The main reason why any three-wheeler appeal’s over two is simple – they don’t fall over. A ‘bike’s inherent instability can be a safety concern for some riders, and be physically daunting for weaker, smaller or perhaps disabled ones.
Some three-wheelers can also be ridden on a car – not bike – licence, negating the necessity for a car driver to apply for a new licence, complete CBT and so on.
Three-wheeled vehicles have some particular licencing requirements. If the front wheels are more than 460mm apart it is legally classified as a tricycle and can be ridden on a full car licence by anyone over the age of 21. If you’re under 21 or don’t hold a full car licence you’ll need to pass the relevent motorcycle qualification on a two-wheeler. Driving tests for three-wheeled vehicles are only available for those with a physical disability.
But three-wheelers are not all good news. They’re usually more expensive than their two-wheeled equivalent, are physically larger and heavier so are more cumbersome through traffic and can’t offer the same dynamic thrill, either, even though the modern breed of ‘leaning-three-wheelers’ come close.
So, what’s out there exactly? What do they offer and which are the best? Here’s our current Top 5 ‘Best three-wheelers’ to help you decide…