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I have a "Custom" built Trike and I was told it has a 1976 Yamaha front end but I don't know what model (this site made me put a model) and neither does the builder. It has rubber "bushings" where the handlebars connect and I was told by another "trike" rider that the set-up was unsafe because I have six(6) bend handlebars and they are 7/8" and could brake. How do I make the "set-up" safe myself without having to take it to the builder. I live in Texas and the builder lives in Georgia. Also, is it really unsafe? Thanks, Ron.

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  • Ron Feb 02, 2010

    You have been SO HELPFUL and I want to THANK YOU so very much because I KNOW NOTHING about these things. Now to the problem of the rubber bushings. He said that because the handlebars were six(6) bend and longer than the stock handlebars is the reason why it is unsafe. He said something about that if I hit a pothole in the road it could **** the bars and with them being longer it could break them. Now personally, I've ridden bikes for years and even had a Harley trike before getting this "custom VW trike" and I've never heard of such a thing, but I wanted to ask someone else to be sure. I've always been a "rider" not a "fixer", if something broke or went wrong I got someone else to fix it, if I could afford it or it sat until I could. Thanks again for all your help and knowledge. Ron



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He maybe right... it maybe unsafe using a 7/8" it may come to thin unlike the standard sizes and if you can maintain the less bends so that the metal strength will not be lessen. hope this helps

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Why does this person who ever he is think they are unsafe, your post doesn't provide very much useful information. There is certainly nothing unsafe about the rubber bushings, they have been used for decades to isolate engine vibration from the bars which can cause severe hand fatigue.

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