Lehman Trikes announced the passing of its founder and director, John K. Lehman, from heart failure brought on by an embolism.

The 2009 Sturgis Hall of Fame member died Jan. 5 in Arizona at the age of 60, leaving his wife Linda, son Quinten, daughter Leann, sisters Gladys, Linda and Carol as well as three grandchildren.

Lehman built his first trike in 1984 so his wife Linda could ride with one of their children. Lehman’s creation drew much attention, leading to the founding of Lehman Trikes in 1993, producing conversion kits for two-wheeled motorcycles from Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Victory.

“Today is crushingly sad,” says Larry Strilchuk, a longtime friend of Lehman and a partner with Lehman Trikes.  “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 was also known for his charitable work, creating the Good Turn Trike program to donate trike conversion kits to individuals with disabilities. Lehman also helped raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Kids n’ Chrome, and other children’s charities.

[Source: Lehman Trikes]