ride report. 2012 Tri-Glide
    By JimandMona in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-16-2011, 09:13 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •