Trikke Owner`s Manual 2010 T78.indd

Trikke Owner`s Manual 2010 T78.indd
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Important Must Read Warnings,
Safety Information and Riding Tips
Thank you for purchasing a Trikke™ product. This owner’s manual is designed to help
you make the most of your Trikke carving vehicle. Instructions and warnings have been
carefully prepared to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. Use common
sense while riding and enjoy your new Trikke carving vehicle. Read additional information
on page 12.
READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ASSEMBLY, MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY SECTIONS OF
THE OWNER’S MANUAL BEFORE RIDING. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND
PAY ATTENTION TO ALL WARNINGS.
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ALWAYS WEAR PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT WHEN RIDING THE TRIKKE
Carving VEHICLE INCLUDING AN ANSI, SNELL, CPSC, ASTM or DIN EN 1078 APPROVED
HELMET. USE PROPER FOOTWEAR AND SECURE LACES ON SHOES BEFORE RIDING.
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AVOID WATER, BUMPS, GRAVEL, SAND, CRACKS, UNEVEN SURFACES OR
OBSTACLES THAT MAY STOP YOU SUDDENLY OR CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL. THE
TRIKKE CARVING VEHICLE IS NOT INTENDED FOR OFF-ROAD USE. AVOID RIDING AT
NIGHT.
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HANDS FREE RIDING CAN BE DANGEROUS. USE BOTH HANDS TO HOLD THE
HANDLEBARS FIRMLY AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT PUSH TOO HARD ON OR APPLY UNEVEN
PRESSURE TO EITHER SIDE OF THE HANDLEBARS. DO NOT MAKE SUDDEN SHARP
TURNS OR APPLY YOUR BODY WEIGHT TO THE HANDLEBARS WHEN TURNING.
SUCH ACTIONS MAY CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO “JACK-KNIFE” OR TO STOP SUDDENLY,
WHICH CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY TO THE RIDER.
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STUNT RIDING, RIDING BACKWARDS AND/OR EXTREME RIDING ARE NOT
RECOMMENDED ON THE T67 OR THE T78. RIDING IN THIS FASHION MAY DAMAGE
THE PRODUCT AND VOIDS THE WARRRANTY AND MAY RESULT IN INJURY OR
DEATH.
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DO NOT LEAN BACK OR PULL BACK ON THE HANDLEBARS. DOING SO CAN
CAUSE THE RIDER TO FALL OFF THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE POSSIBLY RESULTING IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
• POLYURETHANE WHEELS DO NOT PERFORM WELL ON WET PAVEMENT OR ANY
OTHER WET SURFACE. POLYURETHANE LOSES TRACTION ON MOST WET SURFACES,
AND WATER ON THE WHEELS CAN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
THE BRAKES. IF YOU MUST RIDE IN WET CONDITIONS BE VERY CAREFUL TO AVOID
SLIDING OUT AND DO NOT CARVE HARD TURNS.
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DOWNHILL RIDING IS NOT RECOMMENDED, ESPECIALLY FOR NOVICE
RIDERS. THE TRIKKE Carving VEHICLE IS DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR USE ON FLAT
DRY PAVEMENT. RIDING ON STEEP HILLS OR DOING PROLONGED DOWNHILL RIDES
IS NOT RECOMMENDED. PROLONGED USE OF THE BRAKES WILL CAUSE THE REAR
POLYURETHANE WHEELS TO WEAR DOWN PREMATURELY, DRAMATICALLY REDUCING
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE BRAKES OR EVEN CAUSING THEM TO FAIL. EXTREME
CAUTION SHOULD BE USED WHEN RIDING ON ANY HILL.
• WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED MAXIMUM
RIDER WEIGHT LIMITS FOR EACH TRIKKE MODEL:
TRIKKE T67s WEIGHT LIMIT: 200 lbs. or 91 kg
TRIKKE T78cs WEIGHT LIMIT: 250 lbs. or 114 kg
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ALWAYS INSPECT THE VEHICLE BEFORE EACH RIDE AND MAKE SURE THAT
THE HANDLEBAR QUICK RELEASE AND THE FOLDING MECHANISMS ARE SECURELY
LOCKED IN THE PROPER RIDING POSITION. READ THE ASSEMBLY SECTION OF THE
OWNER’S MANUAL FOR IMPORTANT ASSEMBLY AND MAINTENANCE INFORMATION.
• TEST THE BRAKES FOR PROPER FUNCTION BEFORE EACH RIDE AND DO NOT
TURN THE HANDLEBARS MORE THAN 180ْ. THE BRAKE CABLES CAN WRAP AROUND
THE STEERING COLUMN AND POSSIBLY ENGAGE THE BRAKES. MAKE SURE THAT
YOUR BRAKE CABLES ARE NOT WRAPPED AROUND THE STEERING COLUMN BEFORE
EACH RIDING SESSION. ALWAYS APPLY BOTH BRAKES EVENLY WITH YOUR WEIGHT
DISTRIBUTED EVENLY OVER EACH REAR WHEEL.
• CHILDREN SHOULD ALWAYS BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT WHEN RIDING. IT IS
THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN AND INSPECT
THE VEHICLE BEFORE EACH RIDING SESSION. THE TRIKKE CARVING VEHICLE IS NOT
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 7 YEARS OF AGE.
