Most folks envision a classic, 2-wheel roadster when they think of motorcycles, but 3 wheel motorcycles have grown increasingly popular over the past few years. These vehicles come in two different forms: delta and tadpole. Delta three-wheelers have one front wheel and two rear wheels, while tadpoles feature two front wheels and one rear wheel. Most three-wheelers in the sport bike category have the tadpole configuration. The delta configuration is more common for 3 wheel motorized tricycles, a common form of freight and personal transportation in both China and the Philippines.
With Harley Davidson releasing their Tri Glide Ultra Classic in 2009 and Polaris releasing the Slingshot a few years later, the 3 wheel motorcycle has become a far more popular option in recent years. However, Piaggo released the Ape 3 in Italy shortly after World War II, so this style of motorcycle isn’t totally new. Sport bike versions are newer, with the Piaggo MP3 leading the way with its release in 2006.
Why Choose a 3 Wheel Motorcycle
While they’ve grown in popularity, three-wheel motorcycles are still incredibly eye-catching. Because they aren’t what people expect to see on the roads, you’ll be sure to turn heads if you cruise around in one of these relatively new styles.
A 3 wheel motorcycle can also be a great option for inexperienced riders or bikers experiencing health problems. Naturally, these bikes feature greater stability than traditional two-wheelers. But more and more riders of all ages and experience levels have recognized the appeal of these powerful vehicles—with excellent traction control and front suspension, they’re durable, powerful, flashy, and safe.
We’ve put together a guide to some of the most common 3 wheel motorcycles. Whatever you’re looking for, we have plenty of options here at Johnny K’s.
The Piaggio MP3
Whether their vehicle has two wheels or three wheels, scooter riders love the urban mobility of their vehicles. We don’t carry any Piaggo’s 3-wheeled scooter, but it’s important for understanding the evolution of 3-wheeled motorcycles as it was one of the first. The Piaggio MP3 led the way with its release in 2006, and it’s remained a popular option since then. The Singapore Civil Defence Force makes use of this lean, fast three-wheeler, and recreational riders love it too. Because of its front suspension, riders can park the Piaggo MP3 without using a kickstand, making it more convenient than a Vespa, or even a bicycle.
Can-Am Spyder and Can-Am Ryker
Can-Am is best known for its durable off-road vehicles. With plenty of ATVs and side-by-sides to choose from, recreational and commercial drivers alike love Can-Am’s products. But a little more than 10 years ago, Can-Am released the Spyder, a three-wheeled touring bike perfect for long rides. Because it’s larger than a two-wheeler, the Spyder offers more storage space and greater stability control for long-distance touring riders. The Can-Am Spyder has become a favorite among Canadian locals that love touring on long-distance rides. The Can-Am Spyder has become a formidable contender to 3-wheel Harley-Davidson bikes. The Can-Am Ryker is much sportier, smaller, and lighter, making it an excellent option for riders looking for a stable bike with a sportier look and feel.
Our Favorite; The Polaris Slingshot
Powersports enthusiasts know Polaris Industries for producing some of the coolest products on the market, including the iconic Indian Motorcycles brand. The Polaris Slingshot, their 3 wheel motorcycle, is one of the most impressive products around. It can go 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds and boasts a 5–speed transmission available in both manual and automatic. It’s the fastest 4-cylinder vehicle on the road.
Today, Polaris makes the Slingshot with an automatic transmission, automated manual transmission, and a 5-speed manual transmission. That makes the Slingshot a perfect option for everyone, regardless of your experience level.
With plenty of colors to choose from, a sleek, black interior, and leather-wrapped steering wheel, the Slingshot turns heads on every street in Ohio and beyond. You can also buy a “Slingshade” with polycarbonate windows and a sun cover, making the Slingshot feel more like a sports car and more durable in our unpredictable weather. With a cost similar to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, one of the most popular convertible sports cars on the market, the Slingshot is a great option for those looking for something a little more fun to drive than a traditional sports car.
Why Choose Us
If you’re looking for a 3 wheel motorcycle Lodi, Niles, or Cleveland will love, we’re the spot. We have a full inventory of Can-Am and Slingshot models, so you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for. Plus, we have a pre-owned inventory full of older Can-Am models. We’re proud to bring these unique, high-quality vehicles to Lodi and other cities in Ohio. Can-Am and Polaris are storied brands that customers trusts, and we look forward to helping you navigate your options and find a model that works for you.
Even if you never thought you’d be interested in a 3 wheel motorcycle, we encourage you to give one a test drive. Stop by our showrooms in Lodi, Cleveland, and Niles and check out our inventory of Slingshot and Can-Am 3 wheel motorcycles. We’re here to help, and we promise you won’t be disappointed.