What You Need To Know About Riding Three-Wheelers In Colorado

It seems like everyone has a three-wheeled vehicle coming out these days. KTM released its X-Bow, Polaris released its Slingshot, and even Toyota—a car manufacturer—is getting into the game with its i-Road all electric three-wheeled vehicle, but how do these vehicles fit onto our roadways and traffic laws?

What You Need To Know About Riding Three-Wheelers In Colorado

Not long ago we talked to you about the rising popularity of three-wheeled vehicles. From the Can-Am Spider to custom leaning trikes, these new vehicles are becoming more and more popular and resembling motorcycles less and less, so it can be confusing about how Colorado traffic laws apply to them. Here’s what you need to know…

  • If it has three wheels, it’s a motorcycle: Some of the new three-wheelers are low slung open cockpit numbers with steering wheels and bucket seats, but even though these machines may look or even operate like cars, they are considered motorcycles. You will need a 2-wheel/3-wheel motorcycle endorsement to drive them on a public road.
  • Colorado motorcycle laws apply to three-wheeled vehicles and their occupants: This means that the Colorado law requiring you to wear goggles or some other form of eye protection while riding still applies to people operating or riding in a three-wheeled vehicle. If you are 17 or younger, you still have to wear a helmet, and if you are 18 or older, you can choose not to wear a helmet.
  • There are exemptions though: A new law exempts some people from wearing the state required safety gear. If the 3-wheeled motorcycle has a top speed of 25 mph, a windshield, and seatbelts, then the driver is exempt from having to wear a helmet, eye protection, and they don’t have to have a 2/3-wheel motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. This law went into effect on August 5, 2015.

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