Being a long time fan of reverse trikes I have worked my way up from the odd but stylish 150cc Kandi reverse trike that tilted like a two wheeled bike to purchasing the powerful and beautiful Can-am Spyder Rotax 990 BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) that I own today. Here is my review on the main differences in handling, performance and features plus pros and cons of each reverse trike.
Kandi Reverse Trike MC_D150TKA Three Wheeled Chinese Scooter (Roadrunner 150cc)
The smallest of the trikes I’m reviewing is the 150cc Kandi MC_D150TKA. Like most Chinese scooters this trike arrived from CA. The MC_D150TKA was fairly cheap to purchase and looked really sharp with nice features like extra storage space and a smooth running engine. In addition, the passenger seating was comfortable and it accelerated nicely. My main con with this reverse trike was the inability to make smooth turns at speeds over 20mph that sometimes left you in an awkward position on the road. Although this could be managed by changing driving techniques slightly, it did take practice. In my MC_D150TKA review I mention cons like the muffler mounts broke after a very short time and the key broke in the ignition the first day trying to pop the seat, but looking back it was a nice bike at a fair price. My recommendation though is to buy the larger 250cc version of this trike for the additional power because the trike frames add an additional weight slowing them down.
Kandi Reverse Trike MC-95-250 250cc Can Am Spider Replica Chinese Scooter
The 250cc Can-Am spyder replica is the second reverse trike I purchased, but originally the trike I wanted to find. Unfortunately this trike had bad reviews in the few I found and cost around $6000 new. I eventually found this trike on EBay used at Mosites Motorsports in North Huntingdon, PA who sold it to me like new, but knew that it didn’t run well. In my MC-95-250 review I mention the problems I had and cons of this trike. My biggest complaint other than not being able to fix it was the MC-95-250 had NO storage which made this reverse trike useless for small errands and inconvenient to drive to work. Also the four small lights provided little visibility to others or for driving dark roads. Handling was choppy, no power steering and even with upgrades to the newer models , felt unstable at top speed and maxed around 50-60mph. The MC-95-250 was fun to drive and I got use to how it handled but ultimately sold it for parts after it stopped running again. The buyer said he googled a name from the manufacturing plate on the trike and was able to get a hold of a tech who sent him the parts needed and was familiar with the MC-95-250 trike. I’ve seen the 2013 models and they have additional lights on the back and hopefully more suspension improvements which may result in a better scooter.
Can-Am RT-S SE5 Spyder Touring Reverse Trike
After four years of researching the Can-Am and other trikes I finally made the leap and purchased a viper red Can-Am RT-S SE5 touring trike. I’ve ridden the Can Am 600 miles and it’s ready for its first check up at the dealer. So far I’ve not had any problems other than the electronic trunk button doesn’t work, but is being fixed. The Can-Am is a blast to ride and with TCS (traction control system), SCS (stability control system), anti locking 3 wheel brakes and several other safety features, driver error is my only worry. I love the large back tire and heavy feel of the Can-Am almost like sitting on an ATV. Having the extra power makes not speeding and playing harder, but is great for getting out of tight situations. Very smooth ride even at higher speeds (90mph) as fast as I’ve gone. Taking one hand of the handle bars in normal highway driving is safe which is something I wouldn’t do on the Mc-95-250. I put 10 Street FX ElectroPods strip lights for ground effects on my Can-Am, but even without them, has great lighting on the front and back plus large turn signals. The semi automatic shifting is a nice feature, but seems to shift hard sometimes, which I’m not sure is normal since I’ve never used it before. I love the heated handle bars since winter in Sevierville, TN is mainly when I’ve been driving due to purchasing times and repairs. I’ve only used it on low and they still make a huge difference at night when it gets cold.
Overall, the Can-Am is undoubtedly the nicest and safest of these trikes as long as you take the time to learn to handle these powerful machines. But for the price the $2000 MC_D150TKA was a great trike for the city and slower speeds. It had great storage, lights and people were really curious about what it was exactly. The $6000 MC-95-250 had very few features, slightly more power, not as smooth a ride and absolutely no storage. The $21,000 Can-Am RT- S SE5 is an awesome bike with a powerful Rotax 990cc engine and a ton of extra features, 41 gallons of storage, 494 pound weight limit and great visibility at night. I hope this gives insight into what to expect when riding and purchasing one of these unique reverse trikes.
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