Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
A trike is a perfectly valid form of transportation, especially if it lets someone extend their riding capabilities due to age or physical issues. Or if they just want one. I have a lot of friends who trike and are quite happy and comfortable with them.
I just thought it odd to use a GT as a donor bike . . .
As for the riding questions, yes, trikes do handle completely differently from a bike. The lack of lean means there is no counter steering, so it is turn right to go right. Some trikes have employed trick raked-out front suspensions to minimize the handlebar force needed while turning, but even a "normal" front end will work if you put a little effort into it.
And just like biking, riding a trike well takes practice and skill. Plus you get two (comparatively) large, flat rear tires for massive traction. I've seen guys hustle trikes through corners keeping up with (and sometimes passing) much "faster" bikes. Put it this way, how much faster could you corner on the bike if you knew you had as much traction as in your car . . . ?
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles and counting...
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#145, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032
All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .
Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...