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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver F View Post
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    guys look what I found

    https://www.monon.org/wreck.html
    Yes Monon line from Indianapolis north long retired railroad.
    It is a paved trail from downtown Indy north past Carmel and recently past Westfield. Portions farther north are also trails. They want it to be continuous all the way to Chicago but I doubt that will happen.

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    there is a bicycle / hike trail... from south side of Cleveland to Canton Ohio... old railroad route. including many of the old train bridges...
    rail bed on bridges are covered over with blanking... above the city streets...

    West Virginia has one with a tunnel over a mile long. and a small town with RR station from 1900 .. some buildings restored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPARKY5151 View Post
    What I can't understand is the idiots standing UNDER what used to be the bridge or at least what is left of it!!!!!!!
    Haha, "I'll take 'Safety Officer Responsibilities' for 800, Alex."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubDude View Post
    Good catch, I'm still laughing, "your an elephant"

    Wow how could I have missed that one.

    Thank you all for the comments,

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubDude View Post
    Hello,

    I recently purchased my first trike it's a Honda VTX 1800S, new to the website too. newbie post in introduce yourself area (Howdy from San Angelo Texas).

    Anyway I purchased the trike in WI and I live in Texas, so after getting it here I took her out for a test ride, Wow it was a lot to take in.

    Aside from almost sliding me off the seat in a high speed turn, I was getting horrible wind buffeting, seemed like my helmet was going to shake off, and I was thinking what a mistake to buy this.

    I was advised by several members here about pushing down on the floor boards to eliminate the sliding, which helped marvelously "Thank You".

    Next I started looking for ways to control the wind buffeting, first I found that my bat-wing windshield was installed to low for me (I'm 6' with a long trunk).

    I set it as high I could get it even with a 10" windshield, it now sets about even with the bottom of my nose.

    This took away maybe 70 percent of the buffeting.

    Then I started reading about lowers I found they fell in to two basic types: a plastic piece mounted off the forks

    or a long narrow chrome piece hanging off the forks (Fangs).

    So wanting something more personalized to the trike I made a set from steel and painted them to match.

    I used a scrap outside electrical panel door, to cutout not only the lower panels but also for the 3/4" brackets that go halfway around the forks.

    I measured from my turn signals down to what I thought looked pretty good without getting to long for the lowers panels, 13" by 6" at top and 4" at bottom.

    I did a simple bend about 1 1/2" out from the forks (I put the black divider line in the paint there too).

    I made the bracket (straps) 6" by 3/4" (bending about 4" around a 3" pipe) so that they looked similar to the letter J.

    Next I cut two cutouts roughly 3/8" to 1/2" deep, at 1/2" intervals from the curved end of the bracket, to allow for the pipe clamps to be able to get a bite in the bracket and the front forks when installing.

    I also installed some 1/8" thick rubber with glue to the underside of the brackets where they will contact the forks.

    The next step was first to mock up the brackets and the lowers plates on the trike to mark position and weld areas.

    After the two lowers were all welded up I checked fit again and prepped them for paint.

    I know I wanted to follow the paint scheme that was already on the trike so I laid out what you see below. (rattle can job).

    Oh, I took her out for a ride and wind buffeting is almost nonexistent now.

    My cost comes down to my time / scrap metal / welding and cutting / scrap rubber / and 4 3" pipe clamps about $8.00 dollars.

    Now some pictures (colors are off from taking pictures in garage) but here goes: Ta Da
    Attachment 193809 Attachment 193811 Attachment 193821 Attachment 193817 Attachment 193819

    IDK why but I have a craving for a Creamsicle

    seriously, I love the 2-tone paint

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    Great job, they look awesome. I cheated and used clear plastic but got same results. Keep up the good work.

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    Note:
    Changes or modifications to original equipment (bike) configuration have not been approved or tested by the factory.
    If you attempt or make modifications to your equipment, the responsibility is yours for any damage to your equipment, as well as any required testing and safety issues are yours alone.
    This post is for informational purposes only, and is for entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubDude View Post
    Note:
    Changes or modifications to original equipment (bike) configuration have not been approved or tested by the factory.
    If you attempt or make modifications to your equipment, the responsibility is yours for any damage to your equipment, as well as any required testing and safety issues are yours alone.
    This post is for informational purposes only, and is for entertainment.

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    50 years,,, 390,000 miles on motorcycles alone.... I am still alive...

    I was making Barker type wings .. before Barker went into production

    CB and car radios.... on motorcycles since the early 70's... before J&M became a company..

    I made many of both items..... for friends and customers.... long time ago.

    hand made trunks... floor boards... cruiser pegs... in the 70's-80's

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