Citrus Springs, Fla. – Now 64, Ward “Doc” Freer has lived his passion of riding motorcycles since he was a teenager. Like many Baby Boomers, though, the aches and pains of growing older have made piloting two-wheelers more challenging.
For a year, Freer searched for an adult sports trike (a motorcycle with three wheels), but he was unable to find one he liked, so the entrepreneur and inventor created a trike himself. The result is Future Vision Vehicles (www.futurevisionvehicles.com). Freer’s first model is the Triple Play, which looks like an Indy race car featuring a frame that attaches to a V-twin full-size motorcycle.
There is a growing presence of motorcycles with three wheels on the road. Because they offer more stability and are easier to handle than traditional two-wheelers, adult trikes are becoming increasingly popular with riders who have chronic injuries, balance problems and other physical ailments. With the Triple Play, riders can easily mount and dismount.
“Baby Boomers are staying more active now than in previous generations, and many of us who ride motorcycles want to keep riding but can no longer physically handle a two-wheeler,” said Freer, who served two tours in Vietnam, earned two Bronze Stars and was given his nickname from his role as an Army medic. “The Triple Play allows motorcycle enthusiasts to keep participating, even if they have artificial hips and knees, or have ailments that would keep them from riding.”
The Triple Play is more comfortable than traditional two-wheelers because of its large size. Any brand of full-size motorcycle can be converted into a trike with the Triple Play’s design.
“When riders stop, they don’t have to hold the bike up when they have a Triple Play, and they don’t have to back it into a parking space with their feet, “Freer said. “This gives people the chance to enjoy the sport of motorcycling again because the limitations and fatigue are eliminated.”
Since a higher number of motorcycle owners are aging out of their two-wheelers, trikes are becoming more common, yet Freer still gets looks every time he pulls into a gas station, a restaurant or any public spot.
“It grabs attention everywhere it goes. When I drive down the road or pull into a parking lot anywhere and people notice and ask me about it,” Freer said of his Triple Play. “And the size and stylish appearance makes it more visible on the road, which makes riders feel safe.”
Freer will showcase the Triple Play at Bike Week in Daytona Beach from March 8 to March 17. The frame is prices at $2,200, which allows riders to convert their two-wheeler into a trike at a fraction of the cost they would incur if they bought an original three-wheel model from major manufacturers.
Freer is also designing another frame that he plans to introduce later in 2013. He is coordinating two trike rallies as well.
“The Triple Play is proof that riders don’t have to sacrifice style and power when they transition from a two-wheeler to a trike,” Freer said. “When I’m driving down the road, motorcyclists frequently give me the thumbs up. Some day, everyone will be unable to ride a two-wheeler because of age, injuries and other physical limitations, but the trike gives everyone the freedom to stay on the open road.”