Drift Triking Starter’s Guide

Usually we think of trikes (tricycles) as something that you get a 3-year-old for his birthday but Drift Triking takes things to the next level and it definitely isn’t for kids. Drift triking is thought to originate in New Zealand and then to have spread through Australia, Europe and America in 2011 when the American Drift Trike Association was formed. Since then the sport has seen a major boost in popularity.

Needless to say, this is considered an extreme sport since the entire idea behind it is to go as fast as possible down steep hills with sharp turns, to intentionally lose traction and use counter-steering to slide around corners. Fun stuff, right?

So, how does it work? Obviously the most important aspect to drift triking is to get yourself a proper trike and there are two types available. The first is the pedal model where the pedals are situated on the front wheel and you use your muscular power to give it motion. An excellent choice for this model is the Razor DXT Drift Trike.

Razor DXT Drift Trike

Razor DXT Drift Trike

BUY ­| $117.10

The other type of trike that you can get is motorized which gives you more speed and it isn’t as intense on the legs. This model by Zeths is exactly what you need to get that semi-chopper feel while still handling like a BMX drifter.

Zeths Drift Triking

Zeths Drift Trike

BUY | from $699.99

Since you can’t have a motorized trike without a motor, the Predator 6.5 hp 212cc model by Predator Motors is a best seller on Amazon.

Predator Motor

Predator Motor

BUY | $128.54

The next most important aspect is to choose your wheels. Generally, drift trike wheels are made from solid PVC and this is a good starting point but the other types that you can get are wood and inflatable with PVC sleeves. While it is up to you to decide which type is the best for your needs, the general consensus seems to be that inflatable tires with sleeves are the best.

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2. Big Wheel Drift Trike By SFD Industries

3. Verrado Electric Trike

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5. Razor DXT Downhill Drift Trike

6. Ninebot One – Self Balancing Scooter

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