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Tilting Motor Works kit turns Harley-Davidson motorcycles into ‘reverse trikes’

RE-POSTED FROM: http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tilting-motorcycle-20151224-story.html
Charles Fleming
By Charles Fleming


g1m62x-tmw-logo-25The three-wheeled power-sports market is growing fast, driven largely by newbie bikers and aging riders attracted to big motorcycles but afraid of their heft and weight.

Many love the stability of a three-wheeled machine, but an equal number are put off by the handling: Trikes don’t lean when they corner. They steer, a little more like a car than a bike.

Now the Seattle-based engineer behind Tilting Motor Works may have found the solution. Company founder Bob Mighell has developed a kit that will turn any Harley-Davidson cruiser into a “reverse trike” — two wheels in the front, one in back — that leans like a bike but won’t fall over.

The invention is timely. Harley-Davidson says its three-wheeled Freewheelers and Tri Glides represents the motorcycle giant’s third-most-popular model. Sales of three-wheeled Can Am Spyders and Polaris Slingshots are up too.

The numbers will only go up as the male-dominated motorcycling cohort ages and as more women enter the sport — both trends that the trade group Motorcycle Industry Council already has noticed.

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