Trike Manufacturing Leaders Experience Growth and Expand into the Global Market

Champion Trikes and Lehman Trikes continue to make great strides in the trike industry in just a few short months after Champion Investments Inc. purchased Lehman.

Lehman_CrossBowLSS2Lehman Trikes, which began running at full operations in October, has been slammed with orders nationwide for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Victory trike conversions. “We have been increasing staff since the purchase of the company in June and continue to increase our dealer network with trucks continually delivering trikes and picking up motorcycles for conversion,” stated Terree Matson-McCoy, Vice President of Lehman Trikes. “We are really excited about the progress of the company in such a short amount of time. Our trikes are known for their quality and styling and Lehman is dedicated to continuing this legacy.” Lehman Trikes is currently developing new product.

Champion Trikes continues to experience tremendous growth as well and has been recently researching innovative accessories for trikes. “We were the first to develop accessories such as the Original EZ Steer to enhance the ease and comfort of riding a Trike, Reverse Gear, and Disc Brakes for trikes and are currently in the beginning stages of development for an exciting new product to enhance the comfort for many trikers”, stated Jim Pinto, Vice President of Champion Trikes. Champion Trikes offers trike kits for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha as well as 74 different types of products.

Both Champion and Lehman are also making a breakthrough in the global market. Recently, strategic alliances were developed in key countries to give Champion a foot-hold in the lucrative International Trike market. “Both companies are already in the global market, but we have a fantastic opportunity to introduce our American-made trikes into a market that is also growing in the three-wheel segment.” Champion has developed refinements and enhancements for the International Trike marketplace for 2013.

The vastness of products available from both companies and the reputation each has as industry leaders has supported the sales growth. Stated Mr. Arrojo, “When Champion Investments purchased Lehman Trikes, we realized we were purchasing a strong leader. We are now sharing a combined 50 years of experience in this industry.” While the companies will remain separate, they are working closely together to build upon current products and develop exciting new products that will enhance the trike riding experience.

For more information on Lehman Trikes and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS. For more information on Champion Trikes and to locate a Champion Trikes dealer, visit www.championtrikes.com or call 800-875-0949.

 

John Lehman, Founder Lehman Trikes, passes away

John Lehman

Lehman Trikes, Inc. (LTI) Spearfish, South Dakota – It is with great sadness that Lehman Trikes announces the untimely loss of John K. Lehman, Founder and Director.  John passed away on Thursday, January 5, in Arizona. The suspected cause of death was a heart failure brought on by an embolism. John was 60 years old. He is survived by his wife Linda, one son – Quinten, one daughter – Leann, three surviving sisters – Gladys, Linda, Carol, and three grandchildren.

John was one of the most recognized, admired and respected individuals in the motorcycling industry, and is generally considered the Father of the Modern Trike.  In 2009 John was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame.

His death comes less than a week after signing a letter of intent to sell the company he founded to an investment group.  The company had been recently said it was seeking financial alternatives due to the challenging economic situation.

In 1984, John’s passion for motorcycling and his love of family led him to create the first modern trike so his wife, Linda, could carry one of their children.  John’s creation had more to do with family togetherness than a business venture.  The vehicle garnered so much interest everywhere they traveled that Lehman Industries was born, and John Lehman would go on to become one of the most recognized names in motorcycling.

In 1993, Larry Strilchuk, a long time friend, joined John and Lehman Trikes, Inc. was formed.  “Today is crushingly sad,” stated Larry, “John Lehman was my lifelong friend and amazing partner.  Through good and bad times, John’s gracious nature, love of family and friends, and positive outlook always touched everyone who came in contact with him.  He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.”

Known for his caring and charitable nature, John along with Larry started a program called the “Good Turn Trike” which eventually became an annual event providing people with a passion for motorcycling, who face some of life’s greatest challenges, a trike – for free.  John’s big heart helped raise money for terminally ill children, “Make A Wish Foundation”, “Kids n’ Chrome”, and many other worthwhile charities.  He remained active in the company until his passing.


Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks, and Prugh Design Announce “S.D.C.”

Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, and Prugh Design, all based in South Dakota, announced today they have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the design, manufacture, and badging of a custom trike tentatively scheduled to roll out at the American V-Twin Dealer Show in Indianapolis, February 2012. The new custom trike, the “S.D.C.” will showcase the design and manufacture prowess of the three companies.

