Although the steering resembles that of a Speedy, the handling is totally different. I intentionally
made the geometry to understeer so that high speeds could be achieved without losing control. The 12
deg. caster provides heavy steering allowing high speed stability.
As for steering while the trike is stationary, I developed a light-weight universal joint that uses
1/4" axles on bronze bushings. It can take the punishment for this application.
Another feature of the steering is going with alloy rod-end bearings. These bearings use a
PTFE/carbon fiber liner. Not only are they tight, but never need oiling.
"iLiad" <NOSPAMgrandb@verizon.netREMOVE> wrote in messagenews:vNckb.3827$Y1.email@example.com
> Rick, I'm real curious how well the trike steers compared to other models on the market. I
> previously owned a windcheetah, and the trike was prone to bump steer and just plain scary going
> on the down hills. It would literally drift from side to side. It had the joystick steering
> well. Yours has a somewhat wider track though, and I wonder if that makes enough difference to get
> the play out of the steering system? Also, on the windcheetah, Bob Dixon was quick to note that
> you should NOT steer it sitting still, as the steering was very delicate. Any comments?
> "Hellbent Rick" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > folks,
> > After several delays I have finally got the production photos of our Spitfire RS24 on our
> > webiste. The finalized weight was exactly on
> > 28.6 lbs. Check it out at www.hellbentcycles.com
> > Rick