About

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Ability Motorcycles website was created to enable the sharing of information and projects to benefit others. The focus of the website is to provide information related to motorcycles to improve access for people with disabilities.

MISSION


To assist people with physical or intellectual limitations achieve the goal and enjoyment of riding a motorcycle, either as a passenger or rider, which will improve both accessibility and freedom.

MY STORY


Having helped many people learn to ride a motorcycle and obtain a license as a Motorcycle Instructor, it is in my nature to assist people achieve their goals.

Being also a passionate motorcycle rider and father of a daughter with a disability, and having a wife that also loves to ride, it was necessary to modify a motorcycle to enable us to ride as a family.

As is the case with many wheelchair bound persons, our daughter must remain in her wheelchair, due to it having been specially modified for her disability and comfort. This took us on a journey as we searched for the best option to achieve our goal. We discovered either a lack of information on this subject or difficult to find if you don’t know where to look.

Therefore, I decided to create a website to share our experiences and gathered knowledge to assist others on their journey.

Along the way we have discovered the many options for persons with a disability, either permanent or temporary.

A disability may be any of the following: Arthritis, Amputee, Wheelchair Bound, Knee or Hip Operation, Intellectual Limitation and many other reasons to restrict riding a motorcycle.

There are many adaptions/modifications that can improve access for such people. Some examples are Electric Gear Shifters, Dual Brakes, Outrigger Stabilizer Bars, Clutchless Shift Systems, Sidecars, Trikes and many other options.

Our purpose is to share this information in one location to assist others with motorcycle accessibility. The sister website Haul N Ride explores interesting, rare and unusual motorcycles.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to assist you.

Together we can make this an accessible world.

Dave

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12 thoughts on “About

  1. Gregory says:

    Love that Ridan Nippi 650, are there any dealers for it in Washington State? I am new to the Amputee world, but my left leg was taken with diabetes. I look at it this way. I have wheels now. I am going to pick up speed.

    • admin says:

      Hi dan,
      I am not aware of any products to achieve this.
      I think you should ask an engineer for advice.
      Sorry I cannot help further.
      Dave

    • admin says:

      Hi Dave, thank you for visiting Ability Motorcycles and sharing the incredible work you do in helping Vets with disabilities. I am not sure how we can arrange a call considering you live in the US and I live in Australia with a 12 hour time difference. Perhaps we could use Zoom at 8am/8pm, to avoid either of us getting up during the night. It would be great to meet someone with the same passion. I would love to promote your websites on Ability Motorcycles, do I have your permission to copy some photos and text, for that purpose? I eagerly await your reply. Dave

  2. Dave says:

    Hi Greg, I have dedicated Ability Motorcycles to finding solutions to these sorts of limitations. I would love to share what I can to help you.

    Stabilizer Bars Landing Gear:
    http://abilitymotorcycles.com/landing-gear-brians-story
    That page also has a link to where to get a Linear Actuator.

    Engineers: These people would love to help you:
    http://www.adaptivemotorcycles.com/

    Landing Gear; This is very discrete landing gear:
    http://www.crossroadstrikes.com/Alternatives/Landingear.html
    https://www.landingear.com/home.php

    Another solution is an Outrigger:
    http://www.buddy-products.com/
    http://www.mtcvoyager.com/high-quality-trike-kit/
    http://towpacusa.com/
    http://www.ebay.com/bhp/trike-kit

    Please let me know if you find a solution other than what I have provided so I can share with others. I hope I have been some help.

    I love your passion that although you have encountered an obstacle, you will not allow it to stop you riding.
    Have a great day. Dave

    • Vic says:

      Hey Dave, would you happen to know if theres any companies that may still be fabricating sidecars to bikes so the person in the sidecar can drive it? I called a couple places and no luck. Either they dont do them or stopped doing them. Im a quadriplegic so I would also need special hand controls etc but all I see out there is stuff for paraplegics mostly. Any clue?

      • David Barker says:

        Hi Vic, Unfortunately accessibility is mostly via modification of existing motorcycles, I do not believe there is any company in the world dedicated to manufacturing Driven from the Sidecar motorcycles.
        I don’t know where you live in the world, so my best suggestion would to be, to find an engineer/fabricator in your nearest capital city explaining what you would like to achieve. Perhaps you could show the engineer examples from my website.
        I personally would choose an engineer that has experience with disability modifications and experience obtaining approval from the Road Traffic Authority in your country.
        Planet Earth is a large place and it amazes me that in 2018, we still do not have a company dedicated entirely to manufacturing disability motorcycles.
        However, there are engineers that can modify an existing motorcycle (such as BF Customs, who modified a sidecar for my daughter).

        Here are some examples:
        USA
        http://www.adaptivemotorcycles.com/
        http://www.leolamotortrike.com/content/custom-modifications
        UK
        http://www.tbex.co.uk/
        http://www.nabd.org.uk/whoare.htm
        Australia
        http://bfcustoms.com.au/
        http://www.3wheels.org/
        http://www.quadquipsolutions.com.au/

        I wish I could help you more and please let me know if you find a solution that I may share with visitors to this site.
        Cheers Dave

  3. greg from Ohio says:

    I need help with some landing gear for an ultra classic. Don’t know who to turn to. I need help when coming to a stop with a rider as my hips are about gone. Please help with any suggestions…thanks

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