Motorcycle-Amputee

Motorcycle Amputee does not charge or collect membership fees and does not manufacture or sell products or services. PLEASE NOTE: Motorcycles and Trikes have inherent risks. Always wear appropriate protective gear and ride within your comfort zone and ability.

 

Motorcycle-Amputee is an informal website based organization created by Victor Walther. The website is intended to provide information, encouragement, and inspiration for amputee, injured, and physically challenged motorcyclists as well as provide an international venue for amputee motorcyclists to share and promote their accomplishments and motorcycle modifications.

The website contains information on motorcycle modifications for amputee, injured, and disabled motorcyclists as well as information on modified artificial limbs and prosthetic suppliers and manufacturers.

Motorcycle-Amputee encourages everyone to participate regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, race, or nationality. There are no membership fees or special requirements to join or participate, just a willingness to encourage, inspire, and share information with others.

If you have modified a motorcycle or know of motorcycle modifications that could benefit amputee or disabled motorcyclists, or if you or anyone you know could benefit from, or would like to participate on this website, email your enquiries or pictures and information to: mtb-amputee@mtb-amputee.com

 

Motorcycle Organizations & Associations for Amputees.

Amputee & Disabled Motorcyclists.

Motorcycle Modifications for Arm Amputees.

Motorcycle Modifications for Leg Amputees.

Motorcycle Modifications Suppliers & Manufacturers.

Motorcycle Trike & Sidecar Conversions.

News & Events for Amputee & Disabled Motorcyclists.

Miscellaneous Motorcycle Related Links.

 

 

Motorcycle Organizations & Associations for Amputees.

 

American Motorcyclist Association

Begin-Motorcycling

Disabled Motorsport

Disabled Riders of America

American National Association for Bikers with a Disability

Adaptive - Motorcycling Preparations for Amputee Motorcycling

National Assoc. for Bikers with disabilities Motorcycle adaptations and more...

Amputee Coalition In Motion adaptive modifications for amputee motorcyclists

Bikewise UK based motorbike training school.

Alternative Cruisers

Disabled Motorcycle riders

Bikers In Need

Likevelmc Disabled Motorcycle Org. in Norway

 

Amputee & Disabled Motorcyclists.

 

Angie Washo Leg amputee

Chris Draayer Deceased one arm AMA racing legend

Dave Barr Double Leg amputee

Reggie Showers Double leg amputee

www.onelegtim.com Left leg amputee

Wayne Prince One arm rider (left arm)

Bruce Chatwell Arm amputee

Dave Cagle Arm amputee

Larry Ritchey Left leg amputee

Jan Barlage Right leg amputee

Sean Mizlo Left leg amputee (Trike rider)

Jimi left leg amputee

Roadgypsy left leg amputee

Balu left arm Amputee from Hungary

Dan Porras Jockey shifter & sidecar modification

Marsha Bedford bilateral above knee amputee

Brian Dexter above left knee amputee

Albert Garcia right arm amputee custom trike rider

Dianna Goad above left knee amputee trike rider

Jody Daniels double leg amputee trike rider

Mike Soberanes left arm amputee motorcycle instructor / racer

Robin (aka Twinkle Toes) disabled trike rider

Ken Player below left knee leg amputee

Scot Johnson below left knee leg amputee with right hand nerve damage

Eric Thirion below left knee amputee

Craig Harrington below right knee amputee

Bill Hernandez Left foot amputee

Craig Parks right arm amputee motox racer

Eirian Rees arm amputee sidecar racer

Shane Adams left leg amputee

Bret McDanel Throttle & brake modification for right hand amputee

Frank Verboski below knee amputee, custom parts fabricator

Paul Johnston left arm amputee

Danny Campion right leg amputee, right arm paralized

If you would like information on modifications for arm amputees you can contact Larry Small, a below elbow amputee that is a certified motorcycle safety instructor: email la_small@yahoo.com

 

Motorcycle Modifications Suppliers & Manufacturers.

 

Honda Dn01 Automatic Sport Cruiser

Aprilia Mana Automatic Sport Cruiser

Ridley Motorcycles automatic transmission motorcycles, power kickstands.

Monkey Wrench Motorcycles Custom fabrication, ie: brakes, clutches, throttles

Far Beyond Fabricating Custom fabrications

Walters Manufacturing automatic transmissions for 99 - 05 Harley Dynaglides

Cramp Buster Throttle cruise control device

Boss Hoss Custom V-8 motorcycles with automatic transmissions

American Motorcyclist Association general information.

M&J Motor Company Left hand throttles, electronic shifters, dual master brake cylinders & more

Eric Meinert for information on custom milled & machined parts email ericmeinert@hotmail.com

Earache Motorsports for discounts on custom fabricated parts Email: EaracheMS@Gmail.com

Freebird Custom Motorcycles Custom motorcycles featuring hand controls for disabilities.

