Ride in Peace: Three-wheeler pioneer John Lehman

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John K. Lehman, founder and director of Lehman Trikes, died Jan. 5 in Arizona. He was 60. Suspected cause of death is heart failure brought on by an embolism, according to sources at Lehman Trikes.

"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," the company stated today.

Lehman in 2009 was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame, just down the road from Lehman Trike headquarters in Spearfish, S.D.

"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." Lehman Trikes was formed in 1993 when Larry Strilchuk joined Lehman in the venture.

"Today is crushingly sad," said Strilchuk. "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."

Lehman and Strilchuk started the "Good Turn Trike" annual event, providing disabled riders a trike for free. Lehman also helped raise money for terminally ill children, the Make A Wish Foundation and Kids 'n' Chrome charity.

Lehman is survived by his wife, Linda, son Quinten, daughter Leann, three sisters and three grandchildren.

Lehman Trikes recently announced a letter of intent from an investment group relating to a sale of Lehman Trikes USA. "The passing of Mr. Lehman will not materially affect that endeavor," the company stated.

Posted by Mary Slepicka