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Thread: Champion Trike Kit - Solid Axle or IRS Rear End?

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    I like my IRS and rake kit on my CSC trike. It is a three wheeled "sports car" in the twisties. Even my two wheeled riding buddies can't keep up.
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    Default Campion out of Trike Business

    I called Champion to verify.

    Their representative on the phone told me that they are phasing out of the trike kit building business. They will still build side cars and reverse gears but after they sell the last in-stock trike kit they are done.

    Too bad. They made a good product.

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    Robert, check out CSC trikes. They make a nice trike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalPistol View Post
    Whatever the manufacturer I vote

    SA
    for mountains, curves, like here

    IRS
    for US Highway 90 from Del Rio to El Paso.

    IRS is great for 4 or more wheel contact, it lets forces equal out better, but these are three wheeled vehicles, and like my tricycle I had as a brat, one that had no suspension, all three wheels will remain in contact with roadway unless I turn it over.
    I have a Roadsmith with IRS on my GL1800. Can't say that I've ever felt that one wheel came off the ground. I'm also a very conservative driver so I've never tried to go around a corner as fast as I can. This is my second Roadsmith and my wife absolutely loves the ride for the passenger and I never feel any bumps when the back wheel hits a manhole cover or pothole. I would recommend the heavy duty sway bar on a Roadsmith as I felt like I was being thrown off the bike on my GL1500 in the corners before I had it upgraded from the stock sway bar. I'm definitely no expert on trikes but the dealers I've spoken to weren't big Champion fans. They were a little cheaper than Roadsmith or CSC but I doubt it's worth the trade off. Please if you own a Champion and like it, don't take offense. As I said, I'm no expert. If Champion is no longer making trikes it will be hard to get repair parts before long. Something to consider for such an expensive toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianl View Post
    Can't say that I've ever felt that one wheel came off the ground. I'm also a very conservative driver so I've never tried to go around a corner as fast as I can.
    Neither do I (try to go as fast as I can)… and you shouldn't feel wheels lifting (I haven't yet on my GL trike), and likely as not the front will slip (I have felt this) before you turn it over from just going just too fast. To turn it over likely requires that you either hit something, something hit you, or you run off the road & down a bank, then maybe hit a tree or big love stone. My comment about lifting a wheel was more from memories of my tricycle, my first trike of sorts … as I turned it over a few times (often trying to go as fast as I could … but a high center of gravity bit me a few times).
    Quote Originally Posted by brianl View Post
    This is my second Roadsmith and my wife absolutely loves the ride for the passenger …
    Oh yes, best to keep her happy. My wife likes riding the trike better than riding a bike too. Roadsmiths are nice trikes, I like them.
    Quote Originally Posted by brianl View Post
    … and I never feel any bumps when the back wheel hits a manhole cover or pothole.
    Oh, how would you know you hit them then?
    Quote Originally Posted by brianl View Post
    I would recommend the heavy duty sway bar on a Roadsmith as I felt like I was being thrown off the bike on my GL1500 in the corners before I had it upgraded from the stock sway bar.
    That feeling you felt is the trike leaning outwards, a trait of softly sprung IRS trikes. Tying the IRS's rear wheels together with fatter sway or "anti-roll" bars just makes the rear IRS behave more like SA as it reduces or eliminates lean ... but it does transmit more road feel to the seat of your britches.
    Quote Originally Posted by brianl View Post
    If Champion is no longer making trikes it will be hard to get repair parts before long.
    And then there is that … but really … most wear & service parts will not be too hard to come by. Like I did, owners will be well served to find out part numbers for brake & axle parts like bearings, seals, pads or shoes, wheel cylinders or calipers soon before the information sources dry up.
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