Dan's Motorcycle info on automatic drives & clutches.

Bike Shifter electronic push button shifters.

FlatShifter Fully clutchless shifting.

Kliktronic push button shifters.

Adaptive Engineering Parts & products

Disabled motorcycle rider Parts & products

Adaptive Motorcycling U.S. distributor for Kliktronic

Pingel electronic push button shifters.

Ride-Able push button shifting and braking

The Carrier wheelchair carrier for motorcycles & trikes.

Christrikes wheelchair kits for trikes / motorcycles

EFM autoclutch manufacturer of automatic clutches for motorcycles & ATVs

Rekluse automatic clutches

Kuryakyn revloc clutch.

Direct Parts distributor for revloc clutch.

Exotic Sportbike electronic / air shifters

AP-Racing thumb lever brake

Brake Splitter one into two, cable brake splitter

Leg Up Landingear retractable stabilizer rear side wheels

Safety Features Inc  retractable side wheels for Honda Goldwings & Harley Davidson

Wing Landing Gear retractable side wheels for Honda Goldwing GL1500's only

Quadrig bolt on stabilizer wheels

Hopey steering damper

Wesllcorp leaning quad on / off road motorcycle technology

Clake combined clutch and rear brake lever

K-Lever2 Duel brake or brake/clutch lever

Mash Gate motorcycle airbag jackets

CarbonStride carbon fiber leg ferrings

Bright Side Shifter right side suicide shifter for Harley Davidson

Sinister Customs custom cycles and trikes offering right & left hand modifications

 

Motorcycle Trike & Sidecar Conversions.

 

US Trikes 10% discounts for US Military Personnel & Disabled Riders

MJ Trikes

Liberator Trikes

Lehman Trikes

Boss Hoss Custom V-8 trikes with automatic transmissions

Can-Am Spyder trike with two front wheels

Trike Shop

Motor Trike

Freebird Custom Motorcycles & Trikes

Champion Sidecars

Sidecar.com

MTC Voyager

Ridley Automatic transmission trikes

Trigg Trikes Modifications for disabled motorcyclists

Mystery Designs

Christrikes wheelchair kits for trikes / motorcycles

The Carrier wheelchair carrier for motorcycles & trikes.

Hot-Trike

Santmyer Trikes

Sinister Customs custom cycles and trikes offering right & left hand modifications

 

Miscellaneous Motorcycle Related Links.

 

2 Wheel Touring

Choose Motorcycle motorcycle beginners guide

Motorcycle Helmets

Motorcycle History

Harley Davidson History

Motorcycle Counter Steering

Ampedriders

MotorcycleOnForum

Delphi Forums

Motorcycle Fairing

Sturgiszone

 

Motorcycle Modifications for Arm Amputees.

 

http://www.prostheticarm.com Prosthetic riding arm & hand

Mert Lawwill Prosthetic riding hand

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The following information was contributed by Bob Radocy from TRS Prosthetics.

The modification forces the normal brake lever to be removed however, the front brake must be actuated differently. For me I've gone to a foot pedal operated dual master cylinder system. This uses two side by side master cylinders operated mechanically with one pedal but with separate mechanical linkage adjustments on the pistons. It has both pluses and minuses but I've used this concept for over 10 years w/o incident.

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Additionally Bob has combined the clutch and throttle to one side of the handlebars. This works very well and the modification can be applied to either right or left side.

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The following picture and information was contributed by Jeff Cohen.

This brake splitter is used for racing motorcycles with doubled sided drum brakes, and is one cable in and two out. The cable ends used are 5/16 inch diameter.

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As the input is 100% and the outputs are 50% each, there may be suitability issues for use in a system operating front and rear brakes simultaneously. Perhaps someone may be able to work out some way of utilizing this with a spring mounting incorporated into the rear cable to lower the pull to prevent locking under emergency braking conditions. (There are such devices used on comfort/touring style peddle bikes)

If you or any others may be able to find a use for these, I can source several such units at a price of around $45.00 (AUD) including postage to US or UK by airmail. If someone wants to have a look and play around with one I'm happy to pay the postage to send it over, then if not suitable they can send it back. 

My email is amgine@i.net.au Hoping this may be helpful, Jeff.

Ps. When emailing, please write "cable splitter" in the subject line.

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The following pictures were contributed by Bruce Chatwell who is an above left elbow amputee for over 36years. Bruce has logged thousands of miles on both his Harley Davidson motorcycle and his 600 Mountain Cat snowmobile. The only modification made to his motorcycle is a small metal stop welded to the clutch lever to prevent his hook from sliding around and to maximize leverage.

