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Motorcycle Riding for Disabled Drivers

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 14 Oct 2018 | 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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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
Hi I havefibromyalgia and I'm wanting to learn how to ride a bike I was told that if Iregister a bike while on benefits that my benefits will be taken off me if I ride a bike is this correct
Shimmer - 9-May-17 @ 9:58 PM
I have a full foot drop right foot, and chronis arithtus in my left ankle which makes riding a bike challenging. I want to learn to ride a bike and take my test is this something you can help with? Do you have adapted bikes available for training? Where are you based? Thanks Roger
Buddy - 1-May-17 @ 5:47 PM
Hi I have cerabalpalsy and the muscle in my right arm and right leg and strong enough is there a way I can ride a motor bike with no problems Thanks
Ianj - 27-Oct-16 @ 9:48 AM
Hello, I have had a triple heart bypass, 4 stents and peripheral cascular diseast that makes walking tough along with a nad back i get helped with mobility and have one of their cars.... A friend had offered me his old motorbike whick I can get on and there is a place for my walking stick so I wondered could I ride this from time to time when the suns our or would I get in bother? I hope to hear bacl Les
Lev - 22-Jul-16 @ 9:47 PM
Barbara - Your Question:
Hi,I'm an Occupational therapist who is working with a client who has a Vespa scooter and has sustained a left upper limb injury. Does anyone know of where I can get adaptations for their scooter please? I've contacted the National Association for Bikers with a Disability but haven't had anyone contact me as yet and wondered if there was anywhere else I could go?Many thanks in advanceBarbara

Our Response:
Motability may be able to help, or point you in the right direction, please see link here. There are also various independent companies registered online that offer adaptations. However as we do not wish to be seen to be biased we cannot recommend these directly, you would have to conduct a search.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 23-Jun-16 @ 11:34 AM
Hi, I'm an Occupational therapist who is working with a client who has a Vespa scooter and has sustained a left upper limb injury. Does anyone know of where I can get adaptations for their scooter please? I've contacted the National Association for Bikers with a Disability but haven't had anyone contact me as yet and wondered if there was anywhere else I could go? Many thanks in advance Barbara
Barbara - 22-Jun-16 @ 3:23 PM
I am trying to make money for a disabled care homes place saw they can have another car to take other resident around when some of them can not use the travel car and mine business thay have at the moment saw the car will come in us for the other one
Andrew Jason - 13-May-16 @ 8:22 PM
hi, I lost my lower left leg 14 years ago with blood clots but since takin my bike test and passed 3 years ago and bought a schoot with handle bar brakes and was fine but have since bought a vespa px 125 and the brake is on the right side which you need to use your foot and can doit okay but im I okay to ride it still,I didn't think about this on till after I bought it and don't really want to sell it can anyone help please.
spenner - 6-Nov-15 @ 8:44 PM
For left lower limb motorcycle adaptation there is the kliktronic system which is a system that brings the gear change up to the handlebars.I have this fitted to my FJR and it works well.You can also apply to the NABD and they may pay for the adaptation of your bike.
delboy - 15-Aug-15 @ 5:34 PM
Hey, if anyone can help would be greatly appreciated, I was in a accident which caused my sciatic nerve to be severed in my left leg, this has left my lower leg to be paralyzed. I would like to look into getting a bike for track days with gears on the handle bars but don't know where to look. If any one can point me in the right direction it would be a great help. Thanks Luke
lukestephens360 - 2-May-15 @ 10:53 PM
Is there anybike that I can ride as I have lost both my legs date 2014/06/28 and I really mis bike ride I have I am the Founder club wild wings mcc and I mis riding is there a thing that I can do
shadow - 28-Apr-15 @ 9:19 AM
Hi I have no fingers on my clutchhand is there any sort of mod thatwill help?
nik - 12-Apr-15 @ 6:31 PM
@del - I'm afraid we here have no knowledge. Can anyone else help out Del? Thank you.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 9-Apr-15 @ 2:46 PM
i have lack of feeling in my left hand due to a stroke i have had clicktroic gear change fitted and bought a emf auto clutchbut cant get it ti work for any amount of time is there any one that can give me advise on what to do next i am running out of steam i am happy to pay and fit the parts myself just need some advice seems to be the hardest thing to get
del - 7-Apr-15 @ 7:30 PM
All I want to know is can I get a motorbike with mobility I have the high rate I can get a car on mobility but surely I have the right to choose which transport I want
dav - 25-Mar-15 @ 6:31 PM
@luckyme - you may be able to get a motorbike mobility scooter, I don't think you would be able to get a motorbike that way.
Val - 23-Mar-15 @ 12:53 PM
Hi was wondering if you could purchase a motorbike on mobility like you can a car.
luckyme - 19-Mar-15 @ 7:28 PM
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