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    Aging Bikers and Trikes

    Nice article published in the NY Times about aging bikers switching over to trikes.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/us...pagewanted=all

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    Thanks for posting

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    Nice post, thanks.

    Personnally I would go either to a sidecar rig or a CanAm Spyder before a trike. Nothing wrong with trikes I guess, just not for me. But then a trike is way better than not riding at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by R184 View Post
    Nothing wrong with trikes I guess, just not for me. But then a trike is way better than not riding at all!
    Not for me either, would rather cut the top off the cage.
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    I'd also rather go with the Spyder or for the cool factor, a sidecar rig. test ode a Goldwing Trike at a demo days, just not my thing. Cornering was very awkward, but maybe you get used to it. I know there will be a huge learning curve with the sidecar as well........

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    Sidecars are so much fun, I'm surprised they are legal
    Never rode a trike...except for when I was very young!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angysdad View Post
    Never rode a trike...except for when I was very young!
    I had a neighbor, who was a junk collector, attach is steering wheel to my trike when I was about 9. Great guy, he used to come over and get all my power equipment, including motorbikes, running when I had trouble starting them.
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    There was a mention of this article on "Weekend Update" on the series premier of Saturday Night Live the past weekend.
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    As an aging senior I see a scoot in my future when the time comes that kicking my leg doesn't work anymore. Never a trike here...

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    No, Never, Nada. It just wont happen!
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    Not for me!.....I have friends that ride them, mostly due to their wives not trusting their skills? and/or balance. As for older riders?, such as i'll be someday...scooter? , sidecar? but not a Trike. As for the older [new] rider?...{IMO} it just screams wanna-be. And again [opinion] no Spyders either...........jm2c.

    I have ridden all three. Trike, sidecar, & Spyder.

    I wish the Spyder people would build a motorcycle, because the [machine] is quality,.just in that configuration , not for me.

    Was taught by my dad to ride sidecars , and rode 1or2 of his in the past.

    Scooters have come a long way, and of course are much lighter? than a motorcycle. But!...they're growing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    Scooters have come a long way, and of course are much lighter? than a motorcycle. But!...they're growing..
    The big scooters weigh much more than many motorcycles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    The big scooters weigh much more than many motorcycles.
    True. My friend has both a 650 Burgman and a R1200RT. He said they weigh about the same but the scooter feels lighter because of the low center of gravity.
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    I'll go with a sidecar. No trike for me.
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    Only way I'll ever ride a trike is if I lose a leg.

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