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Three-Wheel Motorcycle Safety

By King Law Firm on January 31, 2013

Motorcycle riding is increasing in popularity every day. The cost of gas prices alone has resulted in more and more motorcycles on the road. Add to that the enjoyment and sense of freedom of riding a motorcycle, and it can be easily understood why they are more popular than ever. Today, a different motorcycle is making its appearance on America’s highways, the three-wheel motorcycle.

Three-wheel motorcycles put their own special demands on riders, and safely riding them requires a special set of skills. Even the safest rider can become involved in collisions. Motorcycle crash attorneys are familiar with just how fast accidents can happen, as well as the risk of serious injury or death.

Know Your Motorcycle

The primary difference between a two- and a three-wheel motorcycle is of course the wheel arrangement. Three- wheel bikes can have two wheels up front, as is the case on the new Can Am models. The older arrangement for a three-wheel bike is the placement of two wheels on a single axle in the rear. Some of these are built using kits to convert a two-wheel to a three-wheel. Some three-wheel motorcycles even have enclosed compartments for the rider, making them appear more like a car. In any configuration, time is needed in order to become totally familiar with driving characteristics of a three-wheel motorcycle.

Turning a Three-Wheel Motorcycle

When turning a three-wheel motorcycle, slow down before the turn. Always enter the turn at a speed that will not require downshifting. Begin the turn by using push/pull steering to point the front tire(s) in the direction of the turn. Pulling on the left handgrip while you push the right will cause the three-wheel motorcycle to turn to the left. Twist your body a little in the direction of the turn as you use this push/pull steering technique.

Protecting the Rights of Injured Motorcyclists

If you have been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident caused by another’s negligence, contact Austin, Texas attorney Ray King to receive the compensation you deserve. Call (512) 514-6633.

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