• ALWAYS EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN YOU ARE RIDING IN PROXIMITY
TO OTHER VEHICLES, PEDESTRIANS, AND ESPECIALLY IN PROXIMITY TO CARS IF YOU
ARE RIDING ON A STREET. BE SURE TO OBEY ALL RULES OF THE ROAD. PLEASE BE
COURTEOUS TO RIDERS OF OTHER VEHICLES AND ALL PEDESTRIANS. SHARE THE
PATH!
• DO NOT MODIFY YOUR TRIKKE CARVING VEHICLE. ONLY USE TRIKKE TECH,
INC. APPROVED PARTS OR ACCESSORIES. SEE THE LIMITED WARRANTY FOR OTHER
USE RESTRICTIONS.
General Warnings:
• If you do not have the proper tools or find that you are unable to understand the assembly
instructions, have a qualified Trikke dealer assemble the Trikke™ carving vehicle for you.
If a Trikke dealer assembles the vehicle for you, be sure to read the Riding and Safety
sections of the owner’s manual and watch the Riding and Safety video manual before
riding for the first time.
• Immediately stop riding if you suspect that any part of the vehicle is not functioning
properly. Inspect the vehicle closely to confirm what the problem is. Contact your dealer or
Trikke Tech, Inc. directly if you suspect that a malfunctioning or defective part is affecting
its safe operation.
• The front wheel is turned exactly 180 degrees to that of a bicycle. Unlike a bike, a
carving vehicle’s front wheel actually trails behind the fork. Altering this wheel position
will change the intended performance of the vehicle. See the photos on page 4 of this
manual to see the proper manufacturer suggested position of the front fork.
• Riders performing in Trikke Tech, Inc. produced videos and photos are highly skilled
and specially trained professionals. Do not try these tricks yourself or you may lose control
and fall causing serious injury and even death.
• If you did not receive an instructional video in the box, or if the written or video manual
is damaged, please contact Trikke Tech, Inc. before attempting to assemble or ride the
carving vehicle.
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TRIKKE ASSEMBLY MANUAL
Your pre-assembled Trikke ™ carving vehicle requires handlebar and front fork
attachment and a quick maintenance checklist before riding. All of the following
information and more can be found on the www.trikke.com website. This
owner’s manual is also supplemented by the video Owner’s Manual with
step-by-step instructions on the assembly process, how it works, and how to ride.
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Step 1: Unfolding the Legs
At the front of each leg there is a folding
joint near the carving mechanism. Each
of the two joints has a spring-loaded bolt
action quick-release mechanism with a
notch to allow the bolt to be held in the
open position.
The same procedure also applies to
collapsing the vehicle. When Trikke
carving vehicles are new, sometimes the
joints are tight. This is normal, and they
will loosen up after some use. If tightness
continues, use some spray oil like WD-40
to lubricate the joints.
The vehicle should be in its unfolded
standing position in order to attach the
handlebars.
“click
click”
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Step 2: Attaching the Handlebars
Remove the two bolts securing the stem plate (see photo right) to the handlbar stem using
the supplied 5mm Hex wrench. Remove the plate, but keep it nearby. To insure that the
whole steering system is facing the correct direction (in the direction the vehicle will be
traveling), look down by the floor where the steering column is touching the ground. The
three inch fork post has a spring loaded copper pin. Rotate the handlebar stem until the pin
is facing the direction the vehicle will be traveling. This is important for proper front fork
alignment in Step 3 on page 7.
Position the handlebars with the brake
cables crossing once behind the steering
column and again in front (see white arrows
left). This simple method insures that the
left brake lever actually operates the left
rear brake. If you find that your brakes are
crossing, please start again and properly
mount the handlebars.
Once your brake cables are properly routed
you can secure the handlebars. Holding
the handlebars on the bottom stem plate,
replace the top plate and the 2 bolts. With
the bars properly raked forward at an
appropriate angle to the steering column see photo right : 30-45˚
Center the bars and tighten the 2 bolts
evenly.
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Step 3: Attaching the Front Fork
Putting the front fork on in the proper
riding position requires a 5mm Hex wrench
(supplied). First, turn the vehicle upside down
so the fork post (arrow right) is aiming towards
the sky. You should do this procedure on a
carpet or soft surface to prevent scratching the
handlebars or foot platforms.
Inspecting the fork post you will find a spring loaded locking
pin (arrows above and left). You will also find a hole to secure the
locking pin on the front face of the fork.
Simply align the locking pin with the hole (arrow right) and
push the front fork onto the fork post until the top of the fork
and the locking pin meet.
Depress the locking pin and slide the fork the final inch or so
until the locking pin snaps into the hole (arrow left).
Now all you need to do is use the 5mm Hex wrench to firmly
tighten the two bolts (arrow right).
Leave the vehicle upside down for the next step.
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Step 4: Adjusting the Brakes
The brakes should be set properly at the factory, but we will tell you how to adjust them
for future reference.
Brake Tension Adjustment
You can adjust the brake cable at the brake
lever by turning the adjuster screw and locking
the adjusted position with the locking nut.
