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    Interesting comment, lots of satisfied RS owners I suppose, but if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't go with RS. I agree, their communication skills are lacking.

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    I am not sure I agree with the old Volkswagen design. Roadsmith uses a trailing arm design that allows the wheels to move up and down full length of travel independently of each other and stay square with the chassis. Early Volkswagen wheels cambered in and out at the top of the wheel as it moved through the range of motion.

    Roadsmith also used a coil over shock that has a ride height adjustment not found on Volkswagen. Along with the shock on each side, there is a coil spring on each side that is adjustable, I chose the option to use the bike controls to increase spring preload just like the factory goldwing preload is adjusted. This is not a option on a Volkswagen.

    I did my own conversion and know the roadsmith kit very well. I also went to the factory,toured the factory,and brought my kit home from the factory. As far as fit and finish that is the installers job to get it right. Mine fits very well,as I took time to get it right. As far as service Roadsmith provides, I can not comment, as I have never had a problem that I needed to contact them after purchase. I did my kit in 2015 .(Goldwing)

    It is true that Honda will not support someone else's product. I also have a Harley Ultra limited. It's not triked. It is a good bike as well. I would rather do a aftermarket kit on it ,if I would chose to trike it, over the factory triglide. I don't care for the straight axal design that Harley uses, however,it is a Harley product and they should stand behind it.

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    All I can say is I have downloaded the parts list from the RS site. Some of the parts listed are Volkswagen parts, actually there is a mixture of parts to this conversion kit. I replaced my brakes with ceramic pads and they are for a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.

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    Again, I love Roadsmith trike............... BUT I will tell you where NOT TO GET YOUR TRIKE built...This company will rip you off Before installation the owner will sweet talk you into him doing the building/ BUT once he builds it LOOK OUT ....Even a small question he will bill you .......

    To the builder: Give me back my $90.00 ASAP cause I will BAD mouth you for ever... Your lucky that I don't just flash your name all over the internet...

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    Hang in there Ronnie, some installers are out there just to get the $ and screw you over while doing it. Unfortunately, you don't know that until the fat lady sings, until it's all said and done. Having said that, there are good one's out there, you know, like Zook but we all can't get to Zook. I am disappointed in the communication with Bear Lake RS, but I've said that before, so no need to shovel into it. I'm thinking my next trike will be a Hannigan, I don't read any negative experiences about a Hannigan build, maybe they are out there, I just don't see them. Maybe even possibly a Spyder RT, but that would require a lot of thought, horror stories abound about the service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnerboy View Post
    Again, I love Roadsmith trike............... BUT I will tell you where NOT TO GET YOUR TRIKE built...This company will rip you off Before installation the owner will sweet talk you into him doing the building/ BUT once he builds it LOOK OUT ....Even a small question he will bill you .......

    To the builder: Give me back my $90.00 ASAP cause I will BAD mouth you for ever... Your lucky that I don't just flash your name all over the internet...
    Burner, are you talking about the shop in Keene? if so, it took me over 3 years to get the $700 he owned me for parts he "misplaced"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DblTrbl View Post
    Burner, are you talking about the shop in Keene? if so, it took me over 3 years to get the $700 he owned me for parts he "misplaced"....
    You just hit the nail right on the head, it's now inserted deep into the board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silks70 View Post
    All I can say is I have downloaded the parts list from the RS site. Some of the parts listed are Volkswagen parts, actually there is a mixture of parts to this conversion kit. I replaced my brakes with ceramic pads and they are for a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.
    Roadsmith does use some VW brake parts,and I believe the cv joints are VW as well. The rear differential is ford. I like this because I can go to a parts store anywhere and get replacement parts. Not so much with some other trike manufacturers . With them the parts have to be bought from them and they can charge what they want.

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