Boomer Bikers Are Turning to Three-Wheelers to Keep Up Life in the Fast Lane

By Reynolds, Chris | The Canadian Press, January 3, 2019 | Go to article overview

Boomer Bikers Are Turning to Three-Wheelers to Keep Up Life in the Fast Lane


Reynolds, Chris, The Canadian Press


Boomer bikers turn to three-wheelers

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MONTREAL - Pam Fraser had never been on a motorcycle -- or anything resembling one -- such as the three-wheeled Piaggio scooter her husband Dan hauled home from the dealership 10 years ago.

"I thought for sure he is going to kill himself on this thing," she said.

Dan, a firefighter at the time, relented, trading in the Piaggio a few months later. "The next thing you know he's buying a Can-Am Spyder," recalled Pam, 64. "Boys and their toys."

Dan, 66, who gave up biking as a young man, implored her to try the trike, made by Quebec-based BRP Inc. and resembling one of the company's Ski-Doos on wheels -- one in the back, two wide apart in the front.

"So I put on my snowmobile helmet and popped on behind him and went for a little ride," Pam said, her risk aversion honed by decades in personal insurance. "I was hooked."

The roadster has rerouted their retirement. Pam and Dan have put more than 250,000 kilometres on seven Spyders over the past decade. They've trekked to trike rallies in Missouri, Tennessee and North Carolina. Last July they rode to Deadwood, S.D., notching 1,000 kilometres a day.

"I wouldn't say it's a hobby; it's more of a lifestyle," said Pam, who moderates the Ontario Spyder Ryders Facebook page, which counts more than 770 members. "It gives you a sense of freedom that you don't have in a car."

The retirees from Orangeville, Ont., are part of a growing wave of baby boomers who are rediscovering life on the open road aboard the motorbike's more stable cousin, the three-wheeled motorcycle. And manufacturers are scrambling to get on board, aiming to expand a mere industry sidecar into a major driver of sales while dodging licensing obstacles and derision from the hog elite.

The number of three-wheeled vehicles registered in Quebec rose 60 per cent to 15,147 between 2014 and 2017, according to the Transport Ministry. Motorcycles grew 17 per cent to 185,416 in the same period.

The rest of the country has been slower to adopt, but producers have their eyes on sunnier climes than Canada.

Companies like BRP, Harley-Davidson Inc., Quebec-based Campagna Motors and Minnesota's Polaris Industries are looking to expand in the U.S. as well as Australia, Japan and Europe.

BRP chief executive Jose Boisjoli hopes to triple global sales of three-wheelers over five years to more than $1 billion -- or nearly one-quarter of total company revenues in 2017 -- driven largely by the newly released Ryker roadster. The sporty trike chops the Spyder's starting price of US$17,000 to US$8,500 in a bid to attract younger and less wealthy riders.

Ultimately, though, youth is not where it's at. The average Spyder customer is 62, Boisjoli said.

"To be honest, at the beginning we were saying we should attract younger people. But lately we're saying, why? Retired people have disposable income. …

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