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    Question What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    OK CSC Trike owners, here's your chance to brag on your CSC Trike and tell current and future trike owners why they should buy a CSC Trike or Trike Conversion. Topics of interest will be ride, handling, features, benefits, design, fitment, service, price, styling, etc. There will be NO FLAMING or complaining in this thread towards any dealer or the manufacturer as there are other places for that.

    This thread will be based on your positive experiences and why you bought a CSC and why you recommend CSC to others. Please state the make and model of your bike and the make and model of your CSC Conversion along with how long you have owned it and how many CSC Trikes you have owned total.

    And please post a picture too so we can see how awesome your trike is!

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    Default Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    I have a 2006 Harley-Davidson FLHTI with a 2012 CSC Daytona conversion. I'm very impressed with my trike, the quality of product, execution, fit and finish are second to none. Initially, I was drawn to the appearance of the conversion. I especially liked the rounded shape of the fenders and rear end. As I researched conversions, I really liked the engineering of the rear suspension of the CSC. Coupled with the added length, a stable, comfortable ride is provided. I like the trunk area's capacity, and I think the way the trunk is finished is pretty nice, too. When I ride the trike, I really enjoy the smooth and compliant ride. At freeway speeds, the stability really shines...it's easy to cover hundreds of miles in comfort! I'd do a CSC conversion on my next trike!
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    Default Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    We have a '03 FLHR and the '13 CSC Daytona setup for the Road King. It has the top compartment instead of the Tour Pack setup. Not as much space in the top as with the pack but an easy to get at storage spot for glasses, gloves, etc. Ma can access it at a stop with out getting off the trike. I have to "ditto" all that Rick mentioned. The looks were one of the major deciding factors. I like the smooth rounded curves rather than the old boxy "servi-car" look (not that I wouldn't mind having an old servi). The ride is exceptionally smooth and comfortable, whether at freeway speeds or just puttin' down the back roads. Handles extremely smooth and easy in the twisties. The length and width gives it extra stability that I've not found in some others. Pricing was very comparable to other conversions in the area.
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    Default Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    I have a 2012 Goldwing with a CSC Viper kit. I looked at every brand and liked them all. I think they all are good.

    I picked out the CSC Viper because CSC had completely redesigned the Viper for the 2012 Goldwing. They supposedly fixed all the issues with the spline and drive train components. I liked the looks of it but I liked the looks of just about all of them.After I had shopped for a trike for quite awhile I decided to buy new because the price was not much more than a five year old wing with a new trike kit and no warranty on the wing.

    I saw the one I ended up with online and called in an offer at the dealer. I lucked out and got it. Later I found out it was the dealers end of the month and they really needed to make the sale to make their month. I was very lucky. Unusual for me. I really like the trike. It has good looks, a rake kit and aqua shields. I drove it home (almost 500 miles) the day I picked it up. By the time I got it home I loved it. My wife really likes it too!

    I put it on some ramps and really went over it and it is a well built and well designed trike. All in all I am happy.

    It is a good machine and I would recommend it to anyone.

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    I chose CSC for most all of the reasons above, but I would add that I went with CSC for their "fully adjustable shock" option. With the shock adjustment fully activated (knob on handle bar twisted full right) the suspension has absolutely no lean to it. This is particularly beneficial to the passenger when riding the twisties. The no lean feature is accomplised by the hydraulic valve, mounted on the handle bar, which closes race blades in the fully adjustable shock, which in turn restricts the flow of oil in the rear horizontally opposed shock set-up. When completely disengage, the independent suspension regains its full travel for a very soft and compliant ride.

    My donor bike is a 2008 GL1800, triked @ 70K miles. I now have over 120K trouble free miles on this set-up, and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

    My plan is to ride this to retirement, which should put my trike right about 325K miles or so. We'll see how it holds up. To date, I have not dropped a ten spot on any Honda or CSC replacement part, but all things mechanical will fail at some time or another, and usually when we least expect it.

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    Default Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    Well,I also agree with all the answers already mentioned,the fit and finish and quality of the kit and what really amazed us was the beautiful color match of the paint on our 1997 Wing,it is flawless.
    Our concern was about triking an older Wing,however the bike only had 30,000 miles on it at the time (had 10,000 on it when we found it 5 years ago) and we just loved this SE model of the Wing.Close to 60,000 miles now and have loved every mile.

    Only problem we had was a rear brake dragging noise and it was corrected by our dealer/installer.
    The bike didn't have a warranty on it when we bought it,however we now have a warranty on at least half of it.

    CSC did us proud on this one.

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    Default Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    I bought a 2007- 1200 Sportster converted with the CSC Legend kit for my wife this year and she just loves it. the trike is beautiful with the pin stripping she had added at Daytona and when she rides it people all give her the thumbs up. the CSC kit is a perfect fit for the sportster and we both like the sweeping lines of the kit and have not seen another kit for a sportster that we like anywhere near as much and we looked hard before buying hers. I have ridden her bike and i agree it handles good but it is a little small for me.

    We have added a few LED strobe lights in the rear of the trike near the license plate and now when she rides she can be seen so much easier, night or day. we also added a few spotlights to the crash bar in front so she can see better at night and be seen better whenever she rides. the suspension on the trike seems to work well so she has no complaints but this is her first trike so she has nothing to compare it with and mine is a solid axle so i cannot say anything either. all in all the trike is a winner and if it is something that makes Momma happy, everybody is happy, if you know what i mean.

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    Default Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    I have a 2008 fltcu or ultra glide classic with a 96 cu engine stage 1, I converted my bike approximately 2 years ago, there are alot of advantages to having a trike, I choose csc because of the quality and look of the kit, every time I go for a ride I get a complement, the ability to turn on a dime, stability, independent rear suspension and ease of handling are a plus, I am also happy with the power my bike has with the kit installed, I highly recommend the csc product line, you'll be happy with your decision!

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    Thumbs up Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    I have a 2013 GW with CSC Viper Kit. I really love her, she is a sweet sweet machine! I call her Blaze! Blaze has all the options, airbag, navigation, etc. I highly recommend the CSC Viper Kit!

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    Default Re: What do you like about your California Sidecar Trike?

    What's not to like !!! It's comfortable, nice ride and it attracts a crowd wherever she goes. I flew to Shawnee, Ok in June of 2013 and rode her home, took me 3 1/2 days. Very nice ride !!!!

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