How to ride a motorcycle trike

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How to ride a motorcycle trike
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Trikes are fast becoming one of the most popular modes of transportation for former motorcyclists; people with arthritis, weak knees and other injuries or disabilities that prevent them from riding a motorcycle. Trikes are also fun for anyone seeking the excitement of the road without worrying about balancing on two wheels.

Trikes are available from traditional motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson and Honda, trike manufacturers like Lehrman and Motor Trikes, and custom builders. Do-it-yourself conversion kits are also available to transform motorcycles into trikes.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Leather or denim jacket
  • Leather or denim pant
  • Leather chaps (optional)

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    Mounting and Riding

  1. 1

    Mount the trike by stepping across the seat; do not swing your foot or you will hit the fender. If there is a passenger, she should mount first, then the rider.

  2. 2

    Practice figure eights in a car park. Learn how to manoeuvre the trike through turns and evasive actions before heading out on the road. Steer with deliberate push and pull motion.

  3. 3

    Ride in traffic with the trike in the same lane position as a car. Apply steady pressure through tight turns and decreasing radius turns like those in entrance and exit ramps.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not counter-steer.
  • Allow for the additional width of the trike when pulling into gas stations and parking spaces.
  • Steer with push and pull motion, like a riding lawnmower, ATV or car.
  • Alter trike rake for easier steering.
  • Do not lean.
  • Do not put your foot down when you stop; your rear wheel is likely to run over it.
  • Do not make any sudden steering movements; trikes are very responsive.

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