Stated Ken Hines, President and CEO of Lehman Trikes, “Discussions about working together on a custom trike began last year, but schedules between all three companies have conflicted until recently. We are very excited about this new venture and anxious to get to the drawing board!”

Combining styling, design, manufacturing, and distribution, the three companies create the perfect team to bring a unique product to the trike industry.

Michael Prugh of Prugh Design, a full-service and innovative design company, has already collaborated with Lehman on designing the body styling on Lehman’s latest trikes: The CrossBow powered by the Victory Vision and the very successful Storm for the Kawasaki Vulcan 900. “We are really looking forward to working with Lehman and Klock Werks and bringing a forward-thinking, unique trike to fruition”, stated Michael.

Known worldwide for their innovative custom building and accessories for motorcycles, Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles said, “This exciting new partnership will emphasize our commitment to supplying new and exciting products to the motorcycle industry.  As the trike industry continues to rapidly expand, there are great opportunities for us to work together well into the future”.

Once unveiled in 2012, the custom trike will be manufactured by Lehman Trikes and distributed through Lehman Trikes dealer network.

For more information about Lehman Trikes and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.

Lehman introduces the CrossBow!

Lehman Trikes announced today their newest addition to the Lehman Signature Series line up of custom trikes, the 2011 Lehman CrossBow SS. The CrossBow SS features a powerful cobalt blue and white muscle-car inspired custom paint scheme, standard reverse, and John Lehman signature billet wheels. All Lehman Signature Series trikes are limited edition and feature custom paint, wheels, and reverse.

The 2011 CrossBow SS is available through authorized Lehman Trike Dealers for Victory Motorcycles and carries an MSRP of $37,495.

For more information on the new 2011 Lehman Signature Series CrossBow and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.


Lehman Trikes Launches New Accessory for Harley-Davidson Tri Glide and Street Glide Trikes

Lehman Trikes introduces Hawg EFX Running Boards for 2009-2010 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide and
Street Glide trikes! The new Hawg EFX are made of a durable composite that fasten securely to the
fenders and are supported by a steel subframe providing a sturdy and reliable weight-bearing step.
The ultimate in weather protection and style, the new running boards are manufactured and painted in-house by Lehman Trikes, the original supplier to Harley-Davidson for components, paint, and conversion services for 2009-2010 Harley-Davidson trikes. Factory color matched paint is available for all colors.
Hawg EFX are competitively priced starting at MSRP $968.00 (unpainted) and are available through
select Harley-Davidson and Lehman Trikes dealers nationwide.
For more information on Hawg EFX and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.


The Motorcycle Year in Review. Looking Back at 2010

For motorcycle enthusiasts, 2010 was the year the motorcycle community lost a couple of icons and a shootout between rival motorcycle clubs in Nevada, and a jury find that a casino was libel for injuries in another shootout 8 years ago. Let’s look back at the Motorcycle Year 2010.

On New Year’s day when everyone else was sleeping off a hangover, Jeff Decker, owner of Hippodrome Studios in Springville Utah took a crane and went to Timpanogos HD in Lindon UT and repo’d a 4 ton art statue of a motorcycle racer. The dealership had been through bankruptcy and listed

who owns "Lands Speed?" The artist or the dealership

the $100,000 work of art as an asset, but Decker said it was on loan and he had the paperwork to prove it.

Los Angeles Motorcycle Police officers traded in their Harley’s for BMW’s

INDIAN Motorcycles passed stringent CARB certification which allowed the brand to begin distributing the iconic bikes in California.

Ridley Motorcycles surrendered after a seven year legal battle with Harley-Davidson and agreed to quit using the term Auto-Glide in reference to some of its motorcycles. Lehman Trikes and Harley-Davidson parted ways as the Milwaukee

Ridley agreed to quit using the term "Auto-Glide" as this motorcycle's official designation

motorcycle maker said it would start producing the tri-glide trikes in its Pennsylvania plant.

Tony Taylor, former lead singer for the heavy metal band Twister Tower Dire was killed in a motorcycle accident in Ft. Meyers Florida.

