A bill making it easier to get licensed to ride a three-wheel motorcycle was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback.
House Bill 2522 allows owners of trikes to test for and receive a motorcycle license for three-wheel vehicles only.
Cycling enthusiasts say the new law will be a godsend for aging baby boomers who still have a passion for roaring engines and open roads, but aren’t strong enough or maybe lack the balance to handle a two-wheel cycle in their seniorhood.
The bill is also a recognition that trikes have come a long way since the homebrewed three-wheel choppers of the 1960s and ’70s.
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Today’s three-wheelers are sleek machines, with two front wheels in the front and one in the back. They’re generally considered to be more stable and corner better than the old-style trikes.
Some of us are going to lose our knees pretty soon and can’t hold up those 950-pound Harleys.
Rep. Larry Campbell, R-Olathe
In the debate on the bill, Republicans and Democrats both said it makes sense to allow riders to test on three-wheelers if that’s what they’re going to ride.
“Some of us are going to lose our knees pretty soon and can’t hold up those 950-pound Harleys, and so you can’t take a test on a two-wheel,” Rep. Larry Campbell, R-Olathe, said during the House debate.
Other provisions of House Bill 2522 include:
▪ Allowing the Department of Revenue to begin working toward a system of online renewal of driver’s licenses within certain age restrictions.
▪ Adding a $40 fee for motorized bicycle permits for motorists who have had their driving privileges suspended.
▪ Authorizing the use of laser-engraved images on drivers’ licenses and state ID cards. The laser images are considered harder to counterfeit or alter than standard digital photographs.