So Tilt#5 has been pressed into service , only 1 trip so far however as ..........
The MK3 Python that does NOT tilt !!!
Ok a real bodge job to remove as much as the tilting as possible ....
Why you may ask ...
Well tilting is 2 things for a trike that is free to tilt.
1) The romance getting into a corner heeling the thing over feeling like a fighter pilot and with a wide grin zooming through the corner.
2) the reality of tilting , it tilts ALL the time whether you want it to or not ! it tilts crossing camber [ frequent on pavements/roads ] when this happens the only tilt control are your arms on the handle bars and you have to get yourself vertical no matter what the trike is doing underneath you. Now I found this was relatively easy when the bars were on the non tilting part and the arms hung straight down [ think shock absorbers ] not so easy when the bars are on the steering parts and your forearms are horizontal and not vertical.
So 1) is dangerous it gives you a false sense of security so you corner to fast if the trike is going to let go [ it never did in 2 years ] it will be sudden and unrecoverable , in Holland with DannyC I almost came a cropper entering a tunnel where only the tilting save me from a coming together with the wall, usually these sorts of bends you can't see the exit so have no idea what is around the corner [ more danger ] and lets be honest how often does 1) occur in a ride ? < 0.01% of any journey I would guess ?
2) is very tiring both mentally and physically especially as I moved from a rock steady trike I could ride and steer hands free to one that needed at least one hand on the bars at all times and became unruly over bumps and uneven surfaces.
The trike is now 38" wheel base [ about 4" shorter than Tilt#6 ]
rear track is 24"
seat height 12"
So only 1 trip taken so far very gingerly as there is some de-bugging to be done , however it seems plenty stable and gave no hint of lifting a wheel , so the riding continues.
It is noticeable I am now leaning out of the seat maybe more than is needed , however it is comforting when riding in a straight line the thing again feels solid and planted.
I suspect I have lost some of the elastomer suspension however I have a plan that IF implemented may restore some of that.
However currently interesting thinks are afoot that are taking up my time , more on that later as it is very bike related and pertinent to another of my threads...