If you have already adjusted all the way out,
you will have to stretch the brake cable at the
brake pad. * Before you do it, turn the brake
tension adjustment screws as far in or towards
the brake-handle as they will go, so you will
have room to adjust it later.
fig. c
Brake cable Adjustment (stretching at the pad)
Access the brake system which is under the foot platforms at each rear wheel.
Place the vehicle upside down. * turn the brake tension adjustment screws (at the lever) as
far in or towards the brake-handle as they will go, so you will have room to adjust it later.
First, loosen the 2 bolts that hold the brake
cable to the pad. Pull the cable towards the front
(follow arrow) until the pad is close to the tire
- leave a gap, so the wheel spins freely - 3 mm
(1/8”) - The desired result is to keep the brake
pad as close to the wheel as possible without
rubbing. Keeping your cables tuned like this
will optimize the operating effectiveness of
your brakes. Tighten the bolts back.
Step 5: Final Brake Cable Adjustment
Return the vehicle to its upright position and depress
the brakes firmly several times to stretch the cables.
Properly adjusted in step 4, you will find that the brakes
are tight with little play. Firmly depressing the brakes
several times will stretch the cables just enough so that
the pads do not rub on the wheels but offer maximum
braking power. After riding for several hours, check
the tension of the brake cables and re-adjust as needed
to maintain maximum braking power as follows. If the brake levers depress all the way to
the handgrip, use the brake cable tension adjusters (fig. c) to optimize braking effectiveness.
By backing the adjustment screw out you are actually tightening the cable. This increases
the effectiveness of the brake lever. If you go too far, however, you can cause the brake
pad to rub on the wheel which will obviously slow you down. Adjust it as far as you
can without any rubbing and tighten the locking nut against the brake handle to keep the
adjuster from moving.
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Step 6: Raising the Handlebars
Raise the handlebar riser tube by first unlocking the quick release lever. Notice that there
are round holes down the back of the handlebar riser tube providinga number of heightlocking positions. There is a spring loaded copper locking pin that snaps into these holes to
provide a second level of safety while riding. Push the brass pin in to release the riser tube
and telescope the handlebars up to your preferred riding height.
Make sure that the quick release firmly locks the telescoping steering column in place.
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If the quick release is loose, use the adjustment
finger nut to tighten the quick release. Properly
adjusted, it requires a firm hand to close.
After learning how to ride, you can adjust the handlebar position
to better suit your preferred riding posture, but don’t rock them
too far back as to inhibit proper folding. You can also adjust the
brake levers’ angle for riding comfort and ease of use.
THE PNEUMATIC TIRES on T78
The air tires come with lower pressure from the factory for transportation reasons. You
will need to adjust the tire pressure according to the rider’s weight and riding preferences. Please do not exceed 80 psi (5,6 bar) maximum inflation.
Example of recommended pressure:
rider’s weight/tires pressure:
170 lbs (77 kg) tire pressure: front 73 psi (5.1 bar) / rear 77 psi (5,4 bar)
250 lbs (114 kg) tire pressure: front 80 psi (5.6 bar) / rear 80 psi (5,6 bar)
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Tire pressure affects the riding performance: lower pressure makes for a smooth
but slower ride, higher pressure makes for a faster but slightly bumpier ride. Check tire
pressurre once a week - use a tire gauge. Do not ride with low pressure as this can damage
the tires and pose more risk of falling.
Converting your T78cs to All Air Ride:
You can easily convert your T78cs to an All Air Ride. T8 Air wheel sets are avilable at
www.trikke.com.
Final Assembly Check List for All Models
1. When you think that you have completed the assembly process, study the vehicle
one more time and compare it to the photograph on page 4.
2. Check the bolts that secure the front fork and handlebars. A good push and pull
on the handlebars will immediately indicate whether or not the stem plate is not
properly secured. The handlebars should not be able to rotate on the stem --- even
with all of your weight pushing on it.
3. Do a final brake check by spinning both rear wheels. They should spin freely
until you apply the brakes. You should be able to vigorously squeeze the brake
levers without the levers depressing all the way to the handlebar.
4. Check the folding mechanism to insure that both of the rear legs are locked in
the riding position.
5. Always check all of the bolts before riding to insure that the vehicle and all of
its components are operating properly.
Assembly Questions or Replacement Parts
For any questions regarding your Trikke replacement parts or accessories, please go to the
www.trikke.com website for further
er details.
Caution!
Before riding for the first time, please take several minutes
to go over the Important Riding and Safety Tips on page 2
and 3 of this manual.
For the safety of friends and others who will try your new
Trikke product, it’s your responsibility to coach them
about safe riding. Make sure they read and understand all
warnings and safety information in this owner’s manual
before riding.
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Trikke Riding Manual
Now that you have successfully assembled your new Trikke™ carving vehicle, we will take
you through some simple riding tips to help you get started. We always recommend that
you ride with a helmet and safety gear. Pay special attention to where you are riding, your
proximity to other people, and especially your proximity to cars if you are learning to ride
on a street or in a parking lot. Please exercise repectful path etiquette where other riders
and pedestrians are onthe same path.
Athletes who are accustomed to skiing or inline
skating typically pick it up in a matter of minutes.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t climb on
and speed away at 15 miles per hour. Being an
entirely new vehicle, it requires some new skills.
