In this section, we look at the main purpose of the NABD - Adaptions
The first thing most people ask is "will I ever be able to ride again?" The answer is almost certainly YES, with due allowance for the nature of their disability. For instance, there has been at least one paraplegic that we know of that has successfully ridden a solo motorcycle, however, like the Knights of mediaeval times, it required a vast amount of money, and the assistance of several men and a small crane for him to mount the machine. No disrespect is intended by this: if you have the bottle (and the wallet) then it shows that the apparently impossible CAN be achieved. (If you don't believe me, have a look at the links at the bottom of this page).
We'll start with some basic information on the types of adaption that can be done; more detailed information, and previous adaptions that have been featured in Open House, can be found in the menu on the left of the screen.
Right leg (Amputation or restricted strength/mobility):
usually a simple matter of transferring
the rear brake control pedal to a
handlebar-mounted lever. This can take the
form of a thumb-operated lever or a more
conventional lever mounted in tandem with
the front brake lever or clutch lever.
Left Leg (Amputation or restricted strength/mobility):
advent of the (Kliktronic) solenoid
operated gear change system, adapting the
gear change has been much simplified. The
Kliktronic kit is an easy to fit
mechanism, which operates the gear change
by way of a pair of small push buttons
mounted on the handlebars. This system
operates off the bikes existing electrical
set-up so you do not have the problems of
recharging etc that are involved with
pneumatic (air-shifter) systems. Though
the Kliktronic is by far the most popular
form of gear change adaption, there are
other ways of doing it.
For any type of leg disability you may find it difficult to operate the side stand. This can usually be cured with the simply addition of a hand operated lever or moving it to the right side. There is an electric side stand adaption available, but they are expensive.
Right arm (amputation, Brachial Plexus Lesion, reduced strength/mobility):
usually a simple matter of transferring
the throttle and front brake lever to the
left side handlebar. The front brake can
then be operated by tandem or thumb lever
and, in the case of a machine with a twin
disc front brake, one calliper can be
linked to the rear brake system for ease
of use. Also the switch-gear would require
adapting to suit left hand operation.
Left arm (amputation, Brachial Plexus Lesion, reduced strength/ mobility):
cases this is simply a matter of adapting
the clutch operating lever and some minor
modification to the left side switch-gear.
With all adaptions to suit riders with a hand or arm disability we strongly recommend the addition of a high quality steering damper and when necessary, Velcro glove to hand-bar grip
Wheelchair Users (bilateral amputation, paraplegia, MS, reduced mobility in legs, balance problems, etc):
types of disability one obvious problem is
that of stability, which usually means the
addition of a third road wheel whether this
be in the form of a motorcycle/sidecar combo
or a trike.
Some wheelchair users are concerned about difficulty in getting on or off their trike. A small clip from the Men and Motors program shows how this is done: - download (Windows Media Video, 230k)
The Kliktronic kits, Thumb-brake kits, and Hydraulic to Cable kits, can all be purchased at a discount price through the NABD grant system. For further info on prices see Grant Application Form or contact the Adaptions Officer.
(The NABD suggest that when using a thumb-brake, you use the thumb-brake to operate one front calliper and then link the other front calliper to the rear brake system)
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