Ability Sidecars – Three Accessibility Options

Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar

Disability can be from birth or due to an accident. In either case, there will be people that are unable to transfer onto a motorcycle or onto a sidecar or trike seat and may be required to remain in a wheelchair.

In these situations, the motorcycle would be required to be Wheelchair Accessible. A good example is Scoliosis. Scoliosis is the twisting of the spine and requires special cushions and supports fitted to the wheelchair.

Such a person would not be able to spend any length of time in a sidecar or trike seat and must remain in the wheelchair.

There are a number of methods for disability access into a sidecar. A Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar is an excellent option for a passenger to ride in a sidecar, while remaining in a wheelchair.

Another option is a Sidecar Driven Wheelchair Accessible Sidecar. This adaption will allow the Wheelchair occupant to control the motorcycle from the sidecar.

And finally there is an option for the wheelchair occupant to ride the modified motorcycle. Let’s look at each option more closely.

Wheelchair Passenger – Option 1

This is the most common option for a wheelchair accessible sidecar. The reason for this is mainly due to the wheelchair occupant being unable to obtain a Drivers License either because they are too young or due to a disability. As I have a daughter in a wheelchair, this is the option we have chosen, that she may ride with us as a family and with friends. With this option, because the passenger will be driven by the rider, the rider will be able to secure the wheelchair to the sidecar floor via securing straps.


Motorcycle Driven – Option 2

This option allows the wheelchair occupant to transfer from the wheelchair onto the motorcycle seat, while leaving the wheelchair in the sidecar. For many people that are bound to a wheelchair, the use of lower limbs is either limited or not possible.

Therefore, the motorcycle will require modification to allow the rider to control the bike. Dual Brake Systems move the foot brake beside the clutch lever on the handlebars. Gear Shift buttons are added to the handlebars and a solenoid is installed to shift the gears.

Another thing to consider is that the rider must be able to transfer unassisted from the wheelchair to the motorbike. Also a system must be designed to allow the rider to easily secure the wheelchair to the sidecar.


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Sidecar Driven – Option 3

Most sidecars require the operator (rider) to sit on the motorcycle. A sidecar can be adapted to allow the motorcycle to be operated by the sidecar occupant. By transferring the motorcycle controls & handlebars to the sidecar, the occupant can remain in his/her wheelchair.

The linkages necessary to move the handlebars to the sidecar should be installed by a qualified engineer before using on the road. There are two common methods a motorcycle can be driven from a sidecar.

Handlebar Driven





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Steering-wheel Driven




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Securing the Wheelchair

In the case of a Driven from the Sidecar Combination, the wheelchair occupant will ride the motorbike alone. Therefore will not have another person to tie down the wheelchair straps. To overcome this, the sidecar will need a Central Wheelchair Securement fitted.

This will require fitting of a striker to the wheelchair and a receiving latch to the sidecar floor. As the wheelchair enters the sidecar, the receiving latch locks the wheelchair in position.

Ability Motorcycles Wheelchair Occupant Restraints: Click Here

Disability Sidecars Provide Options

As you have seen, there are many options available to consider if you wish to remain in a wheelchair or carry a wheelchair, while riding a motorcycle. A wheelchair accessible sidecar can be a cheaper alternative to a wheelchair accessible trike. Whichever option you choose, you will be thankful you took the time to save the money necessary to build or purchase a wheelchair accessible motorcycle.

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Together we can make this an accessible world.

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11 thoughts on “Ability Sidecars – Three Accessibility Options

  1. Donna J. says:

    Hi. I own a Honda Helix. Does your sidecar possibly fit my bike? I have been in a wheelchair a little over a year. It would be nice to take myself somewhere.

  2. Heidi Hansen says:

    Good Morning,

    I have a friend with whom we have set up a ride with the combat veterans motorcycle association this Saturday at 9 am, we have been unsuccessful in finding anyone who has or knows anyone who has a wheelchair accessible sidecar so that they could actually go or a ride. My friend is a veteran who has been diagnosed with ALS and he is declining rapidly. he is obviously wheelchair bound and we are just trying to make it as memorable as possible for him. If you could point me in the right direction or know anyone we could possibly reach out to. We live in Central FL. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    Heidi L Hansen

  3. Steve says:

    Hi my name is Steve Traylor I’m a parapeglic I’ve had two bikes with sidecars wanting another one. Like to know how to in touch with someone who builds them.

  4. Rocky sisk says:

    I am a quadriplegic and have wanting to get back on a motorcycle can you please email information on what I need to do to get my motorcycle equipped so I can drive from the sidecar

    • admin says:

      Hi there,
      I am so glad that you desire to get back on your bike.

      I hope the attachment I am sending in the email I am sending you (3.3 MB), is not too big for you to receive.
      I am sending you a copy of the “FJ1200 Modification Application Complete.pdf” for the wheelchair accessible sidecar I attached to my bike.
      It details everything from start to finish.

      I also recommend you read the whole page of the following article I wrote.

      You will need to find a highly qualified Fabricator/Engineer (as I did), to carry out the modifications.
      “Driven from the Chair” is a non-standard modification and therefore requires very specific engineering skills to make the steering/braking safe.

      I would also like you to visit the following page to see some examples of “Driven From the Chair” sidecars.
      There are “Steering Wheel” and “Handlebar” options.

      At the bottom of the page are some links that may also be helpful.

      Perhaps also contact people with experience modifying bikes for disability:

      Just let me know if the email attachment does not arrive in your inbox.

      Good luck and please let us know your progress.

      Have a great day, Dave

  5. Dave says:

    Hi Penelope, Thank you for your comment. It is amazing how people overcome disabilities with a little modification of the motorcycle. It can be quite difficult to find an engineer and the funding required to complete a project. However it is definitely worth it when you see the smile on the face on the first ride. Have an awesome day. Dave

  6. Penelope says:

    I love that these are customized and adapted for disabilities. Who says disabled people can’t ride motorcycles? Very awesome that people have taken the time and ingenuity to develop alternatives so everyone can enjoy this awesome hobby.

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