If your disability has prevented you from feeling the wind on your face from atop your favorite motorcycle, you can have the bike converted or get a “trike kit” and modify it.
Adaptive systems allow riders with a variety of right and/or left leg problems, right/or left hand issues and paraplegic riders to vrooooom to their hearts content.
If a kit or DIY project isn’t for you, you’re going to love this: A wheelchair motorcycle is now being made especially for those with physical challenges from the waist down. It has been specially designed for those with disabilities which do not limit upper body strength.
The Conquest Wheelchair Motorcycle is a three-wheel motorcycle trike that can hit 105 mph (not that any of us want to actually go that fast…) and a speed offering 0-60 in 7.6 seconds. It accommodates both the wheelchair and the driver via a secure locking system, with room for a passenger.
There is no need to transfer from your wheelchair. Via a remote-controlled raising and lowering ramp at the rear, just roll on, lock down and start up. The Conquest features six forward gears, full reverse and an electronic parking brake.
Safety highlights include the rear-loading wheelchair ramp and a wheelchair locking system in the driver’s position with a push-button release.
The three-wheel design balances the bike and the push-button gear shifter is easy to use.
The Conquest Wheelchair Motorcycle
The Conquest can be individually tailored to your needs. It has been fully road and track tested and complies with U.S. safety standards. For more information and to see photographs, visit www.mobilityconquest.com. Call 1-800-769-8267. MobilityWorks also sells the Wheelchair Motorcycles, visit https://www.mobilityworks.com/wheelchair-motorcycle.php and is offering rebates through the end of February 2011.
This mobility safety update has been brought to you by NMEDA – the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Need some information on how to make your vehicle wheelchair accessible or upgraded with the latest and most convenient features? Contact a NMEDA dealer in your local area. Your local NMEDA member is a mobility equipment and accessibility expert!