Regardless of your athletic background, you
can learn to ride a Trikke carving vehicle in a
relatively short period of time --- usually in less
than an hour.
The greatest words of wisdom are:
“Keep going until you feel the sweet spot.” You’ll know it when you feel it. If friends or
family are riding for the first time, for their safety please take the time to properly instruct
them and have them wear safety equipment.
You are now embarking on a totally new experience for mankind. It is once in a century
that a truly new technology emerges to change our way of thinking about motion and its
application. Conservation of angular momentum is the physical principle that the Trikke
carving vehicle harnesses in order to transfer the rider’s energy into forward momentum. It
is the painstaking research and development by Trikke Tech over a period of 12 years that
has optimized the melding of this principle with a human powered vehicle.
The exclusive 3CV™ Technology
developed by Trikke Tech is the
mechanism that makes this forward
propulsion possible. The unique
carving mechanism is elegantly
simple yet provides the necessary
rigidity, geometry and resistance to the
rider’s motion to allow for optimum
control, speed, comfort, durability
and especially rider confidence. You
are now the owner of the original Trikke carving vehicle.
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The following five warnings have been selected from the list at the beginning of this
manual for more in depth description and instruction. Please read and understand
these and all warnings before riding.
Safety Issue #1: Riding in Wet Conditions
Because Trikke™ carving vehicles use hard polyurethane wheels, we want to warn you about
the potential hazards of riding on wet pavement. Just like inline skates or skateboard wheels,
Trikke wheels become very slick when wet, and the vehicle can come right out from under
you if you are not very careful how you are carving turns in wet conditions. If it’s raining or
the pavement is wet from dew or drizzle we do not recommend that you ride without extreme
caution and awareness of the potential for sliding out. If you encounter a puddle or a wet
place in the pavement that you cannot avoid, you may want to walk the vehicle until you
are on dry pavement again. If you find yourself on wet pavement at any time while riding,
you may want to coast straight through the wet area without turning. When you reach dry
pavement, give the wheels a few rotations to dry off before you do any turns. Experienced
riders may ride on wet surfaces because they understand they might slide out any time and
they are ready for it.
Safety Issue #2: Weight Distribution
Since you are essentially standing directly above the rear wheels, it is quite easy to go over
backwards by leaning back. Be careful to not lean back or distribute your body weight behind
the rear wheels. This warning is especially important for riders with restricted movement,
or reaction time. Great care should be taken to avoid getting into a situation in which you
have to quickly dismount the vehicle. If you are standing still on the vehicle it is always
recommended that you keep the brakes on. If for some reason you feel yourself going off the
back, putting the brakes on will help stop the vehicle from scooting out from under you, but
you should always step off as a precaution.
The best way to insure that you are always positioned properly on the vehicle and to minimize
the potential for going off the back is to distribute your weight evenly between the front and
rear wheels. Accordingly, you should not lean forward over or onto the handlebars either but
rather move your toes up to the front of the foot platforms and always let the balls of your feet
and toes carry most of your weight. Avoid rocking back on your heels, pulling back on the
handlebars or sticking your butt out behind the rear wheels. If you put too much of your body
weight over the rear wheels or behind them (in the case of sticking your butt out) you will
inevitably un-weight the front wheel. Besides the risk of going off the back, the other reason
for evenly distributing your weight is to insure that your front wheel has plenty of traction,
which leads us to the next safety issue.
Safety Issue #3: Handlebar Etiquette
Properly managing the handlebars and especially how far to the left and right you turn them
while you are riding is vital to your safety. Because the front wheel has been designed to trail
the fork, the handlebars have a tendency to turn on their own in the direction that you are
leaning the vehicle. Unlike a bicycle, which wants to go in a straight line, the front wheel will
actually accentuate a turn. Because of this condition, new riders need to pay special attention
to not over steer. Over steering can cause the handlebars to cross up or “jack knife” which
will stop the vehicle suddenly and possibly cause an injury. Always maintain firm control
of the handlebars with both hands and never ride with one or no hands. The Trikke carving
vehicle requires both hands on the handlebars at all times.
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First time riders have a tendency to muscle the handlebars and throw their weight from
side to side. What propels the Trikke carving vehicle forward is a combination of turning
and leaning the steering column, not jerking or thrusting the handlebars from side to side.
It is best to think in terms of more rocking and less turning. Long smooth turns are best
for beginners.
Because the handlebars are free to spin 360ْ it is possible for the brake cables to get twisted
around the steering column. If you try to ride with the cables twisted the vehicle will
probably feel sluggish because one of the brakes is probably partially engaged. Before
riding, always check to see that the brake cables are not wrapped around the steering
column.
Safety Issue #4: Riding Downhill
Because the Trikke carving vehicle is a totally new machine with completely foreign riding
characteristics, we strongly recommend that you take your time when familiarizing yourself
with the vehicle and gradually test the performance boundaries of its riding characteristics.
This is especially important before attempting to ride up or down hills. Both hill climbing
and downhill riding are advanced and require that you become a strong competent rider
before even attempting hills --- up or down. As far as downhill riding is concerned, we
strongly recommend that you only ride down hills in which you can control your speed
with turns as you traverse the hill. Riding hills at speeds that require constant braking is not
recommended for three reasons: you can get up to speeds where your braking distances are
too long to stop you safely, you can fall causing serious injury or death, and you will quite
simply wear down your brake pads and rear wheels long before their expected functional
life expectancy.
