List of motorized trikes

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1934 Morgan Super Sports with Matchless engine
Ariel 2.25 HP Tricycle

List of motorized trikes is a list of motorized tricycles also called trikes, and are sometimes considered cars. Three main configurations are motorized bicycle with side-car, two wheels in rear one in front, and two in front one in the rear (aka reverse trike). However, language and definitions vary.

One of the most successful trikes of its day was the De Dion-Bouton tricycle; from 1897 until the start of the 20th century about 15,000 copies were sold and was overall the most popular motor vehicle in Europe.[1][2] Trikes have caused tautological confusion and simply defied typical two and four-wheel classifications, especially in the 21st century. Regardless, many popular motorcycles and/or automobiles had three wheels.[3]

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17th century[edit]

1600s

18th century[edit]

1700s

Copeland steam trike in 1888

19th century[edit]

1800s

20th century[edit]

Sinclair C5, an electric trike launched in 1985
Scott Sociable of the 1920s, note the "missing" front left wheel
Messerschmitt's KR200, a cabin trike was sold for a nearly a decade in West Germany in the 20th century

21st century[edit]

2012 model year Morgan three-wheeler. This was put back into production with a modern engine in the 2010s, after being out-of-production for over half a century. Previous unrequited demand for this vehicle resulted in the similarly styled Triking
Some Solar cars have been tricycles such as the Tokai Challenger[13]
VW GX3

Miscellanies[edit]

Another idea is the flike, a sort of flying motorcycle/helicopter.[55]

Whike are sail-powered trikes, which may or may not be motorized depending if one considers a sail to be a type of motorization.[further explanation needed]

There is another arrangement of three-wheel, with the wheels in a line; this is so far pretty rare.[56]

Motorcycles with two sidecars[edit]

Motorcycle with sidecars often end up with three wheels, but there has been some use of two sidecars (one on each side of a motorcycle, not a sidecar that seats two which is another thing).[57] In one case the use of flexible type sidecars allow the center-line motor bicycle wheels to stay on the ground, and providing adequate handling[57]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Butler's Patent Velocycle 1887

Motor bicycle related:

References[edit]

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  2. ^ L.J.K. Setright (1982), The Guinness Book of Motorcycling. Facts and Feats., p. 23, ISBN 0-85112-255-8 
  3. ^ Trikes Versus Bikes By James Parker
  4. ^ Steve Greene (2011). Free on Three: The Wild World of Human Powered Recumbent Tadpole Tricycles. iUniverse. p. 21. ISBN 1462021603. 
  5. ^ "Medical Innovations - Wheelchair". Science Reporter. 44: 397. 2007. 
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  7. ^ "Ariel 3 (moped)", Wikipedia, 2018-04-22, retrieved 2018-08-17 
  8. ^ 1936 Indian Dispatch-Tow Sometimes, three wheels are better than two.By Greg Williams March/April 2011
  9. ^ 1907 Indian Tri-Car with Sedan Chair
  10. ^ theLambro.com http://www.thelambro.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ 3wheelers.com Mercedes Benz
  12. ^ A Minneapolis Tri-Car in Alaska by Nancy DeWitt
  13. ^ a b [1]
  14. ^ a b c [2]
  15. ^ Arstechnica article by Jonathan M. Gitlin about Arcimoto trike Jan 9, 2016
  16. ^ Bikez – Boom Trikes Fun 500 Automatic 2009
  17. ^ a b c d e THE UNDER $20K TRIKE SMACKDOWN 5 Trike Shootout Words: The Triking Viking Photos: Ron Sinoy 1/29/2014
  18. ^ Trike Test: Champion Trikes GL1800 Conversion Kit
  19. ^ Bikez – Cheetah Trike Chopper 2010
  20. ^ a b [3]
  21. ^ p [4]
  22. ^ GG Taurus BMW Powered Reverse Trike is Coming to the USA
  23. ^ a b c d 2014 Trike Buyers Guide Rider Magazine StaffApril 02, 2014
  24. ^ Can modern incarnation of C5 succeed? February 15, 2017
  25. ^ Lehman Unveils Victory Vision Trike CrossBow debuts at annual Victory dealer meeting 7/24/2009
  26. ^ "Kymco unveil three wheel concept". MotorcycleNews. 
  27. ^ Ride Review: Lehman Monarch II Trike Thursday, June 3, 2010
  28. ^ TRIKE REVIEW: Lehman Renegade: A Harley Electra Glide Trike Conversion A motorcyclist's view of triking By Bill Stermer; Photos by Scott Hirko 4/7/2009
  29. ^ The Electric Trike Is Here! The MEV Etrike
  30. ^ [5]
  31. ^ [6]
  32. ^ DFW Trike article about Stallion
  33. ^ "Organic Transit ELF Review". Electric Bike Reviews & Ratings. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  34. ^ a b The Telegraph – Peugeot Metropolis 400i review
  35. ^ Topspeed – 2014 Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300IE Review
  36. ^ Quadro 350S three-wheel scooter review
  37. ^ Rewaco RF-1 LT-3 Trike Review | Precious Metals Don Williams On December 30, 2013
  38. ^ [7]
  39. ^ Roadsmith HT1800 Gold Wing Conversion The ultimate touring machine By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor; Photos by Pam Proctor 11/8/2011
  40. ^ Motorcycle Test Drive Southwest Trikes Honda Gold Wing Trike Motorcycle by Kirk Johnson Jan . 2006
  41. ^ Scorpion Motorsports P6
  42. ^ suntrike_gas_scooter
  43. ^ Sway Motorsports – Shark Tank
  44. ^ BBC article by Dan Carney about Tanom Invader trike 6 February 2015
  45. ^ With its unique tilt/steering system sorted, Terracraft's Supertrike hits the market Loz Blain April 17, 2016
  46. ^ [8]
  47. ^ TreMoto Leaning Reverse Trike Developments
  48. ^ Polaris Slingshot vs. Scorpion P6, Campagna T-Rex, Campagna V13R, Morgan 3 Wheeler
  49. ^ Tilting V-Max Trike by Tilting Motor Works By Walt Greenwood – Contributor to The Kneeslider
  50. ^ [9]
  51. ^ "Gyro Technology". Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
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  55. ^ [13]
  56. ^ [14]
  57. ^ a b Motorcycling and Bicycling, Volume 18

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