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The leather jacket and helmet that bikers wear aren’t fashion statements — they’re protection from scrapes and concussions in the event of a wipeout. The danger of riding a motorcycle is as real as the thrill of riding. But do the two have to go hand in hand?
A couple of three wheeled vehicles out on the market say no. Both are designed with two wheels in front and one in back.The Tri-Rod F3 Adrenaline was created to appeal to both current motorcycle enthusiasts and potential bikers who have concerns about safety.
“We set out to innovate and take the motorcycle to the next step,” says Paul Seiter, president of Tri-Rod. “We’ve come in based on going faster, cornering harder and adding a thrill factor for cyclists. The vehicle also has all of the safety characteristics of a three-wheeler. You can’t tip it over.”
The first F3 Adrenalines are scheduled to hit the road later this year and cost between $35,000 and $55,000.
While Tri-Rod aims squarely for the thrill-seekers among us, using technology based on Formula One racecars, custom motorcycles and even aerospace, another three-wheeled vehicle — the Can-Am Spyder Roadster — is described as a cross between a car and a motorcycle. BRP, the company behind the Spyder, already has a booming business in snowmobiles, Go-Karts and Sea-Doos and considers its three-wheeler for the highway another toy for the adventurous. “The Spyder markets well to everyone, especially 35-55 year old weekend warriors,” says Marc Lacroix, Spyder product manager. “Power sports enthusiasts will feel at home riding it, as will those who crave the wind in their feeling of the open road.”