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3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

So, I have never ridden a motobike ... well, a few trail bikes, but that's all. And, I would like to try motorcycling, and thought that a 3-wheeler might be worth thinking about. Yeah, I know 3 wheels is not a 2 wheels!

Anybody know anything about 3-wheelers, and whether they are available in Switzerland, or nearby?

If is is good enough for Billy Connelly, well it may be good enough for me. But, I am not going to grow a beard and dye it purple ... honest, I saw him driving his 3-wheeler in Aberdeen with said beard.
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Old 20.02.2007, 20:38
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

In India, where I come from this is a 3-wheeler - you're looking for one of these?


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Old 20.02.2007, 20:38
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

Do you mean a "trike" (symmetrical 3-wheeler) or a motorcycle with side car?

Both are generally custom-made. I believe, once compliant, both can be registered here.

Helmets are compulsory, regardless of your bike having 2, 3 or 4 wheels (yes, you need a skid-lid for quads).

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Side-car (Swiss edition)

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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

Mid Life Crises? I got rid of mine running at Pamplona last year.
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

I mean a "trike" as in a symmetrical 3-wheeler ... probably more chopper-like than the photos you kindly supplied.

I was wondering if the guy with the 3-wheeler and cow ran the bulls in Pamplona, and got lucky?

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Do you mean a "trike" (symmetrical 3-wheeler) or a motorcycle with side car?
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

nah... he looks far too sober
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

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I mean a "trike" as in a symmetrical 3-wheeler ... probably more chopper-like than the photos you kindly supplied.
That seems more like it!

I was worried about you for bit

Although I'm sure I saw one of the Indian 3 wheelers on sale in Globus few months ago at a India week
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

I did see one the other day in Zurich which looked quite cool... I guess they are allowed and you simply need a motorcycle license?

Try this place for more information (unfortunately in German)... http://www.trike.ch/

Personally I would go for one like below... I have had too many bad experiences in the Indian Bajaj... Amazing what they can do with 8BHP over there!!


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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

surely you're mad? All the downsides of biking (like getting rained-on) with no upsides (you still have to queue in traffic)...



You'll need the authentic beard

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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

I used to have a Honda 250 all-terrain 3-wheeler back in New Zealand. They are amazingly dangerous things, and are very easy to roll. I managed to roll mine on flat ground... The manufacturers have since stopped selling three wheelers and focus on four wheel ATVs instead.

Riding them is simple - you sort-of throw your centre of gravity around in a similar way to skiing.
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

As a motorcyclist and driver, I'd say "Get a two wheeler or an MX5!"

Or any small convertable for that matter, no helmets, a roof when it rains and luggage space.

Though the upside of the three wheeler would be a helmet so no one recognises you as a mid-life-crisee, just avoid pony tails
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

a GSXR750 trike with added nitrous


Then again maybe a Ducati M900 would take your fancy? Italians do it better (so my wife keeps telling me)


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Dreirad für dich.
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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

Piaggio make a 3 wheeler. Not in the same "Pimp My Ride" class as a chopper Ducati, so it may not help with your MLC...


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Re: 3-wheeler - must be a mid-life crisis

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... I have had too many bad experiences in the Indian Bajaj... Amazing what they can do with 8BHP over there!!
It would funny to see the Indian Bajaj on the roads here
I guess the ride would be not too bumpy - give the lack of pot holes
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