The Trikke carving vehicle will accelerate quickly down even the mildest grades, so only
ride at speeds and in an environment that are suitable for your skill level.
Safety Issue #5: Safety Equipment
Always wear safety equipment, especially a helmet. A helmet is a must when riding a
Trikke carving vehicle or any wheeled vehicle for that matter. We also recommend that
you wear elbow and knee pads, especially for children and inexperienced riders. As stable
a platform as the vehicle is, there are always environmental conditions that might catch you
by surprise like cracks in the pavement or other vehicles.
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READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ASSEMBLY, MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY
SECTIONS OF THE OWNER’S MANUAL BEFORE RIDING. ALWAYS
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND PAY ATTENTION TO ALL WARNINGS.
Visit our website at www.trikke.com for information, replacement parts, new Trikke
products, and custom Trikke accessories like carrying bags, hats, t-shirts, high performance
wheels, water bottles, backpacks and more.
How to Ride
Step 1: Mount the Trikke
First, find some smooth, flat and open terrain to ride on. Parking lots, basketball courts
or tennis courts are perfect places to learn. It is best to spend plenty of time riding on flat
ground before attempting hills --- up or down, and do not assume that you already know
how to ride a carving vehicle. Even though it has familiar features like handlebars and
hand brakes, carving vehicles have unique riding and balance characteristics that require
a familiarization period. The vehicle is easy to stand on. We recommend that you step up
onto the vehicle and spend a few minutes getting used to the riding position, the braking
system, and especially the range with which you can rock the steering column left and
right. This is especially important because it is exactly this rocking capability that propels
the vehicle forward. Get used to letting your arms do the rocking --- not your body.
Step 2: Rock the Trikke
We recommend that you push off a few times like a scooter and simply ride around for
a few minutes to get used to the feel. It is especially important to establish a good riding
position that properly balances your weight between the front and rear wheels. First time
riders have a tendency to lean back onto their heels and to
pop unnecessary wheelies. This can be dangerous because
you can fall back and injure yourself. Scooting your toes
to the front of the platforms and riding on the balls of your
feet will help to distribute your weight to the front wheel.
Also, properly set, the handlebar height should force you
to lean a bit forward. This riding posture will give you
much better stability, control, and quick braking response.
Never lean back or pull back on the handlebars.
You can actually start moving without touching your feet
to the ground by rapidly turning the front wheel back and
forth. You will begin to pickup speed but will peak at only
a few miles an hour. Here is where it all comes together!
You are now turning the wheel back and forth to generate
forward motion and establishing a rhythm. No matter how bad you might be as a dancer,
the Trikke experience is very rhythmic in movement and timing. Stick with it. You’ll get
it. The beauty of what drives the Trikke carving vehicle’s design forward is the addition of
one final ingredient:
ROCKING THE STEERING COLUMN LEFT AND RIGHT AS YOU TURN THE
WHEEL LEFT AND RIGHT. A LEFT HAND TURN GETS A LEFT HAND ROCK.
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When you add the rock to the roll you are
essentially putting the rear wheels in a subtle yet
responsive position to generate forward thrust. It
will take a few minutes to catch on to a coordinated
combination of turning and rocking, but to those
who have any skiing or inline skating experience
you will immediately feel the similarities.
Your speed should pickup dramatically, and you
will begin to thrust forward with each turn. Please
note that it does not require that you make tight
turns. Rather, you should allow the vehicle to kind
of steer itself in a more graceful curving path.
Many first time riders tend to exaggerate the
turning of the handlebars thinking that they need
to continue with tight turns. Not so! The degree
of your turns should diminish as you begin to add
the rocking motion and as your speed increases.
Turning too hard can cause the vehicle to “JackKnife” potentially causing you to fall. Take your
time.
Whatever you do, do not muscle the handlebars.
Experienced riders use a light touch on the
handlebars mostly for balance.
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Step 3: Weight Transfer
By this time you have dramatically increased your speed and should be getting to know
where the sweet spot is. When we say “sweet spot,” we mean the part of your turn where
most of your propulsion is generated. Typically, you will feel the outside wheel (your left
rear wheel during a right hand turn) drift away from you as you rock the vehicle to the
right. If you apply a little weight or a kick to that left foot as you turn you will accelerate
even more. A seasoned rider can actually propel the vehicle up to 18 miles per hour or
better on flat ground…which is really moving.
The combination of these techniques will be new to you for sure, but be assured that riding
time will help you to create a smooth and beautifully coordinated movement. You will be
able to travel for miles with long graceful strides and rapid sprints. The beauty of it is that
you will always be looking ahead for places to carve and to add the skiing dimension to
what would have been a straight line ride on any other vehicle.
Step 4: Hill Climbing
Don’t be afraid to tackle hills, but make a point of graduating to steeper and steeper climbs
as your riding skills increase. We always say to new riders that hill climbing is an acquired
skill. You can try it, but you’ll probably frustrate yourself more than anything if you don’t
first learn and master the basic skills of riding on flat ground. The Trikke™ carving vehicle
does slow down dramatically as you begin to climb a hill requiring a new and physically
challenging technique to be added to your growing Trikke repertoire.
