The trikes popping up on roads nationwide aren't for kids. Our Sarah Blazonis tells us about the add-on making it easier for a generation of motorcyclists to stay on the road.
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LYSANDER, N.Y. -- Paul Bisson fell in love with motorcycles almost 45 years ago.
"When you're in a car, you're going from Point A to Point B. When you're on a bike, you're just riding, so if you get there, fine, if you don't you wind up somewhere else," said Bisson.
But, last winter Bisson gave up two wheels in favor of three. He had a trike kit installed on his Honda Gold Wing.
"One of the reasons is it's a heavy bike," said Bisson. "It's around 900 pounds. So if you stop and your foot hits a little bit of gravel or something, you could lay it down."
Auto industry web site NADAguides.com reports that interest in converting bikes is up 27 percent from last year. Pat Briggs said it's a trend he's noticed both on the road and in his business, County Line Choppers in Phoenix.
"Trikes are a lot more popular nowadays, especially some of the bikers getting a little bit older or someone with an injury that can't balance a bigger, heavier bike," said Briggs.
When making the switch, there are basically two routes you can go. You could put two wheels on either side of the back wheel, similar to training wheels, or remove the entire back end and install a new axle, similar to what you'd find on a car.
Briggs said he's done about a half dozen conversions.
"We have the capability of welding and custom making all the frame components and all that, but we can pretty much adapt almost every motorcycle," he said.
And this winter is already shaping up to be a busy one. He's fielding requests for several more conversions. As for Bisson, he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.