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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-30-2010, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Which Trike kits use HONDA'S ABS brakes?

Title says it all. Do all the kit manufacturers use the GL1800 ABS brake system if the bike has that feature? Do some remove the Honda system and use their own ABS? Do some remove the Honda system and just go with standard brakes all around? Are ABS brakes a big improvement on a trike? (Well, the title said SOME of it anyway...)
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Motortrike IRS list an ABS package as an option.

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I've got a Motortrike brouchure saying the Venture has the ABS option, but doesn't say whether it's Honda's or their own. CSC "thought" they had the only ABS (at some point anyway).

I was just wondering if it's another waste of money to buy an 1800 with ABS just to have to throw it away when it gets triked. Sorta like throwing the back half of the bike away because Honda doesn't make trikes. My guess is that ABS will become the feature of choice like IRS has, but that's just a guess and I will certainly not be viewing ABS on a GL1800 as any feature to consider paying more for.
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Hannigan also retains the ABS system........
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Keeping the ABS was a major deciding factor for me in my kit choice.

In my search I test rode both with and without. During a quick, sandy, parking lot stop I was able to slide the front wheel on the non ABS trike which also meant no steering.

Couldn't get the ABS trike to do it no matter how much front brake I grabbed. After that I limited my search to only manufacturers who kept the factory ABS.

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Another comes out of the woodwork. Maybe I'll have to soften my comment about buying a bike with ABS. I finally did find a one-liner on Hannigan's site. Found nothing on Motortrike's site. DFT only has pictures (I guess a lot of their potential customers can't read). Trikeshop has a pretty informative website, but no mention of ABS that I found. Champion mentions high performance disc brakes, but nothing about ABS.

Some of the kit manufacturer's websites leave a lot to be desired for a customer looking for information. Maybe they'd rather you get the truth from a salesman.
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Some of the kit manufacturer's websites leave a lot to be desired for a customer looking for information. Maybe they'd rather you get the truth from a salesman.



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Sent an e-mail to CSC asking why they didn't provide a User Manual for their kit. Didn't get an answer........
I would at least like to have pictures showing me where the Gear Case and Rear End drains and fill holes are..........

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Sent an e-mail to CSC asking why they didn't provide a User Manual for their kit. Didn't get an answer........
I would at least like to have pictures showing me where the Gear Case and Rear End drains and fill holes are..........

Jack98 call me I'll help you with that...........not tonight though. Call tomorrow ok?
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