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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 2009, 8:56 pm Thread Starter
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BMW NA Final Solution to Final Drive Failures

Well it seems like BMW has finally come up with a guaranteed solution to those pesky final drive problems:



Oh wait, it's still using the original final drive unit. Damn, never mind.



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Because old people do those things. They really do.

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Funny, saw that on ebay.
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Because old people do those things. They really do.

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Hey, watch your tongue. I am an old person (72). Maybe there are folks that are just physically challenged and need a trike. it is better than no bike at all.

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Hey, watch your tongue. I am an old person (72). Maybe there are folks that are just physically challenged and need a trike. it is better than no bike at all.
Opps...

Sorry, I didn't know that trike....er...bike was yours.

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Looks like a rototiller from the back.

Wonder if it has ESA in the rear.

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Okay, I'll do it before someone else does,

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If I had the money I'd get one for my wife.....(not that I'd be caught dead on one of coarse..... )....it would get her off the back of mine and get her riding more again. I've always thought trikes were kinda cool just for that pourpose. Those that are too freaked out and can't get over the fear of two wheels seem to take to trikes a lot more readily.

Has any one ever ridden one or something similar? Seems like it would be counter intuitive to steering a bike....right? I mean it doesn't lean so instead of push right go right it's pull and turn right.........right? Does the center of gravity want to throw you out and over in a turn thereby reducing your speed significantly over that of a two wheeled machine? Or could a competent trike rider keep up with a similar powered machine?

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A trike is a perfectly valid form of transportation, especially if it lets someone extend their riding capabilities due to age or physical issues. Or if they just want one. I have a lot of friends who trike and are quite happy and comfortable with them.

I just thought it odd to use a GT as a donor bike . . .

As for the riding questions, yes, trikes do handle completely differently from a bike. The lack of lean means there is no counter steering, so it is turn right to go right. Some trikes have employed trick raked-out front suspensions to minimize the handlebar force needed while turning, but even a "normal" front end will work if you put a little effort into it.

And just like biking, riding a trike well takes practice and skill. Plus you get two (comparatively) large, flat rear tires for massive traction. I've seen guys hustle trikes through corners keeping up with (and sometimes passing) much "faster" bikes. Put it this way, how much faster could you corner on the bike if you knew you had as much traction as in your car . . . ?

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