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Old 02-02-2006, 05:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Old 02-02-2006, 05:17 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:16 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I found raked triple trees on some sidecar sites....

Specifically, Champion Sidecars and Liberty Sidecars (www.championsidecars.com and www.libertysidecars.com) respectively.

They're bolt on parts for FLH bikes, but come with warnings that they're only for sidecar use, I suspect for liablity issues.

The rake on these is 5 degrees or so, and they don't seem to mention anything about longer fork tube or changing the fender/brake mounts.
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:27 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Raked trees

The first bike I built was a 1960 Panhead. I had access to some sidecar trees and they added like 15 degrees to the rake. I also stretched the swingarm 4 ". I don't know why the guy with the raked trees says they are not for a 2 wheeled bike. Mine was very comfy and I toured with it extensively in the mid 70's. Personally, I think the raked RK is very cool. This is America, we can do whatever we want with our bikes. If I was building my blacked out turbo Road King for someone else to buy, I would have just chromed it out and put some fancy paint job on it so it would .....well you know.....blend in nicely! Friday,
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:50 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I know you don't want the engineering side of this discussion, but you should consider this: Unlike most choppers, the FLH's has an offset balanced against the rake angle. This balance of offset and rake give you the compromise between low speed handling and high speed stability. I'm not saying don't do it, but for your safety you should consider that the FLH's are typically heavier than a chopper. Plus choppers tend to have an offset reversed of the FLH's, this compensates for the extreme rake angle. But they get away with this partly due to their lower weight.....

Reason why I bring this up? The roadking's mass is going to exagerate the heavy steering you'll feel with too much rake and the current offset. Might be doable, but you also might not like riding it.

One suggestion would be to look at the frontend of the Indian Chiefs. I haven't looked, but I think they have a little more rake and may not have as much offset as the Harley's? The Indian should be about closer in weight to your roadking. Maybe you could use those numbers as a starting point. At least it would be better than working off of a lighter weight chopper.
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Old 02-03-2006, 09:26 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Raked my FXR which is similar to the FLHT frame. 150 bucks for the indi to chop, wedge and weld. I did the dressing up of the welds and shot the paint and rebuilt the forks with 3" longer sliders.

Don't sweat the naysayers. Raked Road kings look cool. Your bike, your cash, your dreams - build what you want.

I'd suggest you check with indi's in your area that do a lot of raked frames.
Fork by franks sells the longer fork tubes for aroud 150. For 4 degress, 2" over should work good and for 6 degrees 3" should work.

Any more than that wont give you the look you want IMHO.

Just order up the forks, build them and install them on the bike, remove all the fenders, tanks, seat, bags, etc. truck it to the shop and have them chop it.

Take it home, clean up the welds, shoot it paint and bolt all the tins back up.

No way it costs 3 grand.
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Old 02-04-2006, 04:54 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Raked my FXR which is similar to the FLHT frame. 150 bucks for the indi to chop, wedge and weld. I did the dressing up of the welds and shot the paint and rebuilt the forks with 3" longer sliders.
fxrflh...that's pretty much what I've got in mind. Thanks for the info.

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Old 02-04-2006, 09:49 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Hang in there,Tipsy. The majority of people on this site freak if it involves anything more than bolt-on.
I've often thought of adding some rake to the neck of my RK. Cool photos.
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Old 02-04-2006, 09:58 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Smile raked roak king

I have done two RK with about 36 degrees total with the stock triple trees. Bikes looked real good. Bike went down highway super good around town was different but nothing drastic. Used two inch longer fork tubes with 12 inch rear shocks. Only real negative was that it really made the bike ride a lot rougher. I think the rake was making the forks want to flex rather than work up and down. I even went to a lot softer front springs. Actually rode the bike a lot in colorado with wife on back. Like I said only drawback I found was it hurt the ride quality.. Steve
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:18 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Here is a place that chops bagger frames, it was done on the above RK

www.wildbillscycles.com
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:56 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Holly criminy, that RK looks like a Southern Belle heading off to the dance!
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Old 02-06-2006, 01:43 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Looks pretty cool!


I agree. Too cool for school
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:25 PM   #28 (permalink)
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When I got my Liberty Sidecar I had them put the raked Triple Trees on and it makes turning the sidecar outfit much easier. Kind of looks neat also. Since I have converted the solo road king to a hack this was part of the package.
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:02 PM   #29 (permalink)
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What I find hilarious is seeing the guys in the Honda accords with an 8" diameter exhaust pipe tip (that you can see the 1" exhaust pipe in the back of) who ALSO have a 12" diameter tach mounted on their dash obscuring the whole passenger side of the windshield. It's even better if they've got some 20 series tires on there and rock-hard suspension so the car bounces all over the place with the kid's head bouncing around like a bobble-head doll.

Thank God I got back from L.A. and don't have to see that junk anymore!
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Old 02-07-2006, 04:25 PM   #30 (permalink)
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What I find hilarious is seeing the guys in the Honda accords with an 8" diameter exhaust pipe tip (that you can see the 1" exhaust pipe in the back of) who ALSO have a 12" diameter tach mounted on their dash obscuring the whole passenger side of the windshield. It's even better if they've got some 20 series tires on there and rock-hard suspension so the car bounces all over the place with the kid's head bouncing around like a bobble-head doll.

Thank God I got back from L.A. and don't have to see that junk anymore!
What does this have to do with raking the front end of a RK?
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