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Aging Bikers Hopping on Trikes

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As motorycle riders age their bodies change, but that doesn't mean having to give up riding.  Aging bikers facing a physical disability are increasingly turning to trikes as a way to stay on the road.  Their bodies may not be able to hold up a two-wheeled motorcycle, but add a third wheel and they're back in the saddle again.

Three-wheeled motorcycles commonly referred to as Trikes are a great option when the old legs just aren't what they used to be. There are organizations, like Brothers of the Third Wheel, to keep riders connented to the motorcycling community.  The motorcycle industry expects to see more and more trikes on the road as baby boomers, the largest group of motorcycle owners in the US, age out of two-wheelers.

Trikes allow riders with arthriti, back bain and other ailments to go on long rides comfortably.  Some trikes even come with a reverse gear, so they don't have to be pushed in or out of a parking space.  Trikes are bigger so they are seen better by cars and other vehicles and hopefully avoid more Washington motorcyle accidents than two-wheelers.

Harley Davidson last year started selling trike versions of its popular touring bikes in an effort to start tapping into this emerging market.  HD has not been able to keep up with demand, so we can expect Harley to keep producing trikes. 

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