Overcoming Limitations & Obstacles
Helping people with disabilities ride a motorcycle, is the focus of Ability Motorcycles. However this page includes a bit of fun, as it includes multiple vehicles and devices that enable people with limitations, that would normally miss out, to access the bush, forests, beaches and waterways.
All-Terrain may include Hovercraft – Track Vehicles – Beach Wheelchairs – Wheelchair Boats and much more
Overcoming Limitations – Tapping into Creativity
Only wheelchair occupants, their carers and gopher rider’s understand just how limiting restricted access can feel. Generally the public don’t think about it, unless they know somebody in the situation.
ATM screens (Automatic Teller Machines at Banks), are too high to read
Many shops only have access via stairs
Going to the beach or bush-walking with friends is normally out of the question
Thankfully our world is becoming more aware of these limitations, and there are many clever people finding solutions to these problems.
Rather than change the world, in many cases it may be easier to change the wheelchair or motorcycle.
Let us explore some incredible options that enable the entire family to access natures splendor and beauty
This page has a focus on improving accessibility to outdoor locations and changing the lives of those with physical limitations. You are about to go on an extreme journey so get ready and “Buckle Your Seatbelt”…..
All Terrain Wheelchair Access Vehicles
Perhaps the most rugged Off-road motorcycle would be a Ural Sidecar Combination. Would not suit a number of disabilities, however it is a great place to begin our All-terrain journey.
When You Just Have to Ride a Dirt Bike
Read the story how Graeme’s mate Troy Sara helped Graeme modify a dirt bike that has allowed him to continue riding motorcycles.
Rocket Mobility’s Tomahawk All-Terrain Tracked Wheelchair
Rocket Mobility all-terrain tracked wheelchairs help the mobility impaired enjoy the outdoors. This off-road wheelchair has a lower centre of gravity that can handle almost any terrain.
Quad Quip Solutions – Victoria Australia
Amazing engineers, I love this Wheelchair Accessible Aeroplane modification.
Quad Quip Solutions manufacture Legup Plus Landing Gear for motorcycles. Legup Plus can be added to a motorbike similar to training wheels on a child’s pushbike. Unlike the training wheels, Legup Plus raises and lowers automatically when stopping and taking off.
TracFab Gas (Petrol) All – Terrain Track Wheelchair
The TracFab All – Terrain Tracked Wheelchair can easily traverse through mud, sand, snow, dirt and grass.
Advantage is that it does not require charging as electric wheelchairs and has a longer range than electric wheelchairs that go flat.
Powered by a 4 stroke 17 HP Briggs and Stratton with electric start and remote choke. Lithium Battery Upgrade Package option available. Range of travel per tank of gas will depend on the rider/gear weight, the rpm that the throttle is set at, outside temp, etc. It will easily run most of all day on one tank of gasoline 5 gallons (19 liters).
TracFab are located in the USA and stock every single part you would ever need.
Ripchair 3.0 – Extreme Off-road Tracked Wheelchair
Now we’re talking. Unstoppable Muscle Power of a 4 stroke engine and Tank Wheels. This Ripchair 3.0 Tracked Wheelchair would be a dream for the disabled, the only trouble is that everyone else will want a turn.
Overlander All Terrain Wheelchair Bike by TerrainHopper
The Overlander is available in three sizes and is an electrically powered on/off road mobility device, suitable for all ages according to the model chosen.
The Overlander can be used by people with all types of conditions such as, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, MND, MS, Paraplegia, Amputees, Arthritis, Spinal Injuries and by those who may have lost their capability to hike and explore the outdoors but have not lost their passion for it!
HexHog All Terrain Wheelchair
Five years of testing and development in the harshest of mountain terrains and extreme environments has given rise to this unique off-road wheelchair.
The HexHog has been designed to bring together the functional attributes of a powered wheelchair and ATV in one aesthetic package. Wheelchair users or those with limited dexterity can safely access the countryside and back country wilderness with total independence.
The Action Trackstander is the only all-terrain wheelchair on the market with the ability to bring the user into the standing position, and can be driven while standing or sitting!
Off-Road Wheelchair Access – Our Project
I will begin discussing Beach Wheelchairs by sharing a project that began as a need, and thanks to a creative idea, we were able to provide a solution. We made a Beach Wheelchair by converting a standard manual folding wheelchair.
Purchasing the Beach Wheels was the Most Important Part of the Project. We purchased Wheeleez Balloon Wheels and axles from Beachwheels Australia:
These Beach Wheel Kits are so easy to use and adapt. Some people build little trailers to carry a cooler (esky) to the beach. Even if you loaded all the alcohol on the way down and all the fish you caught on the way back, you would find these wheels gracefully glide across even the boggiest sand dunes.
Our Beach Wheelchair Project began with the removal of the rims and tyres from a standard folding manual wheelchair. We also dismantled an elderly walking frame and a fold-up chair. The fold-up chair created a perfect hand rail and the walking frame created extra back support.
To create a footrest we used marine ply and mounted it using some heavy duty shelf brackets.
