To rake or not to rake

Discussion in 'Trikes' started by behavin, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. behavin

    behavin Member

    What do you all think about me raking my 2011 tri-glide trike to improve the front end steer? It does take a good amount of arm strength to steer on curves, and I was told if I had it raked 6 degrees, that would eliminate the hard steer.:newsmile096:
  2. TripleJ

    TripleJ Senior Member

    Increasing the rake would make it harder to turn while decreasing the rake would make it easier but reducing the rake to much may induce other issues.

    IMO getting as much input from those who know the Tri-Glide and its characteristics before making such a change would be prudent.

    Zoood and trike lady are 2 members who may be able to give you more input.
  3. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    First of all, I don't think you're going to ELIMINATE the hard steering of the Trike. I've been told this is a characteristic you must adapt to and consider when buying a Trike. I would hope the HD engineers spent lots of time calculating the optimum frame geometry for these bikes. I would be very hesitant to change things. Just me.
  4. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

    I have to agree with Dr. Dolittle, if another 6 degrees would help Harleys engineers would have added it at the factory.
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Harley built alot of trikes remember the Servi Car? They got the geometry right it is nature of the beast JMO
  6. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

    Being a 1st time owner of a trike - rode a many a miles on two wheels though - I , JMO , think raising the rear-end a tad would help more than raking the front end. Its is a different beast with a trike , upper arm and chest strength to manuvere rather than leaning ( which I have caught myself doing a few times!! haha!) on a two-wheeler.
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Good to see Randy up and about again:cheers
  8. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    The HD TriGlide was a joint effort with Leaman Trike. The Leaman conversion kit comes with raked triple trees and I have no doubt that the Original TriGlide and all models since have this feature.
  9. trike lady

    trike lady Junior Member

    The Tri-glide comes from the factory with raked trees and a steering damper.
    4.5 to 6 degree trees are normally used on motorcycles that are converted to trikes to make them steer easier.
  10. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

    ( I believe ) - The 2012's are completely HD MoCo! They - if I understood the sales mngr. right - HD & Lehman parted ways. ?? someone can correct me if wrong on this.