Tilting Motor Works Service in Collierville, TN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is it?
Tilting Motor Works has developed a breakthrough leaning 3-wheel conversion technology that offers the stability and safety benefits of 3 wheels with the precision handling of a motorcycle. The conversion involves removing the front fork and the front wheel and replacing it with a new front end that bolts to the frame. Conversions are performed by TMW or its authorized dealers. It is not available as a do-it-yourself kit.
What’s good about having 2 wheels in the front?
It’s the most efficient design for a 3-wheeler that leans. And a vehicle has to lean if it’s going to feel like a motorcycle. A front conversion also puts more traction up front where it belongs, improving cornering and braking.
How does it handle compared to a motorcycle?
A TMW-equipped 3-wheeler steers, countersteers, leans and handles just like the original motorcycle. If you don’t look below the handlebars you might not remember that you have two wheels in the front.
How does it affect the lean angle of the bike?
It doesn’t. On most Harley models the bike will lean over until the pegs or floorboards scrape the pavement, with no change to the lean angle.
Are there safety benefits?
Common road conditions that pose grave risks to motorcyclists can be non-events aboard a TMW-equipped vehicle. For instance you can hit a bump or loose gravel or an oil slick with one front tire, even while cornering, and the other tire will maintain traction so you’re able to continue on your way without incident.
Who should get a TMW conversion?
A leaning trike is ideal for veteran riders who are unsatisfied with the handling or image of conventional rear-wheel trikes and Spyders. It also appeals to newer riders who might consider a Harley but don’t feel comfortable with the size and weight of the machine. Motorcycle enthusiasts like being able to run faster through the curves.
Can I carry a passenger?
The rear of the bike, including passenger seating, is not affected by installation of the TMW unit. You and your passenger may feel more secure on 3 wheels though.
ABOUT TILTING MOTOR WORKS
We founded Tilting Motor Works in the belief that safety and confidence on a motorcycle don’t have to come at the expense of performance.
Anyone who rides a bike knows the pure liberty of life on two wheels, and the hazards that lurk around every bend in the road. Dissatisfied with the lumbering trikes that have become the norm, we set out to design a breakthrough 3-wheeler that would make it much easier and safer to ride a big V-Twin without sacrificing a thing in the experience. And after years of tweaking and tuning every detail on the computer and logging thousands upon thousands of real-world road miles to test and refine the design…we’ve think we’ve got it.
The lean is the thing. A trike that can’t lean into the turn drives like a car with handlebars, not a motorcycle; you actually fight the gyroscopic effect that makes cornering on a motorcycle secure. And the simplest way to make a trike that leans is to put the third wheel up front. The trick is to make both front wheels tilt in tandem.
Other benefits come with the front-trike design. Two wheels in front means more rubber on the road and better stopping power. Better yet, you can hit gravel or oil with one front wheel and the other will maintain traction around the bend like nothing happened. And each of those wheels can soak up a bump that might throw you on a regular bike.
So now a veteran rider who might be looking at giving up the bike, and with it many of the relationships built over the years on the road, can keep riding happily for years to come. A new rider, or someone who likes the idea of riding a Harley® but can’t quite imagine handling such a big machine, can hop on as well. And, let’s face it, performance enthusiasts who know how to turn that extra traction and braking into miles per hour are going to like it too.
Located in Snohomish, Washington, Tilting Motor Works enjoys a tremendous local skills base thanks to the many state-of-the-art ISO 9000 machine shops producing components for commercial aircraft nearby.