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Aug
10

A groundbreaking new motorcycle, driven from a wheelchair, made a debut in Colorado.

I happen to be surfin the web for the different motorcycles on the market that cater to riders with limitation, i.e. older riders, and I ran across a Colorado news publication that had a fantastic story that I had to share:

 

 
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A Colorado company called Adaptive Automobility  specializing in wheelchair accessible vans, is marketing an incredible motorcycle that is completely wheelchair accessible. “It opens the road in a way that wheelchairs haven’t had open to them in the past,” said Adaptive Automobility owner Kevin Durban.  This motorcycle trike, called the Mobility Conquest, gives the controller complete independence to ride in a trike that has been road and track tested and comes equipped with a motorized back entry ramp and a safety lock to keep the wheelchair secure allowing the wheelchair bound owner to use the trike without assistance. It is adaptable to either manual or electric wheelchairs. The six hand controls takes care of operating the trike with complete ease.
“The Conquest wheelchair motorcycle has an 1170 CC engine that can keep up with — and probably outrun — quite a bit of the competition. This three-wheel motorcycle trike can hit 60 mph within 7.6 seconds of leaving the line. The top speed is a blazing 105 mph, too fast for the highways, but certainly enough to guarantee that you will never run short of power when it’s needed. The wheelchair motorcycle’s stylish design makes it something unique on the road.” Now, that’s freedom!
This is one of the coolest things I have seen, giving the handicapped the ability to ride and giving them back the independence that they may feel they have lost. The incredible feeling of power can be just what someone you know needs, or maybe what you need. This is one giant step towards it.  
Kudos to owner Kevin Durbin, for making these trikes available to the folks in Colorado. Take a look at this awesome trike at Adaptive Automobility  and get all the information, pictures, and video. Check for other dealerships here if you live in another part of the country.
You can also follow Mark Allan Roberts on Twitter and I’m sure he would be happy to answer your questions for you.
Also, read about Mike Donahue from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and the plans he made to ride cross country on his trike. The story doesnt have a follow up that I could find. If anyone finds a story about how his trip went, please let me know….

Lady Godiva on wheels…. lovin this story!

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5 Responses to “A groundbreaking new motorcycle, driven from a wheelchair, made a debut in Colorado.”


  1. August 13, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Wow…that is incredible!

    • August 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

      I thought so too! Being an older rider, I realize that we get older and our abilities change. I am always looking for alternative riding methods to keep us safetly on the road. This story came up quite by accident and was one that I just fell in love with. I can only imagine how it must feel to be able to mount and ride again, completely independently! I think this is good for the soul of someone that is disabled. Especially a former rider! Kudos to the company and all the distributors. This is definetly good work!!

  2. 3 sittingone
    August 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for picking up this story! As a wheelchair user and Denver resident I have long appreciated Adaptive AutoMobility and the great people there!

    • August 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      Its always my pleasure to do stories that allow the rider to have alternative riding methods. This one was to the extreme! What a feeling of independence this must bring. I loved the story and will certainly work to find others, my friend! Thank you for stopping by…


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