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The pictures also show how Bruce operates the clutch by resting his arm on the bar and pulling the clutch backwards. For more information you can email Bruce at: bchatwell@collinscom.net or to see Bruces' right hand snowmobile brake modification visit the Snowmobile Amputee page.

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The following pictures were contributed by Dave Cagle (aka Hook). Dave was injured in a Timber Falling Accident in Washington State Back in 1993.He was struck atop the left shoulder by the top of another tree that stood next to the one he was falling. This in turn caused his whole left arm to stop functioning or go dead from that point on. In 1998 he was able to have it amputated, as it would never again work due to the extensive nerve damage of this Brachial plexus injury. He was also told that a Prosthetic would never work in his case. Needless to say, he was able to go back and fall timber (Old Growth) with a prosthesis using a Sthil 066 chain saw with a 36"" bar.
A long time has passed now ( 11 years) and he rides a FXSTS Harley Davidson every day, with no modifications done to the bike. When Dave went in to buy his Harley, the dealer asked what kind of modifications he would like with it, his reply was "if I can't ride it the way it comes off the showroom floor, then I don't want it". There is nothing done to the bike except a hose clamp that he put on the left grip to keep his hook from sliding off. It took him about 2 yrs. to really start getting the hang of it, but now has no problem cruising at about 100 mph down the freeways. Dave gives all the credit to the Lord for the strength that he has given him to overcome not just this, but many obstacles in his life. He is now President of the SONS OF GOD MOTORCYCLE CLUB ARIZONA and tries every day to give back to life what he has taken. If this little story helps one person, then his job is done. He has sent a recent picture of himself and the Sergeant of Arms of the SONS OF GOD M/C ARIZONA.  "the dude on the bike is Dave" he will be there to help by phone # 602-722-8854 or email: denage@cox.net

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The following submission was made by Balu from Hungary.

Dear MTB-Amputee! Your site gave me a lot inspiration when it was needed for me! You can check the results,
You can visit here for Photos or here for a YouTube Video
Thank You again!

Rider Baloo from Hungary

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The following information was submitted by Scot Johnson:

I am a left leg BK amputee and I also have nerve damage in my right hand. I have made some changes to my motorcycle so I can keep riding. The brake/clutch combo picture is for my front brake, however a similar setup could be used to activate the rear brake for a right leg amputee.
I ride with my left foot on a highway peg and swing it back to pull up /push down on my shifter with the heel of my foot. I've ridden about 50,000 miles on my bike since I lost my leg and I'm always helpful to those who want advice on setting up their equipment to keep riding. Email Scot at evoscot76@yahoo.com

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For information on left hand drive conversions check out Wayne Prince at the following webpage: www.ducati.co.za/community/profile/wayneprince.html

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Although the following pictures are of a mountain bike setup, both the arm and the steering wheel adaptor can be used for motorcycles as well as ATV's and snowmobiles.

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For more information on the arm or steering wheel adaptor visit the Bike Modifications or Prosthetic Modifications pages.

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The following information was submitted by Mike Soberanes who is a left arm amputee.

Hi, my name is Mike Soberanes. I've been helping others across the world re-learn how to ride with questions answered and helping with bike set-up where I can. I currently am a track day instructor [motorcycle] for 2 companies [Takeit2thetrack and the track club] here in California and I lost my left arm [elbow down] in a car accident as a teen. I am happy to help with questions from others if needed and would be happy to provide information on dirt/sport bike' riding.
mike Soberanes

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For more information you can email Mike at: mightslip@yahoo.com or if you go to the www.TI2TT.COM site you can read a little about what he is involved in [staff is where you will find him].

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The following pictures and information was contributed by Craig Parks.

I'm interested to know if there are any other riders around the world that are using Will Craigs arm for riding??? It is simply the best thing ever and has got me back racing motox with able body riders. Attached are some pics, if you know of anyone please inform me.
Thank you, Craig Parks, Ashford, Kent England.

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For more information email Craig at: craig.parks.cp@googlemail.com

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The following information was submitted by Eirian Rees.

I recently took part in the welsh 2 day enduro on enduro sidecar and I was really happy to have completed both day’s and if anyone with an amputated arm as I have got and needs help to start I would be really happy to see somebody the same on the start line.
You can see my results on welsh2dayenduro.co.uk.
My name is Eirian Rees
Any questions please email or ring me on 07831415799.

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The following information was submitted by Paul Johnston.

Here is a shot of me and my wife on a 2008 Harley Softail that Rocky's Harley Davidson in London Ontario lent me to work with a film studio out of Toronto. I lost my arm at 19 when I was hit head on by a driver that didn't remember seeing a bike (1967) My ride now is a 2005 Kawasaki Drifter.

