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.