Trikes are three-wheeled motorcycles that are growing in popularity due to a number of factors. The New York Times published an article on September 13, titled “Born to Be Wild, Aging Bikers Settle for Comfy” discussing trikes and the trends that are influencing people to own them.
Three excerpts from the article:
Alex Ross, a k a Iceman, chief executive of the nonprofit trike group Brothers of the Third Wheel, said three-wheelers offered all sorts of advantages, including the comfort and padding to allow drivers to go longer distances without stiffening up.
A collection of independent companies has long offered kits to convert two-wheel bikes made by major manufacturers. But in 2008, Harley-Davidson — the industry leader in large touring bikes — announced that it would enter the market with the Tri Glide, working with a smaller company called Lehman Trikes. (In 2010, Harley moved production in-house.) The Tri Glide is now a consistent top-10 seller in several demographic groups, said Scott Habegger, the company’s director of product planning, including the company’s core customers: white men over 35.
Part of that appeal has to do with the stability of three-wheelers, which don’t require riders to lean into curves or hold them steady at stoplights, both of which can challenge weak knees and muscles.
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