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I was working with Studio M out of Toronto to produce a documentary on life as an amputee and to try and get financial support to ride across Canada down the American coast across the states and back up into Ontario... Everything was a go and I had the support of Volvo heavy equipment until revenue Canada refused us a charitable tax number... No number, no money... I have had 6 bikes since the accident in 1967... The heaviest being a 1983 Harley FLHP... My current bike is the 05 Drifter... Modifications are simple... Flip the clutch lever to the right and stagger it with the front brake which is on top... See picture... Also the kill switch on some bikes were turned into left hand turn signals but I prefer to reach over to the left bar and activate the original unit... I have over 100,000 miles accident free so I guess I'm doing something right... I sold two of the bikes when I started to get over confident and stayed off for a season or so... (until I smartened up) For more info email Paul at: pjca@hurontel.on.ca

 

Motorcycle Modifications for Leg Amputees.

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Hi, My name is Frank Verboski and i am a below the knee amputee. I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle back on May 11th 2009. Since that time i have stayed positive and actually opened a motorcycle repair shop called Monkey Wrench Cycles here in Fort Worth, Tx. I cannot give up my love of riding and i would just like to offer my services to fellow amputees. Here at my shop we work on all makes and models of motorcycles and i would be willing to offer my services for modifying bikes to help fellow amputees ride again. We can do things such as relocating brake and shifters, throttle, clutch, building and installing trike kits, and pretty much anything else that would need done. I will also offer my services at a discounted rate since i know the hardships we go through.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly at the shop at 817-548-9917 or my cell 469-432-8918 or email if you like.

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The following pictures were contributed by Jan Barlage who is an above right knee amputee. They feature modifications made to his prosthetic foot & boot as well as a thumb lever for the rear brake.

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The system is mounted on a CBR 900rr (SC44) which he drove 40.000 miles without any problems. Jan uses a thumb break by AP-Racing with the specified caliper. This modifications looks very simple, but the AP-Racing thumb break and the adjustments must be done by a professional.

On the right side of the bike, Jan fixed a racing peg so the foot sits a little bit higher. You can see the cleat on the bottom of Jans' boot which helps keep his prosthetic foot on the peg.
For more detailed information on the thumb brake visit: http://www.apracing.com/motorcycle/cylinder/data.asp?code=CP4225

If you would like more information on Jan, you can email him at: jan@barlage.org or visit: www.barlage.org , www.mtb-amputee.com

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The following pictures were contributed by Larry Ritchey, who lost his left leg above the knee on May 22 of 2005. The bike is almost complete minus a few adjustments. Larry has linked the shifter to the right side and is in the process of adding a sidecar. Larry will keep us informed as things progress. Coincidently, the paint was done by Scott at Riff Raff in Livermore, and the forks were built by Andy May at Arlen Ness.

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Here are some pictures of how Larry moved the shifter from the left side to the right side. He also made his rear brake a heel brake. He had a friend ride his bike and he said it felt a little strange but would be easy to get use to.

     

The following pictures are of Larrys' new retractable outrigger / stabilizer.

 

If someone is interested they can contact Larry and he will lead them through the process of getting in on their bike. There are lots of these out there but they are expensive.. This one cost Larry under $500.

The following picture is of Larry's newly painted side car. The scoops on the front are the ones like they use on the early flat head engines and they let air in for Larry's dog that rides with him.

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For more information you can email Larry at: tlrsar@pacbell.net 

Stay tuned for future up dates.

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The following pictures and info were contributed by Dan Porras.

I live in the Great North West and have ridding for many, many years but in 2005 I was hit and almost lost my left foot, I had to buy a sidecar but found shifting with my foot was killing me after a few miles. So I found a jockey shift kit, art V-twin parts made a long handle out of aluminium round stock and got a shorter clutch cable and put my clutch on the shifter this has made it so I can ride for days with out the pain so here are photos of my set up I do hope it will help others get back on the road. I just want to help anyone ride
PEACE
DAN

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Please note that I converted to the hand clutch and shifter set up on my bike for over 2 years. I did not like driving the sidecar so sold it found a left side hydraulic clutch handle set use it for my front brakes put the clutch on the right side by the throttle. I put a throttle palm to help gas it as I let go of the clutch, hand brake on the left side and shift with my left hand this works so good I can hold the bike up as long as I have my brace on have over 112,000 miles on that bike. Ride Free

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The following pictures and information was contributed by "Jimi"

