If you did a double-take the first time you saw a Goldwing three-wheeler cruising past on a two-lane, you're probably not alone—but trikes have become so prominent in recent years that the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. itself recently introduced the Tri Glide Ultra Classic, supplied by modern-day trike inventor Lehman Trikes. That's one sign of company founder John Lehman's success in the world of motorcycling—another will be his induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame on August 5.
The Sturgis Hall of Fame honors the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to improving, promoting, and advancing the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling.
"There couldn't be a more humble man to receive this award," says Ken Hines, executive vice president of Lehman Trikes. "We are extremely proud of John and his accomplishments. He's a kind-hearted guy and is respected throughout the motorcycle industry."
Lehman developed the first modern trike in 1984 for his wife, Linda, who was reluctant to ride on two wheels with one of their children on the back. It wasn't long before the orders came pouring in and John's idea became a business. Today, Lehman Trikes is publicly traded and has created a new industry of three-wheeled motorcycles in North America; locally, you can find Lehman trikes at Dixie Custom Cycles (805 Clinch Ave., Clinton; 865-457-2119).