Moderator - Like a crazy cat lady but with bikes!
A good friend and now future riding buddy is a trike nut. He's been into them forever and now he's finally achieving his dream of owning them.
A few weekends ago he found himself a few states over for some sporting event in Ohio. He decided to check out the oldest Harley dealership in the nation and well, he didn't leave empty handed! This is an amazing Freewheeler with only a thousand miles on the odometer. The previous owner got it wanting to try out trikes, didn't ride it a lot, figured out he didn't like trikes, then sold it. My friend got a new Harley for a steep discount.
Of course I had to ride it! Trikes are definitely a different kind of jam. You don't lean, you turn the bars almost like you would a steering wheel, and everything about balancing just...goes out the window. I see the appeal in these. You can ride them in rougher weather, you can experience a motorcycling experience without having to be in the tip top shape required to be on a two wheeler. It's amazing to be able to ride on ice with street tires without the worry of breaking traction and falling off. You can seemingly spend more time taking in the sights on one of these.
I will say that trikes aren't really my jam (I could definitely roll with a sidecar though) but I most certainly get their appeal. More, I now get the appeal of the bar and shield. This bike is so brand new it smells like it just rolled off the factory floor. And yet, when you're behind the bars it feels like you're behind something vintage. This is a bike that has a key fob, digital odometer, even a reverser! And yet, with that v-twin rumbling between your legs and the classic style, it may as well be a time machine. Even the vibration, that rumble, and that exhaust note (in this case coming from a set of Vance & Hines pipes). I'm beginning to get why folks love Harley-Davidson so much. Thus far, my friend only plans on removing the windscreen. Like me, he likes his bikes naked, even if that means they aren't as fun in rougher weather.
I hope to get some more seat time on this monster and flirt some more with trikes. I want to see how a reverse trike like a Can-Am would compare. I'm making a habit of trying out oddball bikes first. I also definitely want to take a ride on a two wheeled ICE Harley...though I fear I may not be able to leave the dealership without it following me home.
Likewise, with a little luck I may end up spending a lot of my riding season riding and reviewing bikes from various manufacturers. Only time will tell!