The Why of Trikes

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by slide, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Riding into work today, I noted an old guy on a huge trike which seemed to me to be built on a Goldwing at great expense. I understand these things can cost $50k or even more if you include the hapless donor bike.

    I've heard that many men who get what they consider too old for riding conventional bikes turn to trikes. As far as I can see, the only difference or advantage of a trike is that you don't need to foot down at a stop.

    Is that really all there is? How decrepit a rider must be to not be able to put a foot down especially considering that many of these older guys like cruisers which have seats as low as 26" (65 cm). I have a hard time believing that anybody who has the endurance to ride (and isn't missing a leg, etc.) would find spending the money for a trike not to say the loss of enjoyment worth the bother yet these things abound.

    Do these things exist really and solely so one doesn't need to foot down at a stop?
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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Knee replacements, hip replacements and atrophy… Coupled with the desire to keep riding.

    HD’s FLHTCUTG two-tone is only $32k :deal
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  3. Zachsv

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    Why do you think its only really old decrepit people riding them? I'm not a fan of them, but honestly they still look like fun. Why ride a 4wheeler, why drive a convertible, why drive a big jeep, why ski when you can snowboard, why do anything.

    Dude is probably sitting happy in a plush seat, enjoying the feeling of wind (that same feeling we feel), full stereo, room for his woman, plenty of torque under his nuts, handlebar in his hand (which probably most definitely has cruise control), backup abilities...not a shabby way to roll into work. Yeah he's not carving up canyons, or jumping table tops, or poppin wheelies past the cops, but he's most definitely enjoying the trill of being out in the open.

    :freaky
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  4. ghostdncr

    ghostdncr Burnin' daylight...

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    I gave up my tricycle around 4-5 years old and have no desire to go back. A hack will be my choice. :deal
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  5. DRanger

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    I think it's also has a lot to do with the size of the people involved, and the comfort and convenience a trike offers full figured folks. Most of the trikes I've seen have thrones for seating, and while I've seen more average sized people ride them, most of the time, the trike rider and passenger are huge, if not obese. I'm guessing that a trike is much more stable, and thus easier to mount and dismount for big folk. I'll stick to two wheels myself.
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  6. slide

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    I got a whole knee replacement due to my left knee being 100% blown out in a dirt bike crash.

    I was riding within 1.5 months of that and had no issues putting that leg down at a stop. I know folks who've had whole hips and they resume all normal activity such as skiing, bicycle riding, etc. I can' see those as issues.
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  7. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Yeah. Basically, what I see is older guys who like big touring bikes who can't physically muscle them around anymore.

    I used to be militant against them, but I can see the appeal.

    A friend of mine rides with his dad. His dad is up in his 70s now, and is having some physical problems. Nice guy. Enthusiastic motorcyclist.

    No way I'd hassle him over riding a trike..
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    I think that because some folks have said that when you're too old to ride a bike, you get a trike if you want a close experience. The only people I've seen on them have been really old too.

    The ones with two rear wheels don't seem to articulate those wheels making riding them a sort of annoyance. I've seen the newer kind which articulate the front two wheels (and I"ve ridden a scooter which does the same) which may make them handle ok but the ones I see seem to have to be fought through a turn.
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  9. perterra

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    No offense here, but how old are you?
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    Sure you did. Were you on a 900lbs bike?
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  12. slide

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    85. Why do you care?
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  13. slide

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    No, a 320 lb one. So the solution is to NOT ride a 900 lb bike when your knee is healing. I'm now 2 months out of surgery. By 3 months I'll have no problems with the 900 lb bike.
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  14. frontiercat

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    I honestly have to say/ask, who gives a shit what anyone else rides....????

    Give up on the hating and go ride and clear your head....
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    You were lucky, my bro inlaw got T boned on his bike by an old geezer in a pickup. Broke his left leg in 245 places from the hip to the ankle. They told him it would be simpler to amputate. He kept his leg, when he was able to climb back on (a year of rehab) he bought a new road king, his wife got on back and they rode all day. That evening he pulled up to a red light, his wife squirmed a bit and his left leg collapsed. I mean collapsed like the bone telescoped inside itself. Another round of surgeries and he got his RK triked. Rode it for about a year and a half until they got everything stabilized, then he went back to a regular bike.

    He tried a hack, said he hated the handling so a trike was it for him.
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    Look smart ass, your opinion of ailments is a lot different at 35 than it is at 55.
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  17. DRanger

    DRanger Rockerville Rider

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    Umm...who's hating? Guess I missed that. Somebody asked a question, and I don't see any trike riders stepping up to the plate to give us their insight. Why don't you "clear your head" or at least pull it out of your ass.
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    I'm not sure theres many trike riders on here.
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  19. Alton

    Alton Been here awhile

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    My dad's best friend rides a trike. He and his wife aren't obese, but they aren't lightweights either. And he was wounded in Vietnam and his joints don't work as well as they used to. Between he and his wife, he was having trouble keeping the bike upright when at stops and negotiating the gravelly and/or sloped country roads he lives on.

    His wife wouldn't ride with him anymore on his Goldwing, but now that he has the Goldwing trike, they go all over the place together in comfort, if not style. :)
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    Thanks. Makes sense. As to the fellow who called me a 'hater' - WTF you been drinking, boy?
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