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post #1 of 17 Old 11-03-2019, 08:12 AM Thread Starter
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Trike accident - be careful out there

In my area -

A buddy of mine sometimes rides with a ~70 YO guy who has a Goldwing trike.

He's told me that the guy was recently riding alone (lady on behind him), and was third in a line of three vehicles on the road: truck, bike, trike.

They all top a hill, one after the other, of course, to come upon someone in a SUV, stopped in the road, waiting to turn.

Truck goes off road on one side of SUV. Bike goes to the other side, leaving the trike with nowhere to go (as I was told).

Trike rear ends SUV, I suppose. Rider breaks wrist. Trike's passenger breaks both ankles. Surgery for both.

Story as it was relayed to me.

(Reminder) lesson for me? Don't follow too closely / don't out-ride your range of vision.

Please be careful out there.

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I was told once "never outride your braking distance, street or dirt".

That is one of the few things I consider to be written in stone. Along with " if there has to be an accident it is better to be at lower speed".


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Good advice on not outriding your range of vision. I've never ridden one, but trikes strike me as having all the vulnerability of a motorcycle with a fraction of the maneuverability of a motorcycle.
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Less room

In addition to less maneuverability, they need a wider gap to avoid trouble.

I rarely go on a ride when I don't see at least one piece of debris on the road that would potentially crash a bike. So I am extremely conscious of maintaining a sufficient line of sight forward, not only to stop, but also to avoid something that might be waiting for me on the road.

One of the issues of riding with aging, is the slower thought process, and the slower reaction time. The margin for error is much slimmer on a bike than in a car. Another is susceptibility to injury. Sounds like these folks were lucky, and got off light.

Wishing them a speedy and complete recovery.
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Good advice on not outriding your range of vision. I've never ridden one, but trikes strike me as having all the vulnerability of a motorcycle with a fraction of the maneuverability of a motorcycle.
Then add the fact that trikes do not lean, so the riders get no sensation of flight. I never will understand the trike thing.....ever.
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Then add the fact that trikes do not lean, so the riders get no sensation of flight. I never will understand the trike thing.....ever.
I suspect it is a matter of being better than quitting riding entirely. You can get the open-air feel of riding without having the physical or mental skills to ride a 2-wheeler. Whether through age or injury, there comes a time where you can't hold up a two-wheeler. Do you quit and turn your back on your social group of riders? Or step down to a three-wheeler?

A long-time riding friend's wife has never felt comfortable piloting a motorcycle. He picked up a Spyder for her, since she wasn't happy pillion riding behind him. So she now goes along on their group rides.

I rode it a couple of times, and found it highly unsatisfying. But I can see that it might be better than quitting.
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I suspect it is a matter of being better than quitting riding entirely. You can get the open-air feel of riding without having the physical or mental skills to ride a 2-wheeler. Whether through age or injury, there comes a time where you can't hold up a two-wheeler. Do you quit and turn your back on your social group of riders? Or step down to a three-wheeler?

A long-time riding friend's wife has never felt comfortable piloting a motorcycle. He picked up a Spyder for her, since she wasn't happy pillion riding behind him. So she now goes along on their group rides.

I rode it a couple of times, and found it highly unsatisfying. But I can see that it might be better than quitting.
Nope, when I get too old to throw a leg over my two wheeler I'll turn in my keys, hang around the front of my house and yell at people to "get off my lawn".

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Nope, when I get too old to throw a leg over my two wheeler I'll turn in my keys, hang around the front of my house and yell at people to "get off my lawn".
There's always smaller bikes and scooters. I've never been a fan of trikes, but it appears to me that the two-front-single-rear design is more stable than the single front wheel design. in the early 80's, a friend of mine had a Honda Big Red, 250 I think and he let me ride it around in his folk's pasture. I kept veering off into saplings and a shallow muddy creek bed because I couldn't get the hang of leaning out in a turn. I couldn't imagine myself on a road trike.

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Then add the fact that trikes do not lean, so the riders get no sensation of flight. I never will understand the trike thing.....ever.
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Nope, when I get too old to throw a leg over my two wheeler I'll turn in my keys, hang around the front of my house and yell at people to "get off my lawn".
OR You can go for a THIS


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I was told once "never outride your braking distance, street or dirt".
Which also implies "never outride your brakes"! Which is one of the reasons I upgraded to the DL1000. I was often outriding the brakes and suspension of my 650.
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