The Future is Coming
Taking a queue from our Native American Brothers of yore, I have been keeping my ear to the ground. What do I hear? A rumble. But, there is something a bit different about this roar. You can hear the bikes running side by side, two by two, flying down the highway as they come closer and closer. Problem is, the engines are too in tune, the rpm’s too in time, the cadence of rubber to asphalt, too in sync. It is almost as if the bikes are in perfect time. One barreling forward as the other keeps time in a high and mighty wheelie, running perfectly alongside his Brother. But that can’t be, can it? No, it is something else. I hear the future coming down the road and it is a three-wheeled world.
We all know that baggers are the hot things going right now. I myself have been a big fan of Brian Klock of Klockwerks for about six or seven years, and I have really appreciated some of the newest works by Paul Yaffe. Not that I wasn’t a fan before, quite the contrary, it is just that the new work he has been doing with Bagger Nation is really exciting.
It seems that as the current biker population continues to age, and as a new population of riders comes into the fold because of rising gas prices, and as those with certain physical limitations refuse to be kept back, trikes and sidecars are going to be more prevalent on the road. As you have probably heard, the Motor Company itself has come out with their own production trike. For Harley-Davidson to put it back into production, there has to be a market (their last trike, besides the servicar, was produced about 30 years ago). And as far as sidecars go, HD has had them available for a long, long time.
But the Factory is certainly not the only company with a foothold in this segment of three-wheeled fun. In fact, they may not even be considered the leaders. Depending on your point of view, there are a few industry leaders. Everyone has his or her own opinions, and you are soon to be subject to mine. Watch for the next few posts focusing on trikes and sidecar rigs. And keep your ear to the ground; you can hear the rumble.
Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,