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April 21, 2021

DRIFT TRIKES 101

Do you crave adventure and adrenaline? Do you feel that need for inertia-fueled turns and downhill stretches of breakneck speed? If so, drift trike racing might just be the perfect pastime for you!

Drift trikes are tricycles specifically designed with a low center of gravity. They’re meant to cling to the road in the same way skis have traction in snow or skateboards grip pavement. The back wheels are treadless and encased by a friction-reducing material such as PVC, while the large front tire where the brake is located is heavily treaded. This allows the front part of the trike to retain traction while the back half loses it, causing the back to ‘drift’.

GETTING STARTED WITH DRIFT TRIKES

When you start a new sport or hobby, it’s inevitable that you’ll mess up a couple of times. Avoid breaking your trike or your neck and look like a pro by researching drift techniques beforehand!

A custom bike built by CraV.co using The ROP shop Drift Trike Kit A custom bike built by CraV.co using The ROP shop Drift Trike Kit

STEP ONE: THE DRIFT

Drifting correctly is controlled chaos. Because your back tires are slick, you’re gliding across the road with the front wheel providing traction and steering. While your back end is swinging out and your front end is directing, you’re doing something called ‘oversteering’. This isn’t a driving mistake, but the whole goal and thrill of drift trikes.

When taking a turn, approach the peak of the curve normally. As the back end of the trike swings out, turn the steering wheel TOWARD the direction your back end is swinging. This will counteract the drift. You might fishtail or spin out a few times, but after some practice, you should be able to maintain control at the end of the turn.

STEP TWO: STAY GROUNDED

When you approach a turn, the speed you’re traveling combined with the weight of you and your drift trike will create a high amount of torque. Torque force rotates an object in the direction of the heaviest portion of said object while it’s in motion. In other words, it can send you spinning. If you turn too quickly or take the curve at too much speed, you’re likely to take a nasty spill. Follow these simple tips to stay grounded.

Counteract the centripetal force by leaning toward the inside of the curve.

Get a drift trike with a wider rear axle (we recommend 40 inches). This helps the weight stay evenly distributed for drifting. You’ll notice an instant increase to stability.

STEP THREE: 360 SPIN

Spinning a trike uses techniques that are completely opposite of the above two maneuvers. To achieve a 360, you have to force your wheel AWAY from the direction your back end is swinging, and it must be timed perfectly. Just before the trike’s sideways directional force catches up with you, turn your handlebars and lean into the direction of the spin.

There are plenty of YouTube videos showing experienced trikers pulling off 360 spins in style, and you just might see one from us in the future!

If drift trikes sound like a hobby for you, but you’re not sure you want to invest a lot of cash in it, don’t sweat. We carry two different drift trike kits at affordable prices so you can quench your thirst for adrenaline without breaking the bank.

Be sure to check out The ROP Shop's Drift Trike Kits! Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re here to help you have fun and stay rugged.

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