Erik Buell isn’t sitting around after having his namesake company shuttered by Harley-Davidson, Buell started a company to provide race bikes in 2010 to companies who want to compete on the track with American made motorcycles.

Orange County Choppers was presumed dead after TLC dropped the show amid a feud between the Tuetels father and son team.

Sex and the City actor Max Ryan broke his collarbone and 5 ribs when a vehicle turned in front of him in Los Angeles.

Angelle Sampey, the sexiest and winningest female in motorsports history announced her retirement.

Winningest and sexiest female drag racer retires

Daytona Beach Police busted a chop shop that had been shuttling stolen bikes between New York and Florida for 5 years.

Illinois State Senator Gary Forby helped defeat legislation (19-32) that would require children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. He told critics of the bill “I don’t want you to come tell me how to raise my kids”

In a highly criticized report, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said motorcycle training courses were not effective at reducing accidents for riders 21 years and under. In the same study, the Institute found that motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brakes were 37% less likely to be involved in an accident.

Anthony Graber became the cause célèbre of civil libertarians when he was stopped on a Maryland interstate for reckless riding and secretly recorded Maryland Air National Guard Sergeant Joseph David Uhler acting in, what many perceived as an unprofessional manner. Graber later posted the video on YouTube which so angered the State police and prosecutors office they charged him with a law that was meant to prevent citizens from wiretapping the police and courts. With outrage mounting,  A judge would later throw out the wiretapping charge.
The Tail of the Dragon was reopened several months after a rock slide shut down the popular motorcyclist destination at the start of the busy spring riding season.

Harley-Davidson shocked Wisconsin lawmakers and angered the Harley faithful when it said there was a strong possibility that the day could come when no more Harley-Davidson motorcycles would be produced in the state where the company was born. Harley demanded and eventually received significant concessions from local union members and the plants remained in the Milwaukee area.

In an attack on states where helmet use is optional, Senator Frank Lautenberg fired the opening salvo in hearings by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by repeatedly calling for a National Helmet Law, later this year the NTSB would pick up the mandatory helmet use banner saying it intends to pressure those states where helmet use is optional to enact mandatory use legislation.

Robbie Knievel went to the Twin Falls Idaho area Chamber of Commerce to request permission to attempt a jump that his famous father failed to complete. Robbie asked to be allowed to jump the Snake River Canyon on July 4th 2011, the 43rd anniversary of Evel’s failed attempt. A spokesperson for the Chamber said the request is on hold pending a decision by the County Commissioners.

Dennis Hopper Dies In 2010. Best known to bikers as Billy in the movie Easyriders

Dennis Hopper, best known to motorcyclists as “Billy” in the iconic Easy Rider movie, died at the age of 74.

The South Carolina Supreme Court tossed out a city ordinance requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet in Myrtle Beach.

Polaris caused a stir when it announced it intended to outsource some of its ATV parts production to workers in Mexico and cut jobs in the USA. While the motorcycle side of the giant motorsports company was not affected, Polaris did say that once the Osceola Wisconsin plant closed, Victory engine manufacturing would be moved to Spirit Lake Iowa.

Sputnik Strain,  a larger than life motorcycle rights advocate from Texas died. He was 70.

The Hoka Hey challenge roared into the history books as the most celebrated and controversial endurance ride/ quasi race held in recent memory. Several participants died and organizers dodged questions for a month concerning prize money and not declaring an official winner. In the end, Will Barclay was declared the winner and told Quick Throttle magazine that he received his $500,000 prize money, but that did not end the controversy.

California legislators enacted a law making it illegal to modify the exhaust on 2011 and newer motorcycles, and Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law later in the year.

Chuck Zito pissed off Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter when he filed suit against FX claiming the network stole his idea for the fictional motorcycle club drama. Sutter called Zito a (expletive deleted) loser and a bitter juvenile gnat.

Thieves stole a pink Harley-Davidson Sportster belonging to the Susan G. Komen Foundation that was to be auctioned to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The bike was found months later in a garage, chopped and stripped ready to be sold for parts.

In a marriage that barely lasted  a year, MV Agusta was sold/returned to its former owner, the Castiglioni family. When it was all said and done, the Milwaukee company (in write downs and loans forgiven) essentially paid $136 million dollars to dump the sportbike company. This isn’t the first time that Harley-Davidson took a bath in business dealings with the Italians, in the early 60’s HD bought 50% of Aermacchi and full control in 1974, and four years later sold it back to Cagiva, owned by (who else) the Castiglioni family.

