"So, what's it like to ride a trike?"
The way a trike handles is often compared to the handling of a sports car, lightweight and responsive.
Because it has three wheels, the rider does not have to balance
it. This fact, coupled with the unique seating
opportunities in building a trike, means that you can ride long distances without becoming tired, and enjoy
every minute of it. Its three wheeled stance also makes it easier to ride, and in my opinion, safer overall than
a two-wheeled motorcycle. Its somewhat larger profile makes it more visible to other traffic, and safer for
that reason also.
Beyond that, it compares to any other
motorcycle. You are in the open, uncontained. You can see in every
direction, you can hear what's around you, you can even smell the fields as you ride down a country road.
When you're driving your car, you're just trying to get there. Even the nicest car can't match the fun of riding
a trike. Trips across town are a pleasure. Trips to the next town are a treat. Trips to the next state become great
memories, unforgettable adventures. And trikes are much more comfortable for the passenger too, who does
not have to endure cramped leg space, or even hold on to the driver. There is usually more storage room on
a trike, which always comes in handy.
The experience is made even better by
the fact that, in most cases, no one else has a trike that's just
Almost any trike rider can point to a dozen things on their trike that are unique, that make their ride a custom fit,
just for them. Those of us who build them enjoy the creation almost as much as the riding.
There is also a sense of community. You may think there aren't that many trikes around.
But once you have one,
you begin to realize that trikes and trikers are everywhere, and that they love to ride and they love to get together.
The largest trike organization in the world is the Brothers of the Third Wheel. Anyone with an interest in triking
can join. They have over five thousand members world wide. In every state in the U.S., BTW members gather for campouts
and other events, weather permitting. You find yourself meeting new friends, and catching up with some of the
friends you met at other events. BTW events are typically family-friendly, and most campouts have some kids
(future trikers) there in the mix. You'll usually see a mini-trike running around with a kid on it. Take the plunge,
get a trike, and get addicted. You only live once.