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Basem Wasef

US Government to Require Trike Training Prior to Motorcycle Licensing

By April 1, 2011

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The Department of Transportation issued a statement today that will cause a paradigm shift in the way riders earn the legal right to ride: as of January 1, 2012, the process for obtaining a motorcycle license will require a six-month "trike training" period in which would-be motorcyclists are limited to three-wheelers like the Harley Tri-Glide and Lehman CrossBow*.

"Let's face it," DOT spokesperson Melvin P. Meyers said in a national news conference, "Motorcycles are inherently unstable vehicles. Placing a first-time rider on these two wheeled conveyances opens the door to certain injury, or even death."

Outlining a three-wheeled trial period of 180 days, Meyers said the enforced trike riding would be akin to "training wheels that prove you're serious and responsible about riding a motorcycle." A new "T" license certification will differentiate the three-wheeled learners prior to their receiving Class "M" certification, and Meyers adds that "This is all about choice; thanks to proliferation of options due to baby boomer demand, wanna be motorcyclists aren't limited to traditional trikes; they can opt for backwards trikes like the Can-Am Spyder, or even that big-wheeled Custom SS contraption."

Anticipating heightened demand, motorcycle manufacturers are said to be feverishly engineering training wheel-style retrofits for their mainstream offerings-- while the Motorcycle Industry Council and the American Motorcyclist Association have already announced plans to appeal the DOT's decision.

>>* Not really. In case you haven't already figured it out, this was an April Fools day story.<<


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April 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm
(1) Pete says:

Great idea…however, I’ve ridden with some people who are dangerous on any amount of wheels!

April 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm
(2) Mary Slepicka says:

Outstanding reporting! :)

April 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm
(3) Scottie says:

Good one!!!

April 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm
(4) Schuberth Sarah says:

I’ve always wanted a trike anyway!

April 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm
(5) Kate Edwards says:

A friend of mine who is at very long last going to get her moto-license is quite nervous–and rather hoped that this was true. I almost felt bad for reminding her what day it is… Good job Basem!

April 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm
(6) Dave says:

US gomment don’t issue dl’s, only states. BS story.

April 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm
(7) Lon says:

And precisely, WHAT DAY IS TODAY?????

April 2, 2011 at 8:11 am
(8) Joe says:

Good one Basem!

April 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm
(9) Frank Masterson says:

This is not the same trikes ride diffrent than motercycles!that’s like training in a pickup to drive a tractor traylor! goverment forcing you to to by a vehichel you dont want to have, so you can ride some thing compleatly diffrent. Our goverment at work!!

April 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(10) Tony Pan says:

Training on three wheels teaches you just that: three wheel operation. The dynamic of riding on two wheels is completely different and this three wheel requirement is junk science at it’s worst. Or is this a scheme to require more registration and training fees? It certainly isn’t about learning how to ride a motorcycle. What about lean? What about proper braking or lane positioning? This is all different on two wheels as opposed to three. New riders will have to learn all over again when they convert, or else bring wrong technique to the road and crash. Bad idea, but then, what would you expect from DOT.

April 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm
(11) scott says:

Oh my God! I just bought 14 new motorcycles. What to do? :)

April 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm
(12) tom says:

Piney is pissed now!

April 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm
(13) Mike P. says:

What a freakin IDIOT.
Trikes are MORE dangerous than a motorcycle. They can flip if you don’t know what you are doing. Again, a Govt.official making a statement about something he knows nothing about!

April 7, 2011 at 1:30 am
(14) Jane says:

April Fools!?? please?

April 7, 2011 at 1:34 am
(15) Terry says:

Well it seems to be April FOOLS again…..!!!!!

April 7, 2011 at 8:00 am
(16) turnup says:

The thing I can’t believe is how much time I wasted reading this horse crap. A little of this would have been funny but you went a bit too far with foolishness.

April 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(17) Danielle says:

How about more training and awareness classes? not only for new riders, but drivers of cars. nake it mandatory to teach new drivers of cars to take drivers ed class (outside of high school) with mandatory teachings of driving distracted, and motorcycle awareness on roads. Also make it mandatory for new riders to take a riders edge class from a dealership ar community colleges before they get their motorcycle endorsment.

Tony Pan hit the nail on the head.

I’m just gonna bet that whoever thought this up has NEVER ridden a bike, let alone a Motorcycle, in their lives!

July 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm
(18) casey says:

Wow, your motorcycle posts are constantly full of crap. You don’t know what your talking about. Take your rumors to the UFO chatrooms

August 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm
(19) strattuner says:

driving or riding a vehicle on any hiway is a right not a priviledge,it is un constitutional for the crap they are doing today,we go along with it,and they are the nanny state,if i build it with my money i should be able to ride it anywhere in the continental USA

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