Drift Trikes in South Africa.
A drift trike is a beefed-up version of the 3-wheeler tricycle. Add a motor and some smooth, slippery PVC plastic over the rear wheels to decrease traction and, voila! The perfect recipe for some exhilarating side-sliding action. Wipe any images of a cute little tots tricycle…a drift trike is definitely not of the Toys”R”Us variety! These much gutsier versions are purpose-built to ‘drift’. This is when the driver over-steers to intentionally initiate loss of traction to the back wheels and then counter-steers around the corners - all in the name of FUN!
Drift trikes have rapidly gained popularity worldwide since their inception - probably in a teenage boy’s backyard - around 7 years ago, and adventure-seekers in South Africa have welcomed them with open arms. There are drift triking groups and clubs popping up all over South Africa but most of these enthusiasts’ trikes are propelled by good old fashioned gravity and pedal-power, reaching hair-raising speeds of 60km/hr on downhill out-of-the-way roads!
Riding a motorized drift trike on level ground, however, is a piece of cake! It is loads of fun for the whole family, a teenage birthday party or for those who have secretly dreamt of being a rally driver or speedway motorcyclist. The trike is low to the ground for stability, a full helmet is provided and a tyre boundary is fitted around the vehicle to smoothly and safely handle any major over-steers.
So if you are seeking an adrenaline-pumping activity with a refreshingly unique difference, surrender to your inner child and ‘get sideways’ as they say in drifting lingo! Take a look at our recommended Drift Trike Operators in South Africa.