Hill climbs require much more upper body finesse --- especially on steep grades. If you are
riding in an area that has unavoidable hills, we recommend climbing as much as you can
just to challenge yourself and then just walk or run it to the top.
Hill climbing really brings you full circle as you actually diminish the rocking and increase
the tightness of your turns as the steepness of the hill’s grade increases. It becomes almost
like a series of rapid punching motions to force the front wheel around in order to gain a
few more feet of pavement.
Whatever you do, take your time to graduate to steeper and steeper hills. In the end, the
most challenging of hill climbs will be attainable giving you a full body workout rarely
found in any other sport…if any at all.
Step 5: Downhill
Please read the Safety Issue #5 on page 13 of this manual. It best describes our
recommendations about riding downhill. Because of the pneumatic tires and disc brakes
on a T12, the T12 Roadster is best suited for downhill riding, especially prolonged
downhills.
Step 6: Proper Braking Technique
Because the Trikke carving vehicle has brakes on both rear wheels, it is important to learn
how to optimize their effectiveness with some simple rules. First, always apply both brakes
together and evenly. Second, dispersing your weight evenly to each rear wheel is crucial
for maximum braking effectiveness. If you lift your weight from one foot platform while
braking you will cause that wheel to lose traction with the ground. Finally, do not lean on
the handlebars while braking.
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Step 7: Adding Upper Body Power
Once you get up to speed with normal riding technique you can move into a more advanced
practice of twisting your upper body and thrusting the vehicle into each lean with your arms
and shoulders. Essentially, you are throwing your upper body weight in the direction of
your turn in order to gain more speed. This technique is especially useful when accelerating
or hill climbing, and it definitely comes after learning the basics of riding a carving vehicle.
The whole learning process will be a gradual development of your skills with each time
that you ride, but the beauty of it is that you will always learn something new with each
ride. Enjoy your new carving vehicle.
Reminder: Trikke carving vehicles are designed for forward propulsion only. Please refrain
from riding backwards; in doing so there is a potential of bending your trailing arms and
damaging your carving vehicle.
Trikke Accessories
Trikke offers a range of custom accessories designed specifically for use with Trikke
carving vehicles. All of our accessories and more can be found on our website at www.
trikke.com or through your Trikke dealer.
Trikke Water Bottle & Cage: The T67 and T78 models can both be fitted with a water
bottle and cage on the back of the steering column. Trikke offers a custom Trikke water
bottle, a cage, and hardware to easily mount to your carving vehicle.
Trikke Wheels: The T67s comes with 6” poly
wheels on the rear and a 7” poly wheel on the
front. You may replace the 6” wheels with 7”
wheels and vice versa. The T78cs comes with
7” poly wheels on the rear and an 8” Air wheel
on the front. You can change out these wheels
with all 7” poly, all 8” poly, all 8” air or an
appropriate combination of two of the three
sizes. The T78air comes with all 8” air wheels
installed. Check the website for the latest information about new wheel releases.
Trikke Carrying Bags: Trikke Tech has designed custom fit
carrying Bags for each of the available model sizes. These bags
are made from durable nylon fabric, are double stitched for
durability, and have extra padding in high friction areas. They
have pockets, handles, and a shoulder strap. These bags are great
for storing your vehicle and for travel.
Trikke Apparel: Trikke Tech has designed a line of cool Trikke
shirts and caps for girls and guys. Check out the available colors
on www.trikke.com
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12 Month Limited Warranty
Subject to the following limitations, terms and conditions, Trikke Tech, Inc. (“Company”)
warrants to the original owner of each new Trikke™ carving vehicle (“Vehicle”) that the
Vehicle when new is free of defective materials and workmanship. This warranty shall
expire twelve months from the date of the original purchase from Company or an authorized
dealer or representative and is conditioned upon the Vehicle being operated under normal
conditions and use, and properly maintained. This warranty is void if the Vehicle was not
purchased new or not properly assembled. Make sure to send in your Owner Registration
Card to Trikke Tech by mail or log on to www.trikke.com/registration and register online.
If the Vehicle frame should break due to faulty materials or workmanship during the
warranty period, the Vehicle will be replaced subject to the Conditions of Warranty below.
If any part of the Vehicle fails to function properly due to faulty materials or workmanship
during the warranty period, such part will be repaired or replaced, at Company’s discretion,
subject to the Conditions of Warranty below.
Conditions of Warranty
This Limited Warranty is made only to the original owner of the new Vehicle purchased
from Company or an authorized dealer or representative, and it shall remain in force only
as long as the original owner retains ownership of the Vehicle. This Limited Warranty is
not transferable.
In order to exercise your rights under this limited warranty, the warranty claim must be
presented during the warranty period to Company or one of its authorized representatives,
together with a receipt, bill of sale or other appropriate written proof of purchase. The
original owner shall pay all delivery or shipping charges connected with delivery or
shipment of the defective frame or part to Company or its authorized dealer. Under no
circumstances does this limited warranty include the cost of travel, delivery or shipment to
Company or its authorized dealer. Such costs, if any, shall be borne by the original owner.
