If asked to list the traits of a motorcycle, most people would describe a machine that has two wheels. Yet despite this common conception, motorcycles are available with 3 wheels. Matter of fact, three wheel sports bikes are becoming somewhat common out on the road. Find out why and discover which 3 wheel motorcycles are the best in 2021 down below.
Sports bikes with three wheels are essentially tricycles with engines strapped on. However, unlike tricycles, 3 wheeled motorcycles, also known as trikes, require registration and licensure to operate. Although this legal process makes 3 wheel motorcycles seem an awful lot like traditional sports bikes, that extra wheel tends to generate reliable stability out on the road.
And since maintaining balance out on the road can be the difference between life or death, it is easy to see why 3 wheel motorcycles are gaining popularity. Now that we know a bit more about trikes, let’s take a look at the best 3 wheel motorcycles in 2021.
2021 Slingshot Polaris
The Slingshot series from Polaris comes in four different models. Of these variations, the S version is the cheapest at an MSRP of $19,999. For the aforementioned amount, motorcycle fans are able to procure a two seater trike with the following.
- One 20” back wheel
- Two 18” front tires
- 5-Speed Manual Transmission or AutoDrive
- Waterproof cockpit
- 178 HP
- Four cylinder engine
- Capped top speed of 125mph
- 9.7 gallon fuel tank
Clearly, Polaris was not playing around when they developed this 3 wheel motorcycle. That said, there is one major downside to this novel 3 wheel motorcycle. The Slingshot trike only has 5.4 inches of ground clearance, which can be super annoying when driving on uneven terrain.
2021 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler®
Most motorcycle fans associate Harley Davidson with traditional style motorcycles that may be a bit big in the caboose but not too exaggerated. Nevertheless, Harley Davidson opted to break the motorcycle mold with the Freewheeler trike. This three wheeled motorcycle features two wheels in the back, as well as a trunk and passenger seat. Other specs are below.
- Independent ABS on front and back wheels
- Touring suspension technology
- Handlebars are designed to reduce the amount of force needed to turn the front wheel
- Trunk opens left to right and has enough capacity for two helmets
- 114 V-Twin engine
- 49mm front forks
- Steering dampener
- 43 mpg
Surprisingly, the Freewheeler has only 4.5 inches of ground clearance, which is almost an inch lower than the Polaris Slingshot. Harley Davidson fans hoping to purchase this super low-rider trike can do so for about $28,000.
2021 Can-Am Ryker 900
Featuring a 3-cylinder, liquid cooled, 4-stroke engine, the 2021 Ryker 900 is a somewhat powerful trike with a comparatively low price tag of $11,000. As an added bonus, this 3 wheel motorcycle offers sports bike fans the following perks.
- Single back wheel
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- 5.3 gallon tank
- 82 hp
- 58.3 lb-ft of torque
- 4.5 inch digital display
- 2 USB ports
- 1.9 gallons of glove box space
That said, the 2021 Can-Am Ryker 900 has only 4.4 inches of ground clearance.
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