My name is Jimi and I was involved in a industrial accident in March '06. I have a left leg A/K amputation and was back to riding my motorcycle about 2 weeks after being fitted with a c-leg. The crew that I work with passed the hat at work and bought me a Pingel www.pingelonline.com electric shifter for my '02 Honda VTX1800. I haven't had hardly any problems riding with my prosthetic leg. Just takes a little getting used to using my hand to put the kick stand up and down while sitting on the bike. The electric shifter works very well. Before my accident I was just getting into Track Days (Sport bikes on a closed course) with my new sport bike. I ordered a Pingel shifter for that bike and intend on getting back into Track Days with out using my prosthetic leg, hopefully before Thanksgiving (don't want to chance a crash with the expense of my leg). Anyone with questions should shoot me an e-mail: jabhawk996@aol.com

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The following picture was contributed by Co Appleman from the Netherlands. Despite losing his left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident four years ago (Feb 2001), Co was back on his bike within a year of the accident.

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If you would like more information on Co, you can visit his website at: 1b1.nl or you can email him at: co@1b1.nl . In addition, Co is part of MMvG, which is an organization based in the Netherlands that specifically caters to amputee and disabled motorcyclists. The website for the organization is: mmvg.nl . Please note that although the MMvG website is in the Dutch language, the MMvG will respond to inquiries in English or Co would be more than happy to translate.

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The following information was submitted by Craig Harrington.

I saw your site and thought I’d write in. I live in the South Island of New Zealand and I’ve been a below knee amp for 20 years now and have been riding and racing bike for most of that time. Recently I started to do off road trail riding and enduro just for fun I have a Husquvarna TE 405 and I found that on road I could get away with no rear brake but not off road. I discovered the Rekluse clutch system and have it on my husky with a bar leaver for my rear break. It works like a centrifugal clutch but you change gear normally. It does away with the clutch lever giving room to fit a bar break. I’ve found it to be fantastic and transformed my ride ability and enjoyment. I would suggest any amputee consider this option when modifying their bikes.

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The following information was submitted by Don Riggs.

Years ago, I was friends with a biker (San Diego Axemen, I think) who'd lost his leg just below the knee.  On the first bike I modified for him, I used a twist-grip clutch shifter handle (from a Vespa, I think) so when he squeezed the clutch handle he could twist (back for up-shift, forward for downshift). I made a mechanical interlock so you couldn't twist the grip/shift gears unless the clutch was squeezed. On the second bike I modified for him, we made a jockey-shift lever (at the back of the seat, directly off the tranny) and put the clutch lever on the jockey shifter with the same type of interlock described above. We also put a cradle (chromed horseshoe) above and behind the highway peg, open end up and forward, so with his boot on the peg the ankle part of the boot was in the horseshoe. Worked really well for him. I only knew him as Ivan, don't think that was his born name.

For more information contact Don at (817) 797 5378, donald.riggs@hushmail.com Quote "We work that those who go in harm's way for our sake may face a greater certainty of victory over the challenges and challengers they face".

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The following information and pictures were submitted by the wife of Brian Dexter.

I have a wonderful story for you. My husband Brian Dexter is an amputee above the knee. Brian lost his leg back 2000 in a sawmill accident. Below is the story that was written about him. I would like to inform you Brian just purchased a 1200L sportster and he installed a pingel shift kit on the bike to help him shift. It works great and was easy to install. We do have to install some type of stopper on the end of the foot peg because his foot vibrates off the peg which of course can be dangerous while riding. I have attached pictures of what we have done so far. I really enjoyed reading everyone's stories and ideas on your site, I think it's a great place to get ideas from for an amputee rider. Thank you and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. I would love to get Brian on your website. Brian was the first person in New England to receive the c-leg and is on their website as well. And this website would be a great addition to Brian's story. Thanks again Lisa (wife)
Life as he knew it abruptly changed for Brian Dexter a New Hampshire sawmill worker on the morning of June 27, 2000. While adjusting the guides on a four-foot circular saw at his workplace, Brian was accidentally pushed by another piece of machinery into the saw and his left leg was severed above the knee. Brian also suffered a cut on his right arm as well. Thankfully Brian's arm is ok with no lingering problems. Just 26-years old at the time and determined to be in control of his future, Brian refused to let the traumatic injury that nearly took his life keep him down. He managed to leave the hospital a mere four days after he was admitted and was walking on his first prostheses two months later. Within those 4 days Brian was back on his motocross bike cruising up and down the road. A few months later Brian competed in a motocross race where he placed in the top five and was the only one doing tricks off the jumps at the track in NH. In 2008 Brian bought his first Harley, a 1200L Sportster to be exact and installed a Pingel Shift kit on his bike. The shifter works wonders and hasn't failed yet. Lately Brian has been trying to figure out a way to keep his foot from vibrating off the foot peg. But through all of this Brian has always kept his hopes high and does not hold himself back due to his injury. He enjoys riding his new Harley and wouldn't change his life for anything.