Company shall pay the shipping costs associated with shipment of a replacement Vehicle
and/or the shipment of a replacement or repaired part to the original owner. The original
owner shall be responsible for any re-assembly of the Vehicle required in connection with
any replacement or repair.
It is the responsibility of the original owner to ensure that all parts included in the factorysealed carton are properly installed and that all functional parts are adjusted properly. It
is also the responsibility of the original owner to perform or provide all reasonable and
necessary maintenance and adjustments to keep the Vehicle in good working condition.
This limited warranty does not apply to normal wear and tear, nor to claimed defects,
malfunctions or failures that result from abuse, neglect, shipping damage, damage caused
accidentally or deliberately, exceeding weight limits, improper assembly, improper
maintenance, alteration, collision, crash or misuse or improper use. The Vehicle has not
been designed, engineered, distributed manufactured, or retailed for uses in trick riding,
ramp riding, jumping, aggressive riding, riding on severe terrain, riding in severe climates,
riding with heavy loads, commercial activities, use with motors, or any similar activities;
such uses may damage the Vehicle, can cause serious injury to the rider, and in all cases
will void this warranty. The user assumes all risk of personal injuries relating to use of
the Vehicle, damage to or failure of the Vehicle and any such injury, damage or loss if
the Vehicle is altered in any way or if it is used for stunt-riding, ramp jumping, riding
backwards or similar activities.
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Maintenance
The wheels and steering uses sealed bearings which were properly lubricated at the
factory and are maintenance free. Do not try to disassemble or repair – part must be
replaced if it shows restriction of movement or noise. Keep the bearings clean of sand,
dirt and moisture. Visually inspect from time to time.
All bolts and nuts must be checked from time to time to make sure they are
properly tight to ensure safety.
Useful Product Life Cycle
Every Trikke™ carving vehicle has a useful product life cycle. The length of that useful
product life cycle will vary with the maintenance and care received over its useful product
life, and the type and amount of use the Trikke carving vehicle is subject to. The Trikke
carving vehicle should be checked periodically for indicators of stress and any other
indicators of potential problems. These are important safety checks and very important
to help prevent accidents, bodily injury to the rider and shortened useful product life cycle
of the vehicle.
THIS IS AN INTEGRATED AND FINAL STATEMENT OF TRIKKE’S LIMITED
WARRANTY. COMPANY DOES NOT AUTHORIZE OR ALLOW FOR ANYONE,
INCLUDING ITS AUTHORIZED
DEALERS OR REPRESENTATIVES, TO
EXTEND ANY OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NO OTHER
REPRESENTATION AND NO STATEMENT OF ANYONE BUT THE COMPANY,
INCLUDING A DEMONSTRATION OF ANY KIND BY ANYONE, SHALL CREATE
ANY WARRANTY REGARDING THE TRIKKE Carving VEHICLE. ALL OF THE
REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THE ORIGINAL OWNER ARE STATED HEREIN.
IT IS AGREED THAT TRIKKE TECH, INC.’S LIABILITY UNDER THIS LIMITED
WARRANTY SHALL BE NO GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT OF THE ORIGINAL
PURCHASE PRICE AND IN NO EVENT SHALL TRIKKE TECH, INC. BE LIABLE
FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
DISCLAIMER
All other remedies, obligations, liabilities, rights, warranties, express or implied, arising
from law or otherwise, including but not limited to, any claimed implied warranty of
merchantability, any claimed implied warranty arising from course of performance, course
of dealing or usage of trade, and any claimed implied warranty of fitness, are disclaimed
by Company and waived by the original owner.
Some states, jurisdictions, countries, do not allow some or all of the limitations set for
herein, or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages. If any
provision is found unenforceable, only that provision shall be stricken and all others shall
apply. This limited warranty does provide the original owner with certain legal rights and
recourse and the original owner may possess other rights or recourse, depending on the
state, jurisdiction, country or province.
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Patent & Trademark Information
The Trikke carving vehicle and mechanisms are protected by
Trikke Tech, Inc.’s Patents: US 6,220,612; 6,499,751; 6,827,358;
6,976,687; Europe 1235709; Canada 2,390,224; China ZL 00
8 18040.7 - Additional U.S., European and other International
Patents are pending.
TRIKKE is a trademark of Trikke Tech, Inc.
This product complies with EN 14619 Standard
Contact Information
Most inquiries can be addressed at our website www.trikke.com. There you will find
assembly, riding, and maintenance information as well as product information, accessories,
videos, photos and more.
If you don’t find the replacement part on our website, please contact Trikke Tech via e-mail
at tech@trikke.com.
Trikke Tech, Inc.
85 Industrial Way - suite F
Buellton, California USA 93427
office: 805-693-0800 fax: 805-693-0811
International inquiries: The www.trikke.com home page has links to all of our
international websites for contact information in your country.
This manual and its contents are the property of Trikke Tech, Inc.
No portion of the text or images in this manual can be reproduced without
the prior written permission of Trikke Tech, Inc.
Copyright © 2010 Trikke Tech, Inc.
All Rights Reserved 2010
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READ AND UNDERSTAND
THE ASSEMBLY, MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY SECTIONS OF THE OWNER’S MANUAL
BEFORE RIDING THE TRIKKE™ CARVING VEHICLE. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND PAY ATTENTION
TO ALL WARNINGS.
