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You won't find another body design that fits the Valkyrie Interstate better than that of the CSC Trike conversion. Identical taillights to the tour box, exquisite fender lines, and a unique two-tone paint scheme create a look that is truly elegant and racy.
Introduced in 1998, our revolutionary three-disc braking system surpasses all others in efficiency and safety. Consider the challenge: With the OEM brake system, the hand brake operates the right front caliper and the foot brake operates the left front caliper AND rear wheel caliper. This is fine for two wheels, but not three and here's why. If an emergency braking situation aries while cornering, and a wheel lifts, the natural inclination is to hit the foot brake. This could cause a three-wheeled vehicle to flip because of the left front caliper being activated. With the California Sidecar Trike system, the foot brake operates only the dual rear calipers, while the hand brake, with a newly modified master cylinder, operates both front calipers. The net result is a significant reduction in stopping distance, easier maintenance, and greater peace of mind.
A trike has suspension problems no one ever thought of before, because when you take a moving weight and suspend it at three points, the world of rolling dynamics changes dramatically. In 1995, California Sidecar Trike introduced the concept of a fixed three point suspension system featuring two high-performance Progressive Suspension shocks.
Several features of the Progressive shock make it uniquely well suited for the California Sidecar Trike application. The Progressive shock spring is a true progressive rate spring that eliminates the constant minor road bumps while also handling the really big ones. Additionally, the shock is gas charged, meaning high pressure nitrogen gas forces oil in place of air bled out of the shock cavity. This eliminates shock fade caused by residual air bubbles, especially when cornering, the most critical maneuver with any three-wheeled vehicle. Finally, the shock has sophisticated multi-stage automatic damping with a five position preload adjustable cam. We've also incorporated the OEM air shock, allowing you to fine tune the ride for varying load and road conditions. The result is a California Sidecar Trike suspension that leaves the competition in the dust!
The bottom line - the California Sidecar Trike uses an in-line drive shaft.
One of the most critical components on a solid-axle suspension, the driveline experiences more wear forces, and transfers more vibration energy, than any other component of a trike. If a drive shaft is spun in an axis that is not perpendicular to its power source, the spinning ends will try to spin in an elliptical or oval pattern rather than in a perfectly round circle. The rear end, axles, and wheels all work in unison to restrain the unstable drive shaft. The result is vibration, which causes undue wear and tear on the universal joints as well as discomfort and pilot fatigue. At California Sidecar Trike, we modify the rear end to acccomodate an in-line driveshaft. It is the only proper way to build a solid axle suspension vehicle that will safely perform to the high standards of California Sidecar.