The last H-D that we owned will be our last (is that an oxymoron?). It was an Ultra Classic and I thought that it was one of the better Harleys that we had owned. When we decided to convert, I went to a friend who owns three H-D dealerships in the Middle TN area. He had two Motor Trikes in stock and offered them both to us to test for the weekend. He and I both wanted us to stay with Harley-Davidson. I’d spent a lot of money throughout the years with him and he liked that.
We first took an '08 that had been punched up to a 103c.i. (1690c.c.) using the famed Screaming Eagle kit. We knew that this was the more powerful one and we wanted to put it through its paces first.
We rode it to our home, about seven or eight miles away. As soon as we pulled in the drive, the wife patted me on the shoulder and whispered (I had turned off the key already) "You don't like this do you?" I was so glad to hear those words. Those seven or eight miles had been the worse riding that I have experienced in my forty-five years of riding bikes. We went back out and test rode it for maybe an hour but it absolutely was the worse riding I've ever experienced. It was underpowered, rode like a log wagon (and I know how a log wagon rides) and by then, we were looking for something quieter. We had rode Harley’s for sometime and our hearing wasn't getting any better. Oh, one more thing, the bottom end low speed torque was none existent. We took the trike back that same day and never rode the smaller engined 95c.i. (1550c.c.) trike.
I know that there will be some who will disagree. Disagreement is good. There is a Harley trike owner somewhere out there who could probably tell this story, but in reverse. Where ever he is, I only hope that he enjoys his H-D conversion like we enjoy our Gold Wing conversion.