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    My 2018 Goldwing/Roadsmith Trike came with a "6 degree rake kit" on the steering to "make turning easier".

    This has made the bike longer and as best I can tell has increased the turning radius.

    So, my questions are:

    Does this really make steering SIGNIFICANTLY easier?

    How difficult is it to remove the kit?

    How much will the removal shorten the bike?

    I carry the bike in the back of a pickup and a few inches shorter would really be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airboss View Post
    My 2018 Goldwing/Roadsmith Trike came with a "6 degree rake kit" on the steering to "make turning easier".

    This has made the bike longer and as best I can tell has increased the turning radius.

    So, my questions are:

    Does this really make steering SIGNIFICANTLY easier?

    How difficult is it to remove the kit?

    How much will the removal shorten the bike?

    I carry the bike in the back of a pickup and a few inches shorter would really be helpful.
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    Welcome to try to talk I would leave the rake on there unless you’re a young man and strong like bull than you’ll be OK.

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    Hi Milt, to Trike Talk and your first post

    You will surely miss the rake kit if you remove it
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    I rode a trike w/out the kit and totally hated it.....................I rode a trike with a 5.5% rake kit, and totally loved it.............I have a feeling that you would kick yourself (If you removed that rake kit)...............

    Ronnie

    7/9/22

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    Guess I'll keep it and work around the length issue.

    Never would have thunk it would make a difference, but that's the great thing about these forums. A simple question can prevent you from doing something less than smart.

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    I believe you made the right decision here;;;;; Believe me, that easy steering trike of yours, would make steering like tons of work, if you remove that rake'd front end..

    When I had my trike built, three seasons ago, I asked the builder this same question ::: DO I REALLY NEED A RAKED 5.5% FRONT END????

    His answer to me was:: I have replaced many raked front ends on bikes... Never did anyone ever wanted it reversed......BUT 85-90% of the ones that I didn't replace, in the first place all wanted me to change that rake to a 5.5%..........

    He said to me: Here ride, this NON raked bike first, and then rides this raked out bike next, which do you like better?? Before I answer this question, be advised that I never rode a trike before this test ride......................THERE WAS NO COMPARISION/THE RAKE'D FRONT END WAS THE CLEAR WINNER

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    You don't want to change it . I rode mine for a couple yrs with shoulder problem and changed to a 5degree then ride 5 more yrs with no problem

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    Milt, welcome to Trike Talk! Definitely keep it! Really makes a difference!
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    Well "Boss"

    After reading all the reply's about removing the rake'd front end, what did you decide to do???

    Ronnie

    7/13/22

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