Yamaha has filed yet another patent for yet another leaning trike, this time with a hybrid powertrain. lean

Yamaha lean toward three-wheelers

Yamaha has filed yet another patent that shows yet again that they lean toward leaning trikes, this time with a hybrid powertrain. The Japanese company already has a lean on leaning trikes with their TriCity scooter and Niken motorcycle. They have also filed several patents before for leaning three-wheelers. They are not alone in pursuing …

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Piaggio plans world's first reverse leaning trike

Piaggio plans reverse leaning trike

Piaggio has filed a patent for a reverse leaning three-wheeler with the two wheels at the back rather than the front. Traditional three-wheelers or trikes have the wheels at the back, but they don’t lean. In 2006, the Italian company introduced the MP3 scooter which was the world’s first leaning three-wheeler. It had the wheels …

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Mentorship program for Spyder women

Mentorship program for Spyder women

Forget about Spiderman, watch out for Spyder women as the roadster company introduces a mentorship program to get more women riding. Although there are slightly more women in the world than men, they represent only 10-20% of riders, depending on country. For the motorcycle industry to thrive, they need to reach out to this under-represented …

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AKO tilting electric trike

AKO tests tilting trike prototype

Lithuanian start-up AKO is now testing its electric-powered tilting trike prototype which is somewhere between a motorcycle, trike, car and plane. Like the Piaggio and Yamaha leaning scooters, the Yamaha Niken leaning motorcycle and the non-leaning Can-Am Spyder roadster, it has two wheels up front and a single wheel at the back. But the most interesting …

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Triking Alan and Johanna Maxwell

Return to motorcycling leads to triking

Returned rider Alan Maxwell has a familiar history with motorcycles, but has ended up triking with a family of trikes and even a trike travel business! (Readers are invited to tell us about their bike history by sending their details via email.)  Country biker When Alan married Johanna, he owned three motorbikes: a Honda 125, Yamaha …

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Marabese Blade three-wheeler

Blade runner has three in-line wheels

Why would anyone think this Marabese Blade with three in-line wheels is a good thing for motorcycles? The Marabese Blade is the work of the family owned Luciano Marabese design company that also designed the Piaggio MP3 scooter with two side-by-side front wheels. The company has also designed bikes for Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Triumph and …

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Kawasaki leaning three-wheeler patent drawing

Kawasaki leaning toward three-wheelers

Kawasaki seems to be following Yamaha and Honda in developing a leaning three-wheeler with its latest patent application in the US. Yamaha already has the Tricity leaning three-wheeler scooter and Niken motorcycle as well as patent plans for more leaning trikes with two front wheels including a VMax! Honda has also applied for patents for …

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Custom Niken wins craziest bike award

Custom Niken wins craziest bike award

Yamaha’s leaning three-wheeler Niken is one crazy bike and now a custom version has won the Craziest Bike award at a German custom show. Polish manufacturer of custom motorcycles Game Over Cycles (GOC) is usually known for its modifications of American motorcycles. However, their GOC Niken pays special tribute to its nationality with Japanese characters taken …

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Harley-Davidson Freewheeler trikes snobs

Harley-Davidson recalls Trikes over brake issue

Harley-Davidson Australia have recalled 363 trikes over an issue where a rear brake could suddenly activate. The official recall notice, issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, says it affects the 2019-20 CVO Tri Glide, Tri Glide Ultra and Freewheeler. (VINs of affected vehicles listed at the end of this article.) “The electro-hydraulic control unit (EHCU) software …

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Ryker roadster is a ‘hit’ among women

The entry level three-wheeled Can-Am Ryker is proving a “hit” with women, says Can-Am On-Road PR Brian Manning. While women riders are about 10-12% of the riding population, 30$% of Ryker owners are women. In Australia it is slightly down at 25%, but that is still more than double the percentage of female motorcycle ownership. …

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