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Old 01-16-2011, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Three wheel bikes.

I'm seeing quite a few older riders on these things
around South Australia ugly SOB's, whacha reckon?
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are disabled, missing a leg or something and want to ride, then I guess they are OK. Otherwise, IMHO, they are just mobile junkheaps, which are 80% car 20% bike. They have car steering and handling characteristics and won`t do ANY of the really good things that bikes do, like cranking right over on corners, filtering through traffic and wheelying.

They are no more 'three wheel motorcycles' than your car is, if you remove one of the wheels.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A friend of mine is interested in these things. I think he is afraid to ride a motorcycle, and I suppose this would be a good substitution. I think one would find however it is probably not much safer as most motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle and this would probably be no different. I'm not sure how much more visable these things would be to cage drivers.
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Anyone know if a motorcycle endorsement is even required for those things?
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If you are disabled, missing a leg or something and want to ride, then I guess they are OK. Otherwise, IMHO, they are just mobile junkheaps, which are 80% car 20% bike. They have car steering and handling characteristics and won`t do ANY of the really good things that bikes do, like cranking right over on corners, filtering through traffic and wheelying.

They are no more 'three wheel motorcycles' than your car is, if you remove one of the wheels.

+1 All the disadvantages of a bike AND a car, a snow machine on asphault.
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There are a fair few around here too. I've met some of the owners at bike night at the BBQ place, and they are very enthusiastic. I'm taking a 'whatever floats your boat' approach. As welshrob says, it's a good disabled biker backup.
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Anyone know if a motorcycle endorsement is even required for those things?
That will be totally dependent on your local licensing regulations and requirements.
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