Q. Why should I buy a trike?
There are several different reasons why you to buy a trike. You have poor balance, weak
knees or legs, too short, too big, to small, don't want to ride behind anybody, tired of
looking at the back of a helmet, or just want to be independent, but the main or
underlying reason is they don't fall over. A trike eliminates the inevitability of going
Q. Why should I buy Lehman Trike rather than some other brand?
Lehman has a patented “no-lean” suspension featuring a rigid differential (limited slip
with internal axles) mounted to a box channel swing arm, which minimizes flex and
vibration on the swing arm and rear end.
The rear disc brakes system consists of 4 calipers and 2 rotors. There are 2 calipers on
each Rotor. One for braking and one for the emergency brake system. No brake
adjustment is required. On some models, we even put a larger brake fluid reservoir. The
9-inch rear drum brakes are fully adjustable and all parts can be purchased at you local
Leading edge technologies produce the strongest bodies in the industry today while still
having large trunk doors, hidden hinges and latches, and modern styling. ALL designs are
uniquely Lehman Trike International.
There is no welding or cutting of fenders during installation and the process can be easily
Lehman Trikes are not only DOT approved but far exceed their requirements. If legist
ration becomes involved with resale standard no alterations will have to be made. Others
may be required to install emergency braking systems and more.
The Honda installation consists of a new one-piece drive shaft with yoke. The rear end is
a 6-½ inch. It is the smallest available and is still overkill for this light of an application.
With new axles that are extremely strong and durable, we have no rear end problems. The
swing arm uses bearing at all pivot points and frame reinforcement is used to distribute
stress over a greater surface area to prevent frame fatigue. The sub frame is jig welded
from 1 ¼ square tubing and gussets added for added strength.
The Harley Davidson installation uses the stock Harley Davidson belt and rear sprocket.
The sprocket is bolted to a rear differential that is made in house by Lehman Trike
International. Swing arm replaces all stock Harley Davidson bearings, bushings, etc. No
Frame reinforcement is needed but we do replace the top motor mount on the Big Twins
to better handle “Trike” stress.
Lehman Trikes has the largest dealer network in the industry.
Q. What is the stopping distance of a trike?
From 60 mph and ranging between a light load and a maximum load a Harley Davidson
FLHT Trike needs 156-167 feet. A Honda Goldwing Trike needs 140-156 feet. Both of
these comparisons are with fully operationally brake systems.
Q. What causes handlebar shake? Can it be fixed?
Handlebar shake is the result of some fundamental differences between a two-wheeler
and a three-wheeler. A two-wheeler is designed to turn at higher speeds by leaning into
corners. In actual fact, at speeds above 10 mph the handlebars are steered left to make the
two-wheeler go right. On a three-wheeler there is no leaning, so you have to steer the
“trike” where you want it to go. Some minor headshake in the handlebars is characteristic
of certain models of trikes at very low speeds. As you increase your speed, the shake will
go away. This is not dangerous and should not cause any alarm. If you are uncomfortable
with this, Lehman Trikes, Inc. has various accessories available that can eliminate this.
Q. How do trikes ride?
With two wheels to the rear of the motorcycle, you will notice an increase in the amount
of road feel. At low speeds there is some side-to-side movement, but once higher speeds
(>25 mph) are reached, the trike rides very similar to the two-wheeled equivalent.
Q. Will it tip over?
Under normal operating conditions the trike will not tip. However, all vehicles have the
ability to tip if operated in an unsafe manner.
Q. How does it corner? Do you have to slow down?
Lehman trikes corner much like small sports cars in the way they hug the turns. An
experienced rider should actually be able to out-corner most cruiser or touring
motorcycles. However, Lehman Trikes does not recommend exceeding the posted speed
Q. Are they difficult to learn how to ride?
Trikes handle much differently from regular two-wheeled motorcycles, however they are
relatively easy to learn to ride. With proper instruction you will become quite
comfortable in a short period of time.
Q. How do they steer?
The steering is noticeably different than that of a two-wheeler. There is no counter-
steering on a trike so greater effort is required at slower speeds. This effect decreases as
higher speeds are reached.
Q. How does the trike conversion affect gas mileage?
Fuel economy will decrease on average from 10 - 20% depending on trike and
Q. Are trikes better for pulling a trailer?
Yes, trikes are more stable than a motorcycle because of the two wheels in the rear.
Trikes are more adept to pulling of trailers because the fenders buffer the wind away
from the trailer creating less draft. As well, trikes are affected less by trailer movement.
Q. How does the trike conversion affect the motorcycle performance?
The trike conversion will cause marginal decreases in both fuel economy and top speed.
These are due in part to the added weight and the increased drag created by the rear
Q. How do they back up?
The Honda Gold Wings have reverse factory installed.
Q. Do Lehman trikes use independent suspension?
No, Lehman trikes utilize the patented “No Lean” suspension. Independent suspension
has been proven to be less stable during cornering on a trike application.
Q. What are raked triple trees and do Lehman trikes require them?
Raked triple trees are a front-end modification that slightly stretches out the front wheel
of the motorcycle. This results in easier turning and a “power steering” effect. Although
not required on Lehman trikes many customers find them advantageous.
Q. What kind of rear drive do you use?
The final drive from the host motorcycle is retained. The shaft drive models utilize a
narrowed 6 3/4" Ford differential.
Q. What is your warranty?
Standard warranty is two years, unlimited mileage on parts and labor. Extended warranty
may be purchased to lengthen the warranty up to seven years.
Q. Didn't the government ban three-wheelers?
The United States government did not ban three-wheeled vehicles, however Honda
voluntarily withdrew the sale of them following a number of accidents. These off-
highway machines differed greatly from current trikes because they had a single axle
powering both wheels while current trikes use an automotive design with two separate
Q. Are Lehman trikes DOT approved?
Yes, all Lehman trikes meet or exceed the current DOT (USA), MOT (Canada), JWL
(Japan), and TuV (Germany) requirements.
Q. How is the resale on trikes?
The resale on trikes varies from model to model, however on the whole they maintain
excellent resale value and market appeal. It may take a little longer to sell due to the
smaller three-wheeled market but this also accounts for their ability to retain their value.
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