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Some people need some modifications to the original bikes to ride again.
This is what was put on a MotorTrike conversion to enable a person with
limited use of his feet to ride, and it works very well. This is on a GL1500.

First is the shifter. It is an electric shift run by a pair of buttons on
the handlebars. I thought it was interesting that it was not designed for
a handicapped aid, but for race bikers that wanted quicker shifts. However,
it works really well on a wing. There is even an interupter you can add
that makes split second shifting without the clutch possible. Still need the
clutch to get the big horse running, though. This is the shift buttons on
the handlebars.




This is the electric shifter mounted and looking down at it.




And this is what it looks like from the side, with the footpeg removed.




And on the other side is the brake set-up. The linked brake system has been
seperated, and a dual master cylinder has replaced the stock one. One
(top lever) controls the rear brakes, and the other (bottom lever) controls
the front brake. They adjust really easily, and you just set them so when
you apply the brakes, your fingers first activate the rear brake, and as you
put more pressure on the levers, you reach the bottom lever which applies
brakes on the front wheel. Or, you can adjust them so its all front or all
rear brake - there is that much flexability in the system.





The adjusting wheels are black plastic on front of hand levers.




The will also maching the levers with a little more curve in the levers for small hands.




I have tried this set-up, and find it very comfortable and easy to get used to.
I have to add that taking the foot pegs off sure makes a trike with running
boards a lot more comfortable to ride. And tends to make one lazy....

This set-up including the trike kit was installed by S&D Custom Cycles in
Grants Pass, OR, and they are a MotorTrike dealer. They also are distributers
for the shift and brake kits. I have had real good luck with their work, and
they are one of very few I would recommend.

Now, Wheels, just so someone can get information, how about posting your
conversion with a few pictures? I am sure there are handicapped persons
really wanting to ride, but do not have any information.
 

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Sharp, now if Wheels posts his the show will be complete. It's nice to share and very informative whether or not we need the equipment ourselves. Thanks for sharing - neat. :thumbup: :thumbup:
 

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I had a clicktronics shifter installed on my trike. I know without it it would be impossible for me to ride. I know the engineer that had designed this shift system had a son that was injured in an accident. His son was still determined to ride so his father came up with this shifter. It is a design that works well.
 

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:yes1: Harry, that's a good thread. It's information that will benefit someone who's interested in riding a trike but need's assistance to be able to do so. Many people don't realize what help's available to them. I hadn't seen it up close. Good pictures !!!
 

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Now why does the word....QUALITY..... pop into my head? :yes1:

I just cannot let that comment go by. Thats is EXACTLY the way I reacted when I first saw it. First was the quality that showed in the product. Then I had to put on my close-ups and get on my back under the trike to check out the installation of the MotorTrike kit, the shifter conversion, and the brake set-up. Stainless steel braided lines, all dress right dress, every detail attended to. And the installer brought the trike over, because he will not let anyone leave without a course in operation and maintenance of any rig he does. That took him a couple of hours.

All I can say is, "WOW!!!!"
 

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Harry, I had read about these items being available but have never seen them up close. Thanks for the photos, you certainly have expanded my knowledge on this subject and yes WOW!!

Ride Safe and Ride Often,

Thanks,
Spencer 4 Free
 

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I know this is an old thread, but just ran across a conversion that should be included. The operator, Chris, is paralyzed from the bottom of his rib cage down, so has no movement in his lower body. He just had a couple of local guys engineer and work on getting him back into riding. This is a work in progress, but is operational as we see it.

They have modified a side car arrangement so he can run his wheelchair right up into the back up the ramp, and they tie it into place. He then operates the bike from the sidecar. They took the handlebars off the bike and moved it to the sidecar, has the electric shifter buttons on the left, and the brakes on the right side that are all hooked together.



The bike looks kind of strange with no handlebars, but it works for him. They are still working on some of the wiring, got it painted well, everything I looked at was well designed, and did not see any obvious weak places. In fact, saw a lot of overkill - half inch bolts were quarter inch would work, safety wired nuts like an airplane, etc. And LOADS of chrome.....







He is getting around on that bike pretty well, and we are heading out later this weekend to road test it. I think a person could sidecar a wing and do the same thing.

Just as an aside, the green trike in the front of this thread is going great guns. He now has a little trailer that he pulls with the trike, and it is built for his electric scooter. Jack just pulls into a parking lot, goes to the back, pushes the button that releases the ramp, gets on his hover-round, backs down and heads out.
 

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I saw somewhere (CRS) a setup like the sidecar rig for a wheel chair but the person pull his chair into a charriot like car, it was a trike so the car was where a usual trike seat and body would be located. It looked cool and set up very nice. The handle bars came way back so the driver could reach them..wish I could remember where I saw it.
 

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I think that was in a recent American Iron magazine...the conversion was by OCC (of all people!).
Might have been, course they dropped the magazine..no longer in circulation....ratz :evil:
 
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