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Tips for Riding a Trike Motorcycle

04 June 2019

Tips for Riding a Trike Motorcycle

Keep Feet on the Trike

Many believe that it's much easier to learn to ride a trike for those who have never been on a motorcycle. That's because some motorcycle basics are the opposite of trike basics. One of the most important motorcycle skills to "unlearn" is putting feet on the ground while the vehicle is stopped. This is unnecessary on a trike, as it self-balances. In fact, putting feet down on a trike during a ride could result in injury. 

Differences in Braking

While two-wheel motorcycles get 30 percent of their stopping power from rear brakes, on trikes, there are two rear wheels and therefore twice the stopping power. Even so, because trikes are heavier vehicles, riders need to start braking earlier and should try to avoid quick stops.

Turning and Steering

Turning and steering on a trike is often the biggest difference drivers coming from two-wheel rides experience. While standard motorcycles use something known as "counter steering," meaning the rider must lean into a turn to remain balanced, trikes use "direct steering," which is more reminiscent of driving a car. This means trike riders can trust that simply turning the handlebars will get them where they need to go, with no leaning whatsoever required. Luckily, aside from potentially disorienting the driver, leaning won't result in any problems with steering; it simply isn't necessary.

Trike motorcycles are becoming increasingly common due to their small learning curve and easy maneuverability. Many also prefer trikes because it is easier to ride them with a passenger. To learn more about the trikes available at Tecumseh Harley-Davidson®, view our inventory online or call us at 517.423-3333 today.