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DNA Trike Rolling Chassis
By Robert Bane
While much of the rest of the motorcycle industry has been slumping, trikes are going on as strong as ever. With the average cost of a Harley trike running around $28000, many people are looking for a cheaper aftermarket substitute. And DNA has stepped up to the plate with their new Trike Rolling Chassis. With a starting price of around $9500, it is an inexpensive way to get started.
Most of the components found on this rolling chassis are the one's they've mass produced for years on their chopper rolling chassis kits. The styling is relatively simple, utilizing their standard 36° softail frame. Nothing too radical - just simple proven technology. The frame does come with it's own MSO, and this trike does need to be titled as a custom. It comes with a wide glide style front end, but you should be able to talk most dealers into swapping out a DNA springer if you wanted one.
As with most of their other kits, the DNA Trike Rolling Chassis is loaded with billet components. The wheels can be swapped out for any style in the DNA line. DNA also makes their own car wheels, and they use a GM pattern for the rear wheels.
The biggest downside to this kit is the same with anything from DNA - it's pretty much all made overseas. The wheels are the only thing they make in the USA. The quality is ok, but I have experienced some issues with seals going out prematurely on front ends and on their master cyllinders. Rebuild parts are not always easy to come by.
But all in all this is a great entry level trike rolling chassis that has a ton of features, including:
Unlike the picture they provide, the actual kit does not include tires, belt, or transmission.
This kit would be an excellent canidate to finish off with an Ultima motor, tranny, and belt drive. Your total cost would be under $20,000 if you watched your pennies, and you would have a machine capable of keeping up with anything.
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