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Motorcycle Riding for Disabled Drivers

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 4 Sep 2020 | comments*Discuss
Motorcycle Disabled Drivers Riding

Many disabled people may think that, depending on their disability, that they will never be able to ride a motorcycle.

Advances in technology have now made the possibility of many disabled drivers taking control of a motorcycle a reality. If you need to carry mobility equipment with you, such as a wheelchair, fold up mobility scooter or crutches, it is worth considering the practicality of attaching a side car to your motorcycle. This will not only offer greater stability, but enable you to take your mobility equipment with you wherever you travel. Some sidecars have ramps fitted at the back to make getting a wheelchair in and out easier.

Lack Of Leg Or Foot Mobility

If you have a disability that means you have a lack of mobility in your legs, or have had an amputation, it is possible to have your motorcycle's controls converted from foot operation to ones that can be hand operated.

If the disability affects your right leg it is possible to adapt your bike so that rear brake control pedal can be operated from the handlebar. This can be either a lever, operated by your thumb, or a lever mounted on your handlebar in tandem with another lever, such as a front brake or clutch lever. It may also be possible to locate the brake pedal on the left side of your motorcycle.

Lack Of Arm Or Hand Mobility

If your left leg is affected it is possible to have push buttons installed on your handlebars to make gear changes. It may also be possible to locate the gear pedal on the right side of the motorcycle. A hand operated lever can also be fitted, enabling you to operate the bike stand.

If you have had an arm amputated it may, depending on which arm, be necessary to have the handle bar brake and acceleration controls etc moved from one side to the other. If you still have the use of your arms, but find it difficulty to operate the twist type accelerator, it may be possible to install an accelerator that can be operated by the thumb.

Riding A Motorcycle in Your Wheelchair

For those people who want to drive while in their wheelchair there is the option of a 3 wheel motorcycle. This can have a ramp at the rear that allows you to drive your powered wheelchair inside the vehicle. The driving controls, situated on the handlebars, are just like those found on a 2 wheel motorcycle and you can obtain the same speed as a conventional 2 wheeler, although there may a limit on how powerful such purpose built machines are.

Using Stabilisers On Your Motorcycle

If stability when riding your motorcycle is a problem for you, it may be worth considering the use of a third wheel motorcycle or a side car. For people who want to ride a 2 wheel motorcycle without the addition of a side car there is also the option of using a drop down stabiliser.

