“People never lose the desire to ride,” business partner Mike Malone said. “They just lose the ability to ride. And so, being in the trike business, we felt like that was a niche that we could close the gap on—people’s desires to continue to ride. That’s really what drove us to do this business.”
Malone and his wife’s brother-in-law, Glenn Coleman, opened Easy Rider in June 2014 at 203 N. Chestnut St., McKinney. The 1920s building that is home to Easy Rider was built by Coleman’s and Malone’s wives’ great-grandfather.
Although Easy Rider sells preconverted trikes, the majority of customers bring in their own motorcycles to be converted, Malone said.
“The reason is people know their bike[s],” he said. “But they reach a point in their life where they can’t safely ride anymore.”
Coleman himself is an example of someone who cannot safely ride a motorcycle. He has neuropathy, a disease that has caused him to have no feeling from the knees down. While Coleman can no longer ride a motorcycle, he can ride a trike, Malone said.
Coleman and Malone can convert any brand motorcycle—except BMW bikes—into a tricycle, according to Malone. The average cost to convert a bike is $12,000-$18,000, with a four-to-five-week turnaround time.
“I tell people all the time, ‘If you’re wanting a trike, and you see a bike that you want … buy it, [and] we’ll convert it,’” Malone said.
In addition to converting bikes, Easy Rider offers financing, minor service on Motor Trike trikes and assistance in finding and buying a motorcycle before conversion.
“This is the fun business ... building trikes and buying bikes and going and getting them,” Malone said.