While I'd prefer everyone to learn how to ride a two-wheeled motorcycle, some people feel more comfortable on three wheels. Trikes, whether you like them or not, are a part of the motorcycling world. Whereas in the past the only real trikes out there were from Harley Davidson, now there are other styles of trikes from a few different manufacturers.
Trikes aren't for everyone. However, some people might not want to ride any other way. And I say as long as they're out riding, they're doing things right. Here are some things to consider about trikes.
Trikes are Fairly Common Among Aging Bikers
A few years back The New York Times did an article on the popularity of trikes among aging bikers. The Times cited aging Baby Boomers and achy joints as the main reason people opt for trikes. Most of these people were avid bikers before they switched to three wheels. While I'd push for people to know how to ride a two-wheeled motorcycle before going for a trike, I can understand someone getting into motorcycling at an older age opting for a trike right off the bat.
If you see a trike in your future, make sure to do everything you need to, to learn how to ride safely. Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation trike course and always wear the appropriate gear. Remember, just because it has three wheels doesn't mean it's safer on the road than a regular motorcycle.
Trikes are Comfy
One of the reasons trikes are so common among aging bikers is they're more comfortable. The seats on trikes are really nice and you don't have to use as many muscles to control the bike, meaning you can spend more time in the saddle. Even if you're not getting up there in years, sometimes a really comfortable ride is what tickles your fancy. If you want a comfy, easy ride, trikes may be for you.
Trikes Don't Ride the Same as Two-wheeled Bikes
If you're thinking trikes are basically the same thing as a regular motorcycle, I'd have to say think again. Trikes, well most trikes, don't lean like a motorcycle so operating them is quite different than a bike with just two wheels. Again, I'd suggest taking an MSF trike course to really familiarize yourself with how a trike handles.
Trikes are Expensive
While you can pick up a two-wheeled bike for a few grand, trikes cost tens of thousands of dollars. If you have the funds for it, great, but if not, consider two wheels. Your wallet will thank you.
Part of the reason these bikes cost so much is because they have a lot of extra equipment on them. It isn't just an extra wheel. Many of these trikes are outfitted for touring and that means you have a lot of extra technology on them (at least the newer trikes do). If you're looking for something stripped down, hit the used market. You could find something a little older for a decent price with less technology.
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