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I have had a nippy sports motorbike for 10years now is their anyone now supplying trike bikes petrol engines
Mombasa - 4-Sep-20 @ 10:24 PM
The NADB sell blue badge holders for bikers or with perspex sheet, wing nuts and a plastic sleeve and bike lock you can fashion your own. Requires drill.
Vulcan Goth - 20-Jun-20 @ 6:43 AM
Hi am on PIO full till 2031 and I had to send my car back as of mydiserbillerty. But I have been on a trike 3 wheeler with the green and red button on the handle bares and it was a god send for me to get out and about as I have only been out 2 times in 4years can you help me out please
Wildey - 17-Jun-20 @ 12:17 AM
Can I ride a motorcycle if I'm registered disabled and have a blue badge.
Evo - 3-Jun-20 @ 1:56 PM
Can I ride a motorcycle if I'm registered and have a blue badge.
Evo - 3-Jun-20 @ 1:54 PM
Ive had a blue badge for years and use it on my bike by making a photocopy and put it on a 1/2 page of A4 and typing above it in bold capitols "This is a copy of the original to prevent theft and original will be supplied upon request. I then laminate it.The blue badge is for the person not the vehicle so dont let anyone tell you that you cannot have one on a bike.
roadrash - 16-Dec-19 @ 8:46 PM
It would be nice to know about the possibility of a disabled badge for my ped. The reason I think these should be a thing is I had to visit my local council office and there isn't and where close to park my ped apart from disabled only parking so I decided to park there to which a security guard came across and told me I couldn't park there as that's for disabled car drivers only. Since when does disablement mean that you can only drive a car?
Tidgey - 13-Aug-19 @ 8:16 PM
Hi I have a blue badge. My left leg below knee is paralysed. Can you suggest where I should go to arrange modifications to my motorcycle please? Cheers PL
pl - 9-Aug-19 @ 1:26 PM
Is there any blue badge for motorbike ? If so, where can I get it. I have one blue badge for the car.
Jose - 5-Aug-19 @ 1:54 AM
Hi, Can enyone recommend a motorbike insurance company,I suffer chronic pain but I can now ride again. Thanks Mick
Mik - 16-Jun-19 @ 6:14 PM
Disabilitybadge for a motorcycle. is this possible if so where from
Jay - 28-May-19 @ 7:36 PM
I have a disabled blue badge, how does that work for my trike, can’t really leave blue badge on trike as fear of it being stolen. Do I have the same rights as in a car
Toni - 15-May-19 @ 7:41 PM
I was curious about getting a bike with pip due to being told by friends I can but I cant find anything about it only cars
Jimbo - 3-May-19 @ 9:53 AM
Can motorbike users get a disabled parking badge. Is it known as a blue badge? Where would you display it on a bike without it being stolen. Regards Deano.
Deano - 8-Apr-19 @ 3:36 PM
I have a Blue Badge. Can someone tell me if I can park my motorcycle in a disabled parking bay or on yellow lines etc the same as I can my car??
DCHC - 30-Mar-19 @ 12:02 PM
I had a motorcycle accident 10 years ago have lost use in left hand looking information on getting back on motorcycle in northern Ireland
Swifty - 27-Mar-19 @ 12:58 AM
In Aug 2016 i broke my left leg in 5 places (tibia and fibia) and i broke my left ankle also. Whilst in a cast i fell over again a split my left ankle bone up the middle. I still suffer really badly with pain in my leg and ankle and am limited to how far I can walk. Sometimes my ankle and my knee get so painful that i sometimes use a crutch to ease of my leg. If I pass my pip again I would like to get a motorbike on the notability scheme. Will I be able to get a motorbike as I feel it would really benefit me in returning to work as a courier or carer.
Lou - 26-Feb-19 @ 5:15 AM
Hi i have always wanted a motorbike and was looking into getting one bit for cbt it says you have to be in good health and not signed of by your doctor. Is it a possibility on mobility to get a motorbike with the motability scheme? I have a car at the moment. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis in both knee's. Thank you for any advice
Mazz2010 - 14-Oct-18 @ 11:31 AM
Is it possible to get a Trike on the motability scheme, I have never ridden a bike but would love to own a Trike. I have a disability badge as well and get higher rate mobility pip
micktheted - 26-Sep-18 @ 8:47 PM
It was about this time in 2013 I ran across an ad for a safety course in beginner motorcycle riding.this course was a beginner motorcycle riding that took place on a Saturday and Sunday.I spoke with my wife and we decided that if I took the course andand passed it I would get a motorcycle.if not she would never hear another word about motorcycles again. needless to say I passed the course.I found a great motorcycle at the time,but unfortunately needs Universal parts for the motorcycle.the motorcycle is a Sunl SL 300. a Japanese/ Chinese American made motorcycle. since purchasing the motorcycleI have added a gear indicator switchand several other parts. in July of 2017I have become disabled.due to health cost we need to sell my F-150 Ford pickup truckto help with cost of medical bills.I found your site and with joy I am excited about riding my motorcycle with the aid of a sidecar,gear shift assistance with the left handand breaking with the right hand due toright foot not working. again all parts need to be Universal for any type of motorcycle, low cost most importantly.again my motorcycle is a sunl SL 300 2007.any help or assistance would be greatly appreciated
Eagle 1 - 27-Jun-18 @ 6:29 PM
I’m quite frustrated I am a motorcyclist and I can ride and walk but I cannot walk very far I have a disabled badge I suffer with severe chronic pain and on a number of different pain relief tablets includingoxycodone and morphine.I have a blue badge because I cannot walk very far obviously because of the pain because I am on two wheels I am unable to put it anyway that’s really frustrating if I put it in my windscreen it will only get stolen last thing I want is a parking ticket I’ve got enough problems right now
Elixier22 - 13-Jun-18 @ 4:16 PM
being a disabled person also a biker and a car driver, a waterproof and thief proof blue badge displaying attachment for a motorcycle would be a great idea!!
NevsMate - 16-Apr-18 @ 4:29 PM
I would like to no if I could get a moped on my pip and would like some information on how to go about doing so please
Killer Kelvin - 20-Feb-18 @ 7:46 PM
Looking info into disabled lesson in northern Ireland to get back on a motorcycle
Vester65 - 16-Jan-18 @ 9:55 AM
I have lost the use of my left foot I want to ride again as I am a motorcyclist with a car license not a car driver with a bike license . I find I am missing it so much its hard because I know my death in a b m w I d incident and subsequent bringing back opperations and recovery have had a big impact on my friends and family I want a real bike but can't find anything I want so I am contemplating a 125 rev and go scooter this is an option that would suit so many of your readers as they are real fun to ride now and come with storage space usually are cheap to run and look great they are also easy to hold up due to the low centre of gravity I hope this helps if it only helps one my day is a good one thanks
willie - 21-Oct-17 @ 10:42 AM
Hi, my left leg, ankle are my main issues, unable to carryout gear changes due to fused left ankle and a weakness in my left leg plus left knee joint replaced makes it difficult mounting the bike from the left side, are there considerations in place for those disabilities during lessons and test, I can mount the bike without any problems from the right side and restructuring the gear assembly would remove the gearing problems, any advice would be greatly appreciated.. thanks in advance.
Ricky - 12-Sep-17 @ 1:56 PM
I have a blue badge for my car can i ride a moped. my neighbour said no.
shas99 - 7-Sep-17 @ 3:11 PM
I am on disability I and can't afford a car and insurance so I was wandering of there is any way I could get a free moped to travel to the store and Doctors appointment
Sunshine - 26-Aug-17 @ 7:34 PM
Hi I'm a lower left leg amputee since October 2016 and have had my bike licence for years I'm now wanting to get back into biking I was at Edinburgh two wheels they said they don't do conversions as I tried a new cbr fireblade but the fake foot wouldn't go under the gear selector but was told you can make a part for that too change up with the heel or a thumb thing but I'm stuck I don't seem to see any place in scotland that do it ??
Dazzap - 29-Jun-17 @ 1:47 AM
Shimmer- Your Question:
Hi I have fibromyalgia and I'm wanting to learn how to ride a bike I was told that if I register a bike while on benefits that my benefits will be taken off me if I ride a bike is this correct

Our Response:
It would depend upon what benefits you are in receipt of. We cannot comment on this as there are too many variables. However, it could affect particular disability assessments of your illness.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 10-May-17 @ 12:09 PM
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