These wheels glide over the most boggy sand with ease and even climb sand dunes. The only disadvantage using these wheels is that they float. In rough surf, the chair is rolling side to side and being tossed by the waves. This makes transfer from the chair very difficult. We might try adding some weights to keep it on the bottom while we transfer our daughter into the water.
To turn the chair, we lift the hand grips to raise the back wheels. Works extremely well. Might need to order another set of wheels for the cooler (esky).
Below you will find links to assist in Off-Road/All Terrain wheelchair access. Please feel free to comment and share any ideas or products that can assist in getting people “Out and About”.
Beach Wheelchair Examples
If you are not confident to make your own Beach Wheelchair as I did, here are a few example products available to get you over the sand and into the ocean.
Beach All Terrain Wheelchair – 12″ Balloon Tires for Soft Sand
Sometimes all you need is a lightweight simple design to allow access to the waters edge. Soft sand and dunes are not an issue with Balloon Wheels.
True Indoor Outdoor Powerchair – Electric Beach Wheelchair – Custom Made
Brand new, made to measure custom built power-chair capable of off-road and beach activities whilst remaining compact enough around the home and in the car.
Magic Mobility – Victoria Australia
All Terrain electric Off-Road wheelchairs sold by Magic Mobility can provide the access you have been searching for. “Let’s Hit the Beach”
When I watched this video I was absolutely amazed. It can do everything my daughter’s wheelchair can, with the bonus of going bush. It has leg raise, elevation, recline and many options that the standard on-road wheelchairs have. Take a look…..
Surfing with a Disability & Beach access
Who would have thought that surfing for people with a disability was possible. Thanks to very fit and dedicated volunteers, this dream has become a reality for some very lucky intellectual and physically handicapped people. Take a look at the video below and be encouraged that anything is possible.
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Beach Electric Wheelchairs – Out and About Healthcare
Here is a range of 4×4 All-terrain Electric Wheelchairs to allow access and freedom. Beach and Bush Electric Wheelchairs.
Off Road Hand-cycle – Australia
How awesome. Hand operated cycles that compete in races. I doubt the riders would want to get back into their wheelchair.
Trail Rider – Disability Hiking
Why leave your love one at home. If you are fit enough to climb a mountain and have a group of family and friends, then fold a TrailRider and take your loved one with you.
TrailRider was the brainchild of quadriplegic Vancouver Mayor, Sam Sullivan.
Read the story: https://www.bushwalkingblog.com.au/trailrider-wheelchair-hiking/
They are beautifully engineered in Vancouver and made and championed by the British Columbia Mobile Opportunities Society.
Segfree – Seated Wheelchair Segway
Perhaps the future of electric wheelchairs. Imagine the benefits for Para Olympic Basketballers.
Hands free during the entire game.
Take a Closer Look at the Segfree…
Experience the Freedom you’ve always wanted, with its Self-Balancing technology, you can explore the beach, go bush, and manourve in the tightest of places.
The Zoomer has integrated parking legs that stabilize the chair when in park mode, allowing for safe transfers on and off.
Introducing the Ogo Omeo Evolution 1 – All Terrain Wheelchair
An intuitive hands free control system, for freedom of movement and maximum independence!
The Omeo levels the playing field in a social setting. The Dynamic Seat Control system (DSC), not only moves with your body – making it intuitive to use, but allows you to do so…completely hands free!
Add a lot of Kiwi ingenuity, and we have created something new, exciting and very cool.
When you are on the Omeo you are using your core or upper body to move, turn and stay in balance – which assists fitness. The user is able to move by simply leaning in the direction they want to travel.
Read Story: Telegraph
Segway Add-on – Sui Generis Buddy Seat
The Sui Generis Seat is a Segway add-on that transforms the famous self-balancing scooter from standing to seated.
It works by “hacking” the Segway’s platform and making it operate as if the rider were standing on it.
This is done in a way that guarantees a safe and fun ride.
It can be installed on any stripped Segway i2 or x2 platform, using instructions and simple tools provided.
Sui Generis Seat features a seat glider for emergency braking and seat suspension for comfort.
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Explorer II Hand Pedal Bicycle for Extreme Off-Road Fun
SPORT-ON is a manufacturer of adaptive athletic equipment for people with physical disabilities.
SPORT-ON strive to meet and exceed customer`s highest expectations with unique and exceptional products.
SPORT-ON develop the most extraordinary ideas and transform them into tangible reality.
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Wheelchair Deep Sea Diving – You Gotta be Joking Right?
Wrong, I am not joking. This is REAL.
Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Michael Josephson – Speaker and Former Law Professor
This has to be seen to be believed. Sue Austin has more courage than can even be imagined. All-terrain Wheelchair Access at the extreme. Watch the video and be amazed.
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Mountain Trike – International
Now here’s a clever design, a manual wheelchair that does not require the operator to get mud on the hands.
That was a truly fantastic journey into the wilderness.
There are so many talented people in the world creating unique solutions that I am honored to have been able to share these with you.
Together we can make this an accessible world.
The Ability Motorcycles website was created to enable the sharing of information and projects to benefit others. If you believe this world should not exclude anyone, and you love motorbikes, then Ability Motorcycles is the place to share that passion.
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Thank you for visiting Ability Motorcycles. Dave