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For more information you can contact Brian at: dexterfamily3@verizon.net

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The following pictures and information was submitted by Shane Adams.

Hi, my name is Shane Adams and I live in eastern Ct. I had lost my left leg in a bad work accident in Sept of 1994 when i fell in a grain auger. I rode before my accident and i just always wanted to get back in the wind again. My bike is a 2002 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide.1450cc FXDWG3. I had a friend make the suicide shifter for me. For more information you can contact Shane at: halfass8692@charter.net

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The following information was submitted by Ken Player:

Lost my left leg bk 25 years ago (in a motorcycle wreck) and just got a new bike (Honda 750 c2) and started looking into options for amputee riders. I found the info on Pingel and Kliktronic pretty fast on the net but -- $1000.00 for a glorified solenoid -- give me a break! I started thinking what I could do to shift my bike and still be safe. This is what I did -- I went to Home Depot and bought a $1.25 4" corner bracket . My motorcycle boots have thick rubber soles so I positioned the bracket on my boot sole next to my big toe and screwed it into the rubber like this The bracket slips just under my shifter-- lift leg to shift up/ use heel to shift down. I have ridden about 3500 miles like this and have no problems. The bracket has never caught on the shifter because it's flat. It took a little getting used to but -- $1.25 vs. $1000.00 -- think people. I hope this helps someone out there, if you have any questions please feel free and email me at kcplayer@yahoo.com. Ya'll ride safe

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The following information was contributed by Bill Hernandez.

Hi I just cam across your web site. I have been riding since 1992 had an accident 1993 and lost my shifter foot. LOL! Any way I have been riding for the past 17 years hooking my shoe under my shifter to upshift. On some of my bikes I have flipped over the shifter and changed the shift patter from 1 down 5 up too 1 up 5 down for quicker/safer up shifting. Just bought a new 2009 ZX 10 and a new Pingel electric up/down shifter. Waiting to get the break in miles on before I install it, but I will post photos when completed. This unit can be combined with an auto shift module that can be set to shift at a certain RPM for automatic up shifts.
Thanks for setting up this site!
Bill Hernandez

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The following information was submitted by Eric Thirion:

My name is Eric Thirion. I was in a motorcycle accident on April 2, 2007. Among other injuries I suffered a below knee amputation of my left leg.
Sincerely,
Eric Thirion Business Development Coordinator
(317) 783 - 3226 Ext.1154 ethirion@prpflexo.com

Please note that Eric is working on building a new bike.

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The following information was submitted by Dianna Goad who is an above left knee amputee.

I lost my left leg, AK, Memorial Day 2002 in a pick-up vs. Sportster accident. The following summer my husband installed a Mystery Design trike kit, Kliktronic shifter, and a reverse (although normally it's just HIM) gear on a 95 Dyna Wide Glide. I have put thousands of miles on my bike since then. Mystery Design, as far as we are concerned, is the best deal out there. Kliktronic and Mystery Designs have allowed me to pick up and move forward with my life and what I love to do. I offer amputee support, am trained to assist and answer questions, offer hope and even a little guidance. I can be reached at dglefty@netnitco.net  Ride safe, Dianna Goad

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The following photos are of Sean Mizlo. He was felled by an uninsured hit-and-run driver and questioned his ability to survive as an amputee, but Sean is back in the saddle of his beloved motorcycle.

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Mizlo, 36, was riding a brand-new Harley-Davidson on July 15, 2005, when he was struck and seriously injured by an automobile driven by a Davenport woman who had no insurance. Doctors had to amputate his left leg above the knee, and he was left with large medical expenses. Mizlo’s story caught the attention of Kevin Promenschenkel, owner of Poopy’s, a Harley-Davidson parts and accessories center in Savanna, Ill., about 50 miles north of the Quad-Cities. That poor guy went through a hell of an accident, and there were all those insurance problems. I just knew we could help, Promenschenkel said.
The business received the heavily damaged motorcycle early this year. He did quite a number on it, Promenschenkel said, noting that his staff removed the motor, dissembled and rebuilt it. Poopy’s also added a trike kit, which gives the vehicle three wheels on the back end and is used for riders who have stability issues. Also added was a Pingel’s shift kit, which allows Mizlo to change gears simply by pushing a button on the handlebars. 
It took about three days to do the work, but Poopy’s had to wait quite some time for the parts. The motorcycle was turned over to a very satisfied owner a few weeks ago.
“I haven’t seen a customer as happy as I saw Sean that day, Promenschenkel said.
Mizlo considers the rebuilt motorcycle part of his recovery process. We both needed new hardware, he said.
Friends have rallied before to help the personable Mizlo and will do so again on the one-year anniversary of the incident. The Ride with Mizlo Poker Run is July 15, with registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leisure Time Billiards, 845 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline.
Unlike last year, Mizlo will participate in his namesake event. Last year, a similar fundraiser to help with his medical expenses was held just a month after the accident occurred. If you would like more information you can email Sean at: smizlo@riroe.k12il.us

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The following pictures and information was contributed by Albert Garcia.

