"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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