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Motorcycle Riding for Disabled Drivers

By: Jonathan Webb - Updated: 12 Sep 2017 | 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, 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
@vespa5125 - Some manufacturers may offer sidecars to allow an additional passenger on a mobility scooter, you would have to do an online search to see whether thay are legal in the U.K.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 17-Feb-15 @ 11:38 AM
I ham on pip I have the mobility comportment can i get a sidecar on my mobilitypls
vespat5125 - 15-Feb-15 @ 2:19 AM
@LilRicky - You may be interested inthe Motorcycle Association for the Disabled (MAD) in Scotland. Officially formed in August 2009, its aim is to create a network of people who through motorcycling provide support to disabled persons across Scotland. link here. It may be able to point you in the right direction.
DisabledTravelAdvice - 10-Dec-14 @ 2:37 PM
Hi, is there any places in Scotland that deal with motorbiks for disabled people? if so where will that be? I like my cars aswell as motorbikes, i am looking into of getting a bike soon.
Lil Ricky - 9-Dec-14 @ 10:49 PM
can I get a trippion motabilityand if so how do I get one
none - 20-Oct-14 @ 4:00 AM
I am a right leg amputee looking to source athumb lever to operate the rear brakeon a Suzuki bandit
stew - 28-Sep-14 @ 5:26 PM
How can I use my blue badge on a motorcycle?
Scottish_ali - 15-Jun-14 @ 12:45 PM
Hello Has anyone devised something to display a blue badge on a motorcycle ? Thankyou
Will - 28-May-14 @ 8:58 AM
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