Lehman Trikes’ Founder John Lehman Passed Away

The management of Lehman Trikes officially announced the passing of the company founder and director John Lehman. John was 60 years old. He is survived by his wife Linda, one son – Quinten, one daughter – Leann, three surviving sisters – Gladys, Linda, Carol, and three grandchildren. The suspected cause of death is a heart failure brought on by an embolism.

In 1985, John Lehman completed the first Lehman Trike. His vision was to provide a safe and comfortable motorcycle for his family to enjoy the riding experience together. Using his garage as a workshop, and a 1981 Honda CB900, he had successfully achieved his goal. At the time, John could never have imagined he was establishing the foundation for a new era of modern-day trikes. In 1993, Larry Strilchuk, a long time friend, joined John and Lehman Trikes, Inc. was formed to became “The leader Of The Three World’

As people learned of the trike John had created, word spread and soon it became apparent that there was emerging interest for three-wheel motorcycles. The stage was set, and a company dedicated to providing an entirely new three-wheel experience was born.

“Today is crushingly sad,” stated Larry. “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.” Known for his caring and charitable nature, John along with Larry started a program called the “Good Turn Trike” which eventually became an annual event providing people with a passion for motorcycling, who face some of life’s greatest challenges, a trike – for free. John’s big heart helped raise money for terminally ill children “Make A Wish Foundation”, “Kids n’ Chrome”, and many other worthwhile charities. He remained active in the company until his passing.

Last year, Lehman Trikes encountered some financial difficulties and looked for an investor. The company has recently announced a Letter of Intent from an investment group relating to the sale of Lehman Trikes USA, Inc. The passing of Mr. Lehman will not materially affect that endeavor.

20 Responses to “Lehman Trikes’ Founder John Lehman Passed Away”

  1. 1 Marc Frantz Jan 10th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    My condolences to the Lehman family on John’s passing.

    Another great man in the motorcycle industry has left us.

    Very sad news!!

  2. 2 BossHawg Jan 10th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Very Sad News indeed.

    John built and pioneered the modern day trikes and what a fine job he did at that!

    All the best to his family and loved ones.

    R.I.P. John.

    Boss Hawg

  3. 3 Diamondheads Jan 10th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I am very sad to hear of John’s passing. May God bless and hold the Lehman family during this very difficult time. Every time I ever saw John he was always there with a smile and good sound advise. John and Linda Lehman basically created the three wheel motorcycle market. John had a great idea and the vision to make it happen. With help from his wife Linda they changed the way the world looks at riding motorcycles. Together they have helped many people enjoy riding when it was not possible before Lehman Trikes. I will truly miss seeing John at the rallies. May God bless John Lehman and may he also bless the Lehman family.
    The motorcycle world has truly lost a great man.

    Keith Brinton/ Diamond Heads LLC.

  4. 4 Joe Cree Jan 10th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Sad news. Always enjoyed him and his work. My condolences to the family and his friends.

  5. 5 EVILLE TWIN MOTORSICKLE CO. Jan 10th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    A number of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting and rideing with John while I was building engines for Merch Performance in Red Deer Alberta . John was a visionary and a real dynamo when it came to anything motorcycle related . His product brought a level of recognition to our province that is talked about in the motorcycle community to this day . Mention the name ” Lehman ” and you automatically associate it with the word Trike .
    It is with great sadness that we learned about Johns untimely passing and Our family would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Lehman family .

    Miles and Lorrie Brown E’Ville Twin Motorcycle Co.

  6. 6 Robert Pandya Jan 10th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    The team at Victory Motorcycles was saddened to hear of Johns Passing over the weekend. He and his team were great people to work with and reflected an enthusiastic spirit and professionalism towards their craft. We’ve lost a good rider, and a friend.

  7. 7 Jason Hallman Jan 10th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Sad. What a talented guy. Definitely the best trikes I have encountered. RIP.

  8. 8 Woody Jan 10th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Very sad. Condolences from his many friends in SE WI, to a man who blazed a path for many others, and was a good and decent man in an industry that often produces the opposite. He will be missed.

  9. 9 Rodent Jan 10th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    He was one of the good guys.

  10. 10 Clarke Jan 11th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    My thoughts and prayers to John’s family. I lost my Dad way too young. In time though, some of the sadness you feel today will give way to the gratitude that you had him for even the short time he was here. God bless.

  11. 11 EvoJoe Jan 11th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    RIP John Lehman

  12. 12 Pam Proctor Jan 11th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    My thoughts prayers are with Linda, her family and friends. After many years working closely with Lehman Trikes it was always my pleasure working with John, Linda, Larry & Marilyn. I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing. John’s positive outlook, great spirit and enthusiasm was always evident when you were around him. He will be greatly missed. God bless.

  13. 13 Joe Mielke Jan 11th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Lehman family in their time of loss.

    Team Klock Werks

  14. 14 Big Mack Jan 11th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I never hadd the pleasure to meet John Lehman in person, but his work speaks for itself. RIP

  15. 15 Manhattan Choppers Jan 11th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Bummer.. Very well put Keith @ Diamond heads.

  16. 16 Rebecca Jan 11th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    RIP John. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the team at Lehman on many occasions. Top Notch professionals. Got my first trike ride experience on the Victory Vision trike through Spearfish Canyon thanks to John. Thoughts and prayers to his family!

  17. 17 rags Jan 11th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    bummer met him few yrs back.great guy//RIP JOHN

  18. 18 alan Jan 16th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    one very nice guy is gone RIP JOHN

  19. 19 tom Jan 26th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    sorry to hear condolences to family and friends R.I.P john

  20. 20 Mickey D. Apr 10th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What a great loss to the cycle world, with no disrespect to the family. my prarys to them. I had back surgery in 2010 could not ride 2 any more so i found 2008 lehman pitboss and fellin love with it. Thanks to John and lehman trikes i enjoy the road again, as he and his family have. Harley got back into trikes thanks to John and that is a big deal in its self. Sorry its april and i just heard of this loss. He will be missed. Trike-n 4 ever.

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