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    Default Traxxion Rear Shocks for Lehman Monarch II Trike

    Good evening to everyone,

    An opportunity was presented to me several days ago and thought I would put it to the Trike Talk board for some guidance.

    A friend of mine converted his 2002 Honda GL-1800 Gold-wing to a Lehman Monarch II LLC trike. This gentleman went the route several years ago to rebuild the front forks and the stock Honda shocks to the Traxxion performance set up. When they did the conversion, to the Lehman LLC, the rear shock was set aside as you cannot use it on the Lehman LLC independent suspension setup set, thus the suggestion was put to me, why not utilize this on your solid axle Lehman Monarch II.

    My question to the masses, would this improve the handling and ride of the 2008 Honda GL-1800 Gold-wing Lehman Monarch II trike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B25bsaboy View Post
    Good evening to everyone,

    An opportunity was presented to me several days ago and thought I would put it to the Trike Talk board for some guidance.

    A friend of mine converted his 2002 Honda GL-1800 Gold-wing to a Lehman Monarch II LLC trike. This gentleman went the route several years ago to rebuild the front forks and the stock Honda shocks to the Traxxion performance set up. When they did the conversion, to the Lehman LLC, the rear shock was set aside as you cannot use it on the Lehman LLC independent suspension setup set, thus the suggestion was put to me, why not utilize this on your solid axle Lehman Monarch II.

    My question to the masses, would this improve the handling and ride of the 2008 Honda GL-1800 Gold-wing Lehman Monarch II trike?
    To re-phrase your question:

    Would a Traxxion GL1800 rear shock be a suitable replacement for the Lehman Monarch II straight axle OEM Honda shock ?

    That is an excellent question and would probably be addressed better on the Honda portion of the forum.
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    Interesting question, didn't know that Traxxion made shocks for trike rear. Sure like to smooth out my Road Smith just a tad. Springs are already full out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerbillone View Post
    Interesting question, didn't know that Traxxion made shocks for trike rear. Sure like to smooth out my Road Smith just a tad. Springs are already full out.
    Good morning, That makes two of use, but they do! Here is the link:

    http://traxxion.com/product/honda-gl...-absorber-kit/

    Expensive when you start converting the Canadian dollar to the US green back-

    Will let you folks know how things work out in retrofitting if I can to my Lehman Monarch II trike:-)

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    Default Not gonna happen...

    Folks, I've installed perhaps 200 Traxxion setups on Goldwings over the last nine-plus years. The Traxxion rear shock for the GL1800 is certainly not intended for fitment to any trike, whatsoever. Depending on which shocks your trike has, it may (or may not) be possible to take them apart, then revalve them and provide proper springs according to your weight, passenger weight and cargo load.

    Regardless, in my experience, achieving a super compliant ride on a trike, whether solid or independent rear suspension, is unlikely.

    Quote Originally Posted by B25bsaboy View Post
    Good morning, That makes two of use, but they do! Here is the link:

    http://traxxion.com/product/honda-gl...-absorber-kit/

    Expensive when you start converting the Canadian dollar to the US green back-

    Will let you folks know how things work out in retrofitting if I can to my Lehman Monarch II trike:-)

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    The naysayers here don't own a Lehman and do not understand how the Monarch I and Monarch II straight axles are constructed or they might see an advantage to the Traxxion shock on a Lehman.

    On straight axles only, Lehman uses the OEM GL1800 coil-over shock as the primary suspension support. It attaches similar to that of the OEM swingarm.



    The Monarch I uses the OEM shock mounted in the original position and 2 additional coil-over shocks mounted at each wheel to support the additional weight.



    The Monarch II uses an OEM shock in the original position and a lateral mounted coil-over directed to the rear body frame section. Lehman also utilized a lateral coil-over to help the OEM handle the additional weight of the conversion.

    In 2007, Lehman started sending kits to dealers with a 1100# progressive spring to eliminate sagging on the OEM shock setup on the Monarch II.

    Depending on the quality of the Traxxion unit, it may improve the ride and could be a substitution for that OEM unit, on top of that it will fit on both the Lehman Monarch I and Monarch II straight axle versions.

    Personally, I don't know anyone with a two-wheeler that had the Traxxion rear shock, so I have no way of knowing what the exact improvement really is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketMoto View Post
    Folks, I've installed perhaps 200 Traxxion setups on Goldwings over the last nine-plus years. The Traxxion rear shock for the GL1800 is certainly not intended for fitment to any trike, whatsoever. Depending on which shocks your trike has, it may (or may not) be possible to take them apart, then revalve them and provide proper springs according to your weight, passenger weight and cargo load.

    Regardless, in my experience, achieving a super compliant ride on a trike, whether solid or independent rear suspension, is unlikely.
    Thank you for your comments and impute to my question.

    My question then would be to you, “Have you ever tried to install a Traxxion rear shock system to a Lehman Monarch II trike”? If so, then your comments hold water, if not, not sure what to think. If you have tried, what were the end results, both good or bad?

    One of the issues that we all have is the lack of information and drawings to fully understand the engineering behind our Lehman trikes or for that matter any trike design. In the case of Lehman Trikes, thank heavens for Jim Murphy and his expertise!

    In my case, in theory I understand there are two (2)shocks on my unit as Jim Murphy explains it and my question is why wouldn’t it work. Your last comment in that achieving a super compliant ride on a trike, whether solid or independent rear suspension, is unlikely.

    Who knows unless some tries. I recall the aviation world saying to Charles Lindbergh it is unlikely you’ll make it across the Atlantic Ocean and he did. Why, because he tried!

    I will keep you posted whether it’s negative or positive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by B25bsaboy View Post
    Good evening to everyone,

    An opportunity was presented to me several days ago and thought I would put it to the Trike Talk board for some guidance.

    A friend of mine converted his 2002 Honda GL-1800 Gold-wing to a Lehman Monarch II LLC trike. This gentleman went the route several years ago to rebuild the front forks and the stock Honda shocks to the Traxxion performance set up. When they did the conversion, to the Lehman LLC, the rear shock was set aside as you cannot use it on the Lehman LLC independent suspension setup set, thus the suggestion was put to me, why not utilize this on your solid axle Lehman Monarch II.

    My question to the masses, would this improve the handling and ride of the 2008 Honda GL-1800 Gold-wing Lehman Monarch II trike?
    Good evening to everyone!

    Well its done as I have just finished installing the rear Traxxion rear shock! Was it easy, H#*l, no but I have a feeling perhaps maybe worth it, only time will tell. It was a six (6) hour journey as I got to know the bowls of my Lehman Monarch II trike.

    Will have some photos and a brief write up now that the trail has been blazed. :-)

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    Well, what is the result of the Traxxion Shock change ?

    I had a call last week from a shop getting ready to do the same thing.

    Thought maybe it was your trike but it was here in the USA.
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