More 3 wheel vehicles, considered motorcycles for registration and licensing, is leading another state, Colorado, to propose a separate 3 wheeler license. Although sidecars have been around since the earliest years of motorcycling, the newer reverse trikes, like the Can-Am Spyder, are getting enough exposure that some are suggesting another category is necessary or at least useful.
The one problem I see with this is the radically different types of 3 wheelers out there. A Can-Am Spyder is ridden in an upright style like a motorcycle while something like the T-Rex has you inside a roll cage in car like seats with a steering wheel. The T-Rex would require the same skills as any small sports car while the Spyder does require a sort of crossover skill set between a car and bike. No leaning gives you a car like vehicle but the seating and controls are more motorcycle than car.
As noted before, Delaware says 3 wheelers are motorcycles and you need a motorcycle license, this newer Colorado proposal says 3 wheelers are a distinct type of motorcycle. The Colorado law would allow you to get a 3 wheel license but still need another certification to ride a 2 wheeler.
California, on the other hand, is now thinking about adding a 3 wheeler training course to their rider safety training. This addresses the different handling characteristics of a non leaning vehicle whether it’s a reverse trike or a conventional sidecar rig. Riding a sidecar is definitely different and you hear all sorts of stories of riders driving off into the weeds but is it really that hard to figure out after the first turn?
This is going to get a little confusing while all of the states figure out what they’re going to do but I’m sure it will all sort itself out eventually.