Got the trike seen at Jordan Racing, good experienced old school guys. Starting problem could be the electronic choke as it is working intermittently. Trike running much smoother with adjustment to air screw and some fettling.
Also got the tires 135 70 13 for front. Haven't installed and trying to order some permanent tire stickers. I would like to put them one before balancing.
My last effort to do some mods. I have asked Jordan racing guys to propose works like head shimming, some blue printing internals etc - mostly old school stuff to excite the ride a little bit more. Just waiting to see the £ numbers, but happy for now with what the trike delivers. Cheers for now.
I use #quirkdrive on twitter for trike related stuff. Please feel free to tag.My twitter is @birusony. Best wishes - Babr
In the long run leaving the engine pretty well stock with maybe a different exhaust, HIT Clutch and a tune module might be the best way to go. It has worked extremely well for me with instant startups and over 5 K miles with no problems.
If you are doing flat out anywhere you go you have great driving skills an this probably is not the performance vehicle for you.
But wow! the fun factor on the back roads in safety is just is without description for this 63 year old!
Roger will have his performance Tr1ke soon but this is plenty to scare me if I want to try.
This really is a machine for the older folks that want the tightness of a race car but be able to handle it at our age.
And trust me many younger folks that have tried it are scared @%$ after trying the hand at it! Light Fast and precise on the steering brings out the best on this vehicle.
The best thing is not getting stopped as the speeds are much lower with still having the thrill of say a TR1KE.
Roger will find out soon if the Tr1Ke is worth the two place status and not get nipped by the law.
Be nice Eddie.... I only intend on hitting 125 MPH..... on rare ocassions only. I honestly do not feel the need for speed, but more for a long range (1,000 mile +) fun ride. While driving the Eco-Exo-R is fun, it isn't suited to comfortably drive it at freeway speeds for cross country touring. While cargo space is limited, the TR1KE has the power and handling of a sports car and can easily manage the distance(s) I intend to travel. Traffic will need to keep up with me, not the other way around.
There is another reason I am doing the TR1ke build. It is simply "for the build". Sometimes it goes quite well and sometimes you have those "Aw S---" moments. In the end in spite of all the re-engineering and problems presented by building a kit "trike" it is a very satisfying experience. Something you built emerges from your garage....basement..... workshop or shed. It is something like no one else has..... a very personalized vehicle. Armed with only a tool box and a little self confidence anyone can become a kit car builder.
I am retired and need to remain busy. In the winter months with my favorite toys in storage, I look to the summer months with great anticipation. I will continue to work, rework, redesign, re-engineer and revisit what keeps me from turning into an "Old Faht" with a cat and a stamp collection.
Roger Worcester, Massachusetts
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Hi Ed, many thanks for info on HiT clutch. Read some good reviews on burgmanusa and I can perhaps imagine the delivery and instant drive this would deliver. I think it needs to be coupled with variator upgrade to complement transmission. I have a question on slider weights - what weights are you running as seen many opinions on 18 vs 22/23 g and running lighter weights results in quick acceleration?
I found an Italian company doing some race stuff for Burgman, but not much stuff on 98-02 model. I will look for Japanese tuners to find if someone somewhere was mad enough to produce racing parts for old AN400.
Hi Roger, thanks for all your help and more.
Also ordered, tyre stickers from US. Will reveal in two weeks once delivered. Stickers cost more that the rubber, that is not fair!!!
Many thanks Ed, for info on wheel removal. Been to tyre shop today took an hour but still couldn't get the new tire to pop so gave up and installed the old one back. Garage mech inflated to 130 psi several times but no good. Will try another shop but could be that wrong storage in warehouse could have distorted the bead.
Babr, a 13 inch car tire is just a bit smaller diameter than a motorcycle rim. You must warm the car tire up and use a lot of tire lubricant to get it to get past the two humps in the rim. Some have put the rim on a motor shaft and slowly spin it while sanding the rims seat area but I DO NOT recommend this. I did this on a Burgman 650 but only to polish the surface mirror smooth without removing any metal.
For me the Metzeler Feelfree Rear Tire 130/70-13 has been working well for me. Sometimes in the long run it is just worth knowing that if you have a flat you can easily get it repaired and be on the road quickly. That justifies having more frequent tire changes for me. I am able to get them on sale at a reasonable price and that means more to me during the long term. Having an ill fitting tire that was forced on just is not my cup of tea!
I agree with Edward. The ease of getting a replacement tire and having it mounted is worth the frequency of replacement. The handling is very good and mounting is easy. I do my own mount and balance. I tried darksiding my rear tire and it blew the tire all to pieces and destroyed dogs bed in the process. After that little fiasco I am happy with keeping the 13 inch Bridgestone Hoops. Good luck with your tires, which ever way you decide.
Hi, possibly the rubber stickers may be preventing the tire to seat properly as tire shop used lots of spray and but no good. This exercise is purely aesthetics as 135 70 profile would look a bit squat, also this profile is T rated for speed opposed to M on 125 80 tires. Not that I plan to clock over 100 MPH. Idea is to unravel mystery around trike with the stickers, strange ways to get the kick out of machine!!! Now I am also thinking that with wider tread the steer feel will not be as lively. So may install stickers on the current set up.
When putting the tire on did you use/inflate a pressure belt around the center of the tire to push center down and sides out.
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Hi, no didn't press the center of tire, simply inflated to get the bead to seat. I am thinking of taking off the set and go to a different shop. Anyone running 135 or 130 (motorcycle tire) fronts, just need to check how is the feel and I don't want to end up with a numb front.