Cover Photo Credit: 2020 Images Photography
For years, the motorcycle industry has been declining. In 2020 alone, the two-wheeler segment declined by 9.1% and companies, like Harley Davidson, frantically tried to adapt strategy to fit consumer needs with new products like their new electric bicycle. However, there is one new segment that is on the rise: the three-wheeler.
With enhanced safety and stability, three wheelers provide a unique experience for younger and older riders compared to the traditional motorcycle. Because of this, demand for these products has grown tremendously in recent years with strong predictions of growth for the future. Companies like Polaris, Can-Am, and Vanderhall Motor Works are some of the groups who are producing popular products and taking advantage of this change.
Surrounding these new products is a new Bike Life movement that supports community and the next generation of riders. To get a deeper glimpse into this cultural change, I was fortunate enough to talk with Jason Avila, a promoter of the movement based in the Northeast.
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How did you first fall in love with motorcycles?
Since your first purchase, what other three-wheelers do you own?
I own several three-wheel bikes. My first purchase was in 2011 when my friend Ro from Connecticut sold me his Can Am Spyder. Then I purchased another Can-Am Spyder with a Polaris Slingshot. Afterwards, I purchased the Vanderhall Venice with a Can-Am Ryker, and then got a Vanderhall Speedster.
Jason with his Can Am Ryker
What do you like about your Vanderhall Speedster compared to other bikes?
Vanderhall Speedster have been the best bike I bought thus far. It’s different in style, it draws more attention, and is one of the smoothest rides than any other bike I've bought.
Jason With His Vanderhall Speedster
How did you first see/hear about Vanderhall?
Tell us the story about your gold Vanderhall. Why did you decide to do a full gold body?
I decided to wrap my Vanderhall Gold because I wanted to be different and I wanted it to pop out. It sure worked!
The Vanderhall Gold
After buying my Vanderhall in Philly, I went to Locomotion Powersports in Jersey to buy me some nice gloves. The owner saw my Vanderhall, asked me several questions on how it rides and how I liked it, then reached out to Vanderhall and started selling them the following week. Eventually, a few of my friends would end up purchasing several Vanderhalls from the dealer.
What role do you feel you have played in the Bike Life Movement?
As far as what role I have in this community, I would have to let the people decide that. I hope my role is good and influential. My intention was always to be a positive role model to my Bike Life family and try to combine fashion with the lifestyle. I tell you what though—it seems that people like what I’m doing. I went from having less than 100 likes per picture with barely any views on Instagram to having several hundred likes and thousands of views. I only hope my platform gets bigger and that I make my Bike-Life family proud.
What have been your favorite Bike Life fashion pieces to wear?
Jason With The Vanderhall Gold And Red Riding Gloves
As far as overalls, I can’t give you all my secrets but just be on a look out for urban Bike Life overall apparel when that day comes.
On your account, you show a lot about some of the group rides you have participated in. Which ones have been your favorite?
Some of my best rides have been the Cancer Ride Out where I joined forces with Freedom Bloxx Apparel, the Philly Cheesesteak Ride Out with my family Team Spyder, and the Bear Mountain Ride Out with Sling Squad NY.
Why should Vanderhall or other bike companies consider doing group rides in their community?
Vanderhall and other bike companies should always do events in communities. You want to be seen, you want people to know who you are. How are people going to know who you are if you are never around? How do you expect to target the new era of bikers coming up?
You have to go into these communities, talk with the people, cater to the younger generation, and sell them on why you are the best bike company and why they should buy into your product. My passion is bikes, so I can only do so much to help bring attention to the product I bought. It will be great if Vanderhall and I can work out something to bring forth some new ideas.
What are your plans now, as we head into 2021?
Today I do charity events and collaboration with different urban fashion designers. My plan is to give back to my community, create the best fashion line, and be the role model that I aspire to be by using my Vanderhall and other bikes.
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To follow Jason and the Three-Wheel Bike Life Movement, follow his Instagram account (@3wheeljay) and look forward to his new YouTube channel.
To purchase official Vanderhall Motor Works apparel and merchandise, check out our full collection here: Vanderhall Fashion & Merchandise.
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