It’s here and you better get use to it. As motorcycle riding becomes more popular than ever, especially with the largest growing segment of riders being women, you will see more and more trikes.
In my riding group; M.S.A.R. (Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Riders), we have a few trike riders, and my question is always why not? I have heard others say before “I wouldn’t be caught dead on the trike,” but your ego can make you say silly things.
The trike riders I know, ride trikes because of physical reasons. That is why I always say if one day physically I am unable to ride, then I will ride a trike. Why would I deny myself the pleasure of riding because my motorcycle has a third wheel. Hell, it could have four wheels, I’m still going to ride it.
With the Can-Am models paving the way with two wheels upfront, now a new company called Tilting Motor Works has created kits that fit all Harley Davidson’s except for the V-Rod and now the kit works for Honda Gold Wings as well.
The reverse trike unlike the traditional trike with two wheels in the back, leans into curves as you can see in the picture above. I have ridden trikes before and that is one issue I did not feel comfortable with. The handlebars are turned with upper body strength and you are pushing and pulling the handlebars in order to turn. Of course, since I am not experienced with trikes, I was also afraid of cornering and tipping the bike over.
In addition, with trikes, swerving is limited. However, engineer Bob Mighell may have resolved that problem with Tilting Motor Works. The motorcycle will lean like a two wheeled motorcycle plus it adds the extra stability.
Standard conversions began around $10,000 plus installation.
Ride two or wheels or three, just make sure you ride.