If you haven't
ridden a motorcycle trike or been involved with motorcycle trikes,
you are really missing something! I am sure you have seen these
awesome machines riding down the road and you have turned your head
to get a look. Adding a third wheel to your motorcycle creates an
amazing riding experience, has certain safety benefits, and gets
bunches of attention.
tricks to riding a motorcycle trike. When I first rode a trike
it scared the "poop" out of me and I almost wrecked it.
Seriously!!....LOL. So let me help the newcomers to trike
riding before you scare yourself to death and decide that a trike
isn't for you which was my initial impression.
trike is easy once you grasp onto the concept. However, it's totally
different from riding a motorcycle. Leaning is not of consequence on
a trike...not really...whereas that is how you turn a motorcycle in
normal curves...through leaning. Ok, so we now know that leaning is
not how to turn. How do we turn a motorcycletrike? The trike is
turned by pushing your handlebar either to the left or to the
right...much like a riding lawnmower or an atv. The turning is done
carefully...NO SUDDEN MOVEMENTS. A small movement of the handlebar
will do a lot; the trike is very responsive to the moves in the
handlebars. So, start out your test ride very slowly and remember
this...the faster you go, the less cumbersome the trike becomes. It
will feel heavy and it's a handfull while riding slowly but when
you're at cruising speeds, the trike lightens up and is truly a
pleasure to ride.
Some of the
advantages of a trike in this rider's opinion are as follows. You
can stop at a stoplight and not worry about your footing or
retaining your balance. This can be a big deal on a wet road or if
you're getting older and having trouble balancing your motorcycle at
a stop or perhaps if you have a medical condition such as a bad
knee, etc but love to ride. That is why you often see many riders of
advanced age riding a trike. A trike can give you better control in
wet weather and wet roads. A motorcycle trike can offer much in
terms of luggage capacity and rider comfort and if you tow a trailer
with it the luggage capacity is almost as good a car.
You can buy
a completed trike new or as a used machine or you can convert your
own motorcycle to a motorcycle trike . (like I did) There are
several known quality brands; Lehman, Motortrike, California Side
Car, Champion....just to name a few and in no particular order.
There is even one brand that supposedly you can switch back and
forth from a trike to a motorcycle without that much effort. There
are many other brands that are high quality that I didn't mention.
If you're handy mechanically, you can probably do the conversion
yourself using your own motorcycle and tools. Cost of the kits vary
in price depending on the options, etc. If do not have the skills
it takes to convert or build your own trike have the work done by a
motorcycle "purists" would contend that a motorcycle trike is not
motorcycling; that it is not acceptable to a "real" biker. A REAL
biker respects other bikers and their machines, even if different
from theirs. Many people who have certain medical conditions that
love to ride motorcycles but are physically unable to are able to
stay with the sport as now they can ride without having to worry
about balance or the weight of the machine being too much for them.
Folks, whatever a person rides, respect him or her for the fact that
they are brethren in that we are all motorcycle riders, regardless
of the shape or size of their ride.
Enjoy riding your trike but if you're shy, I don't recommend getting
one as you'll be causing head-turning everywhere you go and they'll
be looking AT YOU.