Hello, my name is Albert. on 09/16/06, I was involved in an accident which resulted in the loss of my right arm. when I awoke from my coma, one of the first things I asked was, "how's the bike?" I had almost been killed and my desire to ride had not been taken. I found this sight shortly after my release from the hospital and wanted to let you know that it, not only helped me design my trike, but helped me from a psychological aspect in that I learned that it WAS possible to ride again. your site helped provide me with hope at a time in my life when I sorely needed it. I would be happy to offer my story, so that it might help others. Here are some pics of my trike, as it looks now. handicap mods: left hand throttle brakes linked to the right foot foot clutch electric shifter.

   

 

Once released from the hospital, the real healing began! I was forced into the world, where i had to learn how to live again. I was determined to ride and began the long process of doing research as to what was out there, for me. through your website, I found a host of companies that were able to help supply me with the necessary items I would require in order to safely operate my machine.
My good friend, Joe Gutierrez, had a shop in San Antonio (JG Cycles), and graciously volunteered to take on my project. This would prove to be a learning experience for both of us as he had never built a trike, much less a trike built for a person with my level of impairment. Including the research and accumulation of parts, the build took about a year. Joe had all these cool ideas that he wanted to try and regardless of how much I nagged him, he never cut corners. Joe thought of everything. He rewired the bike using the hand controls from a Kawasaki. These would allow me to use utilize both turn signals. He refused to give it to me until he was satisfied that it was a safe machine. I will never be able to thank him enough and would like the whole world to know that I love him for what he did for me. He is a prime example of what brotherhood is all about.
list of required modifications: (not counting the custom and replacement parts for the bike itself)
1) Frankenstein 30" Rear Axle and Swingarm
2) Mickey Thompson 15x12 ET Drag Wheels
3) Mickey Thompson Street Radials
4) Labriola Foot Clutch and Jockey Shift
5) Left Hand Throttle (custom)
6) Pingel Electric Shifter
7) Front and Rear Brakes Linked to the right foot
8) Kawasaki handlebar controls
9) +4 over Fork Tubes
10) 7 degree Raked Trees

For more information you can email Albert at: plscrub@yahoo.com

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These are Harley Davidson trikes that i am building. I call them my twins. When i finish building they will be for sale. They will have floorboards, two button electric shift, saddlebags and some other upgrades These are built for a person with a troubled left leg. People think they can't ride anymore because of shifting with left leg, with these you can still ride and feel the wind in your face. Riding and life is not over!! Ride to Live, Live to Ride. I will update when I finish in February. If interested email me. santmyerj@comcast.net

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The following submission was made by Marsha Bedford, who recently sold her 1985 Moto Guzzi with Velorex sidecar.

I am a bilateral above knee amputee and an avid motorcyclist. I recently sold my sidecar rig. It is a 1985 Moto Guzzi California II (10000 cc) with a Velorex 700 Sl car. It has been adapted with an air shifter for up shifting and a full size brake pedal. It has leading link forks (imported for England) which makes steering a dream. It has 68,600 miles on it. There are no known mechanical problems. I have owned it for 22 years and am still riding it. I sold it to go to a sidecar rig that has reverse.

Marsha

  

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The following pictures and information was submitted by Jody Daniels.

I am a double leg , below knees, amputee. I have a right leg prosthesis only. I can't walk and use a wheelchair. I have a1981 650 4 cyl. Yamaha Maxim trike. We are having a hitch put on as soon as possible.

Need to ride. Jody 'turtle' Daniels

 

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The following pictures were contributed by Vincent Cucchiara along with his girlfriend Robin (aka Hot Wheels and Twinkle Toes) who run the disabled riders of America organization www.disabledriders.com.

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The trike which features a wheelchair carrier that is designed and manufactured by Vincent and Robin took first place in the trike category at a recent competition.

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The following photo and information was contributed by Chris who is a member of the Disabled Riders of America. Chris is working on a wheelchair carrier that should be completed by the end of July 2009.

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Here is the completed project.

For more information visit: www.disabledriders.com

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The following photos and information were contributed by Danny Campion.

Hello, I've come across this website, and good to see others getting on with things too, and is awesome website to give others hope. I would like to add my journey, if it can help any others.