• ALWAYS WEAR PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT WHEN RIDING THE TRIKKE CARVING VEHICLE, INCLUDING
AN ANSI, SNELL, CPSC, ASTM, OR DIN EN 1078 APPROVED HELMET. WEAR PROPER FOOTWARE AND SECURE
LACES BEFORE RIDING.
• AVOID WATER, BUMPS, GRAVEL, SAND, CRACKS, UNEVEN SURFACES OR OBSTACLES THAT MAY STOP YOU
SUDDENLY OR CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL. THE TRIKKE CARVING VEHICLE IS NOT INTENDED FOR OFFROAD USE, AND AVOID RIDING AT NIGHT.
• USE BOTH HANDS TO HOLD THE HANDLEBARS FIRMLY AT ALL TIMES. ONE-HANDED OR HANDS FREE
RIDING IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT PUSH TOO HARD ON OR APPLY UNEVEN PRESSURE TO EITHER
SIDE OF THE HANDLEBARS. DO NOT MAKE SUDDEN SHARP TURNS OR APPLY YOUR BODY WEIGHT TO THE
HANDLEBARS WHEN TURNING. SUCH ACTIONS MAY CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO “JACK-KNIFE” OR TO STOP
SUDDENLY WHICH CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY TO THE RIDER.
• DO NOT LEAN BACK OR PULL BACK ON THE HANDLEBARS. DOING SO CAN CAUSE THE RIDER TO FALL OFF
THE BACK OF THE VEHICLE POSSIBLY RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
• POLYURETHANE WHEELS DO NOT PERFORM WELL ON WET PAVEMENT OR ANY OTHER WET SURFACE.
POLYURETHANE LOSES TRACTION ON MOST WET SURFACES, AND WATER ON THE WHEELS CAN DRAMATICALLY
REDUCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE BRAKES. RIDING IN ANY WET CONDITION IS NOT RECOMMENDED. IF YOU
MUST, PLEASE TAKE A LOT OF EXTRA CAUTION TO REDUCE THE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SLIDING OUT.
• DOWNHILL RIDING IS NOT RECOMMENDED, ESPECIALLY FOR NOVICE RIDERS. THE TRIKKE Carving
VEHICLE IS DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR USE ON FLAT, DRY PAVEMENT. RIDING DOWN STEEP HILLS OR DOING
PROLONGED DOWNHILL RIDES IS NOT RECOMMENDED. PROLONGED USE OF THE BRAKES CAN CAUSE THE REAR
POLYURETHANE WHEELS TO WEAR DOWN PREMATURELY, DRAMATICALLY REDUCING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
THE BRAKES OR EVEN CAUSING THEM TO FAIL. EXTREME CAUTION SHOULD ALWAYS BE USED WHEN RIDING
ON ANY HILL.
• ALWAYS INSPECT THE VEHICLE BEFORE EACH RIDE AND MAKE SURE THAT THE HANDLEBAR QUICK
RELEASE AND FOLDING MECHANISMS ARE SECURELY LOCKED IN THE PROPER RIDING POSITION. READ
THE ASSEMBLY SECTION OF THE OWNER’S MANUAL FOR IMPORTANT ASSEMBLY AND MAINTENANCE
INFORMATION.
• TEST THE BRAKES FOR PROPER FUNCTION BEFORE EACH RIDE AND DO NOT TURN THE HANDLEBARS
MORE THAN 180°. THE BRAKE CABLES CAN WRAP AROUND THE STEERING COLUMN AND POSSIBLY ENGAGE
THE BRAKES. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BRAKE CABLES ARE NOT WRAPPED AROUND THE STEERING COLUMN
BEFORE EACH RIDE. ALWAYS APPLY BOTH BRAKES EVENLY WITH YOUR WEIGHT DISTRIBUTED EVENLY OVER
EACH REAR WHEEL.
• CHILDREN SHOULD ALWAYS BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT WHEN RIDING. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF
THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN AND INSPECT THE VEHICLE BEFORE EACH RIDING SESSION
BY A CHILD. THE TRIKKE CARVING VEHICLE IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 7 YEARS OF AGE.
• ALWAYS EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN YOU ARE RIDING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO OTHER VEHICLES,
PEDESTRIANS, AND ESPECIALLY TO CARS IF YOU ARE RIDING ON A STREET. BE SURE TO OBEY ALL RULES
OF THE ROAD. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS TO OTHER RIDERS AND PEDESTRIANS WHO MAY BE SHARING THE
PAVEMENT WITH YOU.
• DO NOT MODIFY YOUR TRIKKE Carving VEHICLE. ONLY USE TRIKKE TECH, INC. APPROVED PARTS AND
ACCESSORIES. SEE THE LIMITED WARRANTY FOR USE RESTRICTIONS.
•
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU NOT EXCEED THE
RESTRICTIONS FOR EACH TRIKKE MODEL:
RECOMMENDED RIDER WEIGHT
TRIKKE T67s
TRIKKE T78cs
TRIKKE T78air
200 lbs. or 91 kg
250 lbs. or 114 kg
250 lbs. or 114 kg
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