For decades, kids around the world have zoomed through parks and driveways on those “big wheeled” plastic trikes that feature an oversized front tire and two rear wheels.
Today, adults can recapture that playful experience with drift trikes. Popularized in New Zealand and a large number of YouTube videos, drift trikes are becoming trendy all over the world
What Are Drift Trikes?
Drift trikes are made of a welded metal frame. They include a seat, large front wheel, handlebars and two smooth rear wheels. Drift trikes are designed to lose traction intentionally in the back wheels and therefore “drift,” with riders using steering to negotiate corners and curves. They are typically used on paved roads with downhill sections and lots of corners, although with the recent advent of motorized drift trikes, flatland racing is becoming more popular.
Today there are drift trike competitions around the world, competitive racers, and sponsors. The slick back wheels are the key. They are usually go-cart wheels with a drift covering. The coverings come in different grades of hardness, which causes a variance in drifting ability. The front wheel is connected to pedals or pegs.
Types of Drift Trikes
Let’s take a look at the types of drift trikes. In addition to the pedal-powered so-called gravity trikes, there are now two kinds of motorized drift trikes, too. Motorized trikes have a small engine added and pegs instead of pedals. These bikes are powered either by gas or electricity. Below are the pros and cons of these three most common drift trikes.
Gravity Drift Trikes
The original drift trike, gravity models are non-motorized. They rely on foot power; feet and the brake are the only means of slowing the drift trike, and are also used to navigate curves and corners.
These drift trikes are the least expensive and can be useful to beginners wanting to get a feel for the sport, On the downside, they are really only usable on downhill courses (unless you like riding one uphill!). There’s also the matter of using your feet as brakes, which can be dangerous and painful.
Motorized Electric Drift Trikes
These trikes have an electric motor mounted on the front or rear tires. The trikes are a step up from gravity versions, giving you the ability to maneuver on open, flat stretches instead of just going downhill. There’s one considerable downside though; most electric trikes only hold a charge for 12 miles or 45 minutes of usage, which makes an afternoon of racing more difficult.
Motorized Gas-Powered Drift Trikes
Gas-powered trikes come with a real-wheel motor and hydraulic front and rear disc brakes. This added power makes braking more manageable. The extra power also allows for larger and taller individuals to ride without slowing down as much.
The main con is not really a con. These guys can fly. For example, Deadeye Drifters makes a motorized drift trike that runs at 35 MPH. If you add Deadeye Drifters’ Insanely Fast 15.6-horsepower engine, you can reach speeds as high as 70 MPH.
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Motorized Drift Trikes: The Adult Big Wheel
In general, a drift trike is a tricycle that’s been outfitted with hard, slick rear wheels meant to intentionally lose traction in order to drift. Used for sport in countries around the world, the drift trike actually originates from New Zealand, where the racing and “drift” culture of young men’s daydreams first brought the hobby to life.
Fuel-driven drift trikes specifically are gas powered and have some serious force. All the torque from the trike’s engine is applied to the rear wheels, making it much easier than normal to drift at lower speeds.
Deadeye Drifters wins in the Specialty Division!
The Peach Days Car Show is held the first Saturday after Labor Day in historic Brigham City, Utah by the Bonnevills Rods & Customs Car Club and there are over 35 car classifications and awards given. Special interest vehicles were welcome to participate in 2015 and this is where Deadeye Drifters cleaned house! The show is FREE to participate in and also FREE to attend.