 After a traffic accident on 19.09.2012. My right leg was amputated above the knee, and my right arm was paralysed due to brachial plexus nerve injury. I was back on my bike in March, I had to prove to the race licensing people (ACU) that I could ride at speed on a race track safely, which I done in April, before racing in beginning of May at Pembrey (Wales, UK) getting 2x
4th's and 2x 3rds, in the Rookie 1000 class at a British Motorcycle Race Club (Bemsee). With another 2x 3rds and a win at another race meeting at Brandshatch (UK) in the Rookie 1000 class with Hottrax racing.

My bike is a 2007 Yamaha R1 race bike, with a stock engine at 186bhp. What i have changed, (all my own work), all left side controls, (left handle bar, front brake, clutch and throttle, left foot has gear change and rear brake), a right foot peg cup for my prosthetic leg, and extra seat padding.

For more info email Danny at: dannycampion@hotmail.com

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News & Events for Amputee & Disabled Motorcyclists.

 

Vincent Cucchiara along with his girlfriend Robin (aka Hot Wheels and Twinkle Toes) started a site for disabled motorcyclists called The Disabled Riders of America, www.disabledriders.com.

They are trying to get the word out about their organization and get new members. They have a front page story coming out in the September Able magazine featuring their wheelchair carrier which Vincent made to carry Hot Wheels wheelchair with them when they go to motorcycle events.

They based the club after a model of our British counterparts who helped them get organized. They plan to have fund raisers to offer grants to other disabled riders who can't afford to adapt their rides due to financial hardships. 

For more information on the organization, upcoming events, or the wheelchair carrier visit www.disabledriders.com.

NEWS & EVENTS:

I have designed a Harley Trike that will accept a full size electric wheel chair (drive on) and close to look almost exactly like the original Harley Trike. Do you think there is interest out there and if so, do you know anyone that would be willing to help fund the prototype. I own a custom shop in Maryland. www.premiercollisionandcustoms.com
Thanks for your consideration.
Tracy Hoover

I have a ’77 Honda 750A, the one with the Hondamatic transmission that may work for someone. It belonged to my Dad, but I might be willing to sell it if it could help someone out. It has less than 3,000 miles on it, has a new battery and tires, but needs some carb work, and perhaps exhaust, as it’s a little loud with the mufflers I put on it. I do have a set of replacement carbs for it, but haven’t put them on. If anyone is interested, I can be contacted at crowsnest@sktc.net. I’m located about 65 miles SE of Wichita, KS.

My right arm is amputated below elbow. the accelerator, clutch and brake are all set up to operate with my left hand. it works great. have had fun riding with my son. now he is older so want to sell this bike, as well as my son's 2001 XR80- in excellent condition. Can you help me find or suggest a website to sell my modified Honda? can you do it on your website?
Glenn McDowell
610-850-4200 gmcdowell@liberti.org

 

Amputee Motorcycle Track & Information Day 

(20th September 2004 - Donington Park) 

Following an overwhelming response by our members to a small article in our magazine, STEP Forward, the Limbless Association are delighted to announce that their inaugural Amputee Motorcycle Track and Information Day will take place on 20th September 2004 at Donington Park. 

The invitation is open to everyone, not just amputees. 
The circuit’s Paddock Suite conference hall will house an 'information day’. This will include exhibit stands from a selection of relevant trade companies; discussion forums - providing guidance and advice from experienced amputees and organizations, plus special guests. 

Honda Racing’s team riders of Michael Rutter and Karl Harris will be in attendance, with fellow amputee Simon Buckmaster, and the team’s race bikes. 

Meanwhile on the track, in addition to normal track day activities, Honda have very kindly agreed to supply Honda Pan European bikes for ‘Amputee Pillion Laps’. This will allow some of those amputees, who may otherwise be unable to ride, the opportunity to enjoy this unique exhilarating experience. The bikes will be piloted by international road racers, to ensure expert guidance around the Grand Prix circuit. 

We have launched a website, dedicated to motorsports for the disabled www.disabledmotorsport.co.uk, which will be updated regularly and contains details about this event, including trade enquiry information. 

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the event further, please contact: Scott Richardson on 020 8788 1777 Ext 21, or scott@limbless-association.org (or scott_racer99@ntlworld.com).

Please note that Motorcycle-Amputee is part of the AmpsCanRide family of website based organizations which include:

MTB-Amputee   ATV-Amputee   Snowmobile-Amputee

The AmpsCanRide websites are based on the fact that amputees can ride mountain bikes, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and All Terrain Vehicles. The relationship or common denominator is the fact that most modified prosthetic limbs and devices can be easily adapted and used for many different purposes.

For more information on prosthetic modifications and service providers visit:

Prosthetic Modifications   Prosthetic Suppliers & Manufacturers

Please stay tuned for future updates and additions.

 
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