I may have found my “leaning trike”!

I have had to adjust my thinking about riding a motorcycle. As I stated in the previous blog…” I realize that there is too much hinging on me to fall down and hurt my aging body. I dont bounce like I used to!”. Thanks to that blog, my friend “badhoss” on Twitter gave me the glimmer of hope I was looking for! On June second he sent me this message….”badhossRE: @mtajudy I knew I saw a fully tilting trike http://www.mysterydesigns.c… Hope this helps!” This guy is a rock star and a dear guy to know. He also seems to be an internet super star because I had searched for a leaning trike and came up empty handed. And, thanks solely to him, my journey begins.
After viewing the website, I made a phone call to the Mystery Design company and had a brief but, informative conversation with one of their people. As it would happen, they are making some adjustments on their design. Lucky for me!
According to what they told me, the multiple sensor design that controls the “lean” is being updated to a single sensor. This will limit the possibility of the need to recalibrate the sensors. Made perfect sense to me. They are launching the new design at Sturgis……and I wont be there….and will make the new design available there after. Enter another friend from Twitter!
My dear friend @mrken777 on Twitter and, a resident of the beautiful town of Sturgis, South Dakota, is going to do recon for me. He has a lovely and informative site that caters to the Sturgis experience at http://bit.ly/lsEaN…do take a look! He is a wonderful and helpful fellow and I feel blessed to be his friend. He is going to ask the questions, take pictures and video. I am thrilled and thankful and cant wait.
The company has promised to send me informtion about the kit, prices and who does the work on the bikes in my lovely hometown. My Road King is getting as ansy as I am! And, with all the work Im doing on the new website, http://motorcycletravelamerica.com/, she hasnt gotten much attention lately. We are both feeling a little cheated.
With this new information, I feel as though I may get a reprieve from the traditional trike and get involved in a whole new concept of motorcycles. This concept has actually been around for a long time and was developed by Lawayne Matthies. As their website tells us about the “Tiltster” developer, “Matthies re-joined the Trike industry after extensive experience in motorcycle modifications, such as the Captain American bikes sponsored by Peter Fonda, as well as models designed after the bikes in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. Lawayne developed the panhead rockerbox covers sold by Xzotic cycle products (his former company), which were featured in numerous 1998/99 European publications, and his work has been featured in multiple magazines including (but by no means limited to) Hot Bike Magazine, Easy Rider Magazine, American Iron magazine, and Freeway magazine. Matthies’ parts and equipment have experienced large distribution through Chrome Specialties and Biker’s Choice, and he has made made many appearances on the Speed Channel. He also designed the Tiltster tilting trike. (http://users.hunterlink.net.au/~ddped/tiltster.htm)”. I cant deny the fact that some real experience is involved in the development of this concept. That brought great comfort to me! (Also, read a review at http://www.aimag.com/pdfs/MysteryDesignsTiltsterReview.pdf). There is more information on the web when you bring up the Mystery Designs president and Tilter designers name, Lawayne Matthies. (Patent information is available at http://ow.ly/h9Jo)
So, I am hopeful that this is the kit that will give me the stability this old girl wants and the thrill this girl needs in one package. If not, and I refuse to go there, I will be putting the challenge out there again to see if I get the dream of having it all!
Much thanks to all my Twitter friends…they are such a blessing. If you havent tried Twitter, take a moment to check it out as a resource for all kinds of things. http://twitter.com/ If you are a motorcycler, look for my friends there! You can see who I follow and check them out. Its quite a community of bikers of all kinds….although, there are some Harley Davidson purists who will give you a hard time if you even utter the name of another bike. I have had occasion to slip and use curse words, such as “Honda”, and have been lovingly repremanded!

A hopeful Lady Godiva on wheels that might just lean.


9 Responses to “I may have found my “leaning trike”!”

  1. 1 v2iper
    July 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I give anyone much credit that has the sense to know their ability in operating a motorcycle, or a car for that matter. Some for what ever reason do not have the coordination, observation, or brains to do it, for some their is NO wow factor which is important. I myself can not operate a trike in comfort. I have been taught to lean and its ingrained. I know how wide my ass hangs out and do not have to think about the two wheels hanging out on each side. I’m just not good at it. I test ride trikes and get nervous above 45. that’s just me and my make up. At any rate Good article and smart lady.

  2. 2 v2iper
    July 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    PS: Did you really type “Beautiful Town of Sturgis” hahahahahahha now thats funny!

    • July 17, 2009 at 4:07 am

      Hey, did u give me a little compliment? Are you alright? LOL

      Yes, I did say “Beautiful Town of Sturgis”! I like the country-side!! Also, glad I can amuse u, my friend.

      I cant believe you actually read my blog. I am honored…..I really mean that.

  3. July 16, 2009 at 3:36 am

    I can appreciate the fact that you respect your “aging” body enough to honor it with a trike. Some of us are like you in that within us beats the heart of a teenager, but not all of us are as mature as you in accepting the ever-aging fragile shell that clothes it…

  4. 5 Alan
    April 17, 2010 at 9:52 am

    This is s very interesting article as I have been thinking along the same lines. Too old and sensible to fall off bikes but still young enough to want to ride. I have been looking at trikes for a while but not sure about sitting upright on corners. The tilting trike option has to be the answer. I saw the YouTube video by mrken777 – the kit looks impressive.

    Have you taken this any further – do you have your trike yet or any more information about the tiltster. i cant find any videos of this in action or any reviews from users.

    • April 21, 2010 at 12:20 am

      Alan, As you could see by the youtube, Ken took a good look at the set up and his brother rode one of the tilting trikes to say that it was quite nice. There are currently none available in my home town of Portland, Oregon so I havent had the opportunity to try one myself. I have talked to representatives of the company and even the company owner. That sweet little black setup is the one I want but, they have others. I plan to make a trip down to Dallas, Texas to look for myself and do a little wheeling and dealing. The company is Mystery Design and they are anxious to let the bikes go. If you think you might like one, now is a great time. Just dont buy my little black sweetie!!
      Good luck to you and let me know what happens.

  5. 7 Alan
    May 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Many thanks for the update Judy. I am based in the UK and looking to purchase the tilting mechanism to carry out a conversion so I am really looking for some feedback from someone who has ridden one of these tilting trikes. It would help me to read an independent review. I would love to hear more detail of the ride by Kens brother and if he took a video that would be good to see. If you do purchase the black trike please let me know how you get on.

    • May 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      I have another alternative for you! Its a bike I am going to test ride in about three weeks. See what you think…
      Tilting Motor Works I Am Free Enterprise

    • May 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      I will be doing a blog post on this bike, sometime towards the end of the month. He will be selling the “kit” to anyone who wants to build their own. I would be glad to let you know what I think and do it honestly. If I dont like it, I wont say I do!!

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