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I now have over 26k miles on my 2008 1200 w/Frankenstein kit that I installed 2013, not one problem. I ran it without the raked trees for several hundred miles just to feel the difference before installing them and it does steer a bit easier with them. I have done day trips of several hundred miles with no problem. Greywolf is the guy who has done LONG trips. Also check out Trike talk forum. Don't listen to folks tell you it will flip over easily,BS. I average 40mpg with combined riding,50mpg with mostly highway. I run 22psi in rears,32in front.
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Thank You All
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I only took one for a test ride I was going to buy. After the ride I knew a trike was not for me. It had a Frankenstien kit. I thought the kit was first class, it wasn't the problem. To be honest if I could ride one for a week or so I mike change my mind.
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I only took one for a test ride I was going to buy. After the ride I knew a trike was not for me. It had a Frankenstien kit. I thought the kit was first class, it wasn't the problem. To be honest if I could ride one for a week or so I mike change my mind.
I haven’t had any experience riding trikes either, just always fancied one. A well known builder in my parts said he often gets calls from people saying they just purchased a trike and need him to check it over...there is something wrong with the steering / handling etc. He books them in and then a couple of weeks later they cancel and explain that they just got used to it. The Frankenstein kits look really good to me, one of my favourite is the CBX, has been my screensaver for a long while. Hope you give us some feedback if you decide to buy one.
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I haven’t had any experience riding trikes either, just always fancied one. A well known builder in my parts said he often gets calls from people saying they just purchased a trike and need him to check it over...there is something wrong with the steering / handling etc. He books them in and then a couple of weeks later they cancel and explain that they just got used to it. The Frankenstein kits look really good to me, one of my favourite is the CBX, has been my screensaver for a long while. Hope you give us some feedback if you decide to buy one.
The reason I was looking at trikes was my wife would have maybe rode with me. After my accident where the deer hit me that put a stop to her wanting to ride, I'll just stay with the two wheels, I feel better on them.
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I looked at a axle kit to fit to my 1200xl but here in the UK with the import tax puts the kits around 5k. So I picked up this Krauter trike instead.
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Hi Doc,
I put a Frankenstein kit on my wife’s 05 XL1200C about four years ago. Can’t help you with info regarding 2K type trips but she has put about 7K total on the conversion. All of that was 200 mile and under runs. Not one single issue during that time ...never bothered to check mpg.

The kit is very high quality and heavy duty in my opinion. It’s very well engineered and simple to install. After I completed the install, I took it for a quick ride around the neighborhood. With the stock 21” narrow wheel, I noticed a low speed front end wobble. I immediately installed the raked trees and the wobble was gone completely.

The trike is stable on the freeways, I ran it up to 95 mph on it’s shakedown run with no issues. I opted for the extra wide tires, so it feels firmly planted. After everything checked out, I reluctantly turned the trike over to her. I wanted to keep it for myself, because it’s so much fun!

The only other thing, which may or may not be a thing to you, is the fact that a Sportster is a lightweight Harley which makes for a light weight trike. She made the costly mistake of test riding a Freewheeler during a demo day event a while back. Guess what else in in our garage now? She’s like me, I’ve got my RoadkKing for the long hauls and my Sportster for local, hot rod FUN. The Freewheeler gobbles up the miles like my RK. Both of us cruise effortlessly at 80 mph + whereas the Sportsters aren’t quite as comfortable at those sustained speeds. They are different riding experiences. Depending on your intentions and desire, the Frankenstein Sportster trike kit may be a good fit for you. However, don’t forget they make trike kits for Softails, Dynas, Vrods and Touring too.

Hopefully, I’ve given you a little food for thought.
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Thanks XL Times for your reply
I have a 2015 Freewheeler now. I only have about 62,000 miles on it and already it is burning oil at about 1 quart per 800 miles. It is also very expensive to maintain if and when I will be needing a new drive belt { about $2000.00 Canadian) Motor close to $10,000.00 Canadian ( I could buy another sporty for that price. IN my opinion the Freewheeler is to heavy for the size of motor in it.Also it heats up too much which in turn burns out the motor. I enjoy the Freewheeler but it just can't stand up to high mileage. Also I have maintained all the service on it religiously and have changed oil every 3,000 miles on it. I also have a 2005 sportster 883 which has over 50,000 miles on it and runs flawlessly and never exceeds 210 degrees oil temp no mater what speed it is driven. If I convert it and I am sure I will I will put a hammer 1275 kit in it so I will have the needed power
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