How to ride a motorcycle trike

Updated June 18, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

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