Motorcyclists across the USA were angered when it was revealed that NHTSA awarded a $70,000 grant to the Georgia State Patrol to conduct motorcycle only checkpoints at motorcycle events throughout the state.

Cycle News, America’s longest running motorcycle competition magazine shocked the industry when it pulled the plug on its print edition. The good news is that before the last epitaph was written, a buyer had stepped forth to purchase the title with plans to resurrect it.

Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle clubs engaged in a shootout in Prescott Arizona with over 50 shots exchanged and five club members injured.

Indiana motorcyclists clogged city streets and protested after DUI charges were dropped against an on duty city police officer who was allegedly intoxicated when he crashed his cruiser into a group of motorcyclists at a light, killing one and injuring two others.

Black motorcyclists have a 50% higher incident of fatalities than their white counterparts, according to a report from John’s Hopkins University. The percent held up even after controlling for factors such as severity of the accident, the biker’s gender and hospitalization insurance status. Other factors, such as age, type of bike and/or past driving history were not considered.

Ft. Meyers police arrested a 53 year old woman for attempting to hire a hit man to kill her husband. Police say Kimberly Alters offered her husband’s Harley-Davidson as payment.

Despite being almost double what the county appraised the property, 9.2 million dollars just wasn’t enough to convince the owner of One-Eyed Jacks to sell the popular biker bar in Sturgis South Dakota. The owner backed out of the sale citing $10 million as his minimum asking price.

Two wheels safer than four. That’s the conclusion of a study by a team of researchers at John’s Hopkins. The study found that ATV riders were 50% more likely to die of their injuries than similarly injured motorcycle riders and that ATV riders were 55% more likely to be injured and admitted to intensive care units than motorcyclists.

would you mistake the wearer of this dress as a 1% MC club member?

A French designer house folded like a house of cards after receiving legal notice from The Hells Angels claiming copyright infringement. Alexandar McQueen immediately agreed to recall merchandise which resembled the clubs death head logo that had been sold in Saks Fifth Ave and Zappos.com.

A civil jury found casino company Harrah’s Inc liable for injuries suffered by patrons during the 2002 shootout between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle club.

Four members of the Saddle Tramps MC were killed in a horrific wreck on a two lane California road when a gold colored Honda Civic passed the group and forced an oncoming car to swerve off the road and back across the lane into their path. The driver of the Honda was not arrested and police have no leads.

Harley-Davidson is seeking additional concessions from its union in Kansas City and has said it may be forced to move production to York PA or Wisconsin if it doesn’t get what it needs to streamline operations.

Lehman Trikes Partners with National Powersport Auctions

SPEARFISH, South Dakota – Lehman Trikes announced today an exclusive new partnership with National Powersport Auctions (NPA).  The new relationship provides Authorized Lehman Trikes dealers access to the largest network of powersports auctions in the United States.  Qualified Lehman Dealers can purchase motorcycles at any NPA location.  Dealers must be enrolled with NPA to participate at auctions either in person or online.

Lehman Trikes and NPA have arranged additional benefits to Lehman Dealers, including storage and transportation to Spearfish, South Dakota for Lehman factory conversion to trikes.  Lehman Trikes will also deliver the newly assembled trikes back to the dealers.  As an additional benefit, qualified dealers are eligible to have the motorcycle purchase and factory conversion put on floorplan with GE Commercial Distribution Finance.

“This is an excellent opportunity available exclusively to Authorized Lehman Trikes Dealers to purchase units for trike conversions at competitive pricing.” stated Ken Hines, President and CEO of Lehman Trikes. “It’s the perfect business scenario for all parties involved and we are happy to continue to provide our dealer network with new opportunities and industry leading service and support.”

“We are very excited to be working with Lehman Trikes, providing new avenues for dealers to participate in the expanding trike market.” states Justyn Amstutz, Executive Vice President and COO for National Powersport Auctions.

For more information on Lehman Trikes or to become a Lehman Trikes dealer, call 1-888-3WHEELS or visit their website at www.lehmantrikes.com.