Is Riding a Trike Different from Riding a Cruiser?
Four wheels move the body, and two-wheels move the soul. But, what about three?
If you’re considering switching from a cruiser to a trike, this post will help you make your decision.
Riding and handling a trike is quite different than a two-wheeler. And, if you make the switch, there may be some aspects of two-wheel riding that you’ll miss.
However, the many benefits of riding a trike could make it worth your while. It all depends on your personal preferences.
Continue reading below to see if a three-wheeler is right for you!
Many riders make the switch from two-wheels to three for increased stability.
Riding a trike requires less balance than a traditional motorcycle. For example, when stopping at red lights on a two-wheeler, you must balance the weight of the bike between your legs.
For some riders, this puts too much pressure on their back, knees and legs.
So, if you had to stop riding due to medical reasons, such as a bad back or knee injury, a trike may be a great way to get back out there.
Just make sure to consult with your doctor first to make sure this is the right option for you.
Many riders love trikes because they provide a more comfortable riding experience.
A trike has a wider frame which means it can accommodate a larger seat. Plus, because trikes are commonly used for long-distance travel and road trips, their saddles are often designed with plush materials and feature heating technology.
And, if you travel with a passenger, they’ll have an upgraded seat as well. Most trikes have a trunk and which makes the perfect spot for a built-in passenger seat with a full backrest.
Riders also love a trike’s suspension. In many instances, trikes are luxury bikes with one additional wheel. Therefore, motorcycle manufacturers design trikes with high-performance suspension to make for the most comfortable and smooth riding experience.
Three-wheeled motorcycles are built differently than two-wheelers, and therefore, require different handling.
The body of a trike is wider, so it requires a wider stance. As a result, the way you position yourself on the road will be a bit different.
Harley-Davidson recommends that you center yourself in the middle of the lane. This will give you adequate space for turning and cornering.
Also, on a two-wheeler, you would push the handlebar in the direction of your turn. However, on a trike, you should pull the handlebar to turn. Harley also states that you can simply turn the front wheel in your desired direction, similar to riding an ATV.
Trikes also require more effort to steer. Harley further explains that when riding a two-wheeler, inertia will push you into the seat when you lean into the turn. Whereas on a trike, inertia will push you towards the outside of the turn.
To master handling, it’s a good idea to take a training course. Harley-Davidson offers three-wheeled motorcycle courses taught by MSF and Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Certified Coaches.
Now that you know some of the major differences between riding a cruiser and a trike, which will you choose?
Let us know what trike model you’ve got your eyes on below!
And, if you’ve realized a trike isn’t the right fit, check our post on how to find the best type of Harley for you for advice.