Adapting Motorcycles for Disabled Riders following a Serious Injury

Author:
Kevin Harper
Family Liaison Officer Business Development Manager
Date:
13/08/2021

Being left with a disability after a motorcycle accident can be devastating, particularly if you feel you may never be able to ride again. But we want to help you to rebuild your life, and that means helping you get back on the road.

Depending on the type of disability you have, your bike can be modified, so you can safely start riding again as soon as you’re able.

You might think that modifying a motorcycle will cost lots of money, and in some cases it does. But even minor, very affordable adjustments can make a bike safe to ride, and transform your life.

Our specialist Motorcycle Accident Solicitors have helped many bikers get back on the road after suffering a life-changing injury, and the expert bikers in our team can even advise you on what type of modifications might be needed.

Get in touch with us for a free claims assessment and we’ll be happy to speak with you about how we can help.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

Adaptations Must Suit Your Disability

In many cases, the modifications needed to help a disabled rider back on the saddle can be extensive. But it’s worth speaking to a specialist to find out how many of these modifications are really necessary.

We recently had dealings with a rider who spent thousands of pounds having his bike adapted in Germany after losing a limb. This included the addition of hydraulic stabilisers to keep the bike upright when stationary.

One of our legal team approached a motorcycle race bike preparation team, one of whom has a similar disability.

Instead of using the cumbersome stabilisers, with the addition of a peg to hold the rider’s prosthetic limb on the footrest, all that was required was to retrain the rider to adapt his riding style so he could come to rest on his other leg.

Fortunately, I’m an experienced motorcycle coach and was able to get the rider back on the road riding confidently.

It’s a reminder that you shouldn’t rush into spending lots of money to get back on your bike, as easily affordable options might still be open to you, and that you should speak to a specialist before taking any action.

Possible Modifications

Modern bikes are now fitted with various electronic devices to make it easier for people in general, not just those with disabilities, to ride. For example, bikes often come with automatic or semi-automatic gearboxes, and a clutchless riding facility.

As with all electronics, these can be adapted to aid riders with physical limitations.

Currently, there are numerous companies carrying out modifications, some of which have come from the competition side of motorcycling, such as thumb brakes.

We at Simpson Millar have a long standing relationship in the motorcycle world and with our involvement with the British Superbike community, Mission Motorsport and RAPID motorcycle training, we’re ideally placed to getting a rider back on two wheels.

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