Basic Sidecar/Trike Course
The Basic Sidecar/Trike Course (S/TEP) is a 16 hour curriculum for beginning riders. The course progresses through basic skills training, street survival strategies, and some advanced level skills training. It finishes with both written and riding tests that will waive testing at the DoL for your 3-wheeled motorcycle endorsement. Sidecar and Trike Requirements: We will have sidecar units, Can-Am Spyders, Can-Am Rykers, and standard trikes available for student use. Many of these rigs are on loan from various dealers and all rigs will be shared between students during the class.
Students are encouraged to bring their own rigs to classes. However, they must meet all of the following criteria in order to be used in our classes:
- THE SILVERDALE SITE HAS A NOISE RESTRICTION, SO ANY 3W RIG RIDDEN IN CLASSES AT APEX AIRPORT MUST HAVE A STOCK EXHAUST SYSTEM.
- The rig must have 3 wheels. (Voyager and Tow-Pac kits attached to a 2-wheel bike are not suitable for this training since they have 4 wheels.)
- The rig must be steered by handlebars.
- The rig must pass a safety inspection by the instructor, who will examine the following: sturdy construction of all attachment points with all connections properly tightened, all controls functional and in good condition, all lights and safety equipment functional, tires and wheels in good shape and capable of supporting the stresses they will be exposed to during the class
- The rig must be insured to the minimum liability limits available in WA. The instructor must see proof of insurance and ownership at the class.
- The first 10 riding exercises require ballast in all sidecars. This is normally accomplished by having one of the other students ride in the sidecar. If you don’t want anyone in your personal sidecar, you must bring at least 50 lbs. of removable ballast in your sidecar. (Sandbags or water jugs that can be secured so that they don’t slide around are most common.)
- A Piaggio MP3 cannot be ridden in the 3-wheel class due it’s ability to lean and countersteer like a 2-wheel motorcycle. It can be ridden in a 2-wheel class.
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