Trikes, Trikes (part II)
Finally, the exciting world of custom bikes has not left the three-wheeled world alone. We have all seen the Exile trike by Russell Mitchell and the crazy semi engine turned trike by Mr. Jesse James, but there are others out there that turn out really nice trikes for an affordable price. Other custom builders like Covington’s cycles make the occasional trike as well as high end OEMs like Bourget Bike Works. You can’t deny that the trike is becoming trick.
Besides the really nice kits we looked at in the last section of this blog, there are a few other builders/companies that turn out some sweet sleds. Let’s start with Santiago Choppers. This homegrown family business is built on five, count ‘em 5, generations of bike enthusiasts. Alan Bernard is the man behind the scenes at this great shop in Gibsonton, Florida. The trikes they turn out come in a softail and hardtail version. They also make some kick ass Harley to trike conversions as well as some sweet traditional chops. They have too many cool examples of their work to mention here, so I am going to send you directly to their site. Enjoy! http://www.santiagochopper.com
Art Morris at Trike Envy in Sherwood, Oregon also creates some beautiful ground up customs. These bikes remind me much of that big wheel I used to ride as a kid, long, low, and a mother of a back end. These trikes come with HUGE rear tires. We are talking funny car, dragster rubber. Put yourself on one of these sleds and hang on! http://www.trikeenvy.com/
Alas, we cannot forget the trikes of yore. Yes, those three wheeled creations that meld the world of bikes and cages, the hybrid of the VW Bug and the stretched out chopper. Big in the 70’s, these bikes are sure to come back with a vengeance, and the company who will lead the way? Well, it could very well be Phoenix, AZ locals, Rat Race Productions. These guys have been turning out badass VW based trikes for over 30 years. I know you have seen their work in magazines past, but check them out today. They are still on the ball and at the forefront of their craft. http://www.ratraceproductions.com/
The last few posts have focused on the trike as art form and ride able machine. As stated, I do not have any personal experience on trikes, but am hoping to get a demo machine to try out soon. As soon as I do, I will be letting you know. Until then, keep your feet on the pegs for a change and enjoy profilin’ on a three-wheeled machine. Next up? Sidecars!
Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,