The another one I hear is "if you can't ride a real bike...don't ride" or my ALL TIME favorite, "I got rid of my trike or training wheels when I was three...." and while it has become easier to restrain myself from throat punching someone who says something that asinine, the fact of the matter is trikes and trike kits are often times a necessary item in the powersports industry. There absolutely is a place and a need for them on the road. Father time takes his toll on our bodies; bad knees, surgeries, amputations, arthritis, equilibrium issues...and countless other ailments. At the same, I have had countless customers of the fairer sex call me, frustrated at staring at the back of hubbies big head...she wants her own ride, but simply doesn't have the strength or quite possibly the confidence to hold up a motorcycle outside of the comfortable confines of her neighborhood. At any rate, there are COUNTLESS reasons to turn that two wheeled stallion into a three wheeled beast.
I have had the opportunity to own and ride just about EVERYTHING there is to ride. Bikes of various styles, sizes, riding preferences, seating positions, color, and sound.
-Harley Sportster 883 & 1200
-Yamaha V-Star 1100
-Honda VTX 1300 & 1800
-Ducati Montster (two Different Occasions)
-Suzuki SV 1000 (two different occasions)
-Harley Road King
-Suzuki TL 1000 (simply because Will M. won't pick it up...I KEEP IT NOW!)
.......and a few various others that escape my caffeine deprived memory.
I say all of that because, at the end of the day, some of my favorite riding has come in the saddle of a trike. Of COURSE, I love craving the curves and the sheer exhilaration of scraping a foot peg while I do my best Eddie Lawson or Valentino Rossi impersonation.....but kicking back and simply CRUISING, not having to worry about it sometimes....offers a relaxation I cannot explain.
Over the years, I have owned 2 Harley Sportsters which I converted using the "Frankenstein Trike" kit. I also have owned a Honda Goldwing GL1800 I converted using the Champion Sidecar system. There is something about kicking back and never having to put your feet down. Some would see "not leaning" and not carving the corners as imprisoning...but to the people who are faced with the idea of hanging up the chaps for good....a trike conversion could be the very thing to set your soul free.