Empowerment Via Harley-Davidson
After a whirlwind of emotional trauma, as the dust settled I found myself to be the proud owner of a custom Harley-Davidson Trike. My favorite Harley Dealership built my trike using a 2009 Sportster 1200C, and a Champion conversion kit. For too many reasons to list here, I had come to accept the fact that if I was going to continue riding, I’d have to move from the back to the front. My only option was a trike, and nothing else would do… no Spyders! No scooters! I would have a Harley, or I wasn’t riding at all.
Needless to say, I picked riding up pretty quick, and have no doubts that I’ll be able to get my license as soon as the weather is nice enough for me to get some more serious hours in on the road. I think I put about 500 miles on it before it got too cold for me to ride. No sense riding if I’m shivering so bad that my feet wouldn’t stay on the pegs. Yes, I waited THAT long lol.
The used (barely) Sportster 1200C had my name written all over it. Big purple flake with silver two tone. Lots of chrome. Purple and silver IronBraid on extended brake and clutch levers, Stage 1 exhaust. Nice. I had to have it! The hardest decision to make was which conversion kit to use to turn it into a trike. I chose the Champion kit because I love the look of the back-end without any ‘body’ added to it. I’m paying a lot for that axle, I want to see it… and it looks BADASS too!
Free at last! What a liberating feeling it was to actually ride my own bike! Without the worry of dropping the bike (something I had done in past attempts to learn how to ride), I was able to concentrate on learning all about how a clutch works. I had never learned the coordination necessary to drive a standard car, and I had never ridden a dirt bike or any standard shift vehicle successfully before. After 20 years of riding on the back of a bike, I knew the process, I just needed some practice doing it myself. Once I learned where the ‘sweet spot’ on the clutch was, there was no stopping me!
Riding the trike the little bit that I could, (every day after work if it wasn’t raining and once when it was lol) I realized a few things that I’ll need to change before I’m completely satisfied.
- Turn signal extenders, chrome please. (my hands are little I s’pose lol)
- ISO®-Wing Mini Boards. My feet bounce off the custom pegs and fall off. Not good!
- The rear fenders need to be painted. Still deciding on paint (two tone factory, solid, or custom).
- Highway pegs that extend off the ISO®-Wing Mini Boards somehow because I don’t want a mustache bar or engine guard. No need, trikes don’t drop and I like the bare-bones look. I have long legs, so this is important.
- Front end stabilizer. Wow does that baby shake!
- A second job so I can pay for all this LOL!