TRIKIN' - 101
I believe that most people who have never ridden a trike, or who have not spent enough time on one to really learn how to ride one (yes, they do require different riding skills, just like driving a car requires different skills than riding a motorcycle) are missing out on a great opportunity to expand their "in the wind" riding experiences. Many people think nothing of going from riding on two wheels to hopping into their four wheeler, but when it comes to the subject of going from a two wheeler to trying out a trike it appears that the only "acceptable" reason for doing so is because you are either too old and/or feeble to ride on two wheels or you have some kind of a physical handicap... which, to me, begs the question of; " Then how old/ handicapped must one be before it is "acceptable" to drive a vehicle with four wheels?" (Boy... the folks driving an 18 wheeler must really be in bad shape, eh?)
After almost 60K miles of sheer riding pleasure on my SG Trike I can confidently say that these wonderful three wheeled vehicles offer the rider, and passenger, a large number of riding thrills that can only be experienced on three wheels. But the same thing can be said about any vehicle regardless of the number of wheels. For example, back in 1967 (age 17) when I had my '62 Chevy Impala SS, I was getting thrills with it that I have yet to match on any motorcycle. Oh sure you can beef up any Harley that will blow the doors off that same car but the experience of mashing the pedal to the floor, hearing that 4 barrel Rochester open up and smokin' the rear tires while banging through the gears with the "4 on the floor" Hurst Speed Shifter and propelling 3,500 pounds of shiny paint and chrome down the highway while being pressed into your seat by the force of going from 0 - 100 in a few seconds was nothing short of breathtaking! However, that exact experience cannot be achieved on a 900lb two wheeled vehicle! Trikes, like anything else on wheels, are merely a different VEHICLE that offers a different EXPERIENCE that can ONLY be achieved on three wheels! Many make the mistake of trying to get a two-wheeled experience from a three-wheeler and are often disappointed. That's why it takes time to discover the fine points of riding a trike to get the most from the experience.
For example, I didn't just hop into my Impala SS and immediately put it through its paces. It took a while to get accustomed to the differences between it and my prior automobile (a 63 6cyl Ford Falcon), and the differences between a two wheeled vehicle and a three wheeled vehicle are very different as well. Most motorcycle riders think that just because they have mastered two wheels that having three wheels under you will be a snap!.... Not so, at least not to be able to get the most out of the experience. For sure they don't require you to put your feet down and are very stable, but I tell people that it takes about 1,000 miles just to get the real feel of your trike and then it takes lots of practice to figure out the trike's traction limits, especially on twisty roads (can you say "drifting?"). And once you get to the same confidence level on three wheels as you are on two wheels... that's when the riding "party" starts!
To frown on the idea of partaking of this wonderful experience just because it is not "acceptable" by another person is just plain stupid! Think about it... you choose NOT to do something just because someone else THINKS it's not cool. In other words, you are letting others decide what is best for you by what they THINK! Why on earth would anyone choose to alter their behavior based on the THOUGHTS of someone else? The bottom line of this short viewpoint is that whatever we choose to do - drive two wheels vs. three wheels vs. four wheels, ride rigid vs. shocks, kick start vs. electric start, drive a Chevy vs. Ford, Harley vs. Honda, etc - there will always be people out there that THINK you are crazy and should be doing it all their way. And while "they" are busy thinking all those negative thoughts about you and your decisions... just hop on (or in) your vehicle of choice and proudly exclaim...
Screw Em!... Let's Ride! - Joe -