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Motorcycle question, not really recreational, though

post #1 of 12
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I am thinking of getting a trike, not a two-wheeled ride. What features should I look for on a basic one? I do not really plan on doing any cross-country trips soon. I live in Seattle, and the farthest I will travel is to Whistler/Blackolm, or down the coast to Oregon, but mainly I will be doing city travel.
I am also disabled, so I am kind of leary about purchasing such a ride. My left hand is nill for shifting and braking. Had a brain tumor when I was very young. So, to all you motorheads out there: Can I do this? What should I look for in terms of mileage and price if buying a used machine? And, are there any other things I should think of?
I am currently reading Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Persing. Good read!
post #2 of 12
Brokedown palace,
One accessory is a must in a trike, an ol'lady! Preferably with tatoos and some pearcings.


Had a Harley in school, now I ride a yam bigwheel all terrain motorcycle.


RW
post #3 of 12
Trikes don't lean into corners. I'm leary of tipping a trike.
Have you considered a sidecar rig that allows leaning into the corner and maybe a Hondamatic?
post #4 of 12
In all honesty, for having tried both trikes and side cars, the latter is MUCH more difficult to ride. You really need to get used to. (until you buy one of these ) : It pulls to the right when accelerating, to the left under hard braking, If not properly tuned and fitted with a special fork, it wont run straight (right hand counter steering in a straight line)... It's really for die hard bikers with a family, or a disability.
Trikes are quite easy to ride. But let face it, they are as wide as a car and don't lean in corners. They combine quite well all drawbacks of cars and motorcycles... without the advantages. I'd rather drive a fun convertible.
post #5 of 12
I think you are going to have a hard time riding a motorcycle, trike or motorcycle with a sidecar. I don't know of any motorcycle that has an automatic transmission You need two good hands to ride a bike. One for the clutch and the other for the front brake.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by philippeR
I'd rather drive a fun convertible.
I was thinking the same thing.
post #7 of 12
Get one of these threewheelers :-

http://morgan3w.de/

or even better :-
http://www.3wheelers.com/sun65.html


Major cachet !


You automatically become a diamond geezer.


'This time next year we'll all be millionaires '
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Utah49
I think you are going to have a hard time riding a motorcycle, trike or motorcycle with a sidecar. I don't know of any motorcycle that has an automatic transmission You need two good hands to ride a bike. One for the clutch and the other for the front brake.
Not necessarely. If brokedown Palace disability reside in its left hand, a car-engine powered trike (like this instead of a bike based one)may work, with an automatic transmission, or even shifter center or right located and a clutch pedal. Or shifter push buttons. With a car-powered trike, he will also get a reverse gear, lacking on bikes but Goldwings and BMW K1200LTs.
As for sidecars. At least in europe, and I guess it's the same in the US, disabled riders use specialy equiped side cars, with foot operated clutch and shifters, or push buttons shifters. Everything's possible, and expensive...
See here http://club.bdway.com/hms/exemple09.htm a bike with right hand clutch.
See here http://club.bdway.com/hms/exemple08.htm a side car equipped for someone who can't use his left arm : right hand clutch, right - thumb front brake (Michael Doohan had a similar device on the left hand I think, for the rear brake), rear brake and throttle pedals...
(Links in french)
The '06 yamaha fjr1300 will come with an automatic clutch, foot or hand shifted.

Oh, and what about a Guzzi powered cycle car ?
http://www.triking-cyclecars.co.uk/P...op%20level.htm
post #9 of 12
I have ridden a trike.
They are really a novelty, it is stable under perfect conditions but will get anyone into allot of trouble when reacting to anything unexpected. (Dangerous)
The convertible sounds like a good suggestion as a way to travel in the open air, meet new people and generally have a good time
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. I am just trying to figure out what will work for me. Maybe I should just stick to a car, maybe not. Whatever I choose will be my primary set of wheels.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Brokedown Palace
Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. I am just trying to figure out what will work for me. Maybe I should just stick to a car, maybe not. Whatever I choose will be my primary set of wheels.
Getting to the ski hill in your primary set of wheels will be a lot easier if you have four of them.

If you want to try biking, find a small automatic bike and take a safety course before you get on the road.

Just my free advice; take it for what it's worth.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Brokedown Palace
Whatever I choose will be my primary set of wheels.
Until you're a biker at heart, which you don't seem to be, get a car ! A trike is a toy, a fun one, but a toy nonetheless. A side car is a survivor from a distant past, great in its perverse way, but, come on, you don' want to start your rider carrer with it...
A motorcycle can be your only vehicle (it has been mine for years), but I suggest you a) take serious lessons, b)demo, as they say around here
And don't even